Transportation

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Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety

Lime has joined rival Bird in establishing a safety advisory board tasked with helping the e-scooter industry shape local regulations—and shake its risky reputation.

A Small Town Decides Parking Can't Be a Bargain Anymore

Nevada City, California, used to advertise its “bargain” parking meters. Now they’re getting more expensive to protect the town against an existential threat.

A man protesting Uber driver wages holds up a sign.

How a California Bill Could Affect Gig Work, Uber, Lyft, and Drivers

Supporters and foes of California’s AB5 marched on the capitol this week over the bill that could transform the business model for Uber, Lyft, and drivers.

Without Parking, People Who Live in Vehicles Have Nowhere to Go

Thousands of Americans live in vehicles because they have nowhere else to go. Without places to park legally, they suffer through parking tickets, property seizure, and instability.

Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It

The automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out the alternatives.

How Utrecht Became a Paradise for Cyclists

A new short film reveals how the Dutch city reengineered itself around the bicycle, with life- and money-saving results.

France’s Next High-Speed Trains Could Be Run by Spain

Spain’s national rail operator has quietly become a leader in Europe. Now it wants to compete with its neighbor to the north.

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Take a Seat: 5 Brilliant Bus Stop Fixes

When cities fail to provide basic amenities like seats at bus stops, community organizations step in with creative DIY fixes.

a photo of a Bird scooter in San Francisco.

What Happened When I Rented an E-Scooter for (Almost) a Month

Bird’s new monthly rental program could force users and cities to reconsider e-scooters as a real mode of transportation. But there are some drawbacks.

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A Lawyer Explains Why Electric Scooter Laws Don’t Work

Bird, Lime, and other shared micromobility services are disrupting the legal landscape, too.  

A photo of a fleet of electric buses in Santiago, Chile.

Why U.S. Cities Aren’t Using More Electric Buses

Two reports from the World Resource Institute look at the biggest barriers to electrifying the global bus fleet—and how cities can overcome them.

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Can Waze Convince Commuters to Carpool Again?

Google’s wayfinding company wants to help drivers and riders find each other on its navigation app—and ease traffic congestion along the way.

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Americans Are Spending Billions on Bad Highway Expansions

PIRG’s annual list of “highway boondoggles” includes nine transportation projects that will cost a total of $25 billion while driving up emissions.

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Is This the End of the Road for Madrid’s Car Ban?

With more conservative leadership moving in after elections, the Spanish capital’s pollution-fighting regulations on private vehicles may be in danger.

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Why FOMO Is the Enemy of Good Urban Mobility Policy

Fear of Missing Out does not make good transportation policy. Sometimes a new bus shelter is a better investment than flashy new technology.

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A Freeway Fight Launched Denver’s New Queer Latina Councilmember

In a progressive shake-up, 32-year-old community organizer Candi CdeBaca will take her advocacy work to the city council.  

A road is blocked by flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Google Maps Wants to Help You Navigate During Natural Disasters

The app will offer crisis navigation warnings and provide detailed visual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

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It’s Time to Celebrate Baltimore’s Much-Maligned Metro

In 1987, the Maryland Transit Administration busted out a brass band to open a subway that never had a chance.

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Uber and Lyft Really Don’t Want California to Pass This Worker Rights Bill

As California considers a gig-work bill to make ride-hailing drivers employees eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, Uber and Lyft ask for compromise.

Children bike through a miniature town with scaled-down buildings and streets.

The Evolution of Miniature ‘Safety Towns’ for Kids

The pint-sized faux villages that dot America aren’t just cute—they’ve helped teach children pedestrian and bike safety since the 1930s.

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What’s Behind New Delhi’s Gated Communities?

India’s capital city is full of private residential “colonies” protected by locked gates. But many claim the barriers don't stop crime and cause traffic chaos.