L.A.'s First Public Transit Used Actual Horse Power

Public transportation was slow to arrive in Los Angeles, a city whose farthest reaches were still accessible by foot in the 1870s. But as the city began to stretch out over the surrounding landscape, some form of regular, wheeled transportation around town became a practical necessity. And in the beginning, horses… » 4/23/14 5:39pm Yesterday 5:39pm

L.A. Once Had Cable Cars (Just Like San Francisco's)

They used to be more than just a San Francisco novelty. In the late 19th century, cable cars were a widely used public transit solution in cities across the United States—including Los Angeles. There, they replaced the city's first generation of streetcars, horsecars, and brought real estate development to previously… » 4/04/14 12:43pm 4/04/14 12:43pm

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

Smog is Forcing France to Rethink its Love of Diesel

Last week, the smog in Paris got so bad, city officials made public transit free and banned half the city's cars from the road. The vehicle ban only lasted a day, with the reduced traffic and changing weather patterns alleviating the smog situation. But why did the smog get so bad in the first place? Blame France's… » 3/20/14 6:40pm 3/20/14 6:40pm

Atlanta Subway Urine Detectors Look Out for Number One

Despite being a great idea, public transit always seems to be fighting an uphill battle for public opinion. Atlanta's MARTA subway system has been roundly criticized for, among other things, smelling like pee, and the transit line won't take it sitting down: this month, MARTA began installing first-of-its-kind… » 12/27/13 8:00am 12/27/13 8:00am

Forget Your Farecard and Use One of These Hip RFID Rings Instead

Farecards are annoying. They're usually flimsy and easy-to-lose, and depending on what city you live in, they can be impossible to swipe. Why not integrate a more high-tech solution into the system? And hey, why not make it a little bit fashionable too? Well, that's exactly what these MIT students did. » 8/26/13 4:40pm 8/26/13 4:40pm

The Best Public Transit Apps for iOS 6 (Since Apple Maps Doesn't Have…

As you may have noticed, the transition from Google Maps to Apple Maps in iOS 6 means that the navigation software is now without public transportation data, and that really sucks. Apple's fix for the immediate future is to push you to third-party apps, but knowing where to start can be a daunting task. To get you… » 9/19/12 4:56pm 9/19/12 4:56pm