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How Brooklyn Could Survive the L Train Shutdown

A new report urges: Keep calm and get on the gondola.

Matamoros Planning Commission

A Plan for a Bike Trail Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

The bi-national path would connect Matamoros and Brownsville.

Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Dragging Montreal's Taxi Industry Into the 21st Century

A company with an all-electric fleet of cabs and 40 percent of all medallions in the city is a beacon of light for Montreal’s taxi business.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The 'Tortured Transit' of Bus Routes

Using the hashtag #StraighterIsGreater, the Transit Center is collecting maps of the most convoluted bus routes in the U.S. and abroad.


In the 1950s, General Motors Made a Pretty Modern Case for Buses

The automaker produced an earnest, albeit self-interested, pitch for public transportation.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Uber and Lyft Promise to Play By the Rules (Sort Of)

In Massachusetts, New York, Portland, and beyond, ride-hailing companies have made some gestures of conciliation.

Library of Congress

Making a Real Underground Railroad

The novelist Colson Whitehead talks about the truth behind his alternative history of the pre-Civil War South—and why he can’t stop writing about trains.


The Bay Area Takes the Fight to Elevator Urinators

BART is installing a new kind of anti-pee floor coating, as well as a “bacteria-eating enzyme misting system.”

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Serving Supper in a Restaurant for Refugees: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Bad Trains, Explained

A video recaps why U.S. passenger rail is so dreadful.


San Francisco Wants You to Design Its Future Transit System

The city is asking for ideas on where to build future subway lines.

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Pittsburgh Is Going Driverless

In what would be an industry milestone, the Steel City will welcome Uber’s first autonomous ride-sharing vehicles this month.

Transport for Cairo

Young Egyptians Are Leading Cairo's Transit Mapping Revolution

'Transport for Cairo' is on a mission to change the way commuters navigate the city's formal and informal public transportation networks.

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A Year After a Radical Route Rethink, Houston's Transit Ridership Is Up

The city’s bus network transformation seems to be working.


Netflix's 'The Get Down' Shows What a Community Without Police Looks Like

The new six-part series is a testament to both the social limitations and successes of hip hop.  

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

The Importance of Targeting Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions

New fuel-efficiency regulations could make trucks, buses, and ships a lot cleaner.

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The Downsides of Data-Based Transportation Planning

The quantitative data that’s available is far too limited, and likely to lead us to the wrong conclusions.

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A Changing Downtown With No Room for Greyhound

Edmonton’s new “Ice District” has forced inter-city bus passengers to find a far away station with no public transit connections.

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Evicted for a Debt the Price of a Meal: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.