I have been writing about the importance of making public transit fun and accessible and the dearth of publicly accessible washrooms on the Metro Vancouver transit system. There does seem to be a breakthrough and universally accessible washrooms and (gasp) free internet are being considered this year. No surprise that in surveys 72 percent of people said that public washrooms would make the transit system better.
But how do you motivate people NOT to use a system at peak hours? Intelligent Health UK has a Beat The Street program that offered incentives for school children who would get off London’s Underground a stop earlier and walk the last distance to school. And as The Telegraph reports The Tokyo Metro Company will ease peak time overcapacity by giving commuters coupons for a soba noodle bowl if they take earlier trains before peak hours for ten days in a row.
And here’s the best part~Tokyo Metro’s noodles are an opt-in deal and require 2,000 people to sign up. If 3,000 people go on earlier trains, Tokyo Metro will add tempura to the coupons available.
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