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How Park-and-Ride Encourages Car Use

A new study finds that people who used to make the whole trip by bike or transit now drive to the station.

Current Biology, Brown et al.

More Crazy Proof Birds Are Evolving to Live With Cars

This latest evolutionary trick by cliff swallows is particularly impressive.

Reuters

The Economic Case for Rail Subsidies

Service increases may pay for themselves through emissions reductions and safety improvements, even before factoring in congestion.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Maps
Chris Nelson

If Only All Subway Sandwich Shops Were Actual Subway Stations

Baltimore gets an edible fantasy transit system.

jbcurio/Wikimedia Commons

Mass Transit Use Isn't Up Everywhere

Public transportation ridership is up across the U.S., but the opposite is true in many cities that voted down funding measures last year.

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Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?

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When It Comes to Talking on Phones While Driving, Americans Are the Worst

According to a CDC study, we do this more than most European countries.

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Corcoran et. al

Mapping the Growth of OpenStreetMap

Looking back over the history of the crowdsourced digital street map, a familiar pattern emerges.

Eric Goldwyn

The Limits of Bus Rapid Transit: A Cape Town Case Study

Why BRT isn't right for every city.

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Should Pregnant Women Be Warned About the Health Risks of Driving?

The latest research suggests the answer is yes.

Cory Bortnicker

Now These Could Be Useful: Pedestrian Penalty Cards

Cory Bortnicker takes a humorous approach to enforcing sidewalk etiquette.

Reuters

A Conflict Resolution Scholar Explains How to Resolve Conflicts in the Quiet Car

Andrea Bartoli suggests an approach that presumes ignorance on the part of offenders.

Dmitry Gudkov/Transportation Alternatives

It's No 'Accident': NYPD Changes the Way It Talks About Traffic Deaths

The NYPD is replacing the term "accident" with the word "collision," a change that underscores a new approach to bike and pedestrian fatalities.

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Londonair.org.uk

'Nowcasting' Pollution on the Streets of London

A visual reminder of where most pollution in our cities comes from.

Keri Tan, Max Pilwat, Ferdi Rodriguez

Imagine a Digital Library in Every Bus or Train

Slow commute? No problem.

Wikimedia Commons

How Free Transit Works in the United States

Chapel Hill has been a fare-free system since 2002 and is still going strong.

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Where It Takes the Longest to Get To Work

New Census data on commute times suggests not much has changed in the last ten years.

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Beverly Hills's Juicy NIMBY Battle Goes to the Polls Today

The fight over a subway line under the high school has exposed the conflicted, vulnerable position of Mayor William Brien.