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Nine Transportation-Related Jobs That Only Exist in Certain Cultures

Would you be willing to get paid to act as a third passenger in a vehicle so the car could drive into a congestion-restricted area? How about signing up to pack people into crowded train carriages? Dress up as a zebra and walk the streets, preventing cars from running red lights? Read More >>

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Lost in a Maze of Abandoned Stations Beneath the Streets of Barcelona

The always interesting urban exploration crew at Trackrunners have assembled all of their various trips down beneath the streets of Barcelona into one long super-post, an epic catalogue of all things lost and subterranean in that Spanish coastal city. Read More >>

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Seven Ingenious Trains That Slide Up the Slopes So You Don't Have To

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain't the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the "fun" in "climbing steep-ass inclines without breaking a sweat". Read More >>

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Linking the World's Highest Cities With the Longest Urban Cable Car

La Paz is situated at a whopping 3,650 metres above sea level in Bolivia. El Alto, the country's second biggest metropolis, is located 500 metres above that. Now a new cable car system linking the world's highest cities made its public début, allowing tens of thousands of commuters to bypass congested roadways for a sleek ride in the sky. Read More >>

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Is an Airbag for Your Head Really Safer Than a Bike Helmet?

Remember Hövding, the Swedish bike helmet released a few years back that looks like a stylish, poofy collar and supposedly inflates like an airbag upon impact? In a new video, the company explains more about how it works—claiming it's actually much safer than a traditional helmet. Read More >>

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Used Canola Oil Turns Dusty Paths Into Roads That Smell Like Chips

Fryer oil turns plain old potatoes into delicious chips. It powers our biodiesel cars. And, now, it's being used to turn the dusty surfaces of rural Canadian roads into stable makeshift asphalt—AND THEY SMELL LIKE CHIPS. God bless our obsession with that infernally unhealthy liquid. Read More >>

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Hackers Can Now Create Fake Traffic Jams

A couple of Israeli students figured out a way to create fake traffic jams using the popular, Google-owned Waze GPS app. While it sounds silly at first, these kinds of infrastructure hacks could have serious consequences as we depend more and more on data to help us get around town. Read More >>

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Watch a Bus Stop Get Redesigned Before Your Very Eyes

When patience is short and waits are long, squeezing onto the bus becomes a mad, lawless scramble. And that won't do if your buses have to transport 100,000 passengers a day, like Vancouver's extremely busy 99 line. So transportation planners got out a camera and some tape—you can watch the results in this transfixing time-lapse video. Read More >>

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This Beautifully Simple App Wants to Change How Public Transport Works

Public transport is a hard problem. Imagine how difficult it is for a city to meet the needs of millions, all of whom want to go different places at different times. And, inevitably, you're left standing on the platform. Ototo wants to change all of that. Read More >>

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Should People Be Allowed to Drink and "Drive" Self-Driving Cars?

Autonomous cars are coming soon, people, maybe as soon as 2015, maybe as soon as 2015 for the citizens of California. And with them will be a whole set of new rules and regulations when it comes to driving. Or, ahem, not driving. Read More >>

transport
Why the Speed of Ships is Measured in Knots

How fast you're going while out floating on the big blue can be notoriously tricky to judge if you're just eyeballing it. One method used to get around this issue was introduced in the sixteenth century using a "chip log" or "log-line." Read More >>

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Paris's Smog Has Got So Bad That it's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris—city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It's gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares, and electric car shares free to use all weekend. Read More >>

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How it Feels to Ride an Electrified Boris Bike

If you've ever ridden a Barclays 'Boris' Bike (or Citibike, or any similar bike-share bicycle) you know: those suckers are heavy. And, if you've ever ridden up anything near an incline, you know that heavy bikes absolutely suck on hills. Wouldn't it be great to just push a button instead? Read More >>

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Free Megabus Seats are Your "Just Pay 50p Booking Fee" Deal of the Day

There's a quote in the wonderful film Kes, when a milkman says "third-class riding is better than first-class walking". So with that very much in mind, we attract your attention to taking hugely long coach journeys with Megabus. Read More >>

infrastructure
A Colossal Yellow Cave Taking Shape Beneath New York

NYC's East Side Access Project continues apace, and these recent images, taken last month by MTA photographer Rehema Trimiew, show a whole new view of the mind-boggling underground caverns now being constructed beneath Manhattan. From raw walls of exposed geology to this, the space is finally taking on the look and feel of architecture. Read More >>

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Clever New Clothes to Protect You From Germs on the Tube

Winter's runny noses, summer's sweat, spring's sneezing allergies—it doesn't really matter the season. When you ride the bus or the tube, often the last thing you want to do is touch the seats or hang on. Could a new line of clothing help protect you from these germs? Read More >>

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