Transportation

Senate, House Push Transportation Bills to Help Coronavirus Recovery

House Democrats introduced their own $500 billion transportation bill this week. Republicans said it does not include their funding priorities.

Poor and Black ‘Invisible Cyclists’ Need to Be Part of Post-Pandemic Transportation Planning

COMMENTARY | City planners need to think specifically about the needs of bicyclists of color, something that will become particularly important as more people shift to alternatives to public transit in the coronavirus era.

Air Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long Time

COMMENTARY | Flying used to be unpleasant. But scarcity, low demand, and public-health risks could make it unbearable.

Airports Start Requiring Masks for All Travelers and Staff

The measure is one of many changes airports are making in hopes of improving safety.

Public Transit Systems Adapt to Plummeting Ridership

Cities are struggling with concerns about safety and low ridership. In some places, officials are taking advantage of the situation to finish long awaited transportation projects.

Rural, Intercity Bus Companies Hit Hard by Pandemic

Ninety percent of small intercity bus companies have closed.

Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences

In some states, traffic is way down but deadly crashes are up.

New York Legislators Pass Rear Seat Belt Bill

Lawmakers said the legislation is necessary due to the advent of ride-sharing and more people riding in back.

After Deadly Crash, Lawsuit Spotlights Problem of Parking Near Intersections

When cars are parked close to intersections, they can block drivers from seeing other traffic and pedestrians. A lawsuit seeks a court order to force Portland, Oregon to address the issue.

The Emerging Appeal of Banning Most Cars on Some Streets

New York and San Francisco have imposed strict limits on vehicles in certain corridors. Will car-free zones catch on elsewhere?

Leaving Scooter Regulation to Local Government

A bill moving through the Georgia legislature would clarify that making the rules for electric scooters is the business of local governments.

The Cities Where Car Accidents Happen Most Often

Houston, Charlotte and Los Angeles had the most accidents in the country last year, according to data from a transportation nonprofit.

House Democrats Unveil New $760 Billion Infrastructure Plan

The 19-page proposal recommends tapping existing federal programs to funnel money to infrastructure projects.

Bike Fatalities Are On The Rise

From 2016 through 2018, more cyclists died in traffic accidents across the state than during any three-year period in the past 25 years.

Granting Anonymity to State Lawmakers—Behind Tinted Windows

State law in Rhode island requires tinted car windows to let in a certain amount of light. One lawmaker wants to exempt General Assembly members from the rule, saying it's necessary to ensure safety.

Measuring the Cost of a State’s Car Economy

A new study attempts to come up with a dollar figure for how much cars, trucks and roads cost Massachusetts each year.

Drunken School Bus Drivers Put Kids’ Lives at Risk

Police caught more than a hundred impaired school bus drivers since 2015.

New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’

Drivers with ice and snow on their car risk fines in some states.

Bike Share Programs Are On the Rise, Yet the Gender Gap Persists

COMMENTARY | Bike sharing was once proposed as a solution to narrow the cycling gender gap—but it may be further widening this gap.