Transportation

Are Plastic Driver's Licenses Headed For the Dumpster?

Utah is one of nearly two dozen states exploring digital driver’s licenses, stored on smartphones, that state officials say come with enhanced privacy and control.

Buttigieg Emphasizes Commitment to Working Directly with Local Governments

“States don't always see things from that critically important local perspective,” the former mayor told county officials.

Buttigieg Underscores Urgency of Transportation Infrastructure Investment

Republican lawmakers are skeptical of the scope of the Biden administration’s planned infrastructure package, which the president is expected to provide more details on next week.

Retrofitting Parking Garages Could Help With Affordable Housing Shortage

COMMENTARY | As Covid-19 shattered normal commuting patterns and center city parking use, some are investigating how high-rise garages and parking lots can be converted to provide space for housing.

More Pedestrians Are Getting Killed By Cars

The number of pedestrians struck and killed is up 45% over the last decade. People of color and residents of low-income and rural communities are more at risk, according to new research.

Coming Soon to a Snowy Road in Minnesota: 'Plowy McPlowFace'

Plowy McPlowFace was the runaway winner in an online contest to name eight Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows.

An Initiative to Improve Street Safety through Public Art

Officials used street murals and planters to transform a hazardous intersection in Kansas City, Missouri, tapping grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

Automakers Drop Opposition to California’s Vehicle Emissions Authority

President Biden has directed federal agencies to reconsider fuel efficiency and emissions standards set during the Trump administration and automakers said they hope to work with the White House on the new rules.

How to Make Cashless Tolling A Reality

COMMENTARY | The Covid-19 pandemic sped up the adoption of cashless toll payments in some states. But more progress is needed to take full advantage of the technology.

To Make Less-Harmful Road Salts, We’re Studying Natural Antifreezes Produced by Fish

COMMENTARY | Road salt can cause damage to vehicles, infrastructure and the environment. Could other deicers found in nature provide a better alternative?

To Make the U.S. Auto Fleet Greener, Increasing Fuel Efficiency Matters More than Selling Electric Vehicles

COMMENTARY | To cut carbon from cars sooner rather than later, it is crucial to greatly improve the fuel economy of the gasoline vehicles that will still be sold in the years ahead.

Mayors Press Biden's Transportation Nominee on Direct Funding for Cities

"You've actually helped lobby on this very issue before," Austin's mayor reminded Pete Buttigieg, himself a former mayor.

Electric Cars’ Looming Recycling Problem

COMMENTARY | Financial incentives to recycle spent electric vehicle batteries are eroding. That could spell environmental disaster.

Buttigieg Emphasizes He’ll Bring Local Perspective to Top Transportation Job

Transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor, received a favorable hearing before the Senate committee considering his nomination.

Report: Stop Lines do Little to Encourage Drivers to Stop

Stop lines, the thick white bars painted ahead of intersections, do little to prevent crashes or influence driver behavior, a 14-year study found.

Can a Future Ban on Gas-Powered Cars Work?

With more than 270 million motor vehicles registered in the U.S. and a long tradition of powering cars and trucks with fossil fuels, how will it be possible to make the switch to electric vehicles?

‘Mobility Hubs’ Become Community Anchors in Minneapolis

City officials hope the concentration of various modes of transportation will encourage people to use public or shared transportation.

Trump Signs $900 Billion Covid Relief Package

The law funds special unemployment programs and $600 stimulus payments, as well as providing aid to people who need help with rent, struggling transit, schools and businesses.

Public Transit Has to Come Back

The pandemic shouldn’t become a pretext for giving up on subways and buses.

Suspended Road Tests Give Teens Easier Route to Licenses

Safety groups worry about inexperienced teens behind the wheel.