A Shanghai postcard: life after the COVID-19 economic shutdown

Apr 27, 2020
With masks, fever checks and health QR codes, there are signs that the coronavirus still poses a threat to daily life.
Marketplace's Jennifer Pak on a hike three hours outside of Shanghai. Before departing, she had to make sure she could return to the city without being quarantined.
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U.K.’s Crossrail delay threatens small businesses along the line

Nov 25, 2019
The delayed arrival of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project — an east-west rail line across London — has hit small businesses located along the route.
A worker looks along a train tunnel at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London in 2017.
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New York City subways are getting a tap-to-pay system

May 30, 2019
The pilot might result in riders using the same method to pay for other goods and services.
Customers move through the turnstiles at the Fulton Center subway station on February 27, 2019 in New York City.
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How a Canadian town "Uberized" its public transportation

May 6, 2019
The ride-hailing company partners with cities, but not without complications.
Some cities are looking to Uber to aid their public transportation.
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The U.S. has tried to build high-speed rail for 50 years

Apr 4, 2019
Today, a train ride from LA to San Francisco takes 12 hours. In 1937, it took 10.
Amtrak's Hiawatha train between Chicago and Milwaukee arrives at the Glenview, Illinois station in 2005.
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Report: The average American spends the equivalent of 2.5 work weeks in traffic

Feb 13, 2019
The report, from traffic data company INRIX, finds Boston drivers spend the most time in congested commutes, with Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Los Angeles rounding out the top 5.
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The future of American infrastructure might lie in public-private partnerships

Feb 6, 2019
The promise of investment in "cutting-edge" technology came out of this year's State of the Union.
Then-U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (L) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (C) watch US President Donald Trump speaks wave during his visit to the U.S. Department of Transportation on June 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 
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Scooters could improve mobility in low-income areas, but they have an image problem

Dec 5, 2018
They can be left anywhere, which riles wealthy communities. But that might make them surprisingly effective in underserved neighborhoods.
A user rides a Spin scooter in San Francisco.
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More students push up housing costs in Flagstaff, Arizona

Oct 22, 2018
Rents in the college town continue to climb as Northern Arizona University expands.
Developments like this one are sprouting up all over Flagstaff.
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More students push up housing costs in Flagstaff, Arizona

Oct 22, 2018
Rents in the college town continue to climb as Northern Arizona University expands.
Developments like this one are sprouting up all over Flagstaff.
Laurel Morales/Marketplace