Transportation

Beverly Hills Has Financed Its Metro Fight With $13 Million In Local Taxes

Instead of reconstructing aging school facilities, the district is using a voter-backed ballot measure to pay for a legal campaign against a subway extension.

London’s Latest Bit of Rail Infrastructure Is a Very Old Street

After a revamp, a tunneled Victorian thoroughfare has become part of London Bridge Station.

An Uber pick-up location in downtown Houston in 2017.

Is Uber the Enemy or Ally of Public Transit?

Depends on the city, and the transit agency.

Pedestrians walk past barriers near the scene of the 2017 attack on London's Westminster Bridge.

Vehicular Terrorism in the Age of Vision Zero

Deadly attacks by car and truck are on the rise, but cities often fail to respond in ways that protect the most vulnerable road users. Here’s how anti-terror infrastructure can ease walking, biking, and public transit use, not impede it.

A fleet of electric vehicles in Pittsburgh.

The Grim State of Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S.

Plugging in cars and trucks will be critical to averting climate catastrophe, according to the IPCC. How far has the U.S. come?

San Francisco’s Scooter War Is Over, and the Scooters Won

Shared e-scooters have returned to the Bay Area. But is regulation enough to make them work in the long term?

Is Transit Doomed in the U.S.? Discuss.

Two rival pundits face off over federal funding, the transit “death spiral,” and where all the riders have gone.

Adults and children explore an urban play-garden.

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

The French capital, under Mayor Anne Hidalgo, could be a model for how cities can mitigate and plan for climate change. But change has not come easily.

Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S.

The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.

Traffic on a Colorado highway is engulfed in smoke from a wildfire in 2012.

The Planet Can't Survive Our Transportation Habits

In light of the IPCC’s dire report, substituting some personal convenience in the present could mean that much more hope for the planet’s future.

A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities

An excerpt from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules, a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities and towns.

Will Quebec’s New, Pro-Highway Government Collide With Montreal?

A newly elected center-right party could put the province in ideological opposition to its biggest city, a left-leaning metropolis with a mayor that has promised better public transit, social inclusion, and sustainable development.

Children pass in front of a self-driving GM Bolt EV during a media event in San Francisco.

Self-Driving Cars Could Be Bad for Walkable Cities

Advocates say self-driving cars will make other road users safer—but at what price?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

A Transportation Platform for Chicago’s Next Mayor

After Rahm Emanuel, the city’s new leader could build a national model for an equitable transportation system. Here’s how.

A portrait of Elizabeth Jennings Graham

The Woman Who Fought Transit Segregation in 19th-Century New York

Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings.

Why Do Candidates Ignore Mass Transit?

American politicians rarely make public transportation a core issue of their election campaigns. That’s a problem for cities.

A tram in Helsinki.

Universal Basic Mobility Is Coming. And It’s Long Overdue

People need easy access to work and to essential services to live decent, independent lives. Cities need Universal Basic Mobility. It’s a human right.

Bogota's Ciclovia

How Bogotá’s Cycling Superhighway Shaped a Generation

For many families, the Ciclovía is often one of the very best things about living in Bogotá. And kids start very young.

How to Fix Bronx Bus Service? Ask the Commuters.

Riders in New York City’s poorest borough gave the MTA an earful about how to fix their system.

Why Uber and Lyft Really Want You to Stop Driving

Uber is committing $10 million to support sustainable mobility, and Lyft is expanding its "Ditch Your Car" challenge. Is that enough?

A photo of a car windshield with an Uber, Lyft, and Juno logo in it.

The Future of (Occasional) Work

A study on a subset of the gig economy—yes, another one—out of JP Morgan Chase suggests the share of people using online platforms to find work is growing, but hours and earnings are far from regular.