Transportation

Michigan Mulls Eliminating License Plate Registration Tags

The proposal would save the state roughly $500,000 in postage and printing costs, but the measure might require expensive technology investments.

What Is the Risk of Catching the Coronavirus on a Plane?

The risk for infection depends largely on policies airlines may have in place regarding passenger seating, masking and boarding time.

House Lawmakers to Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Advance Agencies’ Use of Electric Vehicles

Agency charge cards could soon be used for more than refueling gas-powered automobiles.

Transit Authority Looks to Bus Lanes to Reduce Crowding, Encourage Social Distancing

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will add up to 14 miles of dedicated bus lanes in Boston and its suburbs to improve bus service, aiming to provide customers with room to spread out and spend less time onboard.

Roadkill Dropped During Coronavirus Shutdowns, Study Found

The study, which found a 58% decrease in mountain lions killed by cars, examined crash reports involving large animals and traffic patterns in three states.

Signs of Big Growth in Shared Bike and Scooter Trips Before Virus Hit

A new report shows that the number of trips on these “micro-mobility” vehicles was up 60% last year over 2018.

The Urban Future is Carless

COMMENTARY | As cities consider what a post-pandemic environment looks like, micromobility devices can help reduce reliance on cars, make streets safer and be more environmentally friendly.

Driving Actually Got Deadlier During the Pandemic

The rate of motor-vehicle deaths per miles driven was up 23.5% in May compared to the same time last year, according to the National Safety Council.

The Nation's Marquee 'Smart City' Program Continues to Evolve

Experts and people involved in the Columbus, Ohio project say it provides a chance for the city and others to learn more about what works and what doesn't with emerging transportation technology.

House Democrats Lay Out $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Democrats say the proposal would help create jobs necessary to help the economy recover after the coronavirus pandemic. While the Trump administration this week also floated more infrastructure spending, it would likely face stiff opposition in the Senate.

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?