The pandemic has left the private bus sector in crisis

Nov 2, 2020
Could private buses disappear? For one Nashville company, the answer may be yes without congressional aid.
Motorcoach owners and drivers rendezvous near O'Hare Airport on May 11 in Rosemont, Illinois.
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Flying taxis are promised soon. But how will they actually work?

Jan 3, 2020
We took a ride over Los Angeles as part of a demonstration of an urban air taxi experience.
The Bell Nexus concept vehicle is one of several designs for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles that can be used as air taxis.
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Despite influx of new models, electric car sales expected to remain low

Nov 29, 2019
Flashy new debuts from Ford and others will not lift electric vehicle ownership above 5% by 2025, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck at an event in Los Angeles.
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Airlines face a new threat: the climate-conscious train traveler

Nov 13, 2019
According to a recent survey, one in five travelers say they are flying less out of concern for the environment. Should airlines be worried?

Self-driving big-rigs could be coming to a freeway near you

Oct 25, 2019
It might sound terrifying, but autonomous semis are an easier engineering challenge than cars.
Waymo, one of the biggest names in self-driving cars, is getting into trucking.
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American transportation is a major pollutant. See exactly where it's coming from.

Oct 16, 2019
Journalists and researchers have teamed up to map emissions from transportation around the United States.
Heat waves emanate from the exhaust pipe of a city bus in Los Angeles.
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Public-private partnership pitches in to make outdoor getaways more affordable

May 27, 2019
A Seattle-area program is trying to remove one of the barriers to getting outside, and out of town, by offering affordable transportation.
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Columbus explores what it means to have "smart" transit

May 20, 2019
The capital of Ohio won $40 million in federal funding for its projects last year.
Smart Columbus Experience Center
City of Columbus

Why are subways in the U.S. so expensive?

Apr 11, 2019
American cities pay a mysterious premium for underground rail lines.
Construction workers at New York's Second Avenue subway project site in 2014. The 1.8-mile project cost an estimated $4.5 billion, an average cost of $2.5 per mile.
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The U.S. has tried to build high-speed rail for 50 years

Apr 4, 2019
Today, a train ride from LA to San Francisco takes 12 hours. In 1937, it took 10.
Amtrak's Hiawatha train between Chicago and Milwaukee arrives at the Glenview, Illinois station in 2005.
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