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Voice-Operated Texting While Driving: As Unsafe As It Ever Was

A new California law says drivers can text and email via voice systems safely — but the evidence begs to differ.

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In Oregon, Pushing Ahead With Road Use Fees

The state's latest pilot program overcomes privacy concerns by giving drivers five options, from full tracking to none at all.

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Pointless Mayoral Sports Betting: Surely We Can Do Better Than This

America's mayors could clearly use some inspiration.

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4 Ways the Feds Are Making Transit Better

New funding rules should speed up major projects and increase local benefits.

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Do Cities Really Take the Lead on Climate Change?

They may tend to adopt easier policies first, according to a new report.

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Why New York's Sandy Commission Recommendations Matter

Climate adaptation policy remains pretty untested.

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Silicon Valley Can't Get Transit Right

Less than 1 percent of Santa Clara County residents ride VTA light rail, and taxpayers subsidize 85 percent of the operating costs.

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Why Cruises Start and Stop Where They Do

What it takes to become a port city of a major cruise line.

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6 Ideas for L.A.'s Next Great Transit Project

Rapid-bus routes, an elevated highway, and a combined transit-road tunnel are among the finalists.

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Why Would Rural and Big City Kids Be Similarly Underprepared for Kindergarten?

They're both lagging behind their suburban and small city counterparts, according to new research.

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3 Keys for Drawing Drivers to Mass Transit

Quality service isn't enough -- systems need to create an "emotional" draw, some experts argue.

The Hunt for Unbuilt Los Angeles

An upcoming exhibit reveals the L.A. that might have been.

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Why Don't American Subway Stations Have Public Bathrooms?

Some say it's a security measure — but others think it's a matter of money.

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What Really Matters for Increasing Transit Ridership

A new analysis disputes the idea that cities need a strong central business district to draw commuters onto transit.

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After Another Death, MTA Reconsiders Protective Platform Doors

They received a proposal for a "no cost" barrier system at least a year ago — and haven't moved on it.

The Best City Time-Lapse Videos of 2012

Kuala Lampur, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hurricane Sandy make this year's list.

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4 Great Transportation Projects to Watch (and 4 Awful Ones)

Highlights from the Sierra Club's list of the country's 50 best and worst.

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Why Renters Waste More Energy Than Homeowners

Landlords buy inefficient appliances, according to new research.

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The Future of City Driving: Per-Mile Car Insurance

MetroMile, an insurance company aimed at urban drivers with a low-car lifestyle, launched in Portland this month.