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New York City subways are getting a tap-to-pay system

by Marielle Segarra 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

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez 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

by Ben Bradford 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

by Ben Bradford 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

by David Brancaccio 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

by Meghan McCarty Carino 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

by Laurel Morales 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

by Laurel Morales 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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Qatar, Uber, Exelon are fellow travelers in funding game night rides home on D.C. Metro

by Aaron Schrank May 24, 2018
The Washington Capitals are headed to the Stanley Cup finals and the team’s fans have sponsors to help them catch a ride home. Because Washington, D.C.’s metro system usually shuts down at 11:30 pm, some interesting public-private partnerships are evolving…

Baltimore subway closure exposes deeper problems

by Amy Scott Feb 23, 2018
Transit advocates say the city's system perpetuates inequality.
The Penn-North Metro Subway Station in West Baltimore is among those closed for emergency track repairs.
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