Transportation

Cities

Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job

Seeing how our cities facilitate the commute to work reveals a lot about the benefit of investing in infrastructure.

Animals

Flock of 5,000 ducks stops traffic in city of 6 million people

Taizhou lies 190 miles south of Shanghai and has 6 million people, putting its size at “somewhere in between Los Angeles and New York City” on a U.S. scale and “just some town” on a Chinese one. One day recently, …

Cities

These elderly fatality statistics may spoil your affection for big-box stores

Obviously, everyone loves a nice strip mall. The parking lot, the low-slung, cheap-looking buildings, the pedestrian walkways that no drivers pay attention to. And big-box stores! The lots! The long walks down busy parking lanes! The Brutalism-meets-Brady-Bunch aesthetic! What’s not …

Cities

Diesel exhaust causes cancer, WHO says

The unexpected-but-still-important finding puts diesel exhaust on par with second-hand smoke.

Transportation

2,500-mph train could get you from New York to London in an hour

Nature abhors a vacuum, but transit nerds and people eager to see a science fiction future LOVE IT. That’s because a vacuum is the secret ingredient for this (theoretical, but plausible) superfast train, which could speed under the ocean to …

Cities

Why the rumors about the iPhone ditching walking, public transit are wrong

We got our hands on a developer version of the new iPhone operating system. What we found may be even better than you would expect.

Transportation

Transit workers stop train to save toy bunny

Casey Carey-Brown, a Boston woman who blogs about her daughter “Roozle,” has chronicled a harrowing story about childhood trauma narrowly averted by big-hearted transit workers. It concerns Roozle’s toy bunny Nummy, pictured above. (Roozle is the human child, Nummy is …

Cities

500 million reasons to rethink the parking lot

All the world is a parking lot -- or a heck of a lot of it is, anyway. But according to professor Eran Ben-Joseph, these places don’t have to be wastelands.

Cities

Jobs taking the last bus out of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's decision to nearly halve its bus routes means at least one company won't expand its hiring. The real damage, though, may be long-term.