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How New York's Toll System Got Completely Busted

High tolls can keep a transportation network efficient and equitable. Right now, the city's system accomplishes neither.

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Madrid's Big Plan to Swear Off Cars

The city's new master plan lays out a sharp turn back toward a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city.

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Baltimore's Got Some Playful New 'Hopscotch Crosswalks'

And also ones that look like zippers.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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What Your Street Grid Reveals About Your City

The surprising ways size and shape can impact a place's economic productivity and walkability.

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Following a Spate of Deaths, London Cyclists Get Militant

Five bicyclists were killed on the city's streets in November alone, leading to a dramatic protest Friday.

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Reality Check: Cars Didn't Save Our Cities From Being Buried in Horse Manure

An increasingly relevant history lesson.

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America's Neglect of its Railroads Is Turning Deadly

If we can't even invest of the safety of what we've got, the future of public transport could be under threat.

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Finally, a Bicycle Ad That's as Sexy as One for a Car

In which we're told that riding a bike is cool and edgy and just might help you pick up some babes.

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Why Correcting Misperceptions About Mass Transit May Be More Important Than Improving Service

Attitudes toward public transportation and concerns about safety have a huge influence over whether or not a person rides.

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This Is Your Brain on Cars

Paul Salopek is sharing his insights during a seven-year walk around the world.

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Neurotic Travelers Get a Holiday Gift From Google Street View

The service has started mapping airports and other transportation hubs.

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Tracing the World's Most Complicated Roadways With GPS Data

How highway interchanges become beautiful color-coded open-source maps.

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How New Yorkers Reacted When a Stranger Slept on Them in the Subway

To sleep, perchance to freak out some fellow commuters.

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Why U.S. Immigrants Drive Less Than Natives

New insights from focus groups with recent arrivals who settled in New Jersey.

London's Tube Joins an Elite Group of Cities to Offer All-Night Subway Service

Just a handful of places offer that option to commuters.

The Lost Excitement, Pathos, and Beauty of the Railroad Timetable

An elegy for the paper symbol of the mechanical age.

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The Secret Art of Street Sweeping

How New York cleans 6,000 miles of roads every day.

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Why Cheese Brine Might Be the Answer to Our Icy Winter Roads

In Wisconsin, even the streets smell like cheese.