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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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NYC is one step closer to a congestion charge – could other cities follow?

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 26, 2019
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have announced joint support for congestion pricing on cars entering Manhattan’s central business district. Under the proposal, which still needs to be approved by state legislators, revenue collected…

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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NYC traffic fatalities fall to an all-time low

by Erika Beras Jan 2, 2019
The city's Vision Zero program has cut road deaths by a third over five years
Traffic moves across the Brooklyn Bridge, Aug. 2, 2018 in New York City. 
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Would moving government offices out of Mexico City solve its overcrowding problem?

by Jorge Valencia Nov 30, 2018
The country’s incoming president has a plan to reduce congestion by moving government offices out of the capital.
Mexico's incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to move federal offices out of the capital, and longer commutes are on the horizon.
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Back in the '60s traffic in LA was so light a traveling circus clown could cross town in 20 minutes. So what happened?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Apr 24, 2018
In LA, sitting in and complaining about traffic is a way of life. But the congestion is also a sign of a thriving economy.
Arroyo Seco Parkway soon after opening, 1940.
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America’s infrastructure is underachieving

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 9, 2017
The grade: D+. But there were a few categories improved upon.
Heavy traffic moves southbound and northbound along I-95 in Quantico, Virginia.
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There might be a way to eliminate traffic jams

by Cerise Castle Aug 26, 2016
Just in time for the holiday weekend.
Traffic jams up entering the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. Since 1982, the average time spent sitting in traffic per year in the U.S. — 36 hours — has more than tripled.
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Mexico City tells residents to park it

by Kimberly Adams Apr 19, 2016
After a pollution emergency, Mexico's capital city is taking drastic measures.
View of Mexico City blanketed by smog on March 18, 2016. Mexican officials lifted a four-day air pollution alert last month in the nation's densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped, according to them, to acceptable levels. 
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A driver's defense of self-driving cars

by Molly Wood Sep 15, 2015
Imagine a world where we subscribe to on-demand rides from autonomous vehicles.

More drivers, more crashes, higher rates

by Andy Uhler Sep 9, 2015
Lower unemployment and gas prices means more people are on the road.