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Brazilian president complies with protesters’ call for public transportation upgrades

Brazil’s president on Saturday backed a key demand of demonstrators who recently packed the streets, saying quality public transport was crucial to resolving the country’s urban crisis. In June, hundreds of thousands turned out over weeks to protest higher mass transit fares and call for better public services, including transportation.…

Friday Genius Ten: “Walking” Edition

HopStop (an invaluable service for people who use public transportation to get around in one of their featured cities) added a new feature to their website, and I don't know how I feel about it. If you put your journey in, the site now tells you not only how many…

Take the train and take your life back

Via Brian, a story from Florida about how the surge in train use hasn’t gone down as much as you’d think as gas prices creep down to where they were. This was my concern as I saw gas prices start going down at the pump. (In Austin, it’s below $2…

Everybody Ride The Bus, Just Ride It (Ding…Ding?)

Ezra is talking transit: Reich suggests making transit funding a major part of the next economic stimulus package, which is a terrific idea. When you’re dealing with an economic downturn heavily related to skyrocketing energy costs, countercyclical spending on transportation alternatives is about the world’s most perfectly tailored policy response.…

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