Carlo Allegri/Reuters

One Big Question About Hoboken's Fatal Commuter Train Crash

A third of U.S. train crashes are caused by human error, even though technology exists to make rail passengers much safer. Why doesn’t New Jersey Transit have it?

Julio Cortez/AP

The Train Crash in Hoboken, New Jersey: What We Know

The Atlantic live blogs developments and details.


The Streetcar Can't Save Your City

Not on its own, at least. But boosters in Cincinnati, Kansas City, and elsewhere are banking that their new lines can keep resurgent downtowns booming.


Austin Might Be Weird Enough to Build a Gondola

Regional transportation officials in the traffic-plagued Texas capital support a viability study for an eight-mile aerial circulator.

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New Yorkers Are Publicly Shaming Cars in Bike Lanes

A map invites cyclists to photograph and report drivers behaving badly.

Flickr/Christian Michel

There's a Reason Why Trump's Beloved Airports Are So Nice

Some countries with very different priorities have an easier time building first-rate infrastructure.

UK Department for Transport

British Cyclists Really Hate This New Safety Video

It’s pure victim blaming, say critics.

Thomas Hartwell/AP

Riding Public Transit in Cairo After the Revolution

Truly addressing the Egyptian capital’s transportation issues means empowering the masses to move around more easily. That's not something President Abdel Fattah El Sisi (nor those invested in him) can afford.


Paris Really Is Going to Transform the Seine

A long-discussed plan to permanently ban cars from the river’s quayside gained approval Monday, after a tough debate.

Max Galka/Metrocosm

Envisioning U.S. Traffic as a Bloody Circulatory System

People often compare highways to arteries; Max Galka decided to make that literal.


Germany Has the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train

Not all groundbreaking changes are about speed.

Parsons Brinckerhoff

The Many Ways People Commute to New York

Manhattan’s hordes of workers pour in by bus, subway, train, unicycle, and helicopter.

Neil Conway/Flickr

How a 'Smart' Public Transit System Can Better Serve Riders With Disabilities

A team of researchers is designing a system to ensure riders are at the right stop at the right time.

Flickr/Oran Viriyincy

How Do We Hate New York City Buses? Let Us Count the Ways

A short film allows riders to vent about—and share their best hopes for—the city’s underperforming transit workhorses.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Can San Francisco Build Housing That Eases Traffic?

Bay Area planners are betting that new developments can accommodate growth and relieve traffic congestion.  

Alex Brandon/AP

Can Self-Driving Cars Protect Black People From Police Violence?

If automated vehicles can change and save so many lives, we should talk seriously about how they can protect black lives.


Anonymous San Franciscans Are Making Renegade Bike Lanes

After two cyclists were killed in hit-and-runs on the same day, the SFMTrA grabbed traffic cones and took action.

Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters

The U.S. DOT Officially Puts a Car In the Self-Driving Race

Federal regulators have released comprehensive guidelines for the emerging technology.

Illuminate the Arts

A Street Light Installation Reveals Train Traffic Under San Francisco's Streets

A nearly 2-mile-long installation would visualize the real-time passage of underground trains.