According to the LA Times in 1923, it took streetcars 30 minutes to move just six blocks in downtown LA that summer. The automobile had invaded the city, and the streetcars were owned by private companies that didn’t want to spend any money on improvements. The dream? Elevating mass transit, like in the 1923 model…
Update (2pm 1.13.2015): MTA officials are now saying that L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan may be down for years, while they repair the Canarsie Tunnel. Suddenly, this gondola plan sounds extra brilliant…
Sometimes it feels like all mass transit systems do is apologize for running behind schedule. New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority decided to create this video explainer for exactly why you were waiting so long for the L this morning. And they did it with cute 8-bit graphics.
In most parts of the world, cable cars are relegated to ski areas or amusement parks. But in South America, cities use the gondolas to navigate undulating terrain as public transportation. This fall, two more lines will open in Bolivia's La Paz-El Alto network, making it the longest urban cable car system in the…
This enormous building looks like a marine invertebrate has devoured the intersection of two major train lines in Queens. It's part of a futuristic proposal to convert this transit hub into high density housing and live-work spaces. The thing is so crazy it just might work.
It's almost time to pack your bag again, tuck some presents under your arm and find your way back to your family. You might take a plane, drive a car or ride a train. Some of you might just walk. But Dan Croll—he takes the Tube.
With the Super Bowl now less than two months away—Groundhog Day!—the disparate mass transit organizations around New York City are gearing up for more than 400,000 new visitors. And what do out of towners always need in New York? They need maps. Beautiful, useful maps.
Tel Aviv is set to begin construction on the world’s first magnetically levitating skyTran system of mass transit. Which is awesome because it's fine time that our cities started to look the way scifi says they’re supposed to.
Our mass transit future looked much cooler in the mid-20th century, with these slick bus designs. Just imagine taking to the roads in these retrofuturistic buses.
In John B. Prather's 1945 paper New York-Philadelphia Vacuum Tunnel, Preliminary Design Features and Economic Analysis, the author proposes building a screaming vacuum train that will blast between Philadelphia and NYC in 20 minutes. Up yours, New Jersey Turnpike!
The government has approved plans for a redesign of this Puerto Rican city, featuring a new mass transit system, new roads and intersections, and more beach access points. The biggest change? No cars allowed inside the city.
Whenever public planning types talk about urban transportation's future, they always discuss light rail or tiny electric yuppie-mobiles. But future urbanites will really get around in the cheapest, most low-overhead manner possible.
Urban history is littered with the dead bodies of scrapped public transit projects. When eager commuters and car companies turned the automobile into the most popular form of transit in the world in the twentieth century, many cities set aside plans for expanding their public transit systems, such as the electric…
If you're tight for space on the subway and don't mind looking like a doofus on the street, Lutz's bicycle-cart saves you from owning a bike and a luggage roller. Bicycle by day, cart by later that day, the Carry-Bike is useful in both modes.