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Public transportation news and analysis from The Nation
December 20, 2017
The Amtrak Tragedy Has Roots in the Swamp
Lack of regulatory will leaves three passengers dead and a rail-safety system years behind schedule.
September 21, 2017
Make New York’s School-Bus Fleet Eco-Friendly, Union-Staffed, and Cooperatively Run
Converting fossil-fuel buses to electric vehicles alone would save $39,000 over 12 years.
August 30, 2017
New York’s Subway System Could Be a Force for Equity and Sustainability
So why have elected officials let it molder and fall apart?
November 30, 2016
Elaine Chao, Ruined Department of Labor, Picked to Ensure Safety of Nation’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Under her leadership, the Department of Labor routinely ignored complaints about wage theft and workplace safety.
June 21, 2016
The MTA’s Ban on ‘Political’ Ads Has Turned It Into the Free-Speech Police
Should the New York City transportation agency, and others across the nation, be in the business of deciding what riders are allowed to see?
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December 3, 2015
What Happens to the Right of Public Assembly in the Absence of Public Space?
The mentality of traffic engineering cripples mass transit, and free speech, in New York City.
October 27, 2015
October 27, 1904: The New York City Subway System Opens
“The bearing of this upon social conditions can hardly be overestimated.”
August 28, 2015
Former Residents of New Orleans’s Demolished Housing Projects Tell Their Stories
When public housing was demolished post-Katrina, black women were especially hard hit. A new report examines what their lives look like now.
August 27, 2015
Hey, LA: Here’s How You Say ‘No’ to the Olympics
Just last month, Boston became the first American city in almost 45 years to say ‘no’ to hosting the Olympics. LA, it’s your turn.
July 24, 2015
Uber Wins a Battle With New York, Now It’s War
The fight over NYC’s Uber cap is just the beginning of a deeper struggle over the future of transportation and the gig economy.