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39. Suction Garbage System

Garbage is a problem in the subway. It gets everywhere. Cans usually overflow, the homeless usually rummage through them, and not picking up afterwards, and as a result, the stations smell, garbage gets on the rails, and could potentially cause fires.
Utilizing the suction system the city of Montreal is currently installing could solve these issues. Essentially, each trash can is attached to a vacuum system, which takes all of the garbage to a plant, where recyclables are sorted from other material.
On the user end, we put the garbage in the chamber, close the door, and it’s gone. On the city end, it means less labor, less danger, and less cleanup operations by the MTA.
Newspaper designed by John Caserta from The Noun Project Banana designed by 42 from The Noun Project Apple Core designed by Andrew McKinley from The Noun Project Soda Can designed by Luke Anthony Firth from The Noun Project

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    39. Suction Garbage System

    Garbage is a problem in the subway. It gets everywhere. Cans usually overflow, the homeless usually rummage through them, and not picking up afterwards, and as a result, the stations smell, garbage gets on the rails, and could potentially cause fires.

    Utilizing the suction system the city of Montreal is currently installing could solve these issues. Essentially, each trash can is attached to a vacuum system, which takes all of the garbage to a plant, where recyclables are sorted from other material.

    On the user end, we put the garbage in the chamber, close the door, and it’s gone. On the city end, it means less labor, less danger, and less cleanup operations by the MTA.

    Newspaper designed by John Caserta from The Noun Project
    Banana designed by 42 from The Noun Project
    Apple Core designed by Andrew McKinley from The Noun Project
    Soda Can designed by Luke Anthony Firth from The Noun Project

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38. Car density
It’s a real pain when you’re standing on the platform, and the car you always get on is full. So then you have to run to the next car, not knowing if it’s going to be full or not. And sometimes, you miss the train, causing even more tension & anger.
Live tracking, based on the weight of the cars, could determine this info. When you get to the platform, you can check the screen, and figure out where to stand. This results in better distribution of riders.

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    38. Car density

    It’s a real pain when you’re standing on the platform, and the car you always get on is full. So then you have to run to the next car, not knowing if it’s going to be full or not. And sometimes, you miss the train, causing even more tension & anger.

    Live tracking, based on the weight of the cars, could determine this info. When you get to the platform, you can check the screen, and figure out where to stand. This results in better distribution of riders.

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36. Neighborhood Guides

What kind of things are in a neighborhood? Where are they? Interactive kiosks in tourist heavy areas could answer these questions, and display helpful videos about important New York landmarks, like the World Trade Center. Users could use the interactive map to find restaurants & other local businesses. A camera attached to each kiosk helps dissuade vandalism.

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    36. Neighborhood Guides

    What kind of things are in a neighborhood? Where are they? Interactive kiosks in tourist heavy areas could answer these questions, and display helpful videos about important New York landmarks, like the World Trade Center. Users could use the interactive map to find restaurants & other local businesses. A camera attached to each kiosk helps dissuade vandalism.

  4. 36. Neighborhood Guides

What kind of things are in a neighborhood? Where are they? Interactive kiosks in tourist heavy areas could answer these questions, and display helpful videos about important New York landmarks, like the World Trade Center. Users could use the interactive map to find restaurants & other local businesses. A camera attached to each kiosk helps dissuade vandalism.

    36. Neighborhood Guides

    What kind of things are in a neighborhood? Where are they? Interactive kiosks in tourist heavy areas could answer these questions, and display helpful videos about important New York landmarks, like the World Trade Center. Users could use the interactive map to find restaurants & other local businesses. A camera attached to each kiosk helps dissuade vandalism.

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35. Smell Detectors

Wouldn’t it be nice to know if the train smelled bad? Especially in the summer? Digital smell detectors affixed to the cars light up as the train gets progressively worse. This way, you know which car not to get on!

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    35. Smell Detectors

    Wouldn’t it be nice to know if the train smelled bad? Especially in the summer? Digital smell detectors affixed to the cars light up as the train gets progressively worse. This way, you know which car not to get on!

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32. Security Cameras

Security has always been an issue with the subway system. New York infamously has been known for potentially sketchy trains, and it’s time to eliminate that past and embrace the future, which includes security cameras mounted in the trains. This will generate a sense of security, and law enforcement could easily utilize the footage in case something does happen.

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    32. Security Cameras

    Security has always been an issue with the subway system. New York infamously has been known for potentially sketchy trains, and it’s time to eliminate that past and embrace the future, which includes security cameras mounted in the trains. This will generate a sense of security, and law enforcement could easily utilize the footage in case something does happen.

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30. Info Panels

It’d be great to have panels streaming live data about the system and the city. Seeing the weather outside can help me prepare accordingly, seeing a live feed of the tunnels will let me know if I’ll deal with any delays, and some live entertainment can either show off local television, or display info about local businesses to help break the monotony of the trip.
Also, 30. 70 left!

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    30. Info Panels

    It’d be great to have panels streaming live data about the system and the city. Seeing the weather outside can help me prepare accordingly, seeing a live feed of the tunnels will let me know if I’ll deal with any delays, and some live entertainment can either show off local television, or display info about local businesses to help break the monotony of the trip.

    Also, 30. 70 left!

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29. Electronic Notice Boards

Currently, when construction happens on the lines, hundreds of posters are printed and taped up in the stations. These posters are generally treated terribly, many of them are ripped or stolen, not to mention the wasted production costs & employee time spent taping them up.
The development of an electronic system, powered by boards such as these can alleviate the problem. This solves the printing problem, which in turn solves an issue of waste, in both garbage & employee pay.
I will be further exploring the language & design of the actual notices in the near future, stay tuned…

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    29. Electronic Notice Boards

    Currently, when construction happens on the lines, hundreds of posters are printed and taped up in the stations. These posters are generally treated terribly, many of them are ripped or stolen, not to mention the wasted production costs & employee time spent taping them up.

    The development of an electronic system, powered by boards such as these can alleviate the problem. This solves the printing problem, which in turn solves an issue of waste, in both garbage & employee pay.

    I will be further exploring the language & design of the actual notices in the near future, stay tuned…

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27. Glass x MTA

Recently, I was talking with a classmate, who shared her experience of getting lost in the subway system, and that not even better signage would help her.
Well, an app developed by the MTA feeding real time data and directions to riders would help her out, if she had Google Glass.
“Glass, Columbus Circle.” Glass would then give her directions, and time data, so she’d know whether to run or walk.

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    27. Glass x MTA

    Recently, I was talking with a classmate, who shared her experience of getting lost in the subway system, and that not even better signage would help her.

    Well, an app developed by the MTA feeding real time data and directions to riders would help her out, if she had Google Glass.

    “Glass, Columbus Circle.” Glass would then give her directions, and time data, so she’d know whether to run or walk.

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26. Wifi

26. Wifi on the trains. It helps in situations when people get stuck on the trains, so they can communicate with their jobs, friends, and family…for example, if you’re on the 1,2, or 3, and the lines get shut down because of a missing inmate. Or, keep track of your tasks/directions as you plan out your busy schedule. Or even watch cat videos on Youtube. Wifi would enable a whole new level of ease on the trains.

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    26. Wifi

    26. Wifi on the trains. It helps in situations when people get stuck on the trains, so they can communicate with their jobs, friends, and family…for example, if you’re on the 1,2, or 3, and the lines get shut down because of a missing inmate. Or, keep track of your tasks/directions as you plan out your busy schedule. Or even watch cat videos on Youtube. Wifi would enable a whole new level of ease on the trains.