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Will Geary

Groove Out to 24 Hours of New York Transit With the 'Multimodal Symphony'

A chaotic animation portrays a full day of New York traffic, from buses to taxis to ferries to Amtrak.

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Why Mexico City Has Counterflow Bus Lanes

Planners today are rethinking the transit oddity that grew out of car-centric policies from the late ‘70s.

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Reuters

Who Owns Transit Data?

Most U.S. cities share their transit information freely, which helps trip-planning services and boosts ridership. But most German cities don’t. Should they?

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TTC, National Ballet of Canada

The World's Most Elegant Public Transit Campaign

The Toronto Transit Commission and the National Ballet of Canada have the antidote to the depressing “If You See Something, Say Something.”

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The Science of Fleeing a Mass-Transit Emergency

In a terrorist attack, passengers don’t always react how you might expect—and it’s important to plan for that.

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What Drove the Driving Downturn?

In an (academic) brawl over sprawl, planners are debating whether compact development contributed to a recent decrease in vehicles miles traveled.

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Rebuilding the 'Kingdom of Bicycles'

Two decades ago, China pushed bikes aside to advance its car-centric ambitions. Now it’s regretting that move—and betting on bike share to making cycling cool again.

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Climate Change Might Worsen Nauseating Airplane Turbulence

Future fliers can expect more brushes with turbulence strong enough to hurl unbuckled people around the cabin, according to new research.

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How Bike Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good

They don’t do much to improve safety, but they’re great at getting people to avoid cycling altogether.

Austin Transportation Department

Austin's Traffic-Safety Signs Are Indeed Weird

“ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD / PLEASE DRIVE WILLIE SLOW.”

Harrison McClary/Reuters

Mosque NIMBYism: The Neighborhood Muslim Ban

In communities across the U.S., zoning laws are being used to obstruct the construction of new mosques and Islamic centers.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

The Latest Headache for Brexit Britain: Gibraltar's Airport

In an unhinged first week of negotiations, the U.K. is caught between a rock and a runway.

David Goldman/AP

What Happened to Atlanta's Carmageddon?

When a major freeway closes, the expected gridlock almost never happens. This should teach us something about traffic.

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BART

Meet the Bay Area Residents Fighting Discrimination on Public Transit

Locals and officials teamed up in support of inclusivity on BART.

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Portland Wants to Make Bike Share Work for Disabled Riders

The city is becoming one of a handful to shed the notion that people with disabilities don’t want to ride.

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Keep Metro Bleak!

The raw concrete vaults of Washington, D.C.’s subway system are landmarks of Brutalist design. That hasn’t stopped transit officials from messing with them.  

Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Why Uber Is Promoting Road Pricing

Cities that charge drivers to use gridlocked roads would play well with the company’s aggressive expansion of carpool options.

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

The Cars That Ate Paris

The City of Light surrendered its streets to the private automobile in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, under siege from smog and traffic, Paris is leading some of Europe’s most aggressive efforts to fight back.