Transportation

an aerial view of Los Angeles shows the complex of freeways, new construction, familiar landmarks, and smog in 1962.

The Problem With Amazon’s Cheap Gas Stunt

The company promoted its TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with a day of throwback 1959-style prices in Los Angeles. What could go wrong?

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Why Can’t I Take Public Transit to the Beach?

In the U.S., getting to the beach usually means driving. But some sandy shores can still be reached by train, subway, and bus.

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Boston Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses with an Algorithm

With 25,000 students and the nation’s highest transportation costs, the Boston Public School District needed a better way to get kids to class.

Warren Logan

A City Planner Makes a Case for Rethinking Public Consultation

Warren Logan, a Bay Area transportation planner, has new ideas about how to truly engage diverse communities in city planning. Hint: It starts with listening.

a photo of a beach cruiser bike.

The California Beach Cruiser Built a Bike Movement

In the 1970s, the signature fat-tired mobility mode of beach towns managed to turn vacationers into bicycle riders.

In Paris’s Suburbs, a Bike Trail Plan Carries a Big Promise

Cycling advocates have proposed a network of bicycle paths connecting the suburbs and city center, comparing their plan to the region’s rapid transit system.

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How NYC Cut Some New Yorkers’ Commute Time in Half

New York City’s MTA is planning to extend a successful program that increases transit equity by pegging discounts to underserved locations rather than people.

a photo of a local business displaying a protest sign of the proposed extension of the light rail system along Central Avenue, in Phoenix.

Phoenix’s Light Rail Future Is Under Attack

Proposition 105, a ballot measure funded in part by groups tied to the Koch brothers, threatens to halt long-planned extensions to the booming Arizona city’s transit system.

Berlin's Friedrichstrasse will test a car ban starting in October 2019.

Why Berlin’s Approach to Car Bans Is a Little Different

The German capital will experiment with banning cars on two popular retail streets—but it’s being notably more cautious than its European counterparts.

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Why Speed Kills Cities

U.S. cities are dropping urban speed limits in an effort to boost safety and lower crash rates. But the benefits of less-rapid urban mobility don’t end there.  

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How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?

A new analysis by the ride-hailing giants sheds some light on a long-asked question about their congestion impacts on U.S. cities.

Are Shared Scooters Good for the Planet? Only If They Replace Car Trips

Companies say their rides are “Earth-friendly” and “carbon free,” but lots of cars are used to keep the scooters charged.

See New York City, Through Other People's Dashboard Cams

The traffic safety app Nexar’s new “Live Map” feature lets anyone peek in on near-real-time video footage of city streets.

A Modest Proposal to Make Air Travel Obsolete

To reduce emissions from air travel, Germany’s Green Party wants to eliminate the need for domestic flights by making big investments in trains.

a photo of a pedestrian in Jakarta.

The World's Most Traffic-Snarled City Tries a New Fix: Sidewalks

Traffic, smog, and lack of sidewalks make the Indonesian megacity hard on pedestrians. But foot-friendly infrastructure is finally coming.

A photo of an Acela express train in Boston

A 50-Day Eating Odyssey Across America, Via Amtrak

Chef/transit advocate Madison Butler landed a paid internship to ride Amtrak around the nation to eat local food—and convince Congress to boost passenger rail funding.

What Internet Memes Get Wrong About Breezewood, Pennsylvania

A photo of a strip of fast-food outlets and gas stations is used to critique the sameness of the American landscape. But it could only be one place on Earth.

In Madrid, a Car Ban Proves Stronger Than Partisan Politics

A new mayor vowed to bring vehicles back to the city center. The strong citizen backlash suggests that European cities’ car bans are not, in fact, in peril.

a photo of Los Angeles in 1962

Mapping the Effects of the Great 1960s ‘Freeway Revolts’

Urbanites who battled the construction of the Interstate Highway System in the 1960s saved some neighborhoods—but many highways did transform cities.

a photo of a small fleet of electric Chevrolet Bolts cars.

Should Electric Vehicle Drivers Pay Per Mile?

Since EV drivers zip past gas taxes, they don’t contribute to the federal fund for road maintenance. A new working paper tries to determine whether plug-ins should pay up.

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Why Real-Time Traffic Control Has Mobility Experts Spooked

A plan to develop a data standard for technology that could monitor and manage various mobility services has raised privacy fears.