Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app, giving it a refreshed visual style, more easily recognizable markers, and context-aware information. If you’re prone to getting disoriented using public transit, or get frustrated searching for a gas station during a road trip, the update makes it easier to know where…
If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile.…
Ride-hailing companies see themselves as a way to reduce the reliance on automobile ownership and a path forward to eliminate god-awful congestion. But a new study on the impact of companies like Uber and Lyft from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies offers a different outlook: Instead, it turns out,…
Building a futuristic hyperloop system won’t be cheap, so startup Hyperloop One’s surely feeling good today, after it announced billionaire Richard Branson had made an investment in its endeavor. And with that, the company’s rebranding to a not-clunky-whatsoever-name: Virgin Hyperloop One.
On Sunday, the president of ride-hailing company Lyft, John Zimmer, blogged a prediction that private car ownership would essentially be over in U.S. cities by 2025. The end of private ownership in cities is part of how he and the company view the future of U.S. transportation, and it sure sounds optimistic.
For years China’s been toying with the idea of building a massive bus that straddles multiple lanes of cars to move commuters without creating a traffic mess. To date, it’s only existed as fancy computer renders and animations. But starting today a real-life version starts testing in Qinhuangdao, China.
Perpetually-fucked Washington D.C. completely shut down the city’s Metrorail system today, essentially cutting off the majority of the people who travel to work in our nation’s capital on a daily basis. Meanwhile, D.C. area Uber ride-sharing app downloads shot up by 70 percent.
If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in Washington D.C. , you will likely have learned two things: one, there’s great Ethiopian food, and two, the city is irrevocably fucked. It’s about to get more than usual tomorrow, as the entire Metrorail system—all of it—will shut down the entire day.
New York City recently went from concrete jungle to the North Pole with skyscrapers, accumulating over 20 inches of snow in the midst of a major snowstorm. As a result, the state governor called for a cease-all on travel beginning later today.
One morning last week, I was riding the train into Manhattan, and saw a woman slurping down a Tupperware container full of soupy, smelly oatmeal. She sat perched on the edge of her seat, shoveling glob after glob into her mouth. I couldn’t get off the train fast enough. It was gross! Surely you’ve seen worse.
If you got to work by bus today, you can thank, or blame, Stanislaus Baudry. Baudry lived in the town of Nantes in France at a time when you either had your own carriage, hired a cab to get you from one specific place to another, or walked. The industrial age was really kicking off, which meant large groups of people…
Over at The Atlantic’s CityLab, there’s a great post about how Japanese kids can run errands around town and take public transportation free of supervision. It’s thanks to the country’s incredible infrastructure and culture of safety.
Commuting affects your mental health, your physical health, and even the way you think about other people. And these changes are more profound than you might think.
As the world continues to grow, transportation infrastructure and country-country travel are forced to rapidly improve. But what’s at the top of the game?
Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota has launched something that makes great use of its zippy 3-wheeled i-Road vehicles: a new car-sharing service that integrates with a city's existing transit system.
Gee whiz, a self-driving car! Who wouldn't want one of those? Well, if you look at what it's trying to achieve, it's not actually a great idea. Here's why.
Krumbach, a tiny, 1000-person village in Austrian, has some of the most avant-garde bus stops in the world. In exchange for a weeklong holiday in the village, seven architects designed bus stops that are alternately whimsical, weird, and dazzling.
Belgrade: capital of Serbia and Yugoslavia before that, as well as host to the blue Danube and the last Grand Prix before the breakout of WWII. Its public transportation makes your sketchiest bus ride seem normal.
Every so often, as I offer another sacrifice to the New York City Rat Diety to spare me on another subway ride, I realize that not everyone may enjoy public transit as much as I do.
Here's why you have to be an idiot to jump out of a moving train for no good reason, as (visually) explained by an idiot jumping out of a moving train for no good reason.