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Waze Is Missing A Huge Opportunity To Actually Help People Improve Their Commutes

There was a frightening message waiting for many Angelenos last Friday as they fired up Waze for their evening commute. Two freeways were closed — one covered in a mudslide — and for many, the app warned of drive times that were doubled or more. The entire city of LA simultaneously canceled its dinner plans.

5 Ideas That Could Change The Future Of Trains

The Subway, the El, the Tube, the Métro: Trains have been transporting humans around cities since 1863. But too many public transit systems still run like they’re stuck in the 19th century. That needs to change.

LA And NYC's Public Transit Systems Got In A Twitter Fight Over Baseball

New Yorkers like to make fun of LA’s subway. Angelenos like to make fun of how New York is a raging hellhole of gentrification that reeks of desperation and greed, but with great trains! So with their baseball teams meeting in the playoffs, it’s only natural that their transit systems start talking smack.

Japanese Six-Year-Olds Can Ride Trains Alone Thanks To The Country's Amazing Infrastructure

Over at The Atlantic‘s CityLab, there’s a great post about how Japanese kids can run errands around town and take public transportation free of worry or supervision. It’s thanks to the country’s incredible infrastructure and culture of safety.

The Dutch Railway Could Run Solely On Wind Power By 2018

The Netherlands has an ambitious new energy goal: The country wants its entire electric rail system to run on 100 per cent wind power within three years.

Japan Uses Cameras On Train Platforms To Spot (And Save) Drunk People

Here in New York City, subway security is on the prowl for crooks, would-be terrorists, and other unsavoury characters. But in Japan, security cameras are used to detect a totally different type of passenger: Wasted people. And it’s for their own good.

This Infinitely Looped Model Train Never Stops

You almost have to feel bad for Isaac Newton. Despite all of his groundbreaking discoveries in mathematics and physics, his accomplishments just got eclipsed by a man named James Risner — who has somehow bent the laws of the universe to build an infinitely-looped spiral model railroad.

A Glimpse At What The Hyperloop Might Actually Be Like

What we know about the Hyperloop thus far can be summed up in a few exclamatory phrases: It’s visionary! It’s crazy! It’s impossible! But we haven’t really understood much about how Elon Musk’s totally tubular transportation system might actually work — until now.

Why Japan's Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail To America

High-speed trains — which can hit 480km/h or more — are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed rail best is where it all started over 50 years ago: Japan.

What Is The Most Obnoxious Behaviour You've Seen On Public Transit?

Manspreading — the phenomenon where males require extra room on trains for their oversized scrotums — has been in the news lately with several reports of men being arrested on the New York City subway for occupying more than one seat. Surely this isn’t the worst offence committed on our public transportation systems?

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