Train Roulette App

18 05 2014

“Sharing personal space with strangers is an unavoidable part of commuting by public transit. And ignoring the passengers around us is a proud and longstanding tradition for American city-dwellers.

But social scientists have begun to investigate whether this is a wasted opportunity….

Collectively, this work suggests that we should consider at least an occasional chat with a random stranger, and that technology, rather than hindering such connections, may be able to facilitate them…..

So what if technology could actually be enlisted to catalyze connections with the strangers around us? An app called Train Roulette, so far only available in Australia, aims to do just that.

Historically, the Internet has connected people who had common interests but were separated by geography. Train Roulette inverts that function: It connects people who may not have anything in common, but are in the same place”

Read the full article via Next City

Download Train Roulette (QUT)

*Thanks to Dave for the link


Chalked Edition for Art @ the Park

26 04 2013



A conversation sparked this impromptu edition of “priority seating”,  at the bench of Alice and Albert St (Botanic Gardens).  21th April 2013 while at Art @ the Park  


Joke QR Train Etiquette Posters

16 05 2012

Via Courier Mail: Joke QR Train Etiquette Posters 

QUEENSLAND Rail’s online train etiquette campaign has become the butt of internet jokes with parodies of the “polite” posters going viral.

In a twist similar to that experienced by the notorious “Qantas luxury” Twitter competition, commuters have embraced the invitation to “personalise the etiquette posters” and post them on social media sites.

Many have taken the opportunity to highlight some of QR’s failings.

One banner takes a dig at Premier Campbell Newman.

“Jim waited five years for a train. But it never came. Because Campbell spent all the money on tunnels.”

Some of the posters have attracted more than 600,000 views on Twitter.

The posters have even caught the attention of New York City bloggers who have pronounced the “Jim sits on the train, his feet are on the floor” message the “most polite train etiquette poster ever”.

“If that was in the NYC subway, I don’t even want to imagine what substances would be clinging and dripping from it,” noted the blogger.

Although Queensland Rail is aware of the fun being had at its expense, a spokesman said it was pleased the campaign had created so much interest and discussion.

“The etiquette campaign has encouraged customers to be aware of their own behaviour and think about what is socially acceptable behaviour while on the City network,” he said.

“Since its launch in September 2011, our campaign has sparked a lot of interesting discussion on train etiquette faux pas.”

Bus Stop Lounge

18 02 2012

Via Brisbane Indesign Facebook – spotted on James St, Valley.  Shameless marketing but cool urban intervention nonetheless.

Repost: Brisbane Times

29 03 2011

Time to speak up Brisbane bus users

**I’m finding the comments and poll on this one fascinating

Southeast Queensland public transport users should consider talking to fellow travellers, according to the urban designer behind a project encouraging commuter conversations.

For the past few months, advertising signs at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital busway station have encouraged people to be friendly and chat to other transport users.

The signs, only taken down recently, promoted the idea of “priority seating for people who want conversation”, an alternative version of reserved seating for elderly or disabled people.

The project, called “I Just Wanted to Say”, did not involve marking special seats for conversation on buses, but people were encouraged to print off such signs from a website and place them on public seats.

Urban designer Yen Trinh, who developed the project, said the idea was to foster conversation.

“It was about encouraging people to talk at the bus stop and that it’s okay to do that,” she said.

Ms Trinh said it was fun to see people’s reactions to the signs, which also encouraged people to post details of their conversations on the website.

“It definitely challenged people. It got some people talking,” she said.

“When I was there [at the RBWH busway] people were talking about talking or not talking.”

Ms Trinh, who met a lady and talked about quilting, said commuters may not know each other’s names but a kind of community existed already.

“When I used to live with my parents at the end of the line you’d see the same people on the bus every day,” she said.

“When you’re commuting for a long time or you’re at the end of the line, conversations tend to happen because you see them all the time.”

Ms Trinh said she knew she had not missed her bus if a particular man doing up his tie at the bus stop was there.

She said conversations would not suit everyone, but that was fine. There was also room for the quiet carriages introduced by Queensland Rail as some people liked to “tune out” during their commutes.

Ms Trinh said she was happy with how the project went but could not quantify how many conversations it provoked.

Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said some transport users preferred to stay quiet while others were interested in having a chat.

“There’s not as much conversation as there used to be,” he said.

“When rail was really in its heyday a rail journey up to the country was a real adventure. It was almost a social thing.”

Mr Dow, who catches trains regularly, said people tended to be more sociable on services out of peak times. He said people commuting to work were in a nine-to-five routine.

“Everyone’s crammed together pretty tight actually so the last thing some people want is a bit of chit chat,” he said of peak services.

The website promoting the initiative says “priority seating for the disabled” signs help create a culture of courtesy, while the conversation seating project was meant to foster a culture of friendliness.

“Conversations in public spaces present endless possibilities to build connections, create community, and just make someone’s day a bit more interesting,” it says.

“Friendliness is contagious. Pass it on.”

The project was supported by the Public Art Unit, Project Services, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland, with graphic design work by Steven Rhodes.

The idea was also adapted for an event in New York last year.

Vintage BCC Bus Tickets

5 03 2011

Via Etsy –

Vintage QLD Rail tickets –

You’re Wacol

5 03 2011

Via Etsy.

‘You’re Wacol’ is part of our Brisbane range of transport cards featuring train stations and cute and quirky people. We started our range of transport cards in Melbourne and on a recent trip to Brisbane we decided to add another city to the range.

Wacol is located on the Ipswich line, it in Zone Four.

‘You’re Wacol’ is part of our Brisbane range of transport cards featuring train stations and cute and quirky people. We started our range of transport cards in Melbourne and on a recent trip to Brisbane we decided to add another city to the range.

Wacol is located on the Ipswich line, it in Zone Four.

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  3. Milton (You’re Milton My Heart)