Transportation

A woman driving a ride-hailing vehicle.

The Policy That Will Make the Uber/Lyft IPO Pay Off

Congestion pricing is gaining ground in New York City and Los Angeles. That could help turn around ride-hailing’s losses.

Mosaics of silver-colored dogs line the walls of a New York subway station.

The New Stars of a NYC Subway Station: Very Good Doggos

Artist William Wegman’s famous Weimaraners are now immortalized in mosaics in the New York subway.

A photo of a person looking at train information on the split-flap sign at 30th Street Station in 2009.

Philly Won't Give Up Its Amtrak Flip Board Without a Fight

Amtrak’s 30th Street Station was slated to lose its iconic “split-flap” display. But Philadelphians had other ideas.

A photo of a bicycle in a bike lane.

The Life-Saving ‘Dutch Reach’ Comes to American Driver’s Ed

Starting in January, American traffic safety organizations like AAA will teach motorists how to better avoid hitting passing bicyclists with car doors.

a photo of New York City subway commuters.

New York City’s Self-Induced Transportation Crisis

Bill de Blasio and other city officials are heading for commuting calamity by failing to properly plan a coherent vision for subways, buses, e-bikes, and ride-hailing.

A map of auto loan debt across the U.S.

Mapping the Subprime Car Loan Crisis

A new tool by the Urban Institute maps the geography of car loan debt and delinquency.

A photo of low-profile electric fire trucks on display at China's International Import Expo.

The Fire Trucks Are Too Damn Big

Smaller heavy-duty emergency vehicles could save a lot of lives, says a new Department of Transportation report.

A photo of a wheelchair user in the New York City subway.

Why Can't Uber and Lyft Be More Wheelchair-Friendly?

Uber says it’s committed to better serving wheelchair users, but accessibility advocates say the ride-hailing industry has been reluctant to make progress.

A church in Detroit just before its demolition in the early 1980s

A Documentary Looks Back at GM’s History in Detroit’s Poletown

“These people responsible for this are worse than the communists in Poland,” one local said when General Motors razed the neighborhood in the early 1980s.

A photo of the Vianden castle rising above the tree-covered Ardennes hills in northern Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s New Deal: Free Transit and Legal Weed

It’s not just public transit: The Grand Duchy’s progressive new government also raised the minimum wage and gave everyone two extra days off.

Tesla vehicles sit in a parking lot in California.

Is America’s Power Grid Ready for Electric Cars?

They’ll put new pressure on the nation’s energy infrastructure, but timing might present the biggest challenge.

A photo of a police car fitted with automated license plate reader technology.

Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?

Automated license plate readers are collecting and sharing tons of data across state lines, according to records from nearly 200 police departments nationwide.

A photo of a self-driving Ford Fusion on the streets of Miami.

When Self-Driving Cars Meet Florida Drivers

Ford’s Argo team brought a fleet of autonomous vehicles to the famously congested streets of Miami, in order to test AVs in some real-world situations.

A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.

Sidewalk Labs’ Neighborhood of the Future in Toronto Is Getting Closer

The new draft plan for the “smart” waterfront development offers broad proposals for housing, transportation, and energy use. But it’s not that radical.

A photo illustration of a San Francisco Muni bus driver.

What You Should Know About Your Bus Driver

A driver’s-eye-view of what it’s like behind the wheel of a city bus, from a San Francisco Muni bus driver.

Spain Wants to Ban Cars in Dozens of Cities, and the Public’s on Board

As Madrid bans cars in the city center, the national government plans to do the same in more than 100 other places. A new survey suggests broad support across the country.

A map of population density and high-frequency transit in San Francisco.

A U.S. Transit Atlas That Ranks the Best (and Worst) Cities for Bus and Rail

Christof Spieler’s Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of U.S. Transit reveals which cities’ bus and rail systems work, and which don’t.

A photo of a young man walking in Youngstown, Ohio.

With GM Job Cuts, Youngstown Faces a New ‘Black Monday’

GM’s announcement that it will shutter its Lordstown plant outside Youngstown, Ohio, is just the latest in a long series of economic blows to the city since the 1970s.

A photo of an empty parking lot.

America Probably Has Enough Parking Spaces for Multiple Black Fridays

Even the biggest shopping day of the year can’t fill up the enormous oversupply of parking lots that ring U.S. shopping centers.

A photo of the LOOP card game

Experience the Joy and Pain of Chicago Transit, in a Card Game

LOOP is both a card game and a tribute to the city’s famous L trains.

A photo of protesters carrying anti-Amazon posters during a rally and press conference in NYC.

Amazon’s HQ2 Decision Was Always About Transit

In the end, New York’s MTA and D.C.’s Metro were the only transportation networks capable of handling such an influx of new residents. But both cities will have some work to do.