Transportation

Tesla vehicles sit in a parking lot in California.

America’s Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Electric Cars

The challenge isn’t just about how much energy electric vehicles will need. A more important question is when they’ll need it.

A church in Detroit just before its demolition in the early 1980s

A Documentary Looks Back at GM’s History in Detroit’s Poletown

“These people responsible for this are worse than the communists in Poland,” one local said when General Motors razed the neighborhood in the early 1980s.

A photo of the Vianden castle rising above the tree-covered Ardennes hills in northern Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s New Deal: Free Transit and Legal Weed

It’s not just public transit: The Grand Duchy’s progressive new government also raised the minimum wage and gave everyone two extra days off.

A photo of a police car fitted with automated license plate reader technology.

Who’s Tracking Your License Plate?

Automated license plate readers are collecting and sharing tons of data across state lines, according to records from nearly 200 police departments nationwide.

A photo of a self-driving Ford Fusion on the streets of Miami.

When Self-Driving Cars Meet Florida Drivers

Ford’s Argo team brought a fleet of autonomous vehicles to the famously congested streets of Miami, in order to test AVs in some real-world situations.

A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.

Sidewalk Labs’ Neighborhood of the Future in Toronto Is Getting Closer

The new draft plan for the “smart” waterfront development offers broad proposals for housing, transportation, and energy use. But it’s not that radical.

A photo illustration of a San Francisco Muni bus driver.

What You Should Know About Your Bus Driver

A driver’s-eye-view of what it’s like behind the wheel of a city bus, from a San Francisco Muni bus driver.

Spain Wants to Ban Cars in Dozens of Cities, and the Public’s on Board

As Madrid bans cars in the city center, the national government plans to do the same in more than 100 other places. A new survey suggests broad support across the country.

A map of population density and high-frequency transit in San Francisco.

A U.S. Transit Atlas That Ranks the Best (and Worst) Cities for Bus and Rail

Christof Spieler’s Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of U.S. Transit reveals which cities’ bus and rail systems work, and which don’t.

A photo of a young man walking in Youngstown, Ohio.

With GM Job Cuts, Youngstown Faces a New ‘Black Monday’

GM’s announcement that it will shutter its Lordstown plant outside Youngstown, Ohio, is just the latest in a long series of economic blows to the city since the 1970s.

A photo of an empty parking lot.

America Probably Has Enough Parking Spaces for Multiple Black Fridays

Even the biggest shopping day of the year can’t fill up the enormous oversupply of parking lots that ring U.S. shopping centers.

A photo of the LOOP card game

Experience the Joy and Pain of Chicago Transit, in a Card Game

LOOP is both a card game and a tribute to the city’s famous L trains.

A photo of protesters carrying anti-Amazon posters during a rally and press conference in NYC.

Amazon’s HQ2 Decision Was Always About Transit

In the end, New York’s MTA and D.C.’s Metro were the only transportation networks capable of handling such an influx of new residents. But both cities will have some work to do.

A man wears a mask with the likeness of French president Emmanuel Macron as people take part in the nationwide "Yellow Vest" demonstrations, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, in Haulchin, France.

Why Drivers Are Leading a Protest Movement Across France

The rapidly developing “Yellow Vest” movement took over streets and highways to oppose rising gas and diesel taxes. It might also be a proxy for frustrations about rising costs and falling living standards.

A map of a proposed redesign of the Brooklyn bus network.

A Fantasy Map for Brooklyn’s Buses That’s Grounded in Reality

We redesigned Brooklyn’s struggling bus network based on evidence from other cities about how to boost ridership.

A view of the Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline.

Cities Around Paris Strike a Rare Agreement to Ban Diesel Cars

France’s most comprehensive car ban marks an important moment of cooperation for oft-quarreling municipalities.

A pair of black, London Underground-themed Adidas sneakers with red and blue trim.

The London Underground Now Has Its Own Sneaker Line

The lines around the block to buy them aren’t because of their design or inevitable collector’s item status. It’s because they’re basically free for straphangers.

A photo of a "Road Work Ahead" highway sign in Missouri.

Nationwide, Transportation Measures Rolled to Victory

High voter turnout meant lots of wins for transit- and transportation-related ballot measures on Tuesday.

The Unconventional Beauty of Montreal’s New Bonaventure Expressway

After years of political wrangling, planning, and construction, the new $141.7-million (CDN) Projet Bonaventure is actually pleasant, as far as expressways go.

A photo of a Bay Area Rapid Transit train making its way along the tracks in Oakland, California.

California Transit Agencies Resist a Gas Tax Repeal

Proposition 6, an effort to repeal a major fuel fee increase, could set back the state's ambitious climate goals.

A general view of Old City Jerusalem, which may have a cable car system by 2021.

Israel’s Divisive Plan for a Cable Car in Jerusalem

Architects, preservationists, and tour guides oppose the Israeli government’s scheme while Palestinian residents say they’ve been entirely marginalized in the process.