Transportation

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Another Study Blames Uber and Lyft for Public Transit’s Decline

Ride-hailing services drive down bus and rail ridership in urban markets, a new University of Kentucky paper claims.

A photo of people looking at a street map at the Shibuya junction, which is popular among tourists, in Tokyo

Why Paper Maps Still Matter in the Digital Age

If you want to really learn your way around a new place, print trumps digital options.

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America’s Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians

In the U.S., pedestrian fatalities have climbed 35 percent since 2008. And federal traffic safety regulators aren’t at work, thanks to the government shutdown.

New Yorkers riding the subway.

The Great Divide in How Americans Commute to Work

We are cleaving into two nations—one where daily life revolves around the car, and the other where the car is receding in favor of walking, biking, and transit.

Tokyo’s New Strategy for Easing Subway Overcrowding: Free Soba, Tempura

To ease the morning rush traffic, the city’s Metro will reward riders with buckwheat noodles and tempura for traveling outside peak hours.

Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids

In a plan to help families and reduce car usage, anyone under 11 years old will be able to ride metro and buses for free, as will people with disabilities under 20.

a photo of a transit bus under a freeway in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Passed a Historic Transit Tax. Why Isn’t It Working?

Voters who supported L.A.’s Measure M may like transit, but they don’t seem to want a city that’s built for it.

A photo of a DART light rail train in Dallas, Texas.

What Cities Are Getting Wrong About Public Transportation

Cities could get more people walking, biking, and riding transit, according to a new report, if they just know where to look for improvement.

A man charges an electric bus in Santiago, Chile.

The Verdict's Still Out on Battery-Electric Buses

As cities experiment with battery-powered electric buses, some are finding they struggle in inclement weather or on hills, or that they don’t have enough range.

A person hands cash to a vendor.

In Las Vegas, Kickbacks Sweeten the Deal for Uber and Lyft Drivers

For decades, Vegas night clubs have paid taxi drivers to bring in new customers. Now ride-sharing drivers find that a good hustle can pay off.

The London Underground Has a Nasty Pollution Problem

Pollution in some Underground stations is up to 30 times worse than what you’d find on the average London street, a new Transport for London study shows.

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Why Do Cities Discount Public Input in Expanding Bikeshare Systems?

Under 10 percent of new Citi Bike and Divvy bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, a new study shows. But that doesn't mean city officials weren't listening.

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As an Elevated Highway Closes, Seattle Braces for Traffic Hell

By closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle ushers in a period of short-term commuter pain for long-term waterfront redevelopment gain.

A photo of people waiting for a bus in Baltimore, MD.

Hard Lessons From Baltimore’s Bus Redesign

After losing a $2.9 billion light-rail project, the transit-dependent city got a rebooted bus system. But ridership and reliability has barely budged.

California’s New Governor Would Punish Cities Over Affordable Housing

Gavin Newsom wants to withhold transportation funds from areas that don't meet housing targets. But some worry that could punish California’s poorest.

The ‘Driverless Experience’ Looks Awfully Distracting

At CES 2019, carmakers showed off vehicles with perfume-puffing headrests, augmented-reality video displays, and all manner of in-car entertainment.

An illustration depicting a scooter crash.

Anatomy of an Electric Scooter Crash

The rise of the rented e-scooter has also brought safety fears and injury-related lawsuits. What happens when a new mobility mode meets the American legal system?

The Hidden Women Behind London’s Beloved Modernist Transit Posters

Poster Girls, the London Transport Museum exhibit, recalls a London where female artists were quietly shaping the way the city saw itself, its pleasures, and its future.

MapLab: Map, Heal Thyself!

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.

A photo of Heathrow Airport in London.

Who Keeps Buzzing London's Airports With Drones?

Heathrow Airport was briefly shut down after a drone sighting, and Gatwick Airport endured three days of drone-related security delays.