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    Helsinki could make owning your own car a thing of the past
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    Helsinki, Finland is no stranger to transportation alternatives. From EV testing to a solid public transportation system, the northern European city knows that private cars are not the only option to get around. In the future, though, private cars might not be a logical option at anyone living ...

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    Ditching your car could save you over $10,000 a year
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    Looking to line your pockets with some extra cash? Perhaps it's time to give up driving. A sobering report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) says that people using public transit in the 20 cities with the most riders save an average of $848 dollars a month, or $10,181 a ...

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    Report: Koch Brothers are killing rapid bus transit in Tennessee
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    Last week, the Tennessee Senate voted 27-4 against the very idea of Rapid Bus Transit in the state. The vote, which is oddly specific about its target – the Amp bus rapid transit (BRT) project in Nashville – was supported by the wealthy Koch brothers, Charles and David, and their ...

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    Report: Nashville considering Monorail along I-24 to ease traffic congestion
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    Fans of The Simpsons will remember a long-ago episode (from 1993, to be exact) where an out-of-town huckster tries to sell the citizens of Springfield on the idea of forking over their money to build a monorail. And there was a bunch of singing involved. Now, Music City could start singing the ...

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    Video: URB-e foldable trike is 'world's most compact electric vehicle'
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    How small can you go? We haven't measured all of the electric vehicles on the planet, but we suspect the claim by Urban Mobility that its Urb-e foldable electric ... um, seat? ... is the "world's most compact e-vehicle" is at least close to accurate. We haven't seen many other EVs that look like ...

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    Official: Drive less, get gas money in Canada's Shuttle Challenge
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    It sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but one Toronto nonprofit is giving folks a chance to win almost a full tank of gas if they drive less. Summerhill Group's Shuttle Challenge, launched last week, encourages commuters to cut down on their driving habits, giving away $25 gas cards for folks who ...

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    Video: New year, new idea: gondolas as public transport in megacities
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    Here's a new thought for the new year: stringing public transportation pods between buildings, also known as gondolas. This is the idea of Michael McDaniel, a designer at Frog Design, who proposed The Wire, a hanging mass transit solution for Austin, TX. The Wire answers the question that Frog ...

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    Report: Young motorists driving far less than even 10 years ago
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    A new study by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group indicates Americans are driving less than they were a few years ago. That drop is largely thanks to young people. Those between the ages of 16 and 34 drove 23 percent fewer miles in 2009 than they did in 2001. While it's tempting to attribute ...

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    Mo system shares cars, e-bikes, bikes, and even public transport
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    Showing that a technological advance can sometimes deliver significant change to an apparently unrelated system, the Mo sharing service leverages a cell phone app to create a linked network of increasingly varied transportation options. Created as a joint venture between LUNAR Europe, ...

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    Infographic: terrible, terrible traffic jams
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    It may feel like you spend half your life in traffic jams, but that's just a delusion. According to this very spiffy – and highly depressing – infographic from Carbuzz, even Chicagoans are spending less than two percent of their waking existence staring at someone's muffler. There. ...

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    Report: A lack of public transit means you're less likely to have a job
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    Does no access to public transit mean no jobs? That's the argument that Adie Tomer makes in a report compiled for the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. While the situation is not exactly cut-and-dry, Tomer says 42 percent of suburban residents without vehicles don't have ...

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    Peak Oil, Peak Travel... Peak Car?
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    The United States hit peak oil production in 1970. Depending on your sources, we may have already passed global peak production or we may not reach the downslope in for a few more years. Still, even if the amount of fuel being pumped out of the Earth has crested, surely all those new four-wheel ...

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    Reconsider driving on "Dump The Pump" day
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    Will you dump the pump today? That question comes from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council in recognition of the sixth annual "Dump the Pump" day. The goal is simple: encourage drivers to ditch their vehicles for one ...

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    Google Maps adds real-time public transit updates [w/video]
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    Starting today, Google Maps for mobile and desktop applications can alert you when your chosen form of public transportation is on time or, more likely, running way behind schedule. Google has partnered with transit agencies to integrate its live updates in four U.S. cities: Boston, Portland, ...

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    Study: $5/gallon gas could overload public transit system in U.S.
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    Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicted that rising gasoline prices could lead to a savings of $14,376 for commuters in New York City who choose to switch from personal to public transportation. However, keeping that amount of coin in one's bank account may not ...

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    With gas prices spiking, transit riders could save up to $14,376 a year (some, anyway)
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    With gasoline prices soaring, commuters who rely upon public transportation can now save even more cash than before, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). On March 8th, U.S. gas prices hit an average of $3.50 a gallon, but individuals who travel by bus or commuter ...

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    Scania logs single order for 158 ethanol-fueled buses
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    Keolis Sverige, a transport company in Sweden, has placed an order for 158 biofuel-burning buses from Scania Group, one of the world's handful of manufacturers of heavy-duty coaches that are equipped with engines capable of running renewable fuels. The delivery to Keolis will consists of an ...

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    Sao Paulo public transit to add 50 Scania ethanol-fueled buses to fleet
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    Come next May, the public transit system in Sao Paulo, Brazil will be a bit greener thanks to the addition of 50 Scania buses designed to run on pure ethanol. The people haulers are part of the first wave of an initial fleet of 200 ethanol-fueled buses. Sao Paulo operates more than 15,000 public ...

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    Does driving make you fat? Can public transportation, biking and walking keep you skinny?
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    To follow up on our recent article titled "Overweight and overfueled - fat America uses more gas" we thought we'd offer some additional information that's relevant to the topic. A recent study conducted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) suggests that U.S. drivers may be ...

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    Survey: Most Americans want better public transportation options
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    Looks like Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is on to something. He announced a major policy revision last week that will see his department "treat[ing] cyclists and walkers with policies similar to automobiles." Transportation for America (T4A) has issued the results of a survey that show ...

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