Transportation

photo: A protester stands on a damaged bus stop near the Third Police Precinct on May 28 in Minneapolis during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

In Minneapolis Protests, Bus Drivers Take a Side

The city’s transit union issued a statement of support for members who balked at assisting police during demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd.

photo: Empty seats are seen on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train in downtown Dallas in April.

When Trump Tweets About Transit

President Donald Trump used Twitter to announce a spate of already-approved bus, commuter train, and light rail projects, many in politically strategic states.

Medical staff treat patients aboard a high-speed train in France.

Europe Puts Its Hospitals on Rails

Italy and Spain have hospital trains on standby for any future Covid-19 outbreaks, after medical workers on France’s high-speed TGV train treated 84 patients.

A Seoul Metro employee, second left, monitors passengers, to ensure face masks are worn, on a platform inside a subway station in Seoul, South Korea.

How to Safely Travel on Mass Transit During Coronavirus

To stay protected from Covid-19 on buses, trains and planes, experts say to focus more on distance from fellow passengers than air ventilation or surfaces.

photo: Social-distancing stickers help elevator passengers at an IKEA store in Berlin.

Elevators Changed Cities. Will Coronavirus Change Elevators?

Fear of crowds in small spaces in the pandemic is spurring new norms and technological changes for the people-moving machines that make skyscrapers possible.

photo: an empty stretch of I-83 in Baltimore

How Will Americans Commute After Lockdowns End?

Will car traffic surge as lockdowns end, or will millions of Americans decide to bike, walk, or work from home permanently? Emerging research offers some hints.

photo: A Metropolitan Transit Authority worker wearing a protective mask looks out the window of the subway as the F train departs Coney Island.

A NYC Councilmember’s Plan to Save Public Transit

A New York City councilmember’s plea: We can’t reopen the nation’s largest city without safe public transit. But it won’t be easy, or cheap.

photo A San Francisco Muni rider considers the available transit options.

A Post-Pandemic Reality Check for Transit Boosters

After lockdowns ease, public transportation ridership in the U.S. is likely to remain low for years. But some see a way forward for a new understanding of transit’s role.

photo: A cyclist rides past a closure sign at an entrance to the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco.

Need More Outdoor Public Space? Maybe Cities Already Have It.

With parks filled and social distancing in effect, cities need to find more room for residents to get outside during lockdowns. Here’s where it’s hiding.  

Will Commuters Ever Go Back to Commuter Trains?

No form of public transportation has lost more riders in the coronavirus crisis than the trains that carry suburban workers to urban jobs. Will they ever recover?

The Rue de Rivoli in Paris is deserted during coronavirus lockdown.

Paris Has a Plan to Keep Cars Out After Lockdown

As the city prepares to reopen, Mayor Anne Hidalgo plans to use bike lanes, buses, and social distancing to keep more cars off the roads and reduce pollution.

photo: A sign advising passengers to wear face masks is displayed on a New Jersey Transit bus in Atlantic City.

How U.S. Public Transit Can Survive Coronavirus

Subway and bus systems in the U.S. face financial peril as ridership collapses due to lockdowns. To keep transit alive, here’s a playbook for immediate and long-term fixes.

photo: A lone cyclist passes along the banks of the Navigli canal system in Milan. The city is now cautiously exploring how to safely reopen.

Europe’s Cities Are Making Less Room for Cars After Coronavirus

Hard-hit Milan may be leading the way in reimagining how transit and commuting patterns could change as cities emerge from coronavirus shutdowns.

photo: a mask-wearing pedestrian in NYC

The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes a Case for Megaregions

As multistate pacts emerge across the U.S., a once-obscure planning framework is being used to help coordinate reopening local economies.

photo: A passenger in Brooklyn waits for a subway train.

The New York Subway Got Caught in the Coronavirus Culture War

A paper claims that the nation’s largest transit system made NYC a Covid-19 hot spot. But experts say there are too many unknowns to link ridership to infection rates.

photo: A family walks down West 19th Street in Oakland, part of the city's "slow streets" network.

Drivers Not Wanted on Oakland’s ‘Slow Streets’

The California city isn’t the first to experiment with car restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic, but its plan to discourage drivers is the most extensive.

photo: a scooter rider in San Francisco

Anyone Feel Like Saving Electric Scooters?

The shared e-scooter services that proliferated in cities before the coronavirus pandemic now face a bleak financial outlook. Should cities help them survive?

photo: A bus driver in New Rochelle, New York, wears a protective mask.

Hit Hard by Covid-19, Transit Workers Call for Shutdowns

Bus drivers and subway workers are dying from coronavirus at an alarming rate, and transit union leaders are calling for aggressive action to make them safer.

photo: San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency employees turn an empty cable car in San Francisco on March 4.

As Coronavirus Quiets Streets, Some Cities Speed Road and Transit Fixes

With cities in lockdown and workplaces closed, the big drop in traffic and transit riders allows road repair and construction projects to rush forward.

In a Pandemic, We're All 'Transit Dependent'

Now more than ever, public transportation is not just about ridership. Buses, trains, and subways make urban civilization possible.

Traffic-free Times Square in New York City

Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

To help get essential workers around, cities are revising traffic patterns, suspending public transit fares, and making more room for bikes and pedestrians.