Laura Bliss

Laura Bliss

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

Europe's Intercity Bus Juggernaut Is Rolling Into the U.S.

Flixbus is like the Uber of long-haul road travel. Could it reboot the American coach business?

Introducing MapLab

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

The Anti-Urbanism of UberAir

Take a cheap helicopter ride through a smoggier, stress-ier, and more divided L.A.

A rendering of a self-driving "trackless train"

Can We Just Call This a Bus?

New “trackless trains” out of China suggest buses by any other name could smell sweeter.  

Berliners party on the tarmac for a dance festival at the former Tempelhof airport in September 2017.

Berlin: A Drama in Four Airports

Between iconic architecture and roles in the city’s tumultuous 20th-century history, Tempelhof, Tegel, Schönefeld, and Brandenburg are emotionally charged spaces.

These Cities Are Building Downtowns Safe From Vehicle Attacks

After Tuesday, there’s no excuse for a limited imagination when it comes to safer streets.

The aftermath of Tuesday's vehicle attack in New York City.

Vehicle Attacks Are Not Inevitable

Cars kill, in acts of terror and everyday collisions. Cities have tools to stop it.

Who Wins When a City Gets Smart?

Last year, Columbus, Ohio, won a $50 million grant for high-tech transportation innovation, with a promise to help its most vulnerable families. Now some worry their needs are fading into the background.

Kids Are Four Times More Likely to Be Hit by Cars on Halloween

Your annual reminder to slow down tonight.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (left) talks to the Atlantic's Steve Clemons.

L.A. Mayor Says Infrastructure Needs to Be Funded for Life

If Eric Garcetti were president, he says he’d be a maintainer.

Mervat Al-Mherat, the city manager and deputy for health and agricultural affairs for Amman

Stress Is a Public Health Concern, Too

In Amman, Jordan, officials want to look to underlying causes to address high smoking rates.

Cities Are Thinking and Acting Globally, Says Paris Mayor

Anne Hidalgo did not mince words when it came to Donald Trump’s climate policies.

The Ride-Hailing Effect: More Cars, More Trips, More Miles

A comprehensive survey in major U.S. cities finds Uber and Lyft aren’t living up to climate-friendly promises.

How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

Who’s left behind in shrinking towns? For better or for worse, a constituency for transit.

What Do Houston's Pro-Growth Boosters Think Now?

Despite the historic flooding, Hurricane Harvey hasn’t changed their tune on zoning.

Why Gas-Efficient Cars Can't Save the Climate

New research reveals an unintended consequence of a signature policy of the Obama era.

The End of Anything-Goes Las Vegas?

Sunday’s mass shooting will test how a city built on carefree behavior balances privacy and security.

A Tool to Track All the Mobility Modes

How easy is it to get around your part of town? Check the MobilityScore.

Enough With the Streetcars Already

Pricey downtown streetcars like Detroit’s QLine underperform as transit—and can undermine overall mobility. But that isn’t stopping city after city from building new lines.

Amazon's HQ2 Hunt Is a Transit Reckoning

There are smart ways to overhaul trains and buses, and not-so-smart.