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…
A bridge to the moon or just a train ride that doesn't take forever? The last two centuries were full of fantastic ideas for mass transportation, but some just couldn't be turned into reality.
Hey New York City Jalops, if you've got some traveling to do and you don't have access to a car, now's the time to do it.
Thanks to geography, Washington D.C.'s subway system has more escalators — 588 — than any other system in North America. Which also means D.C. has more broken escalators, such as this one that experienced runaway Toyota-itis last fall. H/T Demon-Xanth!
Cars, buses, subways, and trains; Pretty much the extent of high-speed publicly-accessible mass transit. Now the Chinese have dreamt up a new mixed-up alternative, the traffic-straddling bus. It rides above roads, with cars passing beneath and costing little to implement.
Programmer Matthew Somerville has created a clever little map displaying the approximate whereabouts of every train in the London Underground in real time.
A yellow-cab SUV jumped the curb and struck the subway entrance at West 72nd Street and Broadway on Manhattan's Upper West Side just before 4 p.m. today in an incident of uncomfortable-transportation on uncomfortable-transportation violence. (Hat tip to Allison!)
Two monorails collided on Sunday at the Disney World park in Orlando. Witnesses say a single train was stopped at the Ticket and Transport Center when a second train rammed it from the rear.
An Amnesty International anti-domestic abuse ad in a German bus stop is the first to use a camera to determine when someone is actually looking at it, allowing it to change the ad content as needed.
Yesterday's terrifying crash of an at-speed Red Line Metro train into a stopped Red Line train in Washington, DC left nine dead and 75 injured. A gallery from the scene below. Warning: a couple shots are somewhat gory.
Stumbling across this map of the New York City subway system from 1948 served as a cool reminder of what used to, and in some cases still does, lurk below the streets we drive on every day.
A group led by researchers at UC Berkeley have successfully tested and developed a bus that steers itself using magnets built into the road. While the driver still controls the acceleration and braking, and can take over steering, a computerized system is responsible for the direction of the bus. As simple as it…
From the Ministry of Brilliant Ideas comes this doozy of a whopper of a notion: build ten new English "Eco Towns" to combat climate change. These town would provide 20,000 homes and—here's the rub—be largely devoid of automobiles. Let's set aside for a moment some of the obvious political footballs: building…
London's Heathrow Airport is set to install the world's first Personal Rapid Transport system. The PRT is a fleet of 18 driverless pods for business passengers flying out of Terminal Five, with installation scheduled to be complete in less than two years. Traveling at up to 25mph, the pods will ferry passengers…