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  • Jacqueline Klopp Helps Public Transit to Grow Sustainably

    Jacqueline Klopp Helps Public Transit to Grow Sustainably

    She’s finding new ways collect and share data in rapidly growing cities — and the results will help to build a healthier future for the entire planet.

  • Could Robo-Taxis Kill Public Transportation?

    Could Robo-Taxis Kill Public Transportation?

    Self-driving cars will fundamentally change how we live and work. But not all of those changes will be positive.

  • New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

    New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

    Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.

  • How to Rethink Urban Transit, and Pay for It, Too

    How to Rethink Urban Transit, and Pay for It, Too

    “We have conflated mobility with access, but mobility is not the same as access. The best solution to a transportation problem is to not have to travel. The city itself was invented as a solution to a transportation problem. We have cities so we don’t have to travel.”

  • We Need to Finance and Subsidize Mass Transit

    While it would be nice to see a mass transit financing solution included in an effort to rebuild the nation’s depleted highway trust fund, a nation that refuses to tax itself to repair deteriorating roads and bridges appears unlikely to provide funding for mass transit. Still, no effort to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse…

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • Jacqueline Klopp Helps Public Transit to Grow Sustainably

    Jacqueline Klopp Helps Public Transit to Grow Sustainably

    She’s finding new ways collect and share data in rapidly growing cities — and the results will help to build a healthier future for the entire planet.

  • Could Robo-Taxis Kill Public Transportation?

    Could Robo-Taxis Kill Public Transportation?

    Self-driving cars will fundamentally change how we live and work. But not all of those changes will be positive.

  • New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

    New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

    Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.

  • How to Rethink Urban Transit, and Pay for It, Too

    How to Rethink Urban Transit, and Pay for It, Too

    “We have conflated mobility with access, but mobility is not the same as access. The best solution to a transportation problem is to not have to travel. The city itself was invented as a solution to a transportation problem. We have cities so we don’t have to travel.”

  • We Need to Finance and Subsidize Mass Transit

    While it would be nice to see a mass transit financing solution included in an effort to rebuild the nation’s depleted highway trust fund, a nation that refuses to tax itself to repair deteriorating roads and bridges appears unlikely to provide funding for mass transit. Still, no effort to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse…