This Beautifully Simple App Wants to Change How Public Transit Works

Public transit is a hard problem. Imagine how difficult it is for a city to meet the needs of millions, all of whom want to go different places at different times. And, inevitably, you're left standing on the platform. Ototo wants to change all of that. » 3/21/14 1:20pm 3/21/14 1:20pm

How Good Data Makes Transit Feel More Efficient—Even When It's Not

I tried a little experiment the other day—and I'm not sure why I hadn't tried it before. Before I walked to the bus stop to go downtown, I checked the real-time arrivals for my stop. It turned out the bus wasn't coming for another 11 minutes, so I did the dishes first and only then left the house. The bus arrived when… » 1/29/14 11:00am 1/29/14 11:00am

Why School Buses Are Yellow

School buses are the primary mode of student transportation in North America. An estimated twenty-six million students in the United States alone are transported to school every school day via bus—over half the student population in the country. While school buses in countries outside of North America usually look like … » 11/12/13 6:00am 11/12/13 6:00am

A Dozen Short Buses You Wouldn't Make Jokes About

The gleaming 40-foot behemouths that shuttle suburban American kids to school and back are useless on the crowded streets of Delhi. Throughout the developing world kids get to their daily lessons by any means possible—trike, rickshaw, even ox cart. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the coolest home brew tike… » 11/30/12 7:20pm 11/30/12 7:20pm

Why Is this Classic London Double Decker Bus Doing Pushups? (Spoiler:…

When you've got millions of dollars from the International Olympic Committee to blow on preparations for the big games, in addition to beautiful venues and breathtaking stadiums, you're also going to end up with a bit of bizarre local art that's supposed to highlight and reflect the culture of the host country. » 7/23/12 7:00pm 7/23/12 7:00pm