Transportation

Hartford Trains Its Hopes for Renewal on Commuter Rail

Connecticut’s new Hartford Line isn’t just a train: It’s supposed to be an engine for the capital city’s post-industrial transformation.

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Hong Kong’s Pedestrian Mecca Gets the Axe

The raucous pedestrian zone in Mong Kok will reopen to vehicles, following hundreds of noise complaints.

Bike Advocacy’s Blind Spot

The biking community is overwhelmingly concerned with infrastructure. For urban anthropologist Adonia Lugo, that’s an equity problem.

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How Cars Divide America

Car dependence not only reduces our quality of life, it’s a crucial factor in America’s economic and political divisions.

What Can a Gondola Do for Munich?

In a flat city with good transit, a proposed overhead line could close a gap in the existing network. Importantly, supporters don’t see it as a tourist attraction.

Dockless Bikesharing Hits New York City’s Transit-Hungry Fringes

The strategy: Keep free-range riders off Citi Bike’s turf.

The Surprising Fortunes of a Metro Expansion

What urban archaeologists found underneath Amsterdam as workers dug out the new Noord/Zuidlijn line.

Cities Will Automate First. We Should Prepare Now.

Urban spaces are the testing grounds for the automation revolution. Will they destroy our jobs, or just make new and better ones?

A neon sign spells out "66" on historic Route 66.

Get Your Kicks Biking Route 66

Cyclists are now rolling on U.S. Bike Route 66 in Missouri and Kansas, the first stretch of a route planned for the whole length of the historic 2,400-mile highway.

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Electric Double-Decker Buses Are Coming to L.A.

They’re not just for sightseeing anymore.

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The Rise and Fall of the Family-Vacation Road Trip

Richard Ratay, the author of Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip, discusses the factors that turned road trips from an individual adventurer’s pursuit into a family activity—and those that led to their decline.

Uber Just Laid Off Its Pittsburgh Autonomous Car Drivers

The layoffs signal a dramatic scaling back of the company’s autonomous vehicle testing.

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Getting a Bird’s Eye View of the World’s Subway Systems

Online artists are tracing transit lines onto aerial photos, offering a new way to visualize an often hidden mode of transit.

A Plan for Even Cheaper Train Travel Between Paris and London

A proposed discount service could cut prices by 25 percent.

To Better Predict Traffic, Look to the Electric Grid

The way we consume power after midnight can reveal how we bad the morning rush hour will be.

Passengers pack themselves into a crowded L Train on the New York City subway system, Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

We Need to Talk About Farting on the Subway

Reminder to everyone lost in their screens and headphones on public transportation: You are really here.

A Soviet Synthpop Tribute to the Private Vehicle

A love for cars among today’s middle-aged Muscovites surely traces back to this song from their teen years.

Lyft Just Became America’s Biggest Bikeshare Company

By acquiring Motivate, Uber’s chief rival will take over the docked systems in New York, D.C., San Francisco, and more.

Understanding the Architecture of the Moscow Metro

Generations of Russian leaders have imposed their visions on the city's vast subway network.

Passengers wait at a New Jersey bus stop.

The Math Behind ‘Bus Bunching’

Once a bus gets behind schedule, it tends to get later and later, until the bus behind it catches up. But new real-time tracking tools might offer hope.

Lyft Is Reaching L.A. Neighborhoods Where Taxis Wouldn’t

With a rare look at trip data from the ride-hailing giant, a UCLA researcher finds promising equity results.