Transportation

After the Storm, a Flood of Data

As Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas, navigation apps and mapping companies tracked road closures and evacuations.

Passengers wait in a German subway station

The Global Mass Transit Revolution

A new report confirms that the U.S. lags behind the rest of the world in mass transit.

Life in East New York’s Sprawling Transit Hub

Much of Broadway Junction’s character derives from its impressive size, maze-like layout, relative isolation, and a design that contains little regard for conventional beauty.

Like Uber, but for Cartographers

Streetcred, a blockchain-powered open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.)

When Transit Agencies Spy on Riders

For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy.

Photos: Hurricane Florence Turned Roads Into Rivers

Rainfall and flooding in the Carolinas reveals highways that aren’t built for increasingly intense storms.

How Boston Got Its ‘T’

Designers Peter Chermayeff and Tom Geismar talk about how they gave the MBTA an enduring makeover.

A Bug’s Death

RIP Volkswagen Beetle, the car that conquered the city.

A mother and two children riding bikes in the Netherlands

Cycling Is Key to Safer, Healthier, More Vital Cities

In their new book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett use the example of the Netherlands to show how a cycling culture promotes community building and health.

How Hurricane Florence Fueled a Pop-Up Micro-Economy

Need a lift? Hit the hurricane ride board.

Want Greener Streets? Make Room for Bikes and Trees

Put them together and you can have spaces that are safer and more pleasant for everyone.

Floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew block NC Highway 41 outside of Lumberton, North Carolina in 2016.

As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact

Widespread poverty, lack of transportation resources, and poor internet service could complicate emergency response in a region still reeling from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

France’s High-Speed Rail Expansion Takes a New Direction

A major new investment makes clear: It’s not all about Paris anymore.

Driving for Uber When You Can’t Afford a Car

In South Africa, extreme inequality means that drivers have a much more difficult time turning a profit with the ride-share service.

Dangerous Streets? Take the Bus

Metros with more public transit usage are safer, for both passengers and pedestrians.

The App That Pays You to Find a Smarter Commute

Incentrip rewards users for finding greener, more efficient ways to get to work. But can it get people to change their habits?

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks during the company's unveiling of the new features in New York.

A Safety-Minded Makeover for a Dangerous Brand

Uber is determined to put its reckless image in the past as it rolls out a host of new security-related features this week.

CityLab University: Induced Demand

When traffic-clogged highways are expanded, new drivers quickly materialize to fill them. What gives? Here’s how “induced demand” works.

Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don't Blame Cars.)

Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.

Cars, taxis, buses, and pedestrians on Manhattan's 42nd Street.

Rethinking Manhattan’s Grid

What do you get when you layer the Barcelona “superblock” and the Dutch woonerf onto Manhattan’s grid? Streets that are for people.