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  • March 12, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    How a System for Shared Taxi Rides Could Transform New York City

    The Senseable City Lab submitted a public records request to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission for all its data on those 150 million trips from 2011. They've mapped it in gorgeous, interactive detail, as part of the HubCab project unveiled today. Even more usefully, though, they've...

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  • March 11, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    A Big Legal Blow to the the Rails-to-Trails Movement

    You can find them in every state of the union, from Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida: old railroad rights of way that have been or are being converted to trails for biking, hiking, and other recreational uses. As many as 1,400 such trails covering perhaps 15,000 miles have been built...

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  • March 11, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    The Race is On for the Transit Ticket of Tomorrow

    With the mTicket app on your smartphone, you've got another choice. With a swipe of the screen, just select your destination from a list of stations, authorize a charge to your credit card, and show the conductor the time-stamped virtual ticket glowing on your phone. It doesn't cost extra to buy...

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  • March 11, 2014 | Wired

    Why More Americans are Riding Public Transit than Ever Before

    Americans are using public transit more than ever, according to a study that further proves people are increasingly comfortable riding buses and trains. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transit last year, matching a...
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  • March 10, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    The Big City Bike Parking Negative Feedback Loop

    Everybody knows that parking is a big problem in New York. Sometimes it seems as if there’s no place to secure your vehicle. It can be infuriating searching for a spot. Especially if your vehicle is a bicycle. Despite the installation of hundreds of new bike racks around the city over the past...
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  • March 10, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    London's Plan to Move Cyclists to Side Streets

    After years of planning, London is finally poised to witness a quiet revolution for two-wheeled transport: an exhaustive citywide network of new cycle routes. This overhaul will nonetheless be coming with a substantial twist. As a visitor to the city, you might possibly never come across a...

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  • March 10, 2014 | Alliance for Biking & Walking

    In Citi Bike's Success, Advocates and Nonprofits Played a Key Role

    Last year we launched Citi Bike, the largest bike share system in North America, in New York City. Weeks before the system opened to the public, thousands of members had already signed-up, and eagerly awaited the chance to be among the first to take a spin on one of the big blue bikes. Less than...

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  • March 07, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Braving the Deep, Deadly South on a Bicycle

    According to a benchmark study, released last year by the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, the states of the southern U.S. are the most dangerous per biker, and per bike mile traveled, by a wide margin. If you bike in South Carolina you are 10 times likelier to be hit and killed by a...

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  • March 06, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    America's Cities are Still too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing

    There are ways to do it. We could reduce parking availability or raise parking rates. We could implement congestion pricing. We could roll back subsidies for gas and highways and public parking garages. We could tie auto-insurance rates or infrastructure taxes to how much people actually drive.

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  • March 06, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    This Addictive New Game Lets You Build Your Own Subway System

    Fed up with your city's metro? Think you can do better? Here's your chance. New game "Mini Metro" lets you design your own subway system. Train speeds and commuter behavior are automated, so your task is simple: draw the routes that'll get the trains to run as efficiently as possible.
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  • March 04, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Bike-Share Hit Yet Another Snag in Portland, Oregon

    Portland, Oregon, is probably the most bike-centric city in the United States, with enviably advanced bike infrastructure, the country's highest percentage of two-wheeled commuters (just over 6 percent), and a robust cohort of riders (ridiculed to national acclaim on the IFC series...
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  • March 04, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    How Buenos Aires Unclogged its Most Iconic Street

    The postcard image of this proud city is Avenida 9 de Julio, a triumphant boulevard that is by some accounts the widest street in the world. There’s two parts to the picture everyone knows. One is the towering Obelisk commemorating the founding of Buenos Aires. The other is the 20 lanes of...

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  • March 03, 2014 | Smart Growth America

    The Last Frontier: Complete Streets in Alaska

    Last month, Senator Mark Begich of Alaska introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014 (S. 2004), which requires states and regions to adopt Complete Streets policies for federally funded transportation projects. Why would a Senator from the nation’s coldest state introduce legislation that supports...
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  • March 03, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Inside Nashville's Oddly Ugly Bus-Rapid Transit Debate

    The Amp, a referential name in Music City, is the $174 million bus-rapid transit project proposed to link the western stretches of the city to East Nashville over a 7.1-mile span. It's the first in-earnest attempt at reliable mass transit in Tennessee, and it has been pitched as a way to keep...

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  • February 27, 2014 | Huffington Post

    We Are the Environment

    When I was a little girl growing up in Los Angeles, I would spend summer afternoons in the backyard of my grandmother's home in South L.A., on Harvard and Martin Luther King Boulevard. I remember picking fresh berries off the bushes in her garden, and waiting for her to wash them and stir them...

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  • February 27, 2014 | The Atlantic Cities

    Google Will Give Kids in San Francisco Free Bus Passes

    The San Francisco Mayor's Office announced this afternoon that Google will donate $6.8 million over the next two years to the SF Municipal Transit Authority. The money will fund the Free Muni for Youth program, which offers low- and moderate-income youth free passes to the city’s public transit...

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  • February 26, 2014 | The White House - Office of the Press Secretary

    President Obama Lays Out Vision for 21st Century Transportation Infrastructure

    On February 26th, the President will speak at the historic Union Depot train station in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he will launch a competition for $600 million in competitive transportation funding and outline his vision for investing in America’s infrastructure with a $302 billion, four year...

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  • February 25, 2014 | New Hampshire Union Leader

    Nashua Officials Approve Charlotte Avenue Elementary School Safety Grant

    The Board of Aldermen unanimously authorized the $100,000 grant from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation as part of its final round of funding for the Safe Routes to School initiative. The grant, which includes a $36,500 match from the city, will likely be used to install flashing...

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  • February 14, 2014 | Streets Blog

    Study: Civil Rights Protections Lack Teeth When It Comes to Transportation

    American transportation policy has a woeful history of civil rights abuses. For a good part of the 1950s and ’60s, using highways to level black neighborhoods was a matter of national policy. And the white flight and segregation that those highways engendered have left a legacy that continues to...

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  • January 31, 2014 | Equity Blog

    Put Transportation Equity Back on Track

    The inequity and inadequacy of the transportation system that Dr. King pointed out nearly 45 years ago, still plagues America today. According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, transportation expenses for households in the bottom 90 percent income bracket are twice that of those in the top 10...

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