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This Endless Montage of Tunnels Somehow Makes Nightmarish Commutes Look Beautiful

The London Underground is made up of one of the most complex tunnel systems in the world. As a commuter, it’s hard to see the beauty of that complex maze racing through it every morning on the way to work, but this short film manages to paint those endless tunnels as a work of art. Read More >>

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Air Pollution in Subway Systems May Be Much Worse Than We Realised

As anyone who has ridden the underground knows, the air down there is unpleasant. New research done in Canada shows that air pollution levels in Toronto’s subway system are ten times greater than those above ground. It’s a troubling realisation for subway-goers, but there are ways to keep these underground systems clean. Read More >>

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The Weird Way That Standing (Not Walking) on Escalators Helps Move People More Quickly

It’s the golden rule of crowded escalators: stand on one side, walk on the other. But passengers taking the escalator in one of London’s busiest tube stations were recently confronted with a weird rule: Everyone must stand. Officials claim it will make stations run more efficiently. But how? Read More >>

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Here’s How Many Bridges NYC Would Need if Everyone Drove 

Manhattan has plenty of bridges—they're its most recognisable landmarks, really—but exactly how many more would it need if every last person drove a car? Matt Taylor, a transit engineer, has seen this bizarro-Manhattan, and it's not pretty. Read More >>

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These Enormous Caverns Below NYC are Starting to Look Like Train Tunnels

It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA has given us an update. Read More >>

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While Away Your Weekend by Designing Your Own Fantasy Transit System

For would-be Transportation Czars who have grander ideas for the buses and trains in your town, Transitmix helps you draw a fantasy transit system for your city that's specific down to the street. And it's got a bunch of real-world features that can help you calculate everything from ridership to operating costs. Read More >>

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New Android Feature Wakes You Up for Your Bus or Train Stop

Android Police just discovered a cool new Google Now feature: when you're taking public transportation, you can set an alarm to make sure you don't sleep through your stop. No more waking up stranded at the end of the line! Read More >>

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A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC’s Newest Train Tunnel

New York City's new 2nd Avenue subway line is a construction project of truly monumental scale. Decades of planning and billions of dollars have led to the near-completion of Phase 1 of the tunnel running underneath Manhattan's Upper East Side. Gizmodo was lucky enough to take a tour through a section of the caverns and passages that will soon be a bustling subway line. Read More >>

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Adorable Tokyo Metro Posters Remind Passengers to be Polite

Since 1974, Tokyo's Metro has created cute, quirky posters for their subway system to remind passengers of proper etiquette. Each fiscal year they roll out a new set of characters as the ambassadors of good manners, and for 2014 they've just revealed a new mascot (he's the lion in the centre poster). Read More >>

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What if all the World’s Subway Maps Were Designed By the Same Person?

Transit maps are as unique as the cities they represent. To know Tokyo's subway, you have to know the quirks of its subway map; to navigate NYC, you have to familiarise yourself with its mapping idiosyncrasies, too. But what if design was standardised across every city in the world? Read More >>

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How the Persian Gulf is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Over in the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new underground rail system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states. Read More >>

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The Colossal Railway That’s Quietly Taking Shape 160 Feet Below NYC

Maybe the US can't build the world's deepest undersea tunnel in seven years like some cities, but New York still has some serious mega-construction chops. Behold: The latest photos from 120 feet below Grand Central Station, where workers are building the largest public transportation project in the US. Read More >>