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Houston's Plan to Get an Amazing New Bus System for No New Money

By eliminating route redundancies and emphasizing ridership, the city thinks it can get a better trip at the same price.

Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?

In a city where nine in ten drive to work, the answer could reshape the future.

Maybe Transit Isn't Surging After All

Questioning the numbers behind the new ridership "record."

How Design Can Help Build a 'Transit Culture'

Transit "branding," from a system's logos to its stations, can have a real impact on riders.

This Addictive New Game Lets You Build Your Own Subway System

An afternoon diversion for transit nerds.

Paris's Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools

Ideas for putting the city's "ghost stations" to good use. 

A Paris Metro Car, Gift-Wrapped

Alas, city transport bosses do not seem to have enjoyed this stunt as much as their riders.

Definitive Evidence That L.A.'s New Light Rail Line Reduces Driving

A carefully controlled study of the Expo line shows that vehicles miles dropped 40 percent.

Keep Your B.O. to Yourself, and Other Friendly Tips for Paris Metro Riders

Courtesy of a new book of drawings.

London's Tube Joins an Elite Group of Cities to Offer All-Night Subway Service

Just a handful of places offer that option to commuters.

Future Ai Weiwei Commentary of the Day: 3000-Year-Old Tombs Mistakenly Bulldozed in Guangzhou

The Chinese city is building out its subway system so fast, this Shang dynasty archaeological site never stood a chance.

The World's Most Luxurious Metro Station?

Here's what a subway station looks like in Saudi Arabia.

D.C.'s Elegant Metro Map Suffers From Growing Pains

WMATA's new design proposals foretell a busier, uglier future.

Class-Divided Cities: Atlanta Edition

The fifth installment in our series mapping the class divides in America's cities and metros.

Commuter Portraits of the Day: Beijing Metro Riders in GIFs

They capture the spirit of transit in a way no photo could.

Stunt of the Day: Can This Guy Get Off a Train at One Metro Stop and Catch It at the Next?

Man against machine.

Record Breaking Metro System of the Day: Beijing

With an end-of-year expansion, it is now the world's longest subway system.

Riding the Subway as Therapy

Wrapped in steel and plastic and surrounded by strangers, public transportation can be as soothing as a night out with friends.

The Geography of Gun Violence in Cities and Metros

What we learn when we zoom in on the data.