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 1:40pm 6/20/14 1:40pm

Boston's New "Smart Mass Transit" Gets You To Work Faster—For A Price

It's time to go to work. But instead of walking a half-mile to the nearest bus stop and waiting in the searing morning sun, you tap in your location to an app and keep sipping your coffee at your kitchen table. The bus stops mere blocks from your house and delivers you to work in record time. » 6/11/14 5:20pm 6/11/14 5:20pm

It's Time to Embrace Congestion Pricing

An ambitious new transportation plan for DC announced last week includes a massive public transit expansion, additional subway line, and beefed up network of bike lanes. But the proposal that's getting the most attention is the introduction of congestion pricing. Yes, DC wants to charge cars to enter its downtown. And… » 6/05/14 1:00pm 6/05/14 1:00pm

How More Bike Parking Could Make Cities Better For Everyone

Car parking remains a major part of our economy, and it is easy to realize why its availability and low price are clung to so fiercely. Parking allows access for customers to stores, employees to work, entrepreneurs to meetings, tourists to places where they can deposit all their money, the needy to services,… » 5/27/14 6:00pm 5/27/14 6:00pm

Why NYC Is Building This $185 Million "Tunnel to Nowhere"

Since it's right next to the largest private construction project NYC has ever seen, you could easily miss it: A 35-foot-deep trench being dug on Manhattan's West Side. It looks something like a grave, or an archaeological dig, but no—this is an 800-foot-long insurance plan for the future of the city. » 4/28/14 3:20pm 4/28/14 3:20pm

"Desire Lines" Are the Real Future of Urban Transit

For many cities, the grid of the streets and transit systems were likely laid down long before the buildings grew up around them, thanks to the rigor of planners and engineers who knew best. But as cities transition in ways that challenge the century-old plan, they need new and quick ways to improvise connections… » 4/22/14 4:40pm 4/22/14 4:40pm

A Colossal Yellow Cave Taking Shape Beneath Manhattan

NYC's East Side Access Project continues apace, and these recent images, taken last month by MTA photographer Rehema Trimiew, show a whole new view of the mind-boggling underground caverns now being constructed beneath Manhattan. From raw walls of exposed geology to this, the space is finally taking on the look and… » 2/18/14 5:20pm 2/18/14 5:20pm

Urgent NYC Coffee Subway Map Update: Brooklyn and Queens Now Included!

New Yorkers had a great time giggling at a new sort of subway map earlier this month. It looked just like the regular subway map only, instead of the real stops, the New York City Coffee map showed the best coffee shop found at each of those locations—unless that stop happened to be in Brooklyn or Queens. » 2/17/14 2:00pm 2/17/14 2:00pm

Clever New Clothes To Protect You From Germs On The Subway

The news that measles might be spreading through San Francisco's BART network not only triggered a warning from the transit authority itself, it is also a particularly alarming reminder that public transportation can be, well, disgusting. Winter's runny noses, summer's sweat, spring's sneezing allergies—it doesn't… » 2/14/14 9:40am 2/14/14 9:40am