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Governing

Carl Smith

31 August 2020

California, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced the ridership of the Monterey-Salinas Transit District, so the system shifted services to help the mostly rural community it serves. Despite cash-flow problems, unused driv...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Ben Levine

27 August 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Using AI technology, home address data, and algorithms, the Metro21 Institute at Carnegie Mellon was able to find the best school bus routes to deliver school meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The soluti...

Bloomberg

Andrea Jaramillo

10 August 2020

Bogotá, Colombia

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To help essential workers navigate the notorious traffic of Bogota, the city built over 50 miles of an emergency bike network. The plan was in place before the arrival of coronavirus but the execution was sped up to m...

The Boulder Monitor

John Blodgett

14 July 2020

Whitehall, Montana, United States

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In Whitehall, Montana, a senior center and a nonprofit that helps rehabilitate individuals with brain injuries joined together to enhance public transportation services for "multiple constiuencies," including rural, e...

Next City

Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

3 April 2020

United States

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Some of the strategies urban sustainability proponents have promoted for years are now being used to manage traffic patterns during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure that essential workers can safely get to work. Co...

NPR

Colin Dwyer

26 March 2020

France

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France is transporting patients from areas with high concentrations of coronavirus victims to areas where hospitals have vacant beds and ventilators. This helps to relieve some pressure on some of the hardest-hit regi...

CityLab

David Zipper

19 March 2020

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Even as ridership plummets for public transit, some cities are making rides entirely free to keep riders and drivers safer. The move to drop fares limits close interactions between drivers and passengers, as well as b...

WPIX-TV

James Ford

19 February 2020

Queens, New York, United States

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A pilot program between Queens and Manhattan, New York on the Long Island Railroad gives commuters a cheaper way to travel. The Atlantic Ticket serves 10 stations along a route between Brooklyn and Southern Queens for...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

31 January 2020

Park City, Utah, United States

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With rural areas and mountain towns increasingly facing traffic issues during peak outdoor season or other temporary population growth periods, some have modeled responses after urban transit plans. Park City, the hos...

The New York Times

Ellen Rosen

22 January 2020

United States

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Public school districts are gradually transitioning to electric buses. Electric utilities, concerned about environmental impacts and overloading the grid, are helping to cover the high price tag.

High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

9 January 2020

Spokane, Washington, United States

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Private bus companies are beginning to offer an alternative method of transportation in the American West. As younger travelers seek to reduce their carbon footprint, companies like Flixbus are stepping in where rail ...

Grist

Maria Gallucci

7 January 2020

Yap, Micronesia

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Canoes have long been used to navigate the seas, but navigators in the state of Yap in Micronesia are making modifications to the practice to make it more efficient and climate-thinking forward. The canoes, which run ...

Wired

Flavie Halais

2 January 2020

Shanghai, China

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Data-driven transport can improve access and efficiency if properly implemented. In Shanghai, China, users benefit from customized bus routes designed by artificial intelligence software. Other countries, however, hav...

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Alexandra Christy

Winter 2020

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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A public transportation system just for women has been developed in New Guinea in response to the extreme harassment that women face. Launched in 2014, the program called "Meri Seif (“Woman Safe”) now serves 170,000 f...

The Guardian

John Surico

16 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Though they started at similar points, the London Underground has become one of the most successful models of public transportation, while the New York Metro has declared a state of crisis. The reason? The London Unde...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

13 December 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City, Missouri is the first major U.S. city to offer free bus rides city-wide, hoping to expand access and boost the local economy. The city emulates free public transportation plans around the world, which hav...

CityLab

Gregory Scruggs

4 December 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an age of congestion and bumper-to-bumper traffic along the Pacific Northwest I-5 corridor, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, BC look to the success of high-speed trains in Europe for inspiration. The international...

CityLab

Andrew Small

22 November 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Electric scooter companies across the United States brainstorm and pilot creative ideas to get their riders to focus more intently on scoot safety. One e-scooter company, Bird, has launched a pilot that asks riders to...

The Guardian

Jessica Murray

15 November 2019

Sweden

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Greta Thunberg is well-known for leading the youth climate movement, but her habit of using sailboats as a means of transportation is also gaining traction. Facebook groups that help connect sailboat hitchhikers have ...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

14 November 2019

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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A failed bikeshare program left St. Louis prepared for the onlsaught of e-scooters that has been sweeping the nation and left the city ahead of the curve with scooter regulation. The city installed a permit system tha...

CityLab

David Zipper

13 November 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Though apps that provide a common platform to view various transit, bike, and pedestrian routes have become more popular, they're not the only way to get people out of their cars and onto more sustainable transportati...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

13 November 2019

Paris, France

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Although Paris public transportation ridership is booming - a goal of the city's to make a positive impact on "green" development - city officials are now looking to expand the metro lines to be able to fit the demand...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

11 November 2019

Paris, France

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Mushroom farms are popping up in underground parking lots in Paris. The city, facing a surplus of lots as car ownership declines, has been holding competitions to find creative, new purposes for them. Urban farmers, C...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Daniel J McGraw

28 October 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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As the city of Columbus struggled to find ways to attract more workers downtown without increasing parking lots, they decided to try something new: making public transit free. Local businesses put funding towards the ...

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