Commute

Chris Richards / Flickr

The Invention of America's 'Love Affair' With the Automobile

One historian calls it a "masterstroke of public relations" made possible by a single 1961 television special.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

Why Can't Public Transit Be Free?

The main goal of transportation that costs riders nothing—getting people out of their cars—can't be achieved by eliminating fares.

Svigals+Partners

Can a Beehive-Inspired Overpass Unite a City?

New Britain, Connecticut, is split by a highway overpass—which is also the city's main street. Will a high-design walkway bridge deep divisions?

MARTA

The Remarkable Turnaround of Atlanta Public Transit

MARTA CEO Keith Parker on the agency's hopeful future.

Maps
Library of Congress

Chicago, the Last Great Capital of Cartography

As America grew in the late 19th century, so did mapmaking—and Chicago was at the heart of it.

Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Expanding Walkability in Two African Cities: What's at Stake?

Africa is the world's most rapidly urbanizing continent. Transit in cities will have to adapt to encourage walkability and prevent isolating sprawl.

Eric Brisson / Flickr

How Driverless Cars Could Make Traffic Dramatically Worse

A new simulation shows that comfortable rides can come with big congestion costs.

CityFixer
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Next Wave of Bike-Share Innovations May Focus on Equity

Several cities are trying out new ways of encouraging low-income residents to sign up.

Maps

Mapping the Crushing Truth About Your Work Commute

Many people in the U.S. carpool, walk, and use public transit to get to work—but most are still hacking traffic in a car, all alone.

Videos

Exploding Manhole Tries to Eat a Terrified Child

Hold your kids tight, folks.

Flickr/Gulan Bollsay

The Slow, Agonizing Death of the MetroCard

New York's long-heralded swipe-free subway payment system may not arrive until 2022.

AP / David Goldman

She Tried Commuting to Work by Streetcar. It Took as Long as Walking.

A casual experiment in Atlanta doesn't help dissuade "tourist trolley" fears.

Introducing Our Free E-Book on 'The Future of Transportation'

A dozen of CityLab's favorite stories from the 2014 series on how Americans will travel tomorrow.

smrtGRiPS

These Vibrating Bike Grips Promise 'Eyes-Free Navigation'

They buzz you left or right toward a destination (which may or may not turn out to be a brick wall).

tnchanse / Flickr

How the Trucking Industry Could Be Vastly More Efficient

Meet Transfix, a start-up that fashions itself "Uber for trucks."

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

White Privilege, on a Bicycle

The perils of "biking while black" came into sharp focus this month.

Screenshot via Mercedes

Driverless Car Test Districts Are Coming

But even Google admits the technology still has a ways to go.

ZBoard

An Electric Skateboard You Control by Leaning

The weight-sensitive ZBoard 2 can dawdle or zoom at 20 mph, depending on your foot pressure.