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As H Street Changes, Can Long-Time Residents Stay?

The new streetcars coming to D.C. are expected to bring billions in economic development, but residents who lived through the bad times might be priced out of staying through the good.

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G.M. is getting ready to put internet connectivity in its cars. L.A. is voting on fare increases. Sao Paulo bus drivers are on strike -- and the subway system is completely overwhelmed. And: a mama bear lifted her cub to safety off of a busy highway in Canada.

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Houston is paying for a new road with funds from its transit authority. D.C. is testing its new 7000 Series rail cars. L.A. got $2.1 billion in federal funding for the Purple Line. And: France is shaving down train platforms after ordering the wrong size rail cars.

LIRR One Step Closer to Strike

The mediation is nonbinding, but it potentially brings the nation's largest commuter railroad one step closer to a strike as early as July.

For D.C. Residents, Streetcar Return Will Pose Practical Challenges

It's been 52 years since streetcars last ran on D.C. streets, and city officials have been working to prepare residents, drivers, cyclists, and business owners for what life with trolley will look and feel like.

Speeders Beware: Crackdown Starts Wednesday

New York police are launching a 48-hour speed ticketing blitz, with fines from $90 to $600.

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Wisconsin must spend $13.5 million on transit to settle a highway lawsuit. Florida's SunRail is now open for revenue service. 167,000 small planes are still using leaded gasoline. Detroit is getting closer to a streetcar line. And: today is National Transit Call Congress Day.

Is Your City a Pedestrian Death Hotspot?

Between 2003 and 2012, more than 47,000 pedestrians were killed nationwide. Find out which cities are safer and why.

NYC Transit Workers Approve Contract

After two years of negotiations, the city's largest transit system and its largest union look to have finally settled a protracted contract dispute.

D.C. Metro to Take Control of Silver Line Next Week

After months of delay, the largest public transit project in the D.C. region could finally be zeroing in on an opening date.

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A bill to expand transit tax benefits for commuters is being held up in the Senate. San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center is over budget. G.M. must pay a $35 million fine. And: listen to a conversation about the stuff New Yorkers leave behind in taxis.

Illinois Moves to Rein In Ride-Sharing

Illinois senators have passed rules for the new, growing industry of “ride sharing” services, and they appear to be the strictest statewide regulations in the country so far.

What's Missing On Bike To Work Day? Data.

D.C.'s Bike to Work Day festivities are expected to break records, and bike commuting in the District is on the rise. But advocates say bicyclists are undercounted, leading to a disproportionately low investment in the city's cycling infrastructure.

'Sweeping' Safety Reforms at Metro-North

The changes come in response to a scathing report from federal regulators, which found that Metro-North had a “deficient safety culture” and emphasized on-time arrivals over safety and maintenance.

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NYC's mayor is reining in the city's outer borough taxi program. Ten thousand gallons of crude oil burst from a pipeline and swamped streets in Los Angeles. E-bikes are emerging as a huge hazard in China. And: happy Bike to Work Day!

Price Tag of Proposed Arlington Streetcars Increase -- and So Do Ridership Projections

Arlington County officials say that when its new streetcar line is built out, it will provide the majority of transit trips in the area. But opponents say that's overstated -- and that the increasing cost doesn't justify the project.

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Despite a presidential scolding, the House isn't exactly wading in to the transportation funding fray. The jitney business is booming in NJ. More children are killed in drunk driving wrecks in Texas than anywhere else in the U.S. And: a bourbon-filled steel train sculpture sold for $33.8 million.

Sleep Derailed: Fatigue Plagues Train Workers

Fatal crashes on commuter railroads are rare. But for people who work in transportation, deep exhaustion is common. “Two-thirds of the train operators and one-half of the pilots said they rarely get a good night’s sleep,” said one expert.

Life is About to Get a Little Better for L Train Riders

The MTA plans to add dozens of train trips to the L and M subway lines this fall, primarily because of explosive growth in the parts of North Brooklyn served by the lines.

Obama Urges Infrastructure Push in Tappan Zee Speech

With the White House projecting the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money this summer, President Barack Obama visited the Tappan Zee Bridge to press Congress for a solution.