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Cassandra Q. Butts, Obama law school classmate and adviser, dies at 50

Ms. Butts met the future president while filling out financial aid forms, then served on Capitol Hill and with the Obama transition team.

Genomic study tracks African-American dispersal in the Great Migration

An assessment of genomic diversity in the United States of America clarifies the role of pre-Civil War admixture and early 20th century transit routes in shaping the migration history and genomic diversity among African-Americans communities. The new study, by Simon Gravel of McGill University and colleagues, will publish on May 27, 2016 in PLOS Genetics. read more

Mass Transit Ridership Is Down. How Can We Fix This?

Tyler Cowen point us to Wendell Cox, who says that aside from New York City, mass transit ridership in the US is looking grim: If New York City Subway ridership had remained at its 2005 level, overall transit ridership would have decreased from 9.8 billion in 2005 to 9.6 billion in 2015. Show More Summary

South Sounder in ST3

Sound Transit 3 materials have not said a lot about the agency’s successful South Sounder service. Most of the attention in that subregion has gone into extending the light rail “spine” into Tacoma. Sounder will actually have a quicker running time from Tacoma to Seattle, although Link may have its advantages for somewhat spontaneous Tacoma-Seattle trips, […]

Proposed Transitional Gov't Designed to Collapse Syria - US State Senator

The proposal for a transitional government in Syria comprised of five vice presidents is intended to throw the nation into deeper chaos, Senator from the US State of Virginia Richard Black told Sputnik.

The dominance of the New York City subway

Perhaps the most incredible thing about the New York City Subway has been its utter dominance of the well-publicized national transit ridership increases of the last decade. According to annual data published by the American Public Transportation...Show More Summary

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad and Other Festive Memorial Day Foods

Memorial Day marks the transition from cooking on the stovetop to preparing foods outside.  This weekend, dust off your grill and craft a menu suitable for outdoor dining.  In my opinion, the dessert is just as important as the main course that precedes it.

LiveRail Derailed: Facebook Shutting Down Video Ad Exchange

Facebook said in January that it would no longer accept ad-serving customers for LiveRail and that existing ones would transition to other products, and now it appears to be the end of the line for the programmatic video ad exchange...

Uber partners with Parkmerced community to boost public transit

Parking your car in the city is the pits, if you can even find a spot. But at Parkmerced, a new development in San Francisco, a new amenity for residents fights the lack of parking. Thanks to a partnership with Uber, participating residents...Show More Summary

Laketran's Routes Join Google Maps

Laketran joins hundreds of cities in the U.S. who are providing transit routes data to Google Maps. For those who are not regular bus riders, and may need to find a way to work or to school

GA: Athens Transit Named Urban Community Transit System of the Year

The Athens Transit System was recently recognized as the 2016 Urban Community Transportation System of the Year by the Community Transportation Association of America. The CTTA represents thousands of transit providers across the country.

Trans Veteran Says Weed Saved Her Life, Helped Her Transition

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A transgender Iraq War veteran makes a case for legalizing cannabis in a new interview with Vice.

Observations From Below: Transitioning Into College

One of the first things I learned graduating high school and going to college, was that college requires a lot more responsibilities and work. In high school, you may have had a whole support group behind you, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. Show More Summary

CCRTA to Hold a Public Open House on Transit Plan 20/20

The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) will hold a public open house for Transit Plan 20/20 on Wednesday, June 1 from 12:00 pm and continue until 6:00 pm, so the public may attend at their convenience.

Mass Transit Weekly Update 5/27/2016

This weeks transit update features videos from Alstom, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and TriMet.

Sound Transit Selects Site for Sounder Maintenance Base

The Sound Transit Board of Directors have selected the location for a new Sounder vehicle maintenance base at its rail yard along the Sounder railroad right-of-way between Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest and 100th Street Southwest in Lakewood.

Traffic, transit tips for Memorial Day weekend

After the Friday getaway is over, there will be plenty of traffic around holiday events. Meanwhile, Metrorail will be disrupted.

Russia-Greece Black Sea Gas Pipeline May Transit Turkey or Bulgaria

Russian Energy Minister said that new Black Sea gas pipeline from Russia to Greece may pass through Turkey or Bulgaria.

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