Transportation

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Subprime Auto Loans Are Turning Car Ownership Into a Trap

A record 7 million Americans are three months late on their car payments, revealing what could be cracks in the U.S. economy.

With Trains Like Schwebebahn, No Wonder Germans Love Public Transit

Infrastructure like this makes it clear why Germany continues to produce enthusiasm for public transit, generation after generation.

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Can a Light Rail Train Link a Divided City?

Part cultural tour, part social activism, a project called Dissolving Boundaries uses Jerusalem's public transportation as a stage for examining relations between Israeli and Palestinian residents.

a photo of high-speed rail tracks under construction in Fresno, California.

Think of California High-Speed Rail as an $11 Billion Streetcar

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to complete only a Central Valley segment of the rail link risks turning the transportation project into an economic development tool.

You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race and Class

Bike equity is a powerful tool for reducing inequality. Too often, cycling infrastructure is tailored only to wealthy white cyclists.

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As the Planet Warms, Who Should Get to Drive?

A new study argues that “universal car access” could lift more Americans out of poverty.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes the Micromobility Revolution

At a Bay Area summit devoted to electric scooters and other new mobility devices, fans evangelized about the potential of technology. But safety was an afterthought.

A photo of Lyft and Uber stickers on a car's windshield.

Lyft Launches a Legal Battle Over Driver Pay in NYC

Ride-hailing drivers are caught in the middle of a battle between Uber and Lyft over New York City’s new minimum wage for drivers.

Car Nostalgia Gets Its Own TV Show

The Ride That Got Away reunites drivers with the vehicles they can’t get over, and puts America’s relationship with cars on blast.

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Uber Wants to Be Your One-Stop Transit Stop

The ride-hailing app launches its first integration with public transportation options in Denver.

White tulips and signs for accessible transit lay outside the 7th Avenue subway station

Accessibility Advocates Rally Over Mother’s Death on Subway Stairs

A young mother carrying a baby and stroller died after falling down NYC’s subway stairs. Accessibility advocates took to the streets to say MTA needs more elevators.

London’s Surprisingly Rich History of Transit Textile Design

London Transport Museum’s wonderfully nerdy archive commemorates an aspect of the city’s appearance that has long been both omnipresent and scarcely noticed.

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Should These Train Tracks Be on Fire?

Actually, yes. Thanks to extreme cold hitting the Midwest, Chicago is lighting the Metra commuter train rails on fire to keep the steel from contracting.

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Federal Transit Funding Is on Track to Dry Up in 2021. Yes, Cities Are Worried.

The gas tax hasn’t budged since 1992, and highway trust fund is running on fumes. Could a Green New Deal pushed by Congress be a fix?

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Electric Scooters Sent Nearly 250 Riders to L.A. Emergency Rooms Last Year. Is That a Lot?

A UCLA study tracked a year of injuries from e-scooter use in two Southern California hospitals. How serious a safety risk are they?

A Seattle Link light rail station that opened in 2016 at the University of Washington.

Alongside New Light Rail Stations, Seattle Plans Affordable Housing

Affordable apartments near reliable public transportation aren’t always easy to find. As Seattle expands its Link light rail, the city has codified a solution.

A woman rides a bike past a bank in Italy.

An Italian City Will Pay Residents to Ride Bikes

Similar plans have been tried in Paris, Milan, and elsewhere with mixed results. So will Bari’s cash-to-cycle program find success?

An air traffic control tower at Laguardia Airport.

The Government Shutdown Is Ending. For Airports, It’s Just In Time

A pilot explains how a month-long shutdown will have lasting effects on air traffic controllers. “I can hear stress in their voice that didn’t used to be there.”

Could High-Speed Rail Ease California’s Housing Crisis? See Japan.

A UCLA study says that bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka helped reduce housing prices. Would that work for San Francisco and Los Angeles?

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Another Study Blames Uber and Lyft for Public Transit’s Decline

Ride-hailing services drive down bus and rail ridership in urban markets, a new University of Kentucky paper claims.

A photo of people looking at a street map at the Shibuya junction, which is popular among tourists, in Tokyo

Why Paper Maps Still Matter in the Digital Age

If you want to really learn your way around a new place, print trumps digital options.