Transportation

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Why FOMO Is the Enemy of Good Urban Mobility Policy

Fear of Missing Out does not make good transportation policy. Sometimes a new bus shelter is a better investment than flashy new technology.

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A Freeway Fight Launched Denver’s New Queer Latina Councilmember

In a progressive shake-up, 32-year-old community organizer Candi CdeBaca will take her advocacy work to the city council.  

A road is blocked by flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Google Maps Wants to Help You Navigate During Natural Disasters

The app will offer crisis navigation warnings and provide detailed visual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

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It’s Time to Celebrate Baltimore’s Much-Maligned Metro

In 1987, the Maryland Transit Administration busted out a brass band to open a subway that never had a chance.

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Uber and Lyft Really Don’t Want California to Pass This Worker Rights Bill

As California considers a gig-work bill to make ride-hailing drivers employees eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, Uber and Lyft ask for compromise.

Children bike through a miniature town with scaled-down buildings and streets.

The Evolution of Miniature ‘Safety Towns’ for Kids

The pint-sized faux villages that dot America aren’t just cute—they’ve helped teach children pedestrian and bike safety since the 1930s.

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What’s Behind New Delhi’s Gated Communities?

India’s capital city is full of private residential “colonies” protected by locked gates. But many claim the barriers don't stop crime and cause traffic chaos.

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How Self-Driving Cars Could Disrupt the Airline Industry

If and when it arrives, autonomous vehicle technology is likely to encourage more travelers to skip the hassle of flying.

A Designer’s Airport for the Jet Age

As this 1958 Charles and Ray Eames film shows, Dulles was truly designed for modern air travel.

A man looks at an arriving helicopter.

Uber Copter Will Only Make New York Transit Worse

The ride-hailing company’s plan to offer Manhattan-to-JFK helicopter shuttles overshadows the public-transit alternative that would help many more travelers.

Ireland Is Ready to Bet Big on Battery-Powered Trains

In an effort modernize its rail system, the country is looking to a technology it pioneered in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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How to Cut 10,000 Parking Spaces Without Anyone Complaining

A new short film celebrates bike-friendly Amsterdam’s no-drama strategy for eliminating car parking: “It’s not a big deal here.”

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Protected Bike Lanes Are Safer for Drivers, Too

A comprehensive study of crash and street design data from 12 cities finds that roads with protected bike lanes make both cycling and driving safer.

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D.C.’s Metro Is Insanely Windy. Why?

Unpredictable and sometimes alarming, the weirdly powerful winds that sometimes whip through subway stations might be explained by some basic rules of physics.

a photo of a test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, in Pittsburgh.

Why Aren’t Cities Getting Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

Self-driving vehicle technology may be coming, but most city leaders aren’t doing much to anticipate our robot-car future, a new study warns.

Elon Musk’s $49 Million Las Vegas Loop Makes Perfect Sense—for Las Vegas

The Boring Company will develop an underground “people mover” for the Las Vegas Convention Center that’s more marketing flash than public transit.

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Traffic Is Unbearable on Paris's Beltway. The Fix? Remove Lanes.

The city wants to turn the Boulevard Périphérique, one of Europe’s most congested highways, into a slower, smaller, and greener “urban boulevard.”

Cars sit in a crosswalk.

What if More People Could Issue Parking Tickets?

Washington, D.C., considers training a group of residents to give tickets for some parking violations. Would it make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

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What We Fight About When We Fight About Parking

The urban economist Donald Shoup collects reports of violence that erupts over parking spaces. To him, disputes between drivers are signs of a bigger problem.

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The Dangerous Standoff Between Uber and Buenos Aires

While Uber and Argentine officials argue over whether the company is an app or a transportation company, drivers suffer fines, violence, and instability.