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A streetcar rides along Woodward Avenue on Friday in Detroit — the city's first in 61 years. The QLine project was led by private businesses and philanthropic organizations in partnership with local, state and the federal government. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Shelia Mendoza says she's not looking for a livelihood out of Liberty Mobility, but a little extra cash and some new friends to talk to. M.L. Schultze/WKSU hide caption

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Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

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A train moves along the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Transit workers went on strike early Tuesday, shutting down bus, trolley and subways that provide about 900,000 rides a day. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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A single trip on the Morgantown, W.Va., PRT costs just 50 cents — and is free for students. The system provides about 15,000 rides a day (and double that when WVU has a home game). Joanne C. Sullivan/Flickr hide caption

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A Revolution That Didn't Happen: Personal Rapid Transit

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Researchers at MIT found that many hybrid and battery-operated cars already meet the global emissions goals for 2030. Andrea Kissack/NPR hide caption

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It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

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Passengers walk across the tarmac at Jose Marti International Airport after arriving on a charter plane operated by American Airlines January 19, 2015, in Havana, Cuba. The Department of Transportation has approved scheduled flights from the U.S. to Cuba, including some operated by American — though no flights to Havana have yet been authorized. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Tourists ride in a boat down a main canal in Bruges, Belgium. A brewery in the historic city is building a pipeline to send thousands of gallons of its beer to a bottling plant without clogging narrow cobblestone streets. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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The Sheridan Expressway is little-used, and neighborhood groups hope to convert it to a boulevard. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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After Dividing For Decades, Highways Are On The Road To Inclusion

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Workers at Mahindra's Ann Arbor, Mich., factory load up a new GenZe for shipping to the initial markets of the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Ore. Courtesy of Mahindra hide caption

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With 'Pickup Scooter,' America Meets Indian Carmaker

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Is a hoverboard-like scooter your transportation mode of choice? Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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#NoCarForMe: Tell Us About Unconventional Means Of Transport Around You

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Mary Lee Kingsley waits for a bus in Montgomery County, Md. The bus stop has a big LED screen with a map displaying the current location of buses and when they will arrive. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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Apps, Maps And Head Counts Transforming Public Transit

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority tests its Positive Train Control system at the agency's rail yard near Malvern, Pa. The system will cost SEPTA about $328 million. The regional passenger railroad is one of the few in the country that are on track to meet an end-of-the-year deadline for installing PTC. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline

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A view of greater New York City from the International Space Station. NASA hide caption

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Reinventing Infrastructure: How Hard Is It?

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A steamboat drifts along the Mississippi River in New Orleans. A group called America's Watershed Initiative says "funding for infrastructure maintenance means that multiple failures may be imminent" for the lower Mississippi River basin. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The Metro in the nation's capital, was hobbled after an electrical malfunction filled a L'Enfant Metro subway station with smoke on Jan. 13, 2015, killing one woman and sending dozens of people to hospitals. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Mike Lester, CEO of Taxi 2000, sits in the SkyWeb Express in the company's warehouse in Fridley, Minn. The company has been working on SkyWeb Express system, a point-to-point personal rapid transit system. Ackerman + Gruber for NPR hide caption

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Why Nonstop Travel In Personal Pods Has Yet To Take Off

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Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives? Paramount Television/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

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High-profile events like bridge collapses or road sinkholes (like this one in Maryland in 2010) could make you think America's roads are crumbling. That's not quite true. Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images hide caption

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