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Why U.S. Transit Systems Are Still So Far Away From Converting to Driverless Trains

Public sector transit unions are a potent force in setting transit agendas in American cities – more so than in Europe and Asia.

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Study of the Day: Planners Miscalculate Benefits of New Roads

Researchers in Denmark found that municipalities underestimate the economic and environmental impact of new roads.

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Why Americans and Europeans Give Directions Differently

A new study finds big cross-cultural differences in spatial descriptions.

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You Can Now Travel the Really Boring Part of the Thames By Air

Is London's 'Emirates Air-Line' a total or partial waste of money?

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Filling a City With Moving Walkways: Is This a Good Idea?

Is this Spanish walkalator a boon for the old and infirm, or a crutch for the lazy?

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The End of Taxis

Traditional taxicab drivers are in trouble and they don't even know it yet. 

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The Underground New York Public Library

A subway-hopping photographer memorializes reading riders on a Tumblr blog.

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London Mayor's Olympic Message to Tube Riders: 'There Is Going to Be Huge Pressure on the Transport Network'

Transit riders will get to hear the mayor's voice on their trips throughout the Olympics.

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New York City Fixes Mayhem-Causing Subway Stair

In a blow to the national humor reserve, Brooklyn's 36th Street stop will no longer be wantonly tripping commuters.

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Why Environmental Reviews Are Slowing Down Big Projects

It takes a long time to get big infrastructure investments through the process, but it doesn't have to.

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How the Transportation Bill Failed America

Congress had an opportunity to bring America into the 21st century. Instead it chose to pass a bill that will do little to improve access to public transportation.

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Court Decision of the Day: NYC's Taxis Don't Have To Be Wheelchair Accessible

It looks like Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to remake the taxi industry will move forward.

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In the Future, Traffic Might Sound Less Like 'Honk' and More Like 'Eee-Beep-Boop'

A British designer wants to turn the noise of electric cars into a city-wide, experimental symphony.

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Confessions of a Straphanger

Travel writer Taras Grescoe on the joys of public transportation.

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What's Making China Fat?

Obesity rates have skyrocketed in China over the last generation, at the same time that its cities have exploded. A group of researchers is now trying to pin down the relationship between the two.

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Traffic Noise Might Give You a Heart Attack

Louder streets have been linked to greater risk of cardiac arrest.

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Freeway Removal Hits a Roadblock in the Bronx

Reports of the death of the Sheridan Expressway have been greatly exaggerated.

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Building a Better Bus Stop

In Paris, a glimpse at what could be.