Transportation

photo: Pre-Thanksgiving traffic on the Long Island Expressway in 2018.

The Lessons of Holiday Traffic Congestion

The annual holiday gridlock reveals the failure of the American imagination when it comes to other transportation choices.

This Thanksgiving, Give Thanks for Public Transit

“Hell is other people,” Sartre wrote, and public transit serves them up aplenty, but chance encounters with unfamiliar folk are the joy of cities. Be thankful.

photo: Uber app and sign for City of London

Why London Has Stripped Uber’s License

The ride-hailing company could be banned from its largest European market after passenger security concerns trigger a new crackdown by Transport for London.

photo: passengers in D.C.'s Metro

The ‘Namewashing’ of Public Transit

D.C.’s Metro plans to raise extra revenue by having companies buy naming rights for public transit stations. But corporate “namewashing” may not be easy money.

photo: Elon Musk and a Tesla Cybertruck

Bring on the Apocalypse: Cybertruck Is Ready

Tesla's Elon Musk shatters expectations (and glass) with a bulletproof electric pickup that looks like it expects you to shoot at it. Maybe you will.

Scooter Riders Hate Wearing Helmets. Maybe This Will Help.

As the debate over electric scooters and safety continues, Bird is trying to tap the power of the selfie to encourage riders to don protective headgear.  

What Happens When a City Tries to End Traffic Deaths

Several years into a ten-year “Vision Zero” target, some cities that took on a radical safety challenge are seeing traffic fatalities go up.

photo: a digital advertising billboard on a car roof

Car-Mounted Ads Take a New Direction: Data Collection

A startup called Firefly puts sensor-equipped advertising screens on top of Uber and Lyft vehicles. Now they do more than marketing: They collect data.

photo: A Starship Technologies commercial delivery robot navigates a sidewalk.

My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot

A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future.

photo: a police officer in the NYC subway.

Why Public Transit Is an Equity Battleground

From New York City to Santiago, public transit plays an increasingly central role in debates over social equity, inclusion, and who should get the right to ride.

photo: Interstate 70 near Odessa, Mo.

A Transportation Grant Program's Trump-Era Rebrand

Under Trump, an Obama-era transportation grant program designed to fund innovative multi-modal projects became a rural highway-building machine.

photo: A metro train at Paris' Gare Du Nord.

Can the Paris Metro Make Room for More Riders?

The good news: Transit ridership is booming in the French capital. But severe crowding now has authorities searching for short-term solutions.

a bike rider and bus riders in Seattle.

There’s No App for Getting People Out of Their Cars

“Mobility as a Service” boosters say that technology can nudge drivers to adopt transit and micromobility. But big mode shifts will take more than a cool app.  

photo: A woman crosses an overpass above the 101 freeway in Los Angeles, California.

Navigation Apps Changed the Politics of Traffic

In an excerpt from the new book The Future of Transportation, CityLab’s Laura Bliss adds up the “price of anarchy” when it comes to traffic navigation apps.

People in the park at night in front of water

Nairobi Should Rethink Its Colonialist Approach to Urban Design

The road being built in Nairobi is for the rich. Even if it will no longer traverse the city’s major park, it’s not the future-thinking urban design that Kenya needs.

photo: Bike and pedestrian advocates participate in a "die-in" for better traffic safety in Washington, D.C.

Are D.C.’s Streets Finally Getting Safer?

As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.  

How Airline Deregulation Fueled Regional Inequality in the U.S.

The concentration of airline service resulting from deregulation has tilted the economic playing field toward larger metropolitan areas.

photo: A man pushes a stroller through a crosswalk after dusk in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s Getting Riskier to Walk and Bike After Dark

The last decade has seen a gruesome rise in nighttime traffic fatalities for walkers and bike riders, with no conclusive explanation.

a photo of Jump e-bikes

Uber’s Beef With L.A. Is Bigger Than Data

The ride-hailing giant is convinced that L.A.’s data-tracking tool is violating state privacy laws. But the stakes for its business go further.

Want Better Streets? Just Add Paint.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative wants to bring a boost of color to the streets of America’s small and mid-size cities.