Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. Her work also appears in the Atlantic, Sierra, Los Angeles, GOOD, the L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

5 Reasons to Be Wary of Elon Musk's Hyperloop

High-speed vactrains might be the ticket for a Martian colony. As a practical transit investment for Earth, the technology has a long way to go.

U.S. Transportation Funding Is Not Created Equal

Some states shoulder the lion’s share of state and local road costs; others lean on Uncle Sam.

It Takes More Than Bollards to Build a Bike Paradise

How did the small Dutch city of Nijmegen conquer car traffic?

Planes struggle to lift off when hotter temperatures make for less dense air.

Climate Change's Revenge on the Aviation Industry

New research piles on the unpleasant effects of hotter air on plane travel.

An Open Data Hub That Builds Better Citizens

A new platform from Esri acts like a social network built on civic duty.

The Clock is Ticking on America's Most Urgent Transportation Project

The Trump administration is distancing itself from the Gateway Project, which will only get more expensive to fund.

Oregon (Yes, Oregon) Just Put a Tax on Bicycles

The $15 fee on new bikes is a strange way for the state to prioritize active transit.

Cars upon cars upon cars.

For 23 World Cities, a Visual Inventory of Parking Lots

An urban researcher shows how "mobility space" favors cars.

A man in a life vest aboard the NYC ferry coffee bar

What the New York City Ferry Could Teach the Subway

In some ways, the boats hint at transit’s service-oriented future.

Artificial intelligence can learn to read satellite imagery and predict income levels.

A Mapping Machine Identifies Wealth From Space

The outward signs of income are so predictable that even robots can learn them.

Two New York City subway cars derailed on the A line in Harlem Tuesday, another reminder of the MTA's many problems.

Overcrowding Is Not the New York Subway's Problem

Yes, the trains are packed. But don’t blame the victims of the city’s transit meltdown.

Protests broke out outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office after Senate Republicans unveiled their healthcare bill.

Minimum Wage Movement, Meet the Healthcare Debate

With the GOP’s massive restructuring to Medicaid awaiting a vote, low-wage workers need special attention.

Cities moving toward 100 percent renewable energy face political and economic challenges more than technological ones.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support 100% Renewable Energy

Just in time for President Trump’s 'Energy Week.’

School district secessions are often motivated by race and income

School Secession Is Segregation

As more districts splinter along lines of race and income, judicial processes meant to protect the fair distribution of educational resources are failing, a new report finds.

Generation 180's  “Keep It Cool” campaign is crowdsourcing reports of AC-wasting businesses.

This Summer, Keep the Damn Door Closed

Businesses that air condition the sidewalk are on alert with a new crowdsourced campaign.

A cycling superhighway connects Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Cruising a Superhighway Built for Bikes

Leave it to the Dutch to engineer the psychology of the regional bike commute.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's ride ended after investors pressured him to resign.

Who Should Replace Travis Kalanick, and Why?

The Uber CEO’s wild ride has ended. Who should get the next turn behind the wheel?

A new PNAS study questions research behind 100-percent renewable energy commitments led by Mark Jacobson.

The Heated Politics of Renewable Energy

As cities vow to meet the Paris climate commitments, rival researchers debate the true costs of going 100-percent renewable.

 A Citibike cyclist rides in a New York City bike lane as cars pass next to him.

In New York City, Bike Share Is Faster Than Cabs When It Matters

As the city strives to cut carbon emissions, backseat travelers should know when there’s a quicker, cleaner route.

Lyft's Paris climate pledge depends on its plans to expand electric, autonomous vehicles.

As Uber Burns, Lyft Promises to Meet Paris Climate Commitments

The company’s pledge to cut emissions couldn’t come at a more opportune moment. But can it deliver?

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will take a leave of absence the company grapples with the findings of two workplace investigations, one led by Eric Holder.

Why Uber Will Still Dominate

With CEO Travis Kalanick taking leave, the company's leadership is in turmoil. But unless city regulations change, the ride-hailing company will remain on top.