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More private companies are investing in passenger rail — here's why

Aug 28, 2023
Passenger rail needs a public subsidy to work, experts say.
Private company Brightline planned to extend its passenger rail line in Florida, but this extension has been delayed.
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Cars: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em

Aug 15, 2023
Affordability has broken down, but the costs of not having your own vehicle are even higher for many. Marin Cogan of Vox explains.
The average new car costs a record $48,000 — up 25% between May 2020 and May 2023. During the same time, used car prices soared 50%.
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Istanbul taxi shortage leaves riders, drivers fuming

Aug 4, 2023
Drivers often choose customers who give them bigger fares. The transportation problem may be linked to national politics. 
Taxicabs line up during rush hour in Istanbul. Customers say if they want to go a short distance, an available driver won’t agree to the small fare.
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Black unemployment is at a record low, but tight financial conditions could change that

May 30, 2023
Black men made gains in warehousing and transportation, which tend to offer low wages. A recession could hit workers of color hard, economist Michelle Holder says
The transportation and warehousing sector, where Black men are well-represented, has expanded swiftly since the 2020 downturn. Economist Michelle Holder warns that the next recession could hit workers of color hard.
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In California’s Inland Empire, the warehousing industry’s growth comes with consequences

Apr 19, 2023
Many worry that the industry’s growth has put the local environment and economy at risk.
Above, a massive processing and distribution center in Los Angeles.  Warehouses have boomed in California’s Inland Empire over the past decade thanks to the growth of online shopping.
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D.C. could become the largest U.S. city to experiment with free transit

Dec 15, 2022
A city council measure would make it free to ride the bus within the capital's city limits. Proponents say the plan, estimated to cost $42 million annually, would boost ridership and equity.
If the measure passes,  D.C. will join cities like Albuquerque, Kansas City and Boston that have experimented with zero-fare transit during the pandemic.
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U.S. House votes to avert a nationwide rail strike, impose deal on unions

Nov 30, 2022
The U.S. House moved urgently to head off the looming nationwide rail strike on Wednesday. The measure now heads to the Senate.
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Community college students without cars can face transportation challenges

Oct 21, 2022
In New England, not all campuses are accessible by public transportation.
Roxbury Community College student Kiara Rosario asks an Orange Line shuttle driver whether there’s room for her on board.
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With bus drivers in short supply, one local transit authority seeks a hiring solution

Oct 13, 2022
Miami-Dade County is trying to lure and train new bus operators using bonuses.
Jaime Sanchez has been a bus operator with Miami-Dade County for about 20 years. Miami-Dade County has a critical need to hire new bus operators to launch an improved system.
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The private jet business is bigger than you think

Aug 1, 2022
While reducing carbon emissions is an urgent issue, private jet flights have only increased since the pandemic.
Private jet use has become normalized in recent decades . Above, a private jet in Sun Valley, Idaho, last month.
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