Eric Jaffe

The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals

Urban Buddy helps travelers draw wisdom from veteran city residents in real-time.

You May Never Need to Pay Cash at a Tollbooth Again

Since the emergence of E-Z Pass twenty years ago, toll passes have remained largely a regional game. Not for long.

Your Long Commute May Be Hurting Your Marriage

A new report finds a higher rate of separation among couples that travel more than 45 minutes to work.

Let's All Stop Obsessing About the 'Next Great Thing' in Urban Transportation

Instead of coveting some trendy system, let's spend a little more time fixing the ones we've got.

Why Don't More U.S. Airports Connect to Amtrak?

A new federal report says the costs of intermodal air-and-rail hubs outweigh the benefits in all but a "limited number of places."

The Fight to Rescue Lower Manhattan From the Next Sandy

The coastal areas of New York City have two choices: retreat, or advance to the shoreline with a bigger shield.

What's Better Than Turning an Urban Highway Into a Park?

St. Louis will cover the highway that divides downtown from the waterfront. But some wish they'd removed the interstate altogether.

Has the Rise of Online Shopping Made Traffic Worse?

A case study illustrates how more deliveries could mean more congestion.

New York and Chicago's Century-Old Skyscraper Contest

The cities have been locked in battle since 1885, with no signs of stopping.

The Billion-Dollar Technology That May or May Not Prevent the Next Big Train Crash

Positive Train Control is coming to a railroad near you — but perhaps not as soon as the government wants.

Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.

The Flawed Federal Rule That Killed High-Speed Rail to Vegas

It may be time to revisit the Buy America provision in U.S. transportation funding.

Now We Can Actually Count and Track the 'Familiar Strangers' in Our Lives

That person you often see on the bus? Scientists are pinpointing exactly how often you're running into them.

The Time the Teacher's Union Saved New York From Bankruptcy

In October 1975, only the whims of a union leader separated the city from default.

Finally, a Plan to Pay for Public Transit With Highway Tolls

In Tampa, an innovative idea called "bus toll lanes" could pad the farebox with road revenue.

The Transit Project That New York Mayoral Candidates Should Be Talking About

The so-called "X line" subway route could carry some 76,000 riders a day through the outer boroughs.

Distracted Walking Puts 1,500 People Into the Hospital a Year

Injuries to pedestrians on their cell phones have climbed steadily since 2005, according to a new study.

How to Fund Transit Without Raising Fares or Cutting Service

Mark Aesch brings a private-sector mindset to public transportation — and so far it's working.

A Museum Show of Broken Umbrellas and Old Coffee Cups

A new exhibition transforms the "utterly ordinary" parts of New York City life into urban icons.