Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab, covering transportation, infrastructure, and the environment. She also authors MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps that reveal and shape urban spaces (subscribe here). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, GOOD, L.A. Review of Books, and beyond.

MapLab: The Map Is a Feedback Loop

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

The Sensory City Philosopher

Architect, engineer, and inventor Carlo Ratti envisions a future for urban design that's interactive.

Uber Just Laid Off Its Pittsburgh Autonomous Car Drivers

The layoffs signal a dramatic scaling back of the company’s autonomous vehicle testing.

Lyft Is Reaching L.A. Neighborhoods Where Taxis Wouldn’t

With a rare look at trip data from the ride-hailing giant, a UCLA researcher finds promising equity results.

 New York City bus driver David Smith points out how to use the fare system to a passenger.

There's a Bus Driver Shortage. And No Wonder.

Why doesn't anyone want to drive the bus?

Passengers in a ride-hailing vehicle.

The High Cost of Saving Travel Time

Are commuters changing how they value their minutes? A new study of time/cost trade-offs between transit, Uber, and Lyft is a hint.

MapLab: The Voice of a Map Generation

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

Nothing Is ‘Sexier’ Than Building a Highway Over the Everglades

Days before a key vote, Miami-Dade transit advocates are rallying against a proposed interstate expansion.

Ford’s Detroit Investments Are Bigger Than a Train Station

A 1.2 million square foot downtown campus expands the automaker’s physical stake in the transportation future.

A rendering of Elon Musk's Chicago Express Loop, which would transport passengers from downtown to O'Hare in 12 minutes.

The Craziest Thing About Elon Musk's 'Express Loop' Is the Price

The $1 billion construction estimate is a fraction of what subterranean transit projects cost.

A Milwaukee County Transit System bus.

Move to Wisconsin, Millennials! (Just Don't Forget Your Car.)

As the state spends millions to lure under-40 workers from across the Midwest, local transit riders are stuck in place.

New York City Will Cut Transit Fares for Low-Income Riders

It’s financial redistribution in a capital of income inequality.

Hacker George Hotz announces Open Pilot at a Tech Crunch conference in 2016.

You’re Thinking About Autonomous Vehicles Wrong

George Hotz, the hacker-turned-founder of an open-source self-driving startup, has a different philosophy of autonomy.

MapLab: Machines Are Transforming the Map

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

More Routes = More Riders

Why is transit ridership dropping across North American cities? Blame declining bus service.

When is a Dedicated Bus Lane Not a Dedicated Bus Lane?

Pre-signals are a rare bird of traffic engineering, but they could save bus riders a lot of time.

Parking Is Sexy Now. Thank Donald Shoup.

In an interview, the guru of progressive parking policy reflects on his decades of research and writing, which transformed how cities look at the curb.

An interior view of operator Rafaela Vasquez moments before an Uber SUV hit a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in March 2018.

Behind the Uber Self-Driving Car Crash: a Failure to Communicate

The preliminary findings into a fatal crash in Tempe by the National Transportation Safety Board highlight the serious “handoff problem” in vehicle automation.

MapLab: The Watchdog of Gerrymandering

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

University of Maryland students Kurt Willson and Shannon Corrigan work to map a bus route in Loudon County, Virginia.

Why Is It So Hard to Figure Out When the Bus Is Coming?

It takes a volunteer army of student mapmakers to build a better transit tracker.

Why Seattle Is America's Bus-Lovingest Town

How did a transit-backward town become a national poster child for ridership success?