How the Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Here in the U.S., the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new subway system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network… » 3/17/14 10:00am 3/17/14 10:00am

Ice Age Fossils Are Being Unearthed By L.A.'s Subway Construction

A 65-foot deep shaft being dug for Los Angeles's newest subway line is filled with buried treasure. The so-called Subway to the Sea is still nine miles from the beach, but excavation has already revealed some creatures from the ocean floor… the prehistoric ocean floor! » 3/06/14 2:40pm 3/06/14 2:40pm

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

8 Massive Tunnels Being Built Right Now Under A City Near You

Now that we know it was an eight-inch steel pipe that brought the world's largest-diameter tunneling machine to a halt up in Seattle, we can no longer fantasize about Bertha unearthing a five-story-tall buried locomotive. But we can look at something almost as fascinating: The other giant holes that are currently being … » 1/07/14 9:20am 1/07/14 9:20am

The Colossal Railway That's Quietly Taking Shape 160 Feet Below NYC

Maybe we can't build the world's deepest undersea tunnel in seven years like some cities, but New York still has some serious mega-construction chops. Behold: The latest photos from 120 to 160 feet below Grand Central Station, where workers are building the largest public transportation project in the US. » 11/06/13 11:00am 11/06/13 11:00am

Trains In The NYC Subway Might Become One Continuous Car

The MTA is always looking at different ways to redesign subway cars for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety, capacity and more. But their rate of ideas frequently outpaces their budget. According to The New York Times, a new design included in a 142-page release is being pushed heavily by planners, though, and could … » 10/20/13 6:20pm 10/20/13 6:20pm

Watch What Subways Looked Like 100 Years Ago

You can tell from the construction of New York City's new 7 train extension that building subways is no easy task. That makes it all the more impressive that subways were up and running 100 years ago. And even more amazingly, they don't even look all that different. » 7/20/13 9:16am 7/20/13 9:16am

New York City's New Subway Tunnel Looks Like a Level from Half-Life

New York City's Metro Transit Authority is still plugging away on its giant project to bring the 7 train into far west Manhattan, and the scope of the construction is just as awe-inspiring as ever. The MTA just put out a crop of new pictures on Flickr, and we just can't help but see a slight comparison to a certain,… » 6/24/13 3:01pm 6/24/13 3:01pm

How the NYPD Hunted Down an iPhone Thief in an Awesome Subway Chase

The subway is a prime place for phone theft. Snatch, grab, run. Whether you're getting on or getting off, you'll make a quick escape from your target. It doesn't always work, though. The NYPD managed to catch someone who tried exactly that trick by using Find My iPhone and following along on the ground in a righteous… » 5/04/13 7:17pm 5/04/13 7:17pm