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The Guardian

Nick Van Mead

8 January 2019

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's de facto capital and megacity-to-be, has cut transportation times by providing a bus system that avoids traffic congestion and chaotic intersections. Though the bus system still struggles to ...

The Colorado Sun

Mark Jaffe

2 January 2019

Louisville, Colorado, United States

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Solid state battery technology is gaining momentum towards positively impacting electric cars in both cost and distance efficiency. In Louisville, Colorado, one company is looking at expanding this momentum by raising...

Richland Source

Courtney McNaull

13 December 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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As part of a larger effort to make the city of West Sacramento more friendly to their aging population, an on-demand ride-sharing app was developed to make transportation more accessible for seniors who cannot easily ...

Politico

Tanya Snider

20 November 2018

New Orleans, United States

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After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' public transportation system had to be rebuilt, but poor planning and the nature of transportation investments means that the new transit system still doesn't work for those who n...

Deseret News

Erica Evans

14 November 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In an effort to get people to change habits to decrease pollution in Salt Lake City, the city is trying several approaches using behavioral psychology to encourage residents to change their long-standing habits. For i...

Block Club Chicago

Mina Bloom

Mauricio Peña

12 November 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Turning land owned by transit agencies into transit-oriented housing developments creates opportunities for affordable housing. Instead of building another parking garage in Oakland, California, community leaders and ...

The New York Times

Brad Plumer

12 November 2018

White Plains, New York, United States

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Electric cars have already made their entrance into American society, but now school buses are also joining the ranks of energy efficient vehicles. From New York to California, school systems are actively finding ways...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

7 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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A startup called WhereIsMyTransport has helped cities create timetables and route maps of informal public transit. The group sends data collectors out to ride local minibus routes, for example, then organizes the info...

Apolitical

Huang Benjun

Jemilah Magnusson

6 November 2018

China

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China is a major contributor to the rising levels of CO2 emissions, but they are also one of the most active players in mediating their impact. Their new energy buses have not only drastically reduced gas consumption ...

Citizen Matters

Manasi Paresh Kumar

2 November 2018

Bengaluru, India

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In Bengaluru, switching from rickshaws to electric autos could help reduce noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 0.11 million tons each year. But the policies that encourage electric autos only ex...

The New York Times

Sam Roberts

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A deadly subway crash in New York in 1918 killed an estimated 100 people and prompted major changes in public transportation because the crash was so preventable. Thanks to lessons from the tragedy, subways banned woo...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

30 October 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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The city of Durham implemented a series of behavioral and economic nudges to encourage drivers to use alternative modes of transportation to get downtown besides cars. For instance, drivers could opt in to receive ema...

Next City

Rachel Kaufman

30 October 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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A pilot program in Istanbul, Turkey allows subway commuters to pay for their fares with bottles and cans instead of cash. While a one way fare via the "reverse vending machines" costs about 28 1.5 liter bottles, the g...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Grace Connatser

30 October 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Since the Lincoln Avenue School Walking Bus program started, the school has seen marked improvements in attendance rates. The volunteer-run transit alternative promotes neighborhood safety and offers another chance fo...

Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

29 October 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The new Atlanta United soccer team has brought excitement and community to many areas of the city - but perhaps the most unusual spot is public transport stops. “Station soccer” now is activating spaces at two MARTA t...

Politico

Erick Trickey

25 October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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TransitMatters, a transit advocacy group in Boston, is using the power of data and innovative thinking to make Boston's public transportation better for residents. The group has been able to connect with local leaders...

BBC

Amelia Martyn-Hemphill

Nicola Kelly

23 October 2018

Bologna, Italy

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A fun app called “Bella Mossa” has incentivized people to ditch their cars in Bologna. The anti-pollution effort gives users credits for biking, walking, and using public transport. Users can then swap their credits f...

Bloomberg CityLab

Joe Pinsker

23 October 2018

United States

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In the era of Uber and Lyft, smaller companies are cropping up to fill a persistent gap and transport minors from school to extracurricular activities. The kids'-ride industry is a practical option for affluent famili...

The New York Times

Winnie Hu

18 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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While New York struggles to fund improvements to its subway system, Chicago has stepped up to find creative ways to finance its own infrastructure improvements. Shepherded forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city has ...

The New York Times

Ceylan Yeginsu

17 October 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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In an attempt to lessen their role in contributing to waste, Istanbul has installed “reverse vending machines” at metro stations that incentivize recycling. For every plastic bottle or aluminum can inserted into the m...

Deseret News

Erica Evans

17 October 2018

Oslo, Norway

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Faced with poor air quality, the city of Oslo instituted a set of policy measures that have resulted in a dramatic improvement. Many of these policies center around transportation including incentivizing the productio...

San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Swan

15 October 2018

San Mateo, California, United States

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In California, Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a deadline to have "all transit agencies to eliminate carbon emissions" by 2040. San Mateo County is moving towards this goal by releasing a fleet of electric buses.

The Guardian

Kim Willsher

15 October 2018

Dunkirk, France

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Dunkirk, a city of about 200,000 people in France, is experimenting with free bus service for everyone in the city, an initiative that many passengers seem to approve of so far, as shown in higher ridership. While Dun...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jonathan English

10 October 2018

United States

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American cities can find solutions to low transit use by looking to other cities in Europe and Canada where the focus is on robust service and getting people to major transit hubs. These transportation systems use exi...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

25 September 2018

Japan

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Japan is taking major steps to putting autonomous buses on the roads in rural areas because there is a need for reliable transportation and not enough funding as more young people move to the cities. It has the potent...

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