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9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe

Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.

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Welcome to The Future of Transportation

Our new series exploring how U.S. cities are reinventing the way we navigate them.

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This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

An experiment from Nairobi with implications for the urbanizing world.

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The 'Mass Transit' Super Bowl's Mass Transit Was a Serious Disappointment

Poor planning led to overheated stations and overcrowded platforms.

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New York Fights to Set Its Own Speed Limits

Right now, the city can't reduce speeds on pedestrian-heavy roads. But advocates are hoping to change that.

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Thanks to the Super Bowl, New York Has Its Very First Regional Transit Map

NJ Transit and the MTA, all on one diagram.

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Visualizing Exactly How Subways Distort Our Sense of Space

An experiment from Shanghai.

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Nicer Transit Stations Attract More Riders

But balancing quality and cost is no easy task.

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The Tricks Designers Use to Make Roads Safer

Modernizing India's highways hasn't cut down on fatalities. But a Mumbai engineering firm thinks things like curves and signs could make all the difference.

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How Much Snow It Typically Takes to Cancel School in the U.S.

The geography of the snow day, courtesy of Reddit user atrubetskoy.

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Anthony Weiner Used to Hate Bike Lanes. Now, He Loves Them.

If only he'd made this a central plank in his campaign for mayor! (And not been an Internet skeezball.)

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How Atlanta's History Helped Set the Stage for This Week's Weather Debacle

A crisis decades in the making.

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This Broken London Tube Turnstile Could Sing Backup on Blur's 1997 Hit 'Song 2'

And Ritch Ames made a video of what that'd sound like.

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The Largest Free Mass Transit Experiment in the World

Last January, the Estonian capital of Tallinn stopped charging for trolley and bus rides. It's had some unexpected results.

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How a Minor Snow Storm in the South Led to So Many People Sleeping in Pharmacies and Grocery Stores

A traffic nightmare with major repercussions.

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The Fuzzy Logic of a Jaywalking Crackdown in New York

Officials hope it'll make streets safer. But pedestrians are often the victim of careless, speeding drivers.

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The Google Bus Didn't Cause San Francisco to Become Super Expensive, But It May Be Accelerating the Process

A visual study.

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The Future of Honking

Cars are getting quieter. Should horns be getting quieter as well?