Eric Jaffe

Living Near Good Transit May Make You Happier

A great subway or light rail line can actually lift your mood.

How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

A brief update on PlanIT Valley, Masdar, Konza Techno City, and Songdo.

No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

One City's Long, Ongoing Struggle to Launch a Transit System

Arlington, Texas, recently got its first bus line — but it's hardly a comprehensive approach to public transportation.

Meet the Next-Generation Bus

Imagine: instead of stopping for gas, a bus that could recharge while at a red light.

Audio Bus Ads: Too Intrusive for Riders, or Too Much Money to Pass Up?

Compared to other recent transit marketing campaigns, these seem pretty tolerable.

Let's Make Old Payphones Into Electric Car Chargers

It would address a major barrier to the use of EVs in big cities.

Charlotte Fights Its Anti-Transit Foes ... With Infographics

The "Truth About Transit" campaign offers an easy visual way to dispel popular myths.

Texting a Driver Could Make You Liable for a Crash

A New Jersey court rules that senders bear responsibility if they've "knowingly engaged in distracting conduct."

Finally, an Exercise App Built for Lazy People

Moves tracks daily walking, bike riding, running without any input from the user at all.

Animals May Evolve Bigger Brains to Handle City Life

A new study illustrates how species adapt when humans alter the environment.

The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs

Leigh Gallagher on her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving.

4 Questions for New York's Next Mayor About a New Penn Station

So far the plan has received all cheers, but a historic opportunity requires a serious conversation.

California's High-Speed Rail Plan Is in Jeopardy, But It's Hiring Workers Anyway

Officials say they will move with a worker training program, despite a court ruling that stopped just short of invalidating the line.

Suburbs Might Be Just as Green as Cities

According to a new study, the carbon emissions of urbanites and suburbanites are more or less even.

Why We Should Build a National Internet System Under the National Highway System

A "broadband superhighway" would broaden digital access, boost the economy, and lay the foundation for an intelligent transportation system.

Should We Be Embracing Golf Carts as a Cheaper Alternative to Electric Vehicles?

The trend is a reminder that cities could be doing more to promote EV use.

HOT Lanes Are Even More Popular When They're Expensive

A new study finds that drivers are willing to pay anywhere between $60 to $120 for every hour of time saved.

What Can I Realistically Do About My Neighbor Who Has Really Loud Sex?

Answers to all the questions you're too embarrassed to ask.