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42nd Street Trolley?

May 18, 2005

Should trolleys – now re-christened as “light rail” – return to 42nd Street for the first time since they were replaced by buses 59 years ago? The idea, which



Apr 11, 2005

Tavi Fields, a 25-year-old rapper, found the city's alternate side parking regulations more than she could handle. "I was going through a hard period of time for a while, where


Fewer Cars (Same Traffic)

Mar 18, 2005

What’s going on with auto ownership and traffic in New York City? News reports in February highlighted an 8.4 percent decline in the number of registered autos in


Learning from the Subway Fire

Feb 02, 2005

 Now that subway service has resumed to nearly normal -- several years ahead of schedule -- it is clear that last month’s fire in a subway signal room near the


Pataki's Budget

Jan 20, 2005

 “Pataki’s Budget Leaves Transit Projects In Doubt” read the headline in the New York Times online. (In the newspaper itself, the article, with a slightly different headline, was the lead


Should Public Funds Keep NY Waterway Alive?

Dec 15, 2004

Public funding for transportation goes back further than the eye can see, from building the Erie Canal to construction of the New York City subway and Interstate highways. In


Put Internet Access On The Trains

Nov 29, 2004

As the Metropolitan Tranportation Authority struggles with its newest round of financial and political woes, the agency is failing to consider a ripe opportunity for peripheral economic development: providing wireless


Cycling In the City

Nov 22, 2004

Cyclists riding across the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City has 480 miles of bike lanes and paths, including one over