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Riding Up Front With Immigrants' Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.

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Can Uber Survive Without Self-Driving Cars?

After a high-speed crash in Arizona, the ride-hailing giant grounds its autonomous fleet.

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Nikhil Chaudhary

A Pedestrian Battle Cry, in Comic Form

In a city that averages 17 traffic-related deaths every hour, an Indian urban designer/artist is fighting for walkability and safety.

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Mark Lennihan/AP

Do You Know Who Needs Your Subway Seat?

New etiquette campaigns aim to lessen the stresses of commuting with chronic health conditions that may not be immediately visible to fellow riders.

Bernat Armangue/AP

Inside East Jerusalem's Bus System for Palestinians

While the network is clearly inferior to West Jerusalem's, less obvious is how it’s been privatized as a way to bypass the absence of an autonomous government to provide this public good.

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Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

Why does school start so early? Blame 1970s planning.

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Bureau of Transportation Statistics

A Map of Noisy America

Transportation-related racket affects 97 percent of the U.S. population, and it doesn’t have to be ear-splitting to be a public health menace.

Kamran Jebreili/AP

The Many Mysteries of the Muslim Laptop Ban

A new Homeland Security rule will ban electronics on flights from airports in Muslim-majority countries. Is this protectionism or prudence? Well, it’s complicated.

Reuters

Street Harassment Is a Public Health Problem

Women who have been harassed may feel less trust in their community, with potential long-term impacts on mental health and well-being.

RTD

Denver's New Transit Mascot Is a Total Jerk

The Colorado metro's Regional Transportation District goes irreverent with its “Don’t Be Jimmy” campaign, starring a boorish rider who just dodged a sexually transmitted disease.

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We Rode an Ikea Bike

There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?

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Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues From the Snow

It’s never too late for #sneckdown season.

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What's Better Exercise: Biking or Walking?

CityLab investigated this workout showdown.

Transit Center

On Transit Policy, City Leaders Have More Power Than They Think

State and federal policies often get in the way of transportation planning, but they don’t have to. A new field guide shows how cities can take charge.

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For Urban Transit, a Hostile Budget

But President Trump’s budget blueprint also targets transportation programs that serve rural Americans.

Courtesy of The Ray

Unlocking the Hidden Power of a Highway

An ambitious effort in Georgia aims to turn a rural road into living lab for cutting-edge technologies.

Mark Lennihan/AP

Ride-Hailing Makes Any Snow Crisis Worse

Uber, Lyft, and delivery-on-demand apps put unnecessary drivers on the road during winter weather—and we all end up paying for it.

Reuters

Snowstorm Mayors: Don't Blow This

As history shows, failing to deal with post-storm clean-up can doom city leaders.