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Stephen Mallon

The Fantastic Transformation of Subway Cars into Artificial Reefs

A photographer spent years watching heavy machinery hurl MTA cars into the Atlantic.

REUTERS/Koen van Weel

Amsterdam Has Officially Run Out of Spaces to Park Its Bicycles

The cycling mecca of the Netherlands plans to build a partially underwater bike parking facility to deal with its crush of two-wheeled commuters.

YikeBike

Is It a Motorized Tricycle? A Seated Segway? Nope, It's a YikeBike

YikeBike's inventors see it becoming "the most commonly owned transport device in the world." But it's got some drawbacks.

The Myth That Everyone Naturally Prefers Trains to Buses

When you focus on what really matters—service—much of the difference actually disappears.

Videos
"Hotel 22"/Elizabeth Lo/Vimeo

'Hotel 22': Silicon Valley's All-Night Rolling Homeless Shelter

Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo's new short offers an up-close look at how public buses help the homeless survive in one of America's wealthiest counties.

Maps
Eric Fischer/Mapbox

Where Do Locals Go in Major Cities? Check Out This Interactive World Map

A world map made of millions of geotagged tweets show the spots where locals—and tourists—flock.

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Why Are Londoners Texting with an Inanimate Signpost?

Some are even asking the (surprisingly jerkish) signpost for a date.

Accord / Shutterstock.com

As More Cities Adopt 'Vision Zero,' a Grand Experiment Emerges on U.S. Streets

Seattle has joined a growing list of major American cities trying out the Swedish approach to reducing traffic deaths.

The Evening World, February 27, 1895, via Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog

The L.A. Dodgers Are Named After Terrified Brooklyn Pedestrians

The history of the "Trolley Dodgers" reminds us city streets once belonged to people.

Mike Bain/Terminal

The Minimalist Art of Airport Runways

The most functional part of airport design gets turned into stark yet elegant art in a new poster series.

Maps
National Park Service Division of Natural Sounds and Night Skies

The Quietest Places in America, Mapped

New data from National Park Service scientists shows that "most people live in environments where night skies and soundscapes are profoundly degraded."

Russian Railways

The Sochi Light Rail Is the Most Epic Failure in Olympic History

Russian oligarchs who helped finance the most expensive Olympics in history are shedding their shares of the line, leaving it barely running.

joiseyshowaa / Flickr

6 Reasons New York's Latest Traffic Pricing Plan Will Succeed

The growing Move NY coalition has released its final plan—and it has signs of a winner.

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Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Beijing Has Turned Into a Beautiful Ghost Town for Chinese New Year

Witness the largest annual human migration.

AP Photo/John Raby

The New, Everyday Fiery Train Crash

A derailed crude-oil shipment in West Virginia is the latest terrifying accident—despite new federal regulations and reputedly safer tanker cars.

Flickr/Ron Reiring

A New Index to Measure Sprawl Gives High Marks to Los Angeles

L.A. is the least sprawling metro area in the country, according to this analysis, besting New York and San Francisco.

Courtesy MARTA

A Hands-Free, Self-Cleaning Bathroom for Transit Stations

Has the "public restroom of the future" arrived in Atlanta?

Mark Byrnes

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.