Cielo Lutino

Cielo Lutino is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She has written for such publications as the L Magazine and Portland Monthly, and her literary nonfiction has appeared in journals such as the Los Angeles Review and Cold Mountain Review.

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Lower oil prices wreak havoc on state budgets

Lower oil prices wreak havoc on state budgets

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

This New Year’s Eve, motorists can celebrate at the pump, where the price of gas has, as of this writing, a national average of $2.273 per gallon, according to the AAA. In fact, except for Vermont, Alaska, and Hawaii, all states saw the average price of gas drop at least a dollar between June and […]




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Missouri sues 13 suburbs over revenue from traffic fines

Missouri sues 13 suburbs over revenue from traffic fines

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thirteen suburbs that ring St. Louis, MO were sued by the state’s Attorney General last week. The lawsuits claimed that the local governments had breached a state law that requires them to report the percentage of revenue earned from fines for traffic violations. The law further seeks to stifle efforts to derive profit from fines […]




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Caltrans scrambles to keep up with transportation trends

Caltrans scrambles to keep up with transportation trends

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

SNL’s “The Californians” pokes fun at the Golden State’s obsession with freeways and car culture, but the show’s writers may have to revise their scripts. Californians are walking and biking twice as much as they did ten years ago, according to the most recent household survey conducted by the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans, as […]




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Philadelphia’s bicycle infrastructure falls behind those of sister cities, report finds

Philadelphia’s bicycle infrastructure falls behind those of sister cities, report finds

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of the country’s ten most populous cities, Philadelphia has the most bike commuters and enjoys more miles of bike lanes than any other place on the East Coast. All that may soon be a thing of the past if the city fails to recommit to improving its bicycle and other traffic infrastructure, according to a […]




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Funding gaps threaten transportation projects of all sizes

Funding gaps threaten transportation projects of all sizes

| December 2, 2014

The struggles of the federal Highway Trust Fund continue to affect states and regions throughout the United States. The fuel taxes that power the fund haven’t increased in two decades; here’s what a few state and local governments are reporting about their transportation finance situations. Texas Despite the passage of Proposition 1, which will funnel […]




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Porous concrete becoming more popular among developers and public agencies

Porous concrete becoming more popular among developers and public agencies

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Workers vacuuming alleys and parking lots may be an odd sight now, but they’ll become less so in the coming years as so-called “green” and “blue” streets become more common. The colorful names signify a growing trend in road and parking lot design: the use of porous asphalt and pervious concrete. The typical street or […]




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Americans’ taxes subsidize congestion, study finds

Americans’ taxes subsidize congestion, study finds

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The federal government is working at cross purposes with itself and local and state governments. In a study released last week by TransitCenter and Frontier Group, researchers discovered that federal tax subsidies are undermining transportation goals established by multiple levels of government. This discovery came through a review of commuter tax benefits. Currently, employers can […]




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Transportation spending doesn’t fit public’s needs, study finds

Transportation spending doesn’t fit public’s needs, study finds

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

We may be on the cusp of 2015, but transportation policies of state and federal governments are stuck in 2005, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG). In a study released by the organization in September, researchers discovered that Americans drive no more in total than they did in 2005 and no more on […]




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Remembering victims of traffic accidents worldwide

Remembering victims of traffic accidents worldwide

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, November 16, all member countries will celebrate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, an effort led by the United Nations (UN). In Greece, the SOS Road Crimes group is asking participants to gather and bring well-worn shoes to remind others of “the traveler and his unfulfilled desires.” In London, the Brahma […]




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Union hopes to improve lot of Boston parking attendants

Union hopes to improve lot of Boston parking attendants

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Through rain or shine, snow or sleet . . .” is an adage typically associated with postal carriers, but it could just as easily apply to parking attendants. “I’ve worked some cold, cold days. It’s been 40 below with the wind-chill factor,” Julius Poelinitz told the Chicago Tribune before he retired in 1986 after spending […]




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Voters react to transportation initiatives

Voters react to transportation initiatives

| November 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The massive Republican gains of the 2014 midterm elections don’t give fans of alternative modes of transit much cause to celebrate. Of late, conservative transportation policy has favored highways that serve rural and exurban constituencies rather than services like high-speed rail, buses, or bicycles that support balanced urban and regional transit. Republican victories at multiple levels […]




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