Eric Jaffe

What Makes Some Train Station Waits Better Than Others?

"Queueing theory" says we hate the injustice of waiting on chaotic lines.

Micro-Subletting Is Thriving in New York — But Is It Legal?

Users of sites like Airbnb are snubbing a recent law that forbids short-term apartment rentals.

How Not to Make Friends on the Greyhound Bus

A Yale researcher spends two years riding around, documenting the rules of "social disengagement."

Why Cyclists Run Red Lights

Mostly to turn or because the signal doesn't recognize them, according to the latest research.

How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain, Part 2

The less city you can see through the trees, the better for your brain, new research suggests.

Can Light Rail Carry a City's Transit System?

It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.

The Coolest New Maps of London

From an infographic of Olympic venues to street-by-street damage inflicted by the Blitz.

An Intriguing But Flawed Attack on Smart Growth

A new study claims to "contradict" the premise that density discourages driving — but does it?

8 Truly Embarrassing City Souvenirs

From a Lady Liberty comb to 'I Heart London' nail clippers.

Seeing the Train as a 'Mobile Office'

Transport modes should be evaluated on their "productive time," not just travel time.

The Hidden Factor in Bike Commuting: Showers

People are much more likely to ride to work if they have a place to clean up once they get there.

New York's Lovely Abandoned Subway Station

Photographs of the phantom City Hall station capture transit charm of yore.

How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain

A break from the bustle of the city can do your mind good, recent research shows.

Why You Should Be Skeptical of Statistics on City vs. Suburban Population Growth

Columbia University planning professor David King on why calling the contest is beside the point.

The 10 Best Songs About the Subway

Inspired by a new contest to write a song inspired by the G train.

Of Course People Will Ride California HSR

What they may stop riding are commercial airlines, research suggests.

Why Americans and Europeans Give Directions Differently

A new study finds big cross-cultural differences in spatial descriptions.

The Underground New York Public Library

A subway-hopping photographer memorializes reading riders on a Tumblr blog.

The Science of Staring

New research explains why we decide to look at what everyone else is looking at.