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

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 to fund late night service. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

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Baltimore subway closure exposes deeper problems

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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New York won't arrest you for stealing a subway ride anymore

Aug 31, 2017
"Most offenders aren’t looking to beat the system," a Legal Aid Society defender says.
Police officers watch a turnstile in New York City's Times Square subway station in 2005.
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Penn Station is a drag for commuters and the economy

May 23, 2017
Delays at the train depot ripple through the economy of the entire East Coast, an expert says.
Evening commuters make their way toward a New Jersey Transit train platform at Penn Station in New York City.
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