Public Transit

A Harrowing Subway Video With a Happy Ending

A Madrid man rescues a woman who fainted onto the tracks.

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Would More Drivers Use Mass Transit if It Mimicked Private Cars?

Personal Rapid Transit tries for a comeback.

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What Buenos Aires Can Teach Us About Walkability

And other lessons in urbanism from the South American capital.

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Romney's Murky Urban Agenda

As Massachusetts governor, Romney was a believer in smart growth, climate change and mass transit. But the same man may not enter the White House, if he wins.

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New York's Sustainability Catch-22

The city's greenest asset – its subway system – also became its greatest weakness this week.

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Yes, This Ad Is Offensive. But Free Speech Rides Public Transit, Too

Sometimes embracing free speech means sharing the subway with an ad that churns your stomach.

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The End of Car Ownership (in the Developed World, at Least)

A new carpool company in France is part of the growing trend.

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Want Healthier Seniors? Give Them Bus Passes

Researchers find free rides on public transit can spur physical activity in older adults.

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The Difference Between Bus Riders and Train Riders

The characteristics of the average L.A. transit user depends on what form of transit they use.

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Boosting Ridership by Replacing Buses With Rail

How L.A.'s rail system has put more riders on transit.

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Why China's Subway Boom Went Bust

Officials say 70 to 80 percent of China's planned subway lines are being postponed. What's the country to do?

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Bus Riders and Invasive Advertising

How futuristic novelty ads unfairly target and take advantage of commuters who can't escape.

Brent Toderian

3 Lessons Every Olympic City Should Take to Heart

Done right, the Olympics can increase a city's public spaces and public transportation use.

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If You Were to X-Ray an Entire Office Building, It Would Look Something Like This

Radioactive photographer Nick Veasey works with dangerous wavelengths to reveal the inner beauty of the city.

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Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes?

Taxes on quick car-share trips run as high as 60 percent.

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'That Boy Can Drive': Behind the Wheel at the 2012 International Bus Roadeo

The olympics of bus driving draws stiff competition, and plenty of devoted fans.

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America's Best Cities for Transit, According to Walk Score

New York, San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. top a new ranking of the best cities for transit.

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Unusual Urban Pastime of the Day: Subway Speed Riding

An international duo tries to ride the New York subway from end to end faster than anyone else.

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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.