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How Many Deaths Does It Take to Redesign an Intersection?

A 25-lane Queens intersection had already claimed one life before 23-year-old Ella Bandes died there last year.

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GM is under fire for another delayed recall. No LIRR strike this summer. Another rescue diver dies exploring the sunken South Korean ferry. How to avoid enraging European commuters when touring the continent. And the MTA is banding falcon chicks.

Speed Cameras Switch Off When Crashes Are at Their Highest

Mayor de Blasio had made upping the number of speed cameras near schools a key part of his push for traffic safety. But a WNYC investigation shows that the most dangerous time to be on the road coincides with the exact hour those cameras shut off.

Vision Zero Package Clears City Council

"At the end of the day, we feel that these new laws will strengthen our city's ability to avoid death and injuries caused by car crashes," said the chair of the council's transportation committee. But a group representing cab drivers isn't happy.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: MTA Bands Peregrine Falcon Chicks

Springtime is hatchling time, and in keeping with a 31-year effort, New York's MTA banded the peregrine falcon chicks that nest atop three of its bridges.

Feds: One Year of Car Crashes Cost the U.S. $871 Billion

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation says the economic and societal costs of traffic crashes are "staggering."

Streetcar Funding Slashed By D.C. Council

The D.C. Council voted to cut spending for a planned 22-mile network of streetcars — and use the money to pay for tax cuts. But Mayor Vincent Gray says that puts the entire program in jeopardy.

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UberX drivers probably make more than you do. Highway work in Sacramento is bringing drivers to light rail. London is raising its congestion pricing charge. Pulmonary disease is more common in people who live near Logan Airport. And: one Chicago artist is replacing potholes with mosaics.

NYC Council Poised to Act on Traffic Deaths

The council is on track to pass a suite of measures aimed at supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative.

D.C. Should Move Faster On 16th Street Bus Lane Study, Says Mayoral Candidate

A D.C. Council member — who is also the Democratic mayoral nominee — wants the District Department of Transportation to speed up improvements to a busy bus corridor.

Maya Angelou Was San Francisco's First Black Streetcar Conductor

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer, and performer who passed away at the age of 86, also has a place in civil rights transportation history: at the age of 16, she says she became San Francisco's first black streetcar conductor.

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New security measures are leading to massive lines on Beijing's subway. D.C. may pare funding for its streetcar system. The new Google car lacks a steering wheel and pedals. And: South Korea is creating 'women-only' parking spaces, complete with pink outlines.

Metro Takes Over Silver Line; Summer Opening Date Planned

After months of delays, D.C.'s transit agency officially took control of the $2.9 billion Silver Line project.

Select Bus Service Comes to 125th Street — Sort of

The busy corridor is now home to the city's seventh Select Bus Service route. But only part of the street got a painted bus-only lane.

Citi Bike Celebrates Anniversary With Cupcakes and Complaints

New York's bikeshare system turns one on May 27th. But after the bankruptcy of a key supplier, persistent software problems, and a stalled expansion, the path forward is far from clear.

Massimo Vignelli, Designer of Iconic NYC Subway Map, Dies

His version — colorful lines against a white background, only a nod to geography — was in use for much of the 1970s and lives on in the MTA's Weekender map.

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Penn Station wants to upgrade its retail tenants -- and its train arrivals board. Chicago's bike share set a one-day record. Sydney is lowering its speed limit. And: lack of transit may be behind Wisconsin's 'brain drain.'

Over 4,800 Drivers Caught Speeding in NYC -- In Two Days

A two-day crackdown on speeding in New York City has resulted in nearly five thousand tickets for drivers.

Jersey City Sues the Port Authority

Jersey City says the Port Authority is getting a sweetheart tax deal — and it's going to court to collect.

No Bus Lane On 16th Street Northwest Until 2016 At The Earliest

A dedicated bus lane on 16th Street Northwest would help S Line commuters to get work more quickly, but D.C.'s transportation department says the earliest that could happen is...2016.