February 1, 2015
Private companies are paying the city $500 million to transform old pay phones into high-speed Internet hotspots. Is it a plan other cities can copy?
December 1, 2014
It’s time to rethink how we manage transit systems.
October 1, 2014
It’s easy for officials to forget that the price of public goods should be kept low in order to increase use and promote economic growth.
September 8, 2014
Years ago, the now-convicted politician seemed honest and straightforward.
August 1, 2014
Are Jane Jacobs’ lively streets disappearing for good?
June 1, 2014
Should government facilitate Americans’ changing relationship with cars?
April 1, 2014
The United States lags behind other countries when it comes to sophisticated infrastructure in part because it lacks the workers to build or maintain it.
March 20, 2014
Politicians sometimes promise to eliminate problems like smoking or traffic deaths, but what does that mean for policy?
February 24, 2014
Big infrastructure projects shape our physical environments and even the very wealthiest can't stop those changes once asphalt or steel is poured.
February 1, 2014
The United States once dreamed of building great things – like a library in every city – and made those dreams come true. But not anymore.
November 7, 2013
Bill de Blasio is New York's first populist mayor in several generations. But can he empower the city's residents while avoiding interest-group politics?
May 31, 2013
It’s the best time in probably the last 75 years to overhaul and upgrade our infrastructure, but city halls and statehouses are letting the moment slip away.
March 29, 2013
The question of who will install fiber-optic networks and who will control them is key because it could impact decades of economic growth. Telecom giants like AT&T think they should be the only player.
January 31, 2013
Many foreign countries provide faster, cheaper and more widespread Internet access than the United States. In most of them, governments are much more involved with telecom policies and funding.
November 30, 2012
The South Korean capital shows what happens when transit is reorganized to serve the people.
September 28, 2012
Things we take for granted today -- public police, roads and libraries -- were only achieved through long, hard political battles that lasted decades and sometimes centuries.
July 31, 2012
Without laws protecting pedestrians and bikers, the goal of having truly livable cities in America remains out of reach.
May 31, 2012
Have we lost our capacity to think big? Asia and Western Europe are building a series of infrastructure mega-projects that dwarf our efforts.
March 30, 2012
When home, work, school and shopping are in closer proximity, travel is easier. What can cities do to help get people out of their cars and onto their feet?
January 31, 2012
One explanation may be our budgeting process.
November 30, 2011
A look back at the building of millions of miles of roads shows why passenger rail needs a well-structured bureaucracy in order to succeed.
September 30, 2011
Virginia Beach voted against the building of a light rail years ago. Now that it’s up and running in nearby Norfolk, Va., some think beach-dwellers may rethink their decision.
July 29, 2011
Bus travel between major cities is popular, but operators need strict regulation to avoid a race to the bottom.
May 31, 2011
With the expansion of the Panama Canal, states and cities are debating whether to spend money deepening channels and expanding facilities to handle new ships.
March 31, 2011
Calling the gas tax a 'user fee' is logically and factually wrong.
February 1, 2011
Infrastructure projects were once largely bipartisan, but such efforts have been tied up in partisan battles over the role of government.
December 1, 2010
Bicycling has become fashionable. Urban and transportation policymakers take note.
October 1, 2010
Government keeps adapting to how information and people travel.
Will superfast train service in the Northeast ever happen?
June 1, 2010
Don't wait to find out if Google will install broadband in your city.
Big city airports need federal regulations to help weather airline instability.
As the decade ends, there's little to cheer save a notable exception: infrastructure.
When it comes to roads, practicality and economics are important. But so is emotion.
The most important question is not whether private investment in roads and other public infrastructure will revive, but the degree to which it should.
Transportation policy shouldn't be reduced to average commuting times.
Sometimes, if you build it, they really do come.
The stimulus will help roads and transit. It's no panacea.
Infrastructure is a vital concept. If only we could call it something else.
A city redefines how to use its streets -- even its busiest, most traffic-clogged roadways.
There's more to moving people around than wings and wheels, speed and price.
It could be a mixed blessing if federal funding for infrastructure goes on the upswing again.
I'm starting to believe the hyperbole about the revolution being spawned by Charlotte's new light-rail line.
What's up with groups that argue for less government but see publicly built highways as an expression of the free market?
Road repair is a rough and tough job that cities need to tackle.
Streetcars, popular again in a growing number of cities, have the potential to be a vital part of urban transportation systems.
We need to look at economic and life-style questions when we decide on our next investments in infrastructure.
A study compared how well old-city street layouts handled traffic versus modern approaches. The results set off a firestorm.
July 1, 2007
The national highway system is marking its Golden Anniversary, but that's not much cause for celebration.
It takes far longer to build a major project today than it did a century ago. Why is that?
Autos and airplanes have a lot in common with the Web and cell phones. Moving people and information around are both transformative.
Its schedules are undependable, prices high and on-board service of middling quality. Yet demand for Amtrak's inter-city service grows.
Not since the expansion of railroads in the 19th century has such a horde of international capitalists been so eager to invest in our transportation.
A popular planning book praises sprawl and ignores the mess left by misguided transportation policies.
Whether it's widening an old road or upgrading an intersection, transportation changes the way an area develops and functions.
The death of Seattle's monorail plan is a telling tale of the failure to capitalize on grassroots energy and gumption.
Should the building of vital infrastructure be left to big business or big government?
December 1, 2005
With the high price of gasoline, drivers are pouring so many dollars into their tanks that Exxon-Mobil reported record profits in October of $10 billion. And that was for one quarter. Paradoxically, drivers were pouring relatively fewer dollars into other entities that depend on gasoline spending: the various state and federal transportation trust funds.
How can public policies make cycling safer and encourage people to ride more often? Hint: It doesn't involve helmets.
Interstates created mega regions, and mega regions will change how we see this country and its transportation needs.
June 1, 2005
It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims.
When we decide to build a new highway or train line, we think about unclogging traffic jams. That is shortsighted.