Commute

Exposure to Traffic Noise May Raise Your Risk of Obesity

A worrisome study sheds new light on the health hazards of noise pollution.

The Highway Lane Next to Yours Isn’t Really Moving Any Faster

It’s what researchers call a “roadway illusion.”

Call Out Poorly Parked Cars With the App 'TowIt'

One developer’s weapon against lousy drivers and vans blocking the bike lane.

CityFixer

Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.

Why the Massive Air-Bag Recall Won't Make Driving Much Safer

Potentially deadly car parts shouldn’t be the least of everyone’s worries—but they shouldn’t be the most, either.

A Nifty Visualization of the 'Vicious Cycle' of Bus Bunching

See how small delays can lead to big commuting headaches in this interactive.

Why Cities Need Great Transit All Day, Not Just for Rush-Hour

In three infographics.

The Secrets to Philadelphia's Bicycle Success

For one thing: narrow, European-style streets.

CityFixer

Omaha Just Designed a Way Better Transit System for Zero Cost

The FORWARD plan brings frequency and all-week service to the heartland.

Videos

Why Your Subway Is Delayed, Explained as an 8-Bit Video Game

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority released this stylized video as part of an initiative to reduce delays.

The Debate Over Rail Safety May Never Be the Same

It’s time for Congress to think about infrastructure spending in a more urgent light.

Why It Won't Do Any Good to Add Seatbelts on Trains

In some cases they might add to the death toll of a crash.

Next Economy

Stranded: How America's Failing Public Transportation Increases Inequality

The nation’s crumbling infrastructure makes it hard for those living in poverty to access jobs, quality groceries, and good schools.

Maps

What You Can Learn Watching the Movements of an Entire Public Transportation System

An open-source, animated map features 249 global mass transit networks.

Google's New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets

Here’s everything you need to know about Prototype.

Pinpointing Ride-Hail Customers to Within Just a Few Feet

A London-based geocoding startup has developed a better way for e-hail drivers and riders to communicate with each other.

In the Twin Cities, Commute Times Vary Dramatically by Race

People of color spend nearly 160 additional hours a year commuting on transit compared to whites who drive to work alone.

How Congress Failed to Stop the Fatal Amtrak Crash

Positive Train Control could have prevented Tuesday’s crash. Congress made it mandatory in 2008. But it also continues to cut funding needed to fully implement it.

Confirmed: A High-Speed Turn Led to Amtrak's Derailment in Philadelphia

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary investigation reveals that the D.C.-NYC train entered a turn going twice the posted speed limit.