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1950s General Motors Propaganda Film: Solution to Congestion Is More Roads

More parking, lane miles was the automaker's prescription at mid-century, with a cameo from Robert Moses.

BART

How BART Finally Decided to Replace Its Bacteria-Covered, Gross Old Seats

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is deploying vinyl seats that don't cough up clouds of filth when smacked, like the wool ones do.

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Time-Shifting the Morning School Rush

If you can't avoid a car commute, maybe you can slightly change what time you do it.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Sarah Goodyear

Why a Pedestrian Avenue Makes So Much Sense for Midtown Manhattan

Despite initial skepticism, a 6 ½ Avenue would merely legitimize behavior that is already happening.

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A Brief History of the Parking Meter

How a newspaperman in Oklahoma City revolutionized downtown parking.

Wikimedia Commons

A Single Day On the Moscow Subway, in 2 Minutes

A time-lapse film highlights both the serene and the chaotic nature of the city's famous subway system.

City of Philadelphia

Which U.S. City Had the Best April Fool's Prank?

Etsy acquired the city of Portland; Boulder's electric company cut off service for residents who voted against it; Philadelphia unveiled a pedestrian lane for distracted texters.

BRTdata.org

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit

A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.

Flickr/Thomas Hawk

Here Is New York Transit

It's where rich and poor, wise and weird, picker and non-picker unite.

Google Maps

How to Make a Greener Parking Lot

They aren't going away, but we can at least limit their harm.

The Latest Fantastic Transportation System That Will Never Be Built

We'd love to get from New York to Beijing in 2 hours, but we won't hold our breath.

The True Cost of Unwalkable Streets

Five charts can explain what the diabetes epidemic has to do with our current urban planning.

Courtesy of Steve Wilkin

Illustrating a Commute, One Rider at a Time

Artist Steve Wilkin sketches those who ride the 7:38 train in a free newspaper.

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Shweeb

Whatever Happened to The Shweeb?

The whimsical plastic people-mover, a blend of monorail and recumbent bicycle, was a big enough idea to attract an investment by Google. So where is it now?

Courtesy: City of New Haven

Bad Review of the Day: New Haven's Reviled Urban Highway Replacement

The city won a grant to replace its highway with a walkable downtown, but one group raises several concerns about the new plan.

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Should We Pay People to Drive Off-Peak?

Rewarding commuters who switch travel modes or times may be more effective than charging those who drive at rush hour, a new study suggests.

A Bike To Fix Public Transit's Biggest Problem

Gabriel Wartofsky thinks his folding electric bike can be the final cog in a multi-modal transportation network.

A Picture Worth 1,000 Arguments for More Walkable Streets

Some particularly disastrous streets, along with some hope for the future.