The Future of Transportation

How getting from here to there is changing forever

Darkroom Daze / Flickr

Why Can't the United States Build a High-Speed Rail System?

The problem isn't geography, demographics, or money—it's federal will.

Matt Dellinger

What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

Asbjorn Floden / Flickr

How Outdated Parking Laws Price Families Out of the City

Bundling parking with living space structurally raises the cost of urban life.

The Lift

One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate

Rachel Yoka believes parking can be more than what some might call a necessary evil.

Keith Barry

What I Learned Riding One of Those New Private City Buses

Bridj won't compete with Boston public transit, but it could get some commuters of out their cars.

Michael D. Spencer / Superpedestrian

If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One

Is the Copenhagen Wheel poised to become the next big thing in alternative urban transportation?

Project Connect

Austin's Rail-or-Fail Vote Is Uniting Transit Supporters and Foes

Facing down a determined opposition, Austin is wise to plan for growth with its new rail project—even if that means investing in areas where demand is only starting to arrive.

Adidas

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

MTA

NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To

The city is paying a steep price to build the much-needed new line, and will pay a steeper one if it fails to finish.

Larry McCombs/Flickr

The U.S. Has Quietly Made Some Remarkable Advances in Fuel-Efficiency

Standards developed over the past decade offer reasons for optimism.

Adam Fagen/Flickr

How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

Three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity.

Flickr user Mr.TinDC

Why Higher Fares Would Be Good for Public Transit

If transit is really to thrive in the United States, agencies need to reconsider their reliance on taxpayer subsidies.

Courtesy of TransLink

Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

lpcmidst0128/Flickr

Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

Elvert Barnes/Flickr

We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider.

Courtesy of Nice Ride Minnesota

This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States

A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace.

Flickr user noise64

Why Public Transit Is Not Living Up to Its Social Contract

Too many agencies favor suburban commuters over inner-city riders.

Taras Grescoe

How Denver Is Becoming the Most Advanced Transit City in the West

But the key question remains: Will metro residents give up their cars?

All Aboard Florida

The Triumphant Return of Private U.S. Passenger Rail

Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?