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U.S. Commutes: The Way We Get To Work

Dec 25, 2013 — Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation imagine everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. A key part of planning, says one expert, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must also be done in a way "that this planet can support."
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Dec 17, 2013 — The Texas capital is growing rapidly, and its roads and freeways are packed. A toll road was built east of the city to help alleviate the problem, but few drivers use it. Experts agree that the city has to do something — and soon — to address its congestion woes if Austin is to retain its quirky character.
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Dec 12, 2013 — We asked you to photograph your commute. We had no idea you would make such connections!
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Dec 12, 2013 — In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. The users so far tend to be young, male and wealthier than the rest of the population.
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Nov 29, 2013 — You think your commute is bad? How about a two-hour trek to go a mere 15 miles? That's what one Chicago resident faces as she catches trains and buses to get to her part-time job. Commuting can be especially difficult for people who can't afford a car but live far from their jobs.
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Nov 19, 2013 — Researchers think an increase in commuting may be partly to blame for widespread political disengagement among many Americans. As stressed-out commuters disengage, they leave the political arena to the most partisan voters.
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Nov 19, 2013 — About 10 percent of working Americans carpool to work. For two years, Neville Amaria was one of them. He spent two to three hours a day in the car with as many as four co-workers squeezed in alongside him. Now his office has moved closer to home. Here's an audio diary from the last morning of his carpool.
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Nov 13, 2013 — Emery Go Round is a free shuttle, provided by businesses in Emeryville, Calif. Not only did the popular shuttle help solve one of the most annoying problems for transportation planners known as the last mile, it helped the city reinvent itself as a home to headquarters for Pixar, Jamba Juice and Peet's Coffee.
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Nov 13, 2013 — Rather than traffic jams, kayak commuter Stephen Linaweaver has to look out for container ships. Every day, he paddles in his blue boat from the Port of Oakland to his job in San Francisco. His route may not be shorter than yours — but yours probably doesn't include harbor seals.
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Nov 7, 2013 — In 2001, Portland, Ore., was the first to develop a new kind of streetcar system. Success there led to a resurgence, with at least two dozen cities planning, building or expanding trolley lines — places like Atlanta; St. Louis, Mo.; and Tucson, Ariz. But some wonder whether it's the best way to spend limited transit dollars.
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