Transportation

States With the Most Cost-Efficient Highways

The Reason Foundation’s annual highway report gives high marks to North Dakota, Virginia and Missouri for good road conditions and low spending on highway and bridge maintenance.

The Unsettling Rise of the Urban Narc App

It’s getting easier for city residents to use technology that can report bad drivers who block bike lanes. Welcome to the self-surveillance era of traffic safety.

The Cities Where You Can Pay For Parking Tickets with Donations

Some cities offer short windows where residents can opt to clear tickets by making donations, such as to schools and animal shelters.

Does L.A.’s Scooter Data Program Violate State Privacy Laws?

As more cities adopt a controversial scooter tracking system pioneered by Los Angeles, concerns about rider data privacy are spreading.

City Sued Over Sidewalk Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The plaintiffs in the case want Philadelphia to take steps to upgrade ramps and cut down on obstructions.

Moving Toward Taxing Motorists by the Mile

Nevada will begin collecting odometer readings from drivers this fall, the first step of determining whether a "pay by mile" tax policy would work in the state.

This Uber Driver Started a Legal Battle That Could Upend the Gig Economy

Uber drivers in Europe and the U.S. are fighting for access to their personal data. Whoever wins the lawsuit could get to reframe the terms of the gig economy.

The Car Seat Industry Helped Delay a Child Safety Regulation—Again

A long-delayed safety standard for children’s car seats in side-impact crashes is being pushed back further. The industry is arguing that the government should not act without also updating its other safety standards for car seats.

Scoot Aside E-Scooters, Rental Mopeds Are Zooming In

Cities involved in the pilot say the mopeds will provide an environmentally-friendly and affordable option for commuters. Some are worried about the safety implications, though.

Why Speed Kills Cities

U.S. cities are dropping urban speed limits in an effort to boost safety and lower crash rates. But the benefits of less-rapid urban mobility don’t end there.

Cities Invested in Bicycling Infrastructure Provide Better Access to Jobs

A new report found that residents of cities with infrastructure for bikes have an easier time accessing jobs, especially those out of the reach of public transportation.

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Real ID, Real Problems: States Cope With Changing Rules, Late Rollouts

Miscommunication between states and the feds have led to hassles for drivers in many states trying to get Real IDs.

Uber and Lyft Admit It: They’re Making Traffic Worse

The ride-hailing giants confess that they are indeed increasing congestion in several U.S. cities. But private cars, the companies insist, are the real problem.

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.

A Pickup Truck State Debates California’s Electric Vehicle Rule

Colorado could move forward soon with requirements that a certain percentage of vehicle sales be electric. Officials this week inked a voluntary agreement with manufacturers that moves the state closer to that goal.

Senators Push Boost to Federal Highway Spending

The proposal from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would pay for highway and bridge projects through 2025, but lawmakers have yet to determine a source of funding.

A City Seeks to Create a Unique Asset in a 32-Mile River Bike Path

The path along the Los Angeles River could connect a large swath of this famously car-centric city. But first the city needs to build out an eight-mile gap—no easy undertaking.

Should Electric Vehicle Drivers Pay Per Mile?

Since EV drivers zip past gas taxes, they don’t contribute to the federal fund for road maintenance. A new working paper tries to determine whether plug-ins should pay up.

The Streets of East Palo Alto Are Crammed with Commuters. The City Turns to Its Residents for Solutions

COMMENTARY | In a city plagued by traffic congestion, and the air pollution that goes along with it, officials are working with residents and a consultant to figure out if tech solutions or other strategies can help get cars off the roads.

Startups Are Abandoning Suburbs for Cities With Good Transit

A new study finds that new business startups are choosing cities with good public transportation options over the traditional suburban locations.