Don’t Believe in Ferries

They’re antiquated, inefficient, and mostly benefit the well-off. Why do mayors love them?

Aug. 7 2013 5:58 PMYour Flight’s Delayed!Here are 11 ways—several of which are very sneaky—to get home faster.
July 8 2013 3:03 PMAsiana Airlines Flight 214: A Pilot’s PerspectiveSFO’s runways were not to blame; Korean pilots are not poorly trained; and it’s never OK to grab your carry-on before an emergency exit.
March 31 2012 12:10 AMEmpty SpacesCan parking lots be great?
Oct. 12 2011 3:19 PMGo Slow To Go Fast
Why highways move more swiftly when you force cars to crawl along at 55 mph.
July 16 2011 8:01 PMCarmageddon Challenge: The Bikes Won!How a team of cyclists—and a guy on the subway, and a Rollerblader—beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.
May 18 2011 10:15 AMLittle. Yellow. Dangerous."Children at Play" signs imperil our kids.
Feb. 25 2011 10:44 AMThe Ethics of Winter Dibs ParkingIf you shovel your car out of a snowdrift, does that give you the right to reserve the space for days?
Jan. 26 2011 7:08 AMThe Most Stressful Job on the Planet?For bus drivers, streets are crowded. Passengers are cranky. And there's always the chance you might get punched.
Oct. 19 2010 7:03 AMTime ExpiredThe end of the parking meter.
July 30 2010 9:57 AMDude, Where's Your Car?How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser.
May 25 2010 12:32 PMStop!Is it possible to design a better stop sign?
March 12 2010 11:34 AMWhen Planes Land on HighwaysThe ins and outs of a surprisingly frequent phenomenon.
Feb. 9 2010 10:49 AMThe Bird, the Wave, and the ShakaReading the informal language of road signals.
Dec. 11 2009 5:48 PMWe're ThruHas the American romance with the drive-through gone sour?
Nov. 17 2009 10:02 AMUnderground PsychologyResearchers have been spying on us on the subway. Here's what they've learned.
July 24 2013 12:40 PMYou Shouldn’t Worry About Landing Gear MalfunctionsBut you should always fasten your seatbelt low and tight.
Aug. 14 2012 11:45 AMThe Single Most Important Object in the Global EconomyThe pallet.
Jan. 19 2012 1:48 PMWhat’s the Best Way To Get Users To Embrace Mass Transit?Make it pleasant? Or make it efficient?
Aug. 1 2011 6:53 AMDon't Turn Left!         A new kind of intersection eliminates dangerous, time-wasting left turns.
July 15 2011 5:26 PMCarmageddon ChallengeCan Los Angeles cyclists beat a plane from Burbank to Long Beach? How my idle tweet spawned an epic transportation showdown.
April 4 2011 7:07 AMTwafficWill Twitter—and tweets about traffic—change the way we drive?
Feb. 9 2011 4:06 PMYou’re Parking WrongWhy it’s almost always better to back into a space than pull into it head-on.
Jan. 12 2011 4:19 PMStreetcars vs. MonorailsThe future of urban transportation looks a lot like the past.
Aug. 25 2010 10:15 AMGlamour UndergroundMoMA's exhibition of smart, stylish London transit posters.
June 9 2010 3:34 PMIt Wasn't Me, Officer! It Was My GPS.What happens when we blame our navigation devices for our car crashes.
April 1 2010 4:26 PMSan Diego Is East of Reno?The most common navigational mistakes we all make.
Feb. 16 2010 6:52 PMDo Recalls Really Make Us Safer?Bad drivers are far more dangerous than bum Toyotas.
Jan. 15 2010 7:00 AMWas the Yugo Really the Worst Car Ever?A new book explains why the tiny automobile was so reviled.
Nov. 30 2009 12:32 PMIt Knows If You've Been SpeedingCan a device that tracks when I swerve, accelerate, and brake make me a better driver?
Nov. 2 2009 4:01 PMIn Defense of JaywalkingBanning the practice won't make pedestrians safer.