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Why the Loudest and Coolest Buses in the World Are in Nairobi

Why the Loudest and Coolest Buses in the World Are in Nairobi

You can’t think of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, without thinking of Matatus—colorful, privately-owned buses that about 70 percent of Nairobi citizens rely on to get around, as their speakers blast music so loud you can feel it in your stomach.

Matatu, which translates to “three” in Kikuyu, is a reference to the three ten-cent coin fare paid when the buses were first introduced after the end...

Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Jul 14, 2019.

Uber (Finally) Admits It's Directly Competing With Public Transportation

Uber (Finally) Admits It's Directly Competing With Public Transportation

Uber has a complicated relationship with public transportation. It’s quite obviously cannibalizing trips from trains and buses from those who prefer and can afford a convenient, private car service. At the same time, the company claims to address the so-called “last mile” problem, or how people get from places outside of walking distance to public transportation. It also says it provides...

Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jan 01, 2019. 14 comments

There's Finally a Song About Dollar Vans and It Slaps

There's Finally a Song About Dollar Vans and It Slaps

Anywhere that public transit fails to serve, you will find people filling the gap themselves. This is the story of the dollar van, honored now, thankfully, with a hit.

Busy Signal himself is from Jamaica, but the song focuses first on the increasingly famous dollar vans of Flatbush in Brooklyn, the city’s Little Caribbean.

For those not familiar, a dollar van is just what the name...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Sep 11, 2018. 22 comments

Here Is A Philadelphia Bus Crawling With Bedbugs, You Can Start Screaming Now

Here Is A Philadelphia Bus Crawling With Bedbugs, You Can Start Screaming Now
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My skin has been crawling since I first watched this video from the local Philadelphia CBS news affiliate, shared to Reddit. Bugs are gross, and they’re even more gross when they are blood sucking bugs just hanging around public transit. These nasty critters will cling to fabrics, and can be spread...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Sep 09, 2018. 20 comments

A New York City Train Station Opens for the First Time After Being Destroyed in 9/11

A New York City Train Station Opens for the First Time After Being Destroyed in 9/11

Nearly seventeen years after being destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the WTC Cortlandt subway station has finally opened to the public.

The station will now be a stop on the No. 1 line and has been renamed WTC Cortlandt as a nod to Cortlandt Street, the street upon which the World Trade Center was later built. It began servicing the city at noon on Saturday, September...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Aug 01, 2018. 22 comments

Lyft Will Pay Chicago Residents $550 to Ditch Their Cars for a Month

Lyft Will Pay Chicago Residents $550 to Ditch Their Cars for a Month

Lyft is seeking out Chicago residents to give up their cars for a month, and in return, will pay them $550 in credits for other forms of transportation, reports The Verge, including Lyft rides, bike-sharing, and public transportation.

New York City Is Considering Capping the Number of Uber and Lyft Vehicles [Update] 

New York City is considering a proposal to cap the number of vehicles...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Jun 20, 2018. 22 comments

The Koch Brothers Are Using The Promise Of Driverless Cars To Kill Public Transit Projects

The Koch Brothers Are Using The Promise Of Driverless Cars To Kill Public Transit Projects

The idea with autonomous driving technology is that, eventually, the driver will be removed from the equation to do whatever they want while their car drives itself. That vision, however, is decades away from becoming reality, if ever. Yet the Koch Brothers, the billionaire libertarian oil tycoons known for unleashing a typhoon of money into our political system, are leaning on the promise of...

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David Tracy David Tracy May 12, 2018. 22 comments

Why Rome's Buses Keep Going Up In Flames

Why Rome's Buses Keep Going Up In Flames

Two buses went up in flames in Rome on Tuesday, and they weren’t even the first such incidents this year. Or third. Or fifth. Or seventh. Nope, according to Reuters, the two buses were number nine and 10. Here’s what’s going on.

Look up the hashtag “#flambus” on Twitter, and you’ll see that the world is talking about Rome’s highly-flammable public transportation. That’s because buses keep...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Apr 15, 2018. 15 comments

Uber Wants To Be Everything Now

Uber Wants To Be Everything Now

A month after an Uber-owned autonomous car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, the ride-hailing giant is stepping back into the limelight to announce it wants to be everything. No, really. On Wednesday, the company announced it’s expanding a newly-acquired bike-sharing service, launching a new car-sharing service, and planning to let Uber users buy public transit fare through its...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Mar 19, 2018. 19 comments

New York’s Subway Is Slow Because They Slowed Down The Trains After A 1995 Accident

New York’s Subway Is Slow Because They Slowed Down The Trains After A 1995 Accident

The New York City subway’s array of problems—dysfunctional signals, relentless delays, overcrowded trains—is well-known, but the Village Voice has another premise to add to the list, and it makes a whole lot of sense: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the system, is literally running the trains slower.

The New York City Subway's Latest Bright Idea Is Already Screwed...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Mar 01, 2018. 20 comments

I'll Be Damned, Feds Secure Sentence Of New York City Subway Worker For Corruption

I'll Be Damned, Feds Secure Sentence Of New York City Subway Worker For Corruption

The New York City subway system has continued to deteriorate, rankled by massive delays , misspent funds, and widespread claims of corruption. On Friday, the feds confirmed the corruption part by securing a 46 month sentence for a former employee who promised subway contractors future work in return for bribes.

Here's The Most Damning Report Yet On Why The New York City Subway Is Terrible

“I...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Oct 15, 2017. 16 comments

Hyperloop One Rebrands As 'Virgin Hyperloop One' After Richard Branson Invests In Transit Startup

Hyperloop One Rebrands As 'Virgin Hyperloop One' After Richard Branson Invests In Transit Startup

Building a futuristic hyperloop system won’t be cheap , so startup Hyperloop One’s surely feeling good today, after it announced billionaire Richard Branson had made an investment in its endeavor. And with that, the company’s rebranding to a not-clunky-whatsoever-name: Virgin Hyperloop One.

It'll Cost Just $24 Billion To Build A Denver-To-Wyoming Hyperloop

In the coming weeks, Hyperloop One—a...

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Ryan Felton Ryan Felton Oct 13, 2017. 13 comments

Ride-Hailing Apps Like Uber Could Reduce Public Transit Use And That's A Problem 

Ride-Hailing Apps Like Uber Could Reduce Public Transit Use And That's A Problem 

Ride-hailing companies see themselves as a way to reduce the reliance on automobile ownership and a path forward to eliminate god-awful congestion. But a new study on the impact of companies like Uber and Lyft from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies offers a different outlook: Instead, it turns out, they’ve likely increased congestion and, more worrisome, reduced use of public...

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Aaron Brown Aaron Brown Oct 10, 2017. 24 comments

The Ten Most Advanced Transportation Systems In The World

The Ten Most Advanced Transportation Systems In The World

As the world continues to grow, transportation infrastructure and country-country travel are forced to rapidly improve. But what’s at the top of the game?

10.) Seoul Metropolitan Subway

Seoul’s subway system is world class. Friendly and approachable for international travelers while also maintaining a clean and useful status 24/7 for all of its riders.

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Patrick George Patrick George Sep 17, 2017. 21 comments

D.C. To Be More Fucked Than Usual As Entire Metrorail Shuts Down Tomorrow

D.C. To Be More Fucked Than Usual As Entire Metrorail Shuts Down Tomorrow

If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in Washington D.C. , you will likely have learned two things: one, there’s great Ethiopian food, and two, the city is irrevocably fucked. It’s about to get more than usual tomorrow, as the entire Metrorail system—all of it—will shut down the entire day.

I cannot imagine a worse outcome for our nation’s capital, save for some kind of meteor-related...

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Alanis King Alanis King Sep 05, 2017. 24 comments

New York Governor To Close All Public Roads In NYC

New York Governor To Close All Public Roads In NYC

New York City recently went from concrete jungle to the North Pole with skyscrapers, accumulating over 20 inches of snow in the midst of a major snowstorm. As a result, the state governor called for a cease-all on travel beginning later today.

The snow forecast went up, too, according to Slate—estimates were between 20 and 25 inches, but now reach all the way up to a potential for 30 inches....

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 25, 2017. 19 comments

Washington D.C.'s Metro Clusterfuck Was A Big Day For Uber

Washington D.C.'s Metro Clusterfuck Was A Big Day For Uber

Perpetually-fucked Washington D.C. completely shut down the city’s Metrorail system today, essentially cutting off the majority of the people who travel to work in our nation’s capital on a daily basis. Meanwhile, D.C. area Uber ride-sharing app downloads shot up by 70 percent.

D.C. To Be More Fucked Than Usual As Entire Metrorail Shuts Down Tomorrow

If you’ve ever spent any amount of time...

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Alanis King Alanis King Aug 21, 2017. 23 comments

Extremely Optimistic Lyft Boss Says Private Car Ownership Will 'All But End' In U.S. Cities By 2025

Extremely Optimistic Lyft Boss Says Private Car Ownership Will 'All But End' In U.S. Cities By 2025

On Sunday, the president of ride-hailing company Lyft, John Zimmer, blogged a prediction that private car ownership would essentially be over in U.S. cities by 2025. The end of private ownership in cities is part of how he and the company view the future of U.S. transportation, and it sure sounds optimistic.

Lyft is currently made up of drivers who give others rides for a fee. Zimmer said...

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