Going postal

California congressman: Highways are constitutionally mandated, bike paths not a federal concern

Rep. Duncan Hunter says, "I don't think biking should fall under the federal purview of what the Transportation Committee is there for."

Slippery slope

Commuting in sprawl is hellish, so let's … encourage more sprawl?

Last night's epic fail of a commute in snow-crippled D.C. pointed up the perils of sprawl. But some Virginia legislators want more of it.

Existentialist crisis response

Newark Mayor Cory Booker uses Twitter and references Camus in a single bound

Cory Booker has proven he can use social media, shovel snow, and throw around fancy French philosophy.

On the rails again

We need trains to 'win the future' — so get over that deficit hysteria

High-speed rail does not materialize with the snap of a finger or the uttering of inspiring words in a State of the Union speech. It costs public money.

Infrastructural change

Building lots of infrastructure sounds great. Paying for it won't be easy

Obama isn't backing down from his push to make high-speed rail part of his legacy. But with transportation infrastructure, funding remains an issue.

Salmon-chanted evening

Obama calls for clean energy and high-speed rail in State of the Union

In his State of the Union, Obama called for 80% of electricity to come from clean sources by 2035, and 80% of Americans to have access to high-speed rail within 25 years.

This is your brain on auto pilot

If you're so happy in your car, why are you so mad at the people walking?

Next time you're driving, remember that pedestrians aren't trying to annoy you. They're trying to get across the street without getting killed -- and a lot of the time, the street isn't designed for them.

I hear the train a-comin'

Making iPad music from the New York City subway map

Musician and programmer Alexander Chen wants to turn the New York subway system into a user-driven iPad musical instrument.

driven crazy

New report quantifies just how much a car commute crushes your soul

The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released its annual Urban Mobility Report, which includes data on how much time, money, and mental health urban-area car commuters lose to congestion every year. Spoiler …