Transportation

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.

It’s Time to Feel the Sexy Pulse of a 1980s Transit Mall

The original vision for the Buffalo’s failed car-free-zone downtown was always a fantasy, as this TV spot shows.

The Longest 4 Miles

What's the best way to get from Brooklyn to Queens during rush hour: bike, Uber, taxi, subway, bus, or electric moped?

Weirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller

Why a transportation revolution had some unanticipated side effects.  

A Struggling Metro System’s Big, Vague, Self-Destructive Idea

In an effort to boost ridership, Buffalo’s transit authority is offering developers a chance to revamp its stations. What’s wrong with that?

Let’s Rethink What a ‘Bike Lane’ Is

How about “light individual transport lane”?

Why Robot Cars Will Need a Lot of Human Help

Waymo is preparing to launch self-driving taxis. But the people tending them may be the most important part of the system.

What an Anti-Transit Federal Transit Administration Looks Like

A GAO report says the FTA “runs the risk of violating federal law” as it blocks rail and bus projects.

I Chased Down the Only Electric Citi Bike in Manhattan

Seeing a single bike bounce around so often over my lunch break highlighted the value of bikeshare in a way that ridership statistics can't, writes an MTA analyst.  

New York City’s L Train Shutdown Might Not Be So Terrible

Over the the longer term, the city’s subway, bus, and bike commuters stand to benefit from the much-feared Brooklyn train disruption.

What's Crazy About Biking to the Hospital to Have a Baby?

The stir caused by New Zealand minister Julie Anne Genter’s journey to an Auckland hospital says more about us than her.

Can Elon Musk Save Baseball?

The embattled Tesla CEO is proposing a 3.6 mile “Dugout Loop” to help get L.A. fans to Dodger Stadium.

A Bird e-scooter on a San Francisco sidewalk.

What Ends Up On the Sidewalk

Sidewalks are a last shred of safe public space. No wonder we’re fighting over them.

Crumbling Sidewalks Become a Legal Battleground

A lawsuit in Atlanta reflects a growing movement that demands accessible, well-maintained sidewalks—and rejects budgetary constraints as an excuse.

Can Minnesota Get Dockless Bikesharing to Play Nice?

The Twin Cities’ docked system has a proposal to go dockless—without the chaos and sidewalk clutter.

The $1.4 Billion Transit Fund the U.S. Government Won’t Release

From El Paso to Minneapolis, local rail and bus projects are waiting on federal money that should have arrived by now.

The collapsed Morandi Bridge in the Italian city of Genoa.

What Brought Down This Bridge in Genoa?

The disaster has focused attention on the state of infrastructure built during the nation’s postwar boom.

An Impressive, Unnecessary, Multi-City Bridge

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is little more than propaganda announcing the unity of China and her former colonies, despite their very different historic, legal, and even transportation backgrounds.

Traditional taxis vie for street space with ride-hailing vehicles from Uber and Lyft in New York City.

Why Reining in Ride Hailing Is So Critical

City leaders need to reckon with the reality that sometimes shared ride services are not part of the answer to urban congestion, argues transportation researcher Bruce Schaller.

Science Tackles the ‘Right Hook,’ Biking’s Most-Feared Crash

Toronto researchers used eye-tracking devices to determine whether motorists were looking for bicycles when they turned right. Most weren’t.