Friday, 10 November 2017

And Another Zap

Type "Zap" into a certain search engine and all sorts of stuff comes up. Oddly you get this ...
... although it is unlikely that this particular word ever graced the screens of the iconic TV series.
Click on the graphic above to enlarge and see if you can find it. There is even a Batman blog which includes the erroneous "bat fight" word.
Adam West died in June this year.
Burt Ward (Robin) is the same age as fbb!
"Holy changed appearance, Batman!"

But neither appears to have Zapped anything. If any of our readers know better, please forward a screenshot to But the topmost graphic shown above (with Zap) was used to advertise a bus service.
Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257. It is the 36th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California. Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Its public transport is provided by ...
... which developed as a successor to Pacific Electric ...
... known affectionately as "Red Cars".
This operation included various stypes of local service, tram and train.
Long Beach Transit used to paint (?) its buses in a typical US boring grey with minor adornments.
Recent years have seen something of a visual upgrade ...
... and the adoption of new technologies.
One notable "brand" is "Passport".
The Passport is a free bus that connects you to downtown Long Beach’s finest attractions and destinations, including the iconic Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, many downtown hotels and Long Beach Transit’s water taxis, the AquaLink & AquaBus.
fbb cannot quite fathom what constitutes a "Zap" route. 66 Zap no longer runs; it, like many services, was centred on the Transit Mall a k a bus and metro station.
Today's 176 Zap runs every 30 minutes on Mondays to Fridays only (click to enlarge the timetable extract).
It is a fairly "normal" matrix timetable display but laid out in rows instead of columns. On-line information suggests that "Zap" might be translated as "limited stop".
The route map looks highly diagrammatic but bear in mind the US predilection for grid pattern road networks.
It starts here (above map far left) at a Technology Park being developed on former industrial land ...
... then runs east along Road No 1, the Pacific Coast Highway (abbreviated to PCH on map and on the buses).

At Signal Hill it turn sharp left at the "traffic circle" ...
... and then runs north.
The road and the 176 Zap pass under the airport runway ...
... and the bus terminates at Long Beach City College.
That's the stop over by the trees.
The articulated bus is probably a 103 ...
... which, we assume, does not Zap.

Tomorrow, we play catch-up on various bits of news including yet another secret bus service change in Sheffield.

 Next UK charivaria : Saturday 11th November 

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