Transportation

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What We Fight About When We Fight About Parking

The urban economist Donald Shoup collects reports of violence that erupts over parking spaces. To him, disputes between drivers are signs of a bigger problem.

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The Dangerous Standoff Between Uber and Buenos Aires

While Uber and Argentine officials argue over whether the company is an app or a transportation company, drivers suffer fines, violence, and instability.

Flying Cars Are Realer, Cheaper, Greener Than You Think

They might even be greener than electric cars.

Four scooters that say "Available on Uber."

The California Legislature Is Getting Played by Micromobility Companies

If the California legislature passes AB 1112, cities can’t require companies like Bird, Lime, and Jump to limit numbers, meet equity goals, or fully share data.

The Problem With Outlawing Distracted Walking

A New York lawmaker wants to fine pedestrians who text while crossing streets. Street-safety advocates say that’s ineffective, and may even cause more harm.

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Can Car-Crazy Dallas Learn to Love Bikes?

After a disastrous experiment with dockless bike sharing, the famously auto-centric Texas city is trying to be more friendly to bicycles and pedestrians.

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The ‘Airbnb of Cars’ Gets Heat From the Rental Car Industry

Peer-to-peer sharing services that let owners rent out their vehicles are a focus of concern from traditional car rental companies, who see disruption ahead.

Nathan Conroy bought a German-made bike trailer to keep his son warm on bike commutes in Milwaukee.

What It Takes for These City Parents to Live Car-Free

Advice from readers around the world on how they make it work—and when they can’t.

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The Uberization of Everything

The ride-hailing company's IPO is a bet on a future in which the global market for on-demand services explodes.

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What Will It Take to Finish This Bike Trail Across the U.S.?

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has announced a planned route for a coast-to-coast bike and walking path from Washington, D.C. to Washington State.

Waymo Doesn’t Mind Being Boring

In the rush to develop autonomous vehicles, Waymo’s style separates it from flashier rivals like Uber and Tesla. And the company likes it that way.

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When the Future Looked Like Toledo

In 1945, designer Norman Bel Geddes created Toledo Tomorrow, an exhibit that imagined a bold new direction for his Ohio hometown. At least part of it came true.   

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Bill de Blasio's SUV Habit Is Something American Voters Can Relate To

Inside New York City, the mayor's insistence on driving to the gym is maddening. But national voters would probably give him a pass.

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The Technology That Could Transform Congestion Pricing

As cities like New York move ahead with plans to charge motorists to enter certain urban areas, we need to think about the best ways to manage road tolling.

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Long School Commutes Are Terrible for Kids

Children who live farther away from their schools get significantly less sleep and exercise, new research shows.

Why Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Striking

Uber and Lyft drivers plan to protest and picket this week. From companies, they want better wages and working conditions. From cities, they want regulations.

Infrastructure Week Isn’t a Joke Anymore

A deal with the Democrats may now be Trump’s best chance for a legislative win ahead of 2020.

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What a Landmark Scooter Safety Study Says About Head Injuries

A CDC report on the safety of dockless electric scooters in Austin, Texas, makes a strong case for wearing a helmet—and improving infrastructure.

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The Uber-Transit Convergence Arrives in Denver

The ride-hailing giant once called public transportation a threat to its growth. But in one city, it’s joining forces.

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It’s a Few Years Late, But Denver’s New Train Is Here

As the city’s long-delayed G Line opens, locals have high hopes that the commuter rail service can ease traffic and boost transit-oriented housing.