Transportation

a photo of a woman on a SkyTrain car its way to the airport in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In the City That Ride-Hailing Forgot, Change Is Coming

Fears of congestion and a powerful taxi lobby have long kept ride-hailing apps out of this transit-friendly British Columbia city. That’s about to change.  

a photo of a bike lane in Boulder, Colorado.

Why Boulder Blocked Electric Scooters

The famously bike-friendly Colorado city has some of the best cycling infrastructure in North America. But electric scooters still aren’t welcome to use it.

Traffic at night in California.

California Just Upended Gig Work. Other Cities and States Could Follow.

Legislators approved a bill that would reclassify Uber and Lyft drivers as employees, but the debate over gig worker rights is only beginning.

America’s Transportation History is Full of Mistakes. Let’s Not Make Another One.

Instead of battling it out, cities and private mobility companies have an opportunity to work together and lay the foundation for a multimodal future.

a photo of the Gare Du Nord as it will look from Rue de Saint-Quentin after redevelopment.

Why a Train Station Addition Has Parisians Outraged

The plan for a shopping-mall-like extension to the city’s 19th-century Gare du Nord is "inacceptable," a group of 19 architects say.

A photo of a man along a walkway near a beach in Barcelona.

The Life-Saving Benefits of Barcelona’s Car-Free ‘Superblocks’

A new study estimates that a citywide plan to limit cars and capture nearly 70 percent of street space for bikes and pedestrians could save 667 lives per year.

A photo of Revel electric motor scooters

Who’s Ready for the Electric Moped Moment?

Revel’s rentable motor scooters offer a faster brand of of zero-emission shared urban mobility. But to ride safely, cyclists need to learn some new skills.

a photo of a steam locomotive

This Is What a Transportation Revolution Looks Like

To understand a true transportation revolution, I wanted to drive a coal-fired locomotive. On the Nevada Northern Railway, I found one.

‘Travelers Like Me Are Loving the World to Death’

As a global climate crisis deepens, even professional travelers should cut back on their air miles.

a photo of rush hour traffic outside Dallas, Texas.

What Urban Sprawl Is Really Doing to Your Commute

Urban traffic congestion is growing dramatically, according to a new report. So why aren’t drivers taking longer to get to work?

The First Fatal Car Crash

Mary Ward, a naturalist and astronomer, decided to go for a ride in her cousin’s homemade automobile.

a map comparing the sizes of several cities

The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History

From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about 30 minutes.

Who’s Ready for a 19-Hour Flight?

Qantas will test the world’s longest flights, from New York and London to Australian cities. An economist contemplates how we got here, and what success looks like.

What the Great American Road Trip Says (and Misses) About America

Traveling the open road is an American literary tradition. A history professor says the canon needs an update, especially to include women and people of color.

A photo of a bike lane in Philadelphia

The Unsettling Rise of the Urban Narc App

It’s getting easier for city residents to use technology that can report bad drivers who block bike lanes. Welcome to the self-surveillance era of traffic safety.

a photo of the Jewerl Changi Airport in Singapore

Why Singaporeans Really Love Their Airport

The Moshe Safdie-designed addition to Changi Airport allows even more Singaporeans to do their favorite thing: Hang out at the airport.

Bikes crowd a cycle parking area in central Amsterdam.

Bike-Dominated Amsterdam Is Not a Walker's Paradise

As Amsterdammers jostle for space, the city government is trying to ease conflicts between those on bikes and on foot.

a photo of an electric Safa Tempi mini-bus in Kathmandu, Nepal.

When Kathmandu Was ‘Shangri-La for Electric Vehicles’

For a brief moment in the 1990s, the Nepalese capital was at the vanguard of the zero-emission public transportation revolution. What happened?

A photo of a scooter rider in Los Angeles.

A Controversial Scooter Data Tracking Program Gains Traction

As more cities adopt a controversial scooter tracking system pioneered by Los Angeles, concerns about rider data privacy are spreading.

A row of electric dockless scooters on a sidewalk

The Philosophical Argument Against Banning Scooters

New technologies like dockless e-scooters can generate unexpected harms—but regulations aren’t always the answer.

a map of London Uber driver James Farrar's trip data.

For Ride-Hailing Drivers, Data Is Power

Uber drivers in Europe and the U.S. are fighting for access to their personal data. Whoever wins the lawsuit could get to reframe the terms of the gig economy.