Super Bowl to San Francisco: "Can You, Like, Take Down All Those Icky Bus Wires?"

Super Bowls and public transportation don’t always mix, and sometimes the result is nothing less than apocalyptic. Usually the problem is that cities need more transit to handle more people. But here’s the odd idea for the next Super Bowl, being held in San Francisco: Take some of that transit away. »11/12/15 8:18pm11/12/15 8:18pm


Want to Make Your Commute Feel Shorter? Wait at a Tree-Lined Bus Stop

Trees, what can’t they do? They shelter urban wildlife, improve our mental health, and provide the very air we breathe. And it turns out that just the presence of trees at a public transit stop might be enough to improve riders’ perception of the transit experience—even if the actual service doesn’t improve at all. »8/13/15 4:20pm8/13/15 4:20pm

The World's Largest Battery-Electric Vehicle Is This Articulated Bus

If when you think of electric vehicles you picture tiny lightweight cars designed to maximize their battery life, BYD Motors is about to blow your mind. At the recent 2014 American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, the company revealed a new articulated bus that it's claiming is the world's largest… »10/20/14 10:25am10/20/14 10:25am

Why Google Is So Interested In Kenya's Transit System

The thousands of graphics-covered minibuses called matatus that zip through Nairobi make up one of the largest (and liveliest) informal transportation systems in the world. This unregulated—some might say renegade—transit keeps the city moving rather efficiently, and, until recently, was an all-cash business. Until… »7/17/14 4:07pm7/17/14 4:07pm

While Away Your Friday By Designing Your Own Fantasy Transit System

For would-be Transportation Czars who have grander ideas for the buses and trains in your town, Transitmix helps you draw a fantasy transit system for your city that's specific down to the block. And it's got a bunch of real-world features that can help you calculate everything from ridership to operating costs. »6/20/14 1:40pm6/20/14 1:40pm

It Only Takes This Electric Bus 15 Seconds To Charge At Every Stop

Because battery technology still relatively sucks, electric vehicles like buses that have to run all day long usually stay tethered to a spiderweb of overhead cables. But as an alternative to that costly infrastructure, researchers at the EPFL have developed an electric bus that can recharge itself at every stop in as… »6/16/14 11:00am6/16/14 11:00am

"There's a Bomb on a Bus": Speed and L.A.'s Car Chase Addiction

Before I re-watched it anticipation of its 20th anniversary, I might have dismissed Speed as more tired commentary on L.A. traffic. In actuality, I was shocked at how honestly the film portrayed Los Angeles' transportation culture in 1994. Although it did perpetuate its fair share of transit myths: Like anyone could »6/10/14 8:00pm6/10/14 8:00pm

Why Don't All Metro Buses Transform into Intergalactic Robo-Fighters?

I don't know what Bondibots are (I don't speak French), I don't know what they're supposed to be doing when not fighting their way across the galaxy, playing soccer, or jamming on gigantic guitars—driving old people around maybe?—and I really don't know what the hell is going on in this video. All I do know is that… »5/21/14 12:00am5/21/14 12:00am

Today marks the first day of service for Denver's brand new downtown bus and rail concourse built in

Today marks the first day of service for Denver's brand new downtown bus and rail concourse built in front of the old Beaux Arts Union Station. The concourse officially opened to public view on Friday in a ceremony featuring U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Designed by SOM, the station is part of a much… »5/11/14 11:30am5/11/14 11:30am

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 11:00am1/29/14 11:00am

Martin Luther King's 1956 tips for riding integrated buses, examining how design has helped an Alaba

Martin Luther King's 1956 tips for riding integrated buses, examining how design has helped an Alabama county, building instant cities in Accra and instant skyscrapers in Mumbai, and how two New York architects are tearing down the work of their former friends. It's all this week in our favorite Urban Reads. »1/20/14 4:20pm1/20/14 4:20pm