Transportation

Algorithm Could Improve How Self-Driving Cars Take on Narrow Streets

Researchers have created a new algorithm that could help self-driving cars get around on narrow, crowded streets.

Transportation Agencies Grapple With Lasting Effects of Telework

Many workers are not going back to offices full time and governments need to figure out how to adjust. “When we are not collecting gas taxes and ferry fares, our budget is hurting," one state transportation chief said during a Route Fifty event.

Cops Scramble to Deal With Deadly Road Rage During Pandemic

Police in some areas say they’ve seen road rage incidents spike during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Low-Income People of Color Bear Brunt of Rising Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrians deaths have soared in Texas and nationwide in recent years, especially in low-income communities of color.

The Dos and Don’ts of Hot Vax Summer

COMMENTARY | A vaccinated American’s guide to traveling this summer.

In One City, Residents Found a New Use For Scooters: Penis Graffiti

The vulgar drawings, made by tire skid marks, began appearing in Topeka, Kansas, shortly after the city partnered with Bird scooters on a pilot program.

Biden: 'We Have a Deal' on $1.2T Infrastructure Plan

A bipartisan group of senators emerged from a meeting at the White House Thursday to announce they had secured an agreement to invest $1.2 trillion in the nation’s infrastructure over eight years.

Bipartisan Group of Senators to Meet with Biden on ‘Breakthrough’ Infrastructure Agreement

Lawmakers announced Wednesday night they had reached an agreement on the framework of an infrastructure plan and will present the proposal to President Biden on Thursday.

The Benefits and Challenges of Electric Car Policy

At an annual summit of transportation policymakers, local and state leaders discussed the future of transitioning from gasoline-fueled vehicles to electric-powered ones.

As the Pandemic Subsides, Traffic is Creeping Back

A report from StreetLight Data found the average daily number of vehicle miles traveled was down 15% overall in 2020 but as of March has started to return to normal levels.

Parking Reform Could Reenergize Downtowns – Here’s What Happened When Buffalo Changed its Zoning Rules

COMMENTARY | Despite growing support for parking reform, there is little data showing how such changes affect urban development.

Tackling Social Inequity, Some Cities May Ditch Bus, Subway Fares

Fare revenue covers on average 30% of transit agencies’ operating costs.

$5.6B in Earmarks Included in Transportation Bill

The 1,473 local projects funded in the bill range from a transportation center adjacent to the San Diego airport to a paved bike lane in New Jersey.

What Is Pete Buttigieg Doing?

The secretary of transportation is on the road, talking infrastructure with anyone who will listen.

House Democrats Introduce $547B Highway, Transit Bill Amid Infrastructure Talks

Democrats’ proposal comes as President Biden continues to discuss infrastructure needs with Republican lawmakers.

Sick of Dangerous City Traffic? Remove Left Turns

COMMENTARY | Left turns are dangerous and cause a lot of unnecessary traffic.

GOP Senators Raise Infrastructure Counteroffer to $928B

Republicans and the White House are still far apart on the size of the package. And there are few signs of agreement on how to pay for it, with GOP lawmakers looking to repurpose Covid funding.

Bipartisan, $304B Roads Bill Clears Senate Committee

Lawmakers in both parties are framing the legislation as a potential step toward a broader infrastructure deal. A new, $1 billion program for bike and pedestrian projects was added to the bill during a markup.

What Bike and Pedestrian Advocates Say is Missing From the Senate Roads Bill

The $304 billion draft legislation includes policies they wanted, but a major new grant program was left out and one group sees deeper flaws. Amendments are set to be considered this week.

Senate Lawmakers Release $304B Bipartisan Roads Proposal

The draft legislation includes new grant funding for areas like electric vehicle infrastructure and rural projects. It comes as the White House struggles to win over Republican support for a much broader infrastructure package.