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Thailand's Sky Lanterns Are Beautiful, But Incredibly Dangerous For Airplanes

The Loi Krathong holiday could turn deadly if paper lanterns lit with fuel get sucked into jet engines.

Mark Jenkins

Kyoto Can Teach the D.C. Metro a Lesson About Express Tracks

Some of Japan's best rail is fast, flexible—and doesn't use express tracks. D.C.'s Silver Line doesn't need them, either.

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Will New Yorkers Warm Up to a New 25-Mile-Per-Hour Speed Limit?

As NYC makes serious changes to reduce pedestrian traffic deaths, some New Yorkers resist out of romance for the city's chaotic streets.

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The Economic Case for a National Per-Mile Driving Fee

It could generate more revenue than we know what to do with—not a bad problem to have.

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As Boomers Age, Walkable Cities Become More Important

Millennials and older Americans agree on city accessibility, and the lobbying powerhouse of the AARP is emerging as a key advocate.

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Could Free Public Transit Get Americans to Voting Booths?

Barely half of American voters are turning out at the polls. Could free transit engage communities?

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A New Approach to Traffic Control: Ears on the Ground

Santander, Spain, tested a network of acoustic sensors capable of managing traffic congestion. But will it stand up to the future of cars?

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Does Cycling Culture Have a Drinking Problem?

A new study reveals that a high rate of fatal accidents involve cyclists biking while intoxicated.

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The Mayor of Phoenix Talks About Better Transit in a Car-Reliant City

Greg Stanton on bikeability, road diets, and transit's key role in economic success. (Oh, and the Super Bowl.)

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London Is Showing How Cities Should Treat Dirty Cars in the 21st Century

The city wants to charge the most polluting cars £12.50 to enter the city center, on top of an existing fee.

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How Memphis Became a Great Bicycle City

Bikes brought the metro fast economic growth and mobility—with challenges on the side.

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New York's Citi Bike Announces Major Changes

Prices will go up for the hugely popular bike-share service, but infrastructure will see a big overhaul in return.

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Goodnight to Night Trains?

For long-distance travelers looking for low-emissions options, choices are shrinking as Europe's overnight trains fade away.

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Oliver O'Brien

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues'

An interactive map shows what languages—apart from English—are most spoken at each underground stop.

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Windowless Planes Could Be Here In 10 Years, and They Look Amazing

...Or terrifying, if you're not fond of flying.

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In Protests, Who Owns the Highways?

Whose streets? Our streets. But more than rush hour is disrupted when people take to the highways.

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Happy Birthday, New York City Subway!

Today in 1904, NYC opened its first underground line, inspiring the biggest building boom in city history—and a spoof by Thomas Edison.

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Moving Forward with America's High-Speed Rail Projects

A status report on proposed lines in California, Texas, and the Northeast.