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How Many Of These Cities Can You Identify Using Only Their Transit Stops?

Can you “Guess The City” with nothing more than bus stops and train stations?

image via "Guess The City" screen capture (Portland, OR)

I can still remember the city bus route that took me home every day after high school (good ol’ B-84) and, if hard pressed, could probably rattle off at least 60% of the stops it made along the way. Public transportation is unique in its ability to bring people together while easily letting them explore the contours of their shared metropolis. There’s something about public transit that sticks with you, and helps define your very understanding of what makes a community tick. Spend enough time on mass transit and it becomes impossible to separate your time on the rails or roads from your sense of the city as a whole.

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How Speedy Buses Totally Changed China's Third Largest City

What can American transportation experts learn from China's cities? A heck of a lot, actually.

This is a guest post from Dani Simons, Director of Communications for the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. Before joining ITDP, Simons worked for the New York City Department of Transportation and Transportation Alternatives, NYC's best advocate for bicycling, walking, and public transit.

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Q&A: Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser on High-Speed Rail

Vincent Kartheiser is finally buying a car—but he'd rather not have to. We talk with the Mad Men star about the merits of mass transit.


When I called Vincent Kartheiser on Wednesday to talk about mass transit and high-speed rail, he had literally just been in a fender bender. The irony was not lost on Kartheiser, who reprised his role as the smarmy ad guy Pete Campbell from Mad Men for a clever Funny or Die video this week to support U.S. PIRG's high-speed rail campaign.

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"Amtrak Joe" Biden Reveals High-Speed Rail Plans

It's a $53 billion investment over the next six years. The ultimate goal: Giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years.


Yesterday, "Amtrak Joe" Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took to Philadelphia's historic 30th Street Station to reveal the administration's new, refined plans for America's high-speed rail. In short, President Obama is calling for a $53 billion investment over the next six years—including $8 billion next year—with the ultimate goal of giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years. (This comes on top of the $10.5 billion already devoted to HSR—$8 billion of Recovery Act funds and $2.5 billion from the 2010 budget.)

We've long pined for the rapid build-out of a HSR network, and this announcement is a good sign that the administration isn't backing off some bold earlier claims. Even more encouraging is this language from the White House press release that followed Biden's announcement (emphasis mine):

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Maybe Mass Transit Does Hate America: Amtrak Train Kills Bald Eagle

As if red, white, and blue-blooded Republicans needed another reason to hate on mass transit. Amtrak kills bald eagles.

As if Republicans needed another reason to hate mass transit, late last night the very symbol of American freedom was crushed by a train. An Amtrak train struck and killed a bald eagle. The tragic incident occurred on Amtrak's popular Northeast line between Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware. (No word on whether Joe Biden was on board.)

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