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Public Transit

Misplaced Priorities in the MTA Capital Plan

Carol Kellermann | Posted 10.29.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

The extraordinary public transit system operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the lifeblood of New York's 24-hour-a-day economy.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

Uber Is My New Favorite Thing

Tom Falco | Posted 10.14.2014 | Miami
Tom Falco

I was going to the airport the other day and decided to finally try Uber. I summoned them on my cell phone and the app said a guy named Jerry (not his...

Public Transit: The Road to Opportunity

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Angela Glover Blackwell

Would-be workers are not connecting to training; job efficiency is compromised because of lateness, missed work days, and transportation related-distractions due to unreliable, unaffordable and unsafe public transit.

It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

Cars and Trucks Can Only Take Us So Far

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

When Detroit went into a slump, the country followed. But while the auto industry remains an important part of our economy, and a healthy auto sector is a definite plus, it is no longer as pivotal as it once was.

A Train to the Airport? We're Poised for Progress

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

We don't need to reinvent the wheel here. This is an efficient and convenient system used by dozens of the largest airports in cities throughout the country such as New York, Denver, Oakland, Houston, Miami and Washington DC. And they work.

Here's A Bus Stop In London Made Out Of 100,000 Lego Bricks, And It's Pretty Delightful

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.25.2014 | Good News

London commuters may be in for a surprise the next time they catch the W1 bus on Regent Street near Hamleys toy store. There they will find a fully fu...

Let's Connect to Opportunity

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Many Americans -- many of them living in low-income communities and communities of color -- lack accessible transportation options that can make all the difference in their ability to meet basic needs, participate fully in community life, and connect and contribute to our national economy.

The Best Way to Celebrate Earth Day

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Lawrence J. Hanley

So, if you're casting about for something to do this Earth Day, why not take the bus, subway or train? And post photos of your Earth Day ride on Facebook and tweet them using hastags #transit and #EarthDay.

The Forgotten Man Behind the New York City Subway

Doug Most | Posted 06.02.2014 | New York
Doug Most

He kept his vital role in the subway a tight secret that he took to his grave. Credit, all of it deserved, has long gone to the men who designed, built and financed it.

Congress: This Year, Protect Our Mass Transit

William Lynch III | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
William Lynch III

The economic development from mass transit is also tremendous. For one, public transit workers in America are typically represented by a labor union. This means workers have an advocate who will ensure they have decent wages, benefits and safe working conditions.

Public Transit Hasn't Been This Popular Since 1956

AP | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With more trains and buses to take, and the appeal of using travel time for pursuits other than dodging traffic, Americans are ta...

The 5 Moms You're Bound to Meet on the NYC Subway

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.12.2014 | New York
Mommy Nearest

2. The Guilt Tripper: She may not have the physical strength of The Hulk Mom, but she makes up for it with her emotional cunning, always waiting at the edge of the stairs.

4 Organizing Trends You'll See in 2014

Laura Barrett | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Community organizing is changing. It's more social media driven and younger. Immigration advocacy alone has brought a new sector of young leaders int...

President Obama: The Solution to Unprecedented Inequality is Good Jobs and Opportunities for the Disadvantaged

Madeline Janis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Madeline Janis

The ironic image of the super-rich riding a humble public bus is an apt metaphor for the socioeconomic quandary facing America before President Obama makes his 2014 State of the Union address tonight.

The Worst Things To Eat On Public Transportation

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Orchant | Posted 12.10.2013 | Taste

Don't be one of these monsters!

24 Ways to Have the Best 24 Hours Ever in Los Angeles

David Landsel | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
David Landsel

With just 24 hours and a sense of adventure, you can have one of the best days ever, not only in Los Angeles, but anywhere.

How Melbourne Is Fast-Tracking Smart Transit Using Big Data

Deepak Advani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Deepak Advani

Today's public transportation systems are becoming simply too big, complex, and popular for humans to maintain. Maintaining this infrastructure is a complex task that's only becoming more complicated with the steady increase in population and the rise of megacities. But we are finding that our greatest assets in tackling these challenges are data and smarter infrastructure software. With sensors and mobile technology, we can finally create the smart networks we need to understand these ever-changing systems.

Should Nonprofits Run Public Transit?

http://www.ssireview.org/ | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact

Over the last 50 years the US nonprofit and philanthropic sector has become heavily involved in funding and operating a wide variety of previously gov...

The Rare RTC Clipper Card

Lia Seth | Posted 10.13.2013 | San Francisco
Lia Seth

Unfortunately, there isn't a known symbol for invisible disabilities, where the pain is present but not transparent to outsiders, so people like me have been victim to some pretty terrible discrimination on public transportation.

The One Thing Obama Neglected To Mention On His Jobs Tour

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

Inequality is not simply a question of spending power. It has physical dimensions, not least urban geography that includes an unbridgeable chasm between working opportunities and the places where people live.

A Hero on the Bench: WI Judge Takes on Real Impacts of Highway Expansion

Laura Barrett | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Laura Barrett

When we go looking for the heroes and heroines who defend our freedoms, we tend to look backward: George Washington, Mother Jones, Harriet Tubman, etc...

South Louisiana's affordable LA Swift bus, started after Katrina, might be saved

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 24, 2013 edition.) Bus service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on LA Swift--whi...

You MUST Watch This '70s Metro Video

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.06.2013 | DC

"No traffic jams. No stoplights. No long waits. Just train after train moving people." Oh, WMATA. We know you mean well. Really, we do. After a...