Archive for 'Transportation'

Filling Up on Over-regulation

Posted on 14. Aug, 2016 by .

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Moving to BC came with a number of cultural adjustments compared to living in Ontario. One of these differences is the way that drivers are able to pay for gasoline at a filling station. In Ontario, along with most other provinces, drivers have a wide range of options when it comes to how they want […]

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Air Canada’s Meaningless Baggage Claim Process

Posted on 15. Jul, 2016 by .

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The final step of my move across Canada in early 2016 was to take a flight out to Victoria BC. I chose to bring my home server with me on the flight as I wanted to get it back up and running as soon as possible rather than having it sit in a moving box for months. […]

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Smartphones with a Steering Wheel

Posted on 18. Apr, 2016 by .

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Companies seem to always be looking for new ways to integrate technology into products. The reality though, is that there are some types of products that are better suited and some that are worse off with the increased inclusion of technology. The automotive sector is a prime example of an industry that, on a multitude of levels, is […]

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The Automobile Immobility

Posted on 18. Apr, 2016 by .

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When moving between provinces one would expect there to be at least a very basic level of government and administrative interoperability. Unfortunately, when it comes to moving a car between Ontario and BC there is little evidence of any interoperability or administrative forethought in regards to facilitating people moving between provinces. In order to register a car […]

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Air Canada’s Botched Boarding Passes

Posted on 16. Feb, 2016 by .

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As the advancement of technology continues companies must constantly upgrade their infrastructure to stay relevant in the increasingly competitive world market. With the boarding pass playing such a vital role in allowing a passenger to complete their journey it is paramount that the e-boarding pass be a simple and seamless as it would be with a […]

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Planning a Deplaning

Posted on 15. Feb, 2016 by .

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Whether you are in a rush to catch a connecting flight, tired at the end of a long journey, or just eager to get off the plane to wait for your next connection, everyone dislikes the chaos of deplaning. Much discussion, planning, as well as the implementation of innovative procedures have surrounded the efficiency and speed of […]

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A Highway Undertaking

Posted on 22. Dec, 2015 by .

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The concept of overtaking a car in an outer lane (undertaking) has regulation that varies greatly between jurisdictions. What is consistent though it that undertaking is generally considered unsafe as drivers do not expect to find cars passing along their outside. Countries like Germany, France, and Finland specifically prohibit undertaking outside built up areas while in the […]

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Turning the Corner on Highway Lanes

Posted on 07. Dec, 2015 by .

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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. This fundamental concept can also be applied to roads in the sense that a road is only as effective at moving traffic as its widest (and most efficient) point. There are many examples in Ottawa and around the world of important roads that, while considerably wide […]

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Breaking down OC Transpo Payment Methods

Posted on 15. Nov, 2015 by .

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Riders have a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to paying to use OCTranspo. These options include cash, tickets, and the presto card. Each offers of these three options offer riders different ways to pay for their transit use. Unfortunately there is one powerful option that is missing from the system […]

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Residential Street Excavation

Posted on 21. Sep, 2015 by .

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Few things are more infuriating to see than a new or well paved road being torn up and improperly repaired. Unfortunately this tends to happen quite frequently where new houses are built in the place of older existing ones. These repair jobs are often done with little regard for the longevity and quality of the fix, or any consideration […]

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