Public Transit

Sometimes, Lyft Wants You to Take Public Transit

Like its rival Uber, the ride-hailing company wants to be a one-stop mobility shop that integrates buses, trains, subways, and scooters.

Senate Transportation Funding Bill Would Cut Small Project Transit Grants

Legislation advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee would cut funding for the Small Starts grants program from $526 million to $78 million.

Very Bad Bus Signs and How to Make Them Better

Clear wayfinding displays can help bus riders feel more confident, and give a whole city’s public transportation system an air of greater authority.

Transit to the Trailhead: Bus Service in a Recreation Corridor Takes Off

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has seen strong demand among riders for buses that run between Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Why Can’t I Take Public Transit to the Beach?

In the U.S., getting to the beach usually means driving. But some sandy shores can still be reached by train, subway, and bus.

Electric Scooters Good for the Planet? Only If They Replace Car Trips

COMMENTARY | With tweaks to city policies and company practices, there are opportunities to make scooters a greener option.

For Pedestrian and Biking Projects, Some Progress in Latest Highway Bill

But despite a hike in funding, advocates say the numbers are still paltry compared to the amount allocated for roads, bridges and highways.

Improving Transit Through Lyft and Uber? More Agencies Are Paying for Ride-Hailing Rides

Experts and transit leaders say that there could be real benefits to working with ride-hailing companies. But data is needed to assess how successful these programs really are.

How One City Handles Complaints About Its Transit System

San Francisco’s BART System doesn’t just tweet back at people complaining on social media, but also tries to tap into the information to help guide maintenance, cleanup, and repair in real time.

The Uber-Transit Convergence Arrives in Denver

The ride-hailing giant once called public transportation a threat to its growth. But in one city, it’s joining forces.

Could Hawaii Be Paradise For Hydrogen-Powered Public Transit?

Hawaii has been overhauling its transportation systems, and hydrogen-powered public transit may be next.

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Scooters Did Take Over Last Year

A new report shows use of electric scooters surged past docked bike share.

Rail Travel Is Cleaner Than Driving or Flying, but Will Americans Buy In?

COMMENTARY | Rail advocates often make the case that trains are a cleaner mode of transportation, but why is that so? And what would it take to expand rail in the U.S.?

Judge Dismisses Truckers' Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Tolls

Trucking groups had challenged the diversion of toll dollars to transit projects.

A Suburban Community Rejects Transit Expansion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Changes to eviction laws in Mississippi ... Raising the age to buy tobacco in Delaware ... Examining state employee raises in North Carolina.

What Self-Driving Cars Mean For Seniors and the Suburbs

The U.S. Conference of Mayors vice president focuses on getting his community excited for the “human aspect” of the disruptive technology.

The Hot New Thing in Dockless Electric Scooters: Docks

Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. One startup offers a solar-powered parking solution.

Fewer People Using Transit in the D.C. Area

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A proposal to allow teens to get vaccinated ... Plans for a property tax reduction in Baltimore ... Chicago tunnel plans on the rocks.

A Light-Rail Project Hits a Higher-Ed Roadblock

Duke University declined to sign a collaborative agreement necessary to secure federal funding for the North Carolina project.

How Electric Cars Could Make America’s Crumbling Roads Even Worse

COMMENTARY | In a country that pays for roads out of a gas tax, new solutions will be needed when fewer cars are dependent on fuel.