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Baltimore MTA Bus

Baltimore Leaders Call on City To Think Big on Transit

With federal infrastructure funding on the table, local leaders are calling for a comprehensive strategy to improve the region’s public transit.

July 1, 2022 - Maryland Matters

Miami Bus

To Fight Climate Change, Support Public Transit

Electric cars may garner a lot of attention these days, but significantly reducing carbon emissions and urban congestion means investing in high-quality mass transit.

November 5, 2021 - The Verge

Electric Car

Electric Cars Won't Solve Climate Change

Electric cars might look great in your driveway, but they're a symbol of a systemic problem: an ineffective, car-based approach to addressing transportation's climate impacts.

March 9, 2021 - ConorBronsdon

Transit Planning

ST 2040: Envisioning a World-Class Transit System in Washington State

In February, climate candidate for Seattle Mayor Andrew Grant Houston and I laid out a vision for the Puget Sound region's transportation future in The Urbanist.

March 3, 2021 - ConorBronsdon


Another Fun Neighborhood Analysis Toy

A Trulia feature offers lots of interesting information about neighborhoods (or at least about how their residents perceive them).

December 23, 2020 - Michael Lewyn

Police Enfocement

Investment in Public Transit Could Reduce the Need for Police Traffic Enforcement

In Nick Demarsh and Rick Banks' opinion, defunding the police requires cities to reconsider car culture.

August 14, 2020 - NextCity

Green Line, Los Angeles

For the Coronavirus Pandemic, Public Transit Is the Move

Now is the time to invest in public transit as the correct coronavirus pandemic transportation solution.

July 30, 2020 - The World Bank

Chicago River

COVID-19 and Big, Dense Cities That Aren't New York

As in metropolitan New York, big, dense cities don't always suffer from coronavirus to a greater extent than their car-oriented suburbs.

April 28, 2020 - Michael Lewyn


A Cheer (Or Maybe Even Two) For Redundancy

Is government too efficient to protect us from epidemics?

April 6, 2020 - Michael Lewyn

Central Suburban Passenger Company

A New Suburban Rail System for Moscow

Two of a planned five new suburban rail routes, modeled on examples in Paris and Berlin, opened last week in Russia.

November 25, 2019 - Railway Gazette


Learning from the National Household Travel Survey

The Federal Highway Administration's National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that transit use is rising and household vehicle miles traveled are declining—but other data sources paint a more ambiguous picture.

January 22, 2019 - Michael Lewyn

Senate Bans Procurements of Chinese Transit Vehicles

The temporary ban applies to bus and rail projects seeking funding from a number of FTA programs.

August 14, 2018 - Eno Transportation Weekly

Kid on Train

The Moral Foundations of Public Support For Environmentalism and Public Transit

Why do green transportation policies attract less intense support than environmentalist policies related to waste and litter?

March 19, 2018 - Michael Lewyn

Moynihan Train Hall

In New York's Next Penn Station, Function Does Not Always Follow Form

Some of the time and money invested in the visually spectacular Moynihan Station should have been spent looking at how well it actually works for commuters, writes Alon Levy.

January 11, 2018 - CityLab

MARTA Trains

Urine Trouble: MARTA Station Elevators to Get Pee Alarms

To discourage users from peeing on elevators at Atlanta MARTA stations, new urine detection technology is being installed as part of rehab plans.

June 21, 2017 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BART Train

Can Public Transit Run on Solar Power?

California's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has recently been exploring ways to power its system using renewable energy sources, but is it really possible to power one of the state's "top 10 power consumers" with alternative energy?

April 11, 2017 - Doggerel

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Veterans Ride Free on Kansas City Buses

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) has partnered with veterans group to provide free transit to the city's veterans.

March 24, 2017 - Kansas City Star

Downtown Boise

Bus or Streetcar? Boise Ponders a 'Circulator' Through Downtown

While what exact form it will take is uncertain, the idea of a circulator running a loop through Downtown Boise is gaining support.

March 19, 2017 - Boise Weekly


An interview with a photographer about his unflattering pictures of train riders in Tokyo's crowded subway.

October 21, 2016 - CNN

D.C. Metro

Where Have D.C.'s Metro Riders Gone?

Following an 11 percent drop in ridership in the last quarter, transportations experts are left scratching their heads as to where D.C.'s Metrorail riders have gone.

October 11, 2016 - The Washington Post

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