Transportation

The Sunnyside Social Club, a member of the MTA MUSIC program, performs at the 2nd Avenue Subway station in Manhattan.

Auditioning Not for Broadway, but the Subway

Each year, hundreds of musicians vie to see their name not in lights, but in pink, on a banner indicating they’ve earned official status to perform in New York City’s subway stations.

Rest In Peace, Ikea Bike

The Sladda bicycle was an attempt to help city-dwellers ease into life without cars. Now a sweeping recall is bringing the product to its demise.

A policeman stands guard between a line of New York City yellow taxis and cabs.

Taxi-Driver Suicides Are a Warning

Technology has pushed a vulnerable, largely immigrant, population into an economically precarious situation—even as its prospects of upward mobility dwindle.

More Routes = More Riders

Why is transit ridership dropping across North American cities? Blame declining bus service.

Public school buses are parked in Springfield, Ill.

The Yellow School Bus Needs a Green Makeover

The diesel-sucking dinosaurs from your childhood are due for an update.

When is a Dedicated Bus Lane Not a Dedicated Bus Lane?

Pre-signals are a rare bird of traffic engineering, but they could save bus riders a lot of time.

Parking Is Sexy Now. Thank Donald Shoup.

In an interview, the guru of progressive parking policy reflects on his decades of research and writing, which transformed how cities look at the curb.

Could Congestion Charges Work in Latin America?

Something must be done as car sales increase and cities grow. A new study envisions a plan for Mexico City, Bogotá, and Santiago, but says improving public transport is essential.

What Happened to Teen Car Culture?

Something is missing in the lives of today’s adolescents: that magical coming-of-age feeling when a whole world opened up.

Yes, Transit-Rich Neighborhoods Are More Affordable

Contrary to the implications of a recent attention-grabbing study, “location efficiency” matters—good transit does lower transportation costs. Decades of research show how.

An interior view of operator Rafaela Vasquez moments before an Uber SUV hit a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in March 2018.

Behind the Uber Self-Driving Car Crash: a Failure to Communicate

The preliminary findings into a fatal crash in Tempe by the National Transportation Safety Board highlight the serious “handoff problem” in vehicle automation.

Madrid Takes Its Car Ban to the Next Level

Starting in November, the city will make clear that downtown streets are not for drivers.

A sign for women-first parking in a Seoul shopping center.

What’s Up With Seoul’s Pink Parking Spaces for Women?

They’re like regular parking spaces. Except, you know, pink.

Passengers line up for a bullet train at a platform in Tokyo Station.

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.

A disposal box at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tear stains around it have dried.

Federal Law Leaves Marijuana in a No-Fly Zone

Federal regulations mean that passengers flying from one weed-legal destination to another with their personal stash may still be breaking the law, but in at least one U.S. airport, that weed can fly.

Scooter-Sharing Brings a Weird Twist to the Gig Economy

“Bird hunting” has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some it’s a cutthroat business.

Don't Get Too Excited About Bike to Work Day

It’s time to think less about commuting and more about making all those other common everyday trips safer.

In Arkansas, the Bike’s Best Friend Is Walmart

The northwest part of the state has built an impressive network of bicycle infrastructure—thanks, in part, to the Walton Family Foundation.

A bus stop in the Estonian town of Värska

Estonia Will Roll Out Free Public Transit Nationwide

Meet the new world leader in fare-free living.

Traffic in Mexico City, where mega-commutes are a grim fact of life.

3 Cities, 3 Terrible Commutes

A new documentary follows the epic journeys faced by commuters in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.