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A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

How the Malaysians Used a Skyscraper to Fool the World

Janis Powers | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Janis Powers

Now that I've visited the Petronas Towers in the city of Kuala Lumpur ("KL") in Malaysia, I have come to appreciate the impact of successful marketing at the global level.

All Aboard: Don't Let Our Leaders 'Miss the Bus' on Fair Transportation

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Sixty percent of all public transit riders are people of color. These disparities are largely due to the fact that U.S. transportation policy and investment have historically favored middle-class and affluent neighborhoods at the expense of low-income communities and communities of color.

Why Americans Are Becoming Stupid

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Robert Slayton

The public sphere is no longer a place where Americans can solve problems, and neither are open format workplaces or classrooms. Is it any surprise that we're worried about our rate of creativity?

Invest in Infrastructure to Keep D.C. -- And America -- Moving

Richard Sarles | Posted 11.15.2011 | DC
Richard Sarles

Unless you're an engineer, infrastructure investment talk may not seem all that exciting. But it's critically necessary not just for us here at Washington Metro, but for the nation's transit systems.

America Fast Forward on the Fast Track

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Antonio Villaraigosa

Today we got a first look at the draft legislation to reauthorize our federal transportation programs. And it's great news for our transportation infrastructure nationwide.

Roots, Oil, and Real Change

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

From where I sit, trying to make this little movie, Grassroots -- real change seems to come only from the bottom. Don't recent events make it sadly too clear what "change" from the top looks like?

Regional Transit Key to Colorado's Future

Paul Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Paul Rosenthal

In the Denver area alone, the population will grow from 2.8 million now to 4.8 million by 2040. Will we all eventually have to move to Montana to find a square inch not covered by asphalt?

Stop Yawning and Start Building Trains and Other Infrastructure

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Epstein

If we want to join the Chinese and other innovators in finding solutions to our clean energy and infrastructure challenges we need to wake up before we sleep through the Green Revolution

How Metra Lost a New Rider

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

For all the recent crowing from Metra about the transit agency's nifty new homepage, the site's online contact form limits written complaints to 500 characters. Not words. Characters.

Scary Transit Issues

Gene Russianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gene Russianoff

What Halloween would be complete without the annual Straphangers Campaign trick o' treat of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority?

A Free-Bike Solution to Traffic Congestion

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

In 2010, Denver will be the first major city in the U.S. to launch a "Paris-style" free bike program. Minneapolis, Boston, and Miami will come on-line soon after.

NY Subway Lines Rated On Cleanliness

New York Times | Michael M. Grynbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Queens commuters and Mets die-hards, rejoice: the No. 7 train, which stretches west to east from Times Square in Manhattan out to Flushing, Queens (wi...

Ray LaHood at Transportation, What is Obama Thinking?

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

A Republican with a consistently bad record on environmental issues has just been nominated to run the Department of Transportation.

Public Transportation Use Booming Despite Falling Gas Prices

The Raw Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Despite plunging petrol prices, Americans are using public transportation in record numbers, with more than 2.8 billion trips taken on metros, buses a...