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The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

The humble traffic signal is gaining some new responsibilities.

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Why the People in Charge of Transit Systems Should Be Required to Actually Ride Transit

It may sound obvious, but it's a big problem in cities across the country.

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Building an Unhackable Autonomous Vehicle

We should investigate the many ways hackers could disrupt self-driving cars before we begin deploying them.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Can Waving Orange Flags Really Make Pedestrians Safer?

More cities are trying to make crossing the street less deadly by handing out low-tech flags. But does this just make walkers seem weird?

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It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.

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Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

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The Power of Walking: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

In New York, smart street design helped the city have its safety and its speed, too.

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Biking Toward Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Every day, the Women's National Cycling Team of Afghanistan faces ridicule and threats. And still they ride—with their eyes on the 2020 Olympics.

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The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?

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Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren't Meeting the Standards of Good Transit

It's not anti-transit or anti-rail driving the skepticism; it's anti-bad rail transit.

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How Car Companies Are Trying to Win Back Millennials

Get ready for the dashboard selfie.

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A New Penn Station Wing for Amtrak in New York May Be Closer Than We Thought

The second phase of Moynihan Station is nearly funded.

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Cyclists: Let's Talk About Shoaling

Why you shouldn't let inexperienced cyclists get under your skin.

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People in a Hurry Choose Uber Over Traditional Cabs

In San Francisco, unlike with taxis, people rarely wait more than 10 minutes for a ride service.

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The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

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Shanghai to San Francisco in Under Two Hours? Don't Hold Your Breath

Chinese scientists say super-fast submarine technology could achieve torpedo speeds for passengers. File this one under fascinating but unlikely. 

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Mobileye Wants to Drive Your Car for You

The software company's self-guided technology can help cars avoid collisions, detect pedestrians, and interpret street signs and traffic lights.