Transportation

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.

University of Maryland students Kurt Willson and Shannon Corrigan work to map a bus route in Loudon County, Virginia.

Why Is It So Hard to Figure Out When the Bus Is Coming?

It takes a volunteer army of student mapmakers to build a better transit tracker.

A train arrives at Paris' Arts et Metiers metro Station.

Paris Gets Serious About Free Transit

The city is launching a study to explore the possibility of going fully fare-free.  

Metro trains arrive at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station in Washington D.C.

D.C. Metro's New App May Need a Pre-Launch Update

Washington D.C. transit officials announced plans to update the payment system for rail and bus with a great new app. But if they don’t go further, this writer says, the speed of transit innovation will soon leave them scrambling.

Great . . . It's Infrastructure Week

It’s the most blunderful time of the year.

A 1970s abstract transit map made entirely of dots in four different colors

The D.C. Metro Almost Had a Very Cool Abstract Map

A series of modernist transit design gems were discovered last week inside Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s archives.

Why Seattle Is America's Bus-Lovingest Town

How did a transit-backward town become a national poster child for ridership success?

Chicago’s South Side Gets Dockless Bikeshare

A pilot program on the South Side aims to expand beyond the reach of the city’s docked system. But will lock-to requirements and other regulations allow for enough bikes to be useful?

An electric bus awaiting passengers in Washington D.C.'s Union Station bus deck.

Five Breakthroughs That Could Make You Love the Bus

Can new technology radically improve the rider experience?

How Riders Won the Fight for Better Buses in New York City

The MTA’s ambitious bus overhaul plan has long-suffering transit advocates giddy. Now comes the hard part.

How to Kill a Bike Lane

In cities nationwide, efforts to redesign streets for bikes and pedestrians can face stiff resistance.

The Great Parisian Bikeshare Meltdown

Glitches and worker strikes have brought the world’s first modern bikeshare program to its knees.