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From 'Controlled Regional Growth' to Dancing on the Silver Line: D.C. Metro Promotional Videos Through History

As WMATA's newest rail line debuts, a look back at videos from the early days of Washington's transit system.

London's Tube Is Dangerously Hot, and the City Can't Do Much About It

Temperatures inside trains have climbed above government guidelines for safely transporting livestock. But narrow tunnels leave few options for modern climate control. 

CityFixer

Singapore's Early Morning Free Transit Program Has Been a Huge Success

Encouraging commuters to leave earlier has made for less crowded trains during the peak.

Medellín Made Urban Escalators Famous. But to What End?

The results of a three-month study on the economic and social effects of the Colombian city's iconic intervention. 

Austin's Rail-or-Fail Vote Is Uniting Transit Supporters and Foes

Facing down a determined opposition, Austin is wise to plan for growth with its new rail project—even if that means investing in areas where demand is only starting to arrive.

Videos

Think You Can Shred? Try Skateboarding a Pallet Down Tram Tracks

We don't actually recommend that. But one skater has developed something way cooler than any longboard.

The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt

The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory.

Wealthy New Yorkers Can't Afford to Move

People leave the city for many reasons. But the richest don't stray far.

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

CityFixer

The Atlanta Transit Agency's Big Plan to Convert Parking Lots into Housing

MARTA sees real estate as a gateway to better train and bus service.

Maps

A Vignelli-Inspired Map Designed to Make the Least Amount of People Mad

One designer thinks his version of the notorious 1972 subway map wouldn't bother as many New Yorkers.

Why Amtrak's On-Time Performance Is So Much Worse This Year

The passenger rail carrier lost its leverage with freight rail companies after a federal appeals court ruling in 2013.

Videos

Does Your Bike-Share System Have a Theme Song?

Changwon, South Korea's does. Get ready to be jealous. 

New Orleans Transit Never Recovered After Katrina

New Orleans' population has rebounded since the devastating 2005 hurricane, but public transportation is still a mess—especially for the poor.

What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?

In the future, GPS directions may not always be destination-driven.

NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To

The city is paying a steep price to build the much-needed new line, and will pay a steeper one if it fails to finish.

The Many Languages of Transit Platform Signs

There's no one way to show riders the way, but some are better than others.

The U.S. Has Quietly Made Some Remarkable Advances in Fuel-Efficiency

Standards developed over the past decade offer reasons for optimism.