Local Transit

Japan Wants Self-Driving Taxis for the 2020 Olympics

Japan Wants Self-Driving Taxis for the 2020 Olympics

Ma Jie, Bloomberg

It'll be interesting to see if automated car technology can cope with the traffic congestion in a city like Tokyo.

1 year ago

Los Angeles Wants to Improve Public Transit in Order to Attract the Olympics

Los Angeles Wants to Improve Public Transit in Order to Attract the Olympics

Associated Press

Los Angeles is better at public transportation that people give it credit for. And if it takes a boondoggle like the Olympics to get the city to make it better we're all for it.

1 year ago

Airstream RVs Make a Comeback for Cost-Conscious Vacations, Airbnbs and Food Trucks

Airstream RVs Make a Comeback for Cost-Conscious Vacations, Airbnbs and Food Trucks

Claire Suddath, Bloomberg

Airstream RVs have made a comeback as motels, Airbnbs, ice cream stores, food trucks, offices, and a great way to see the country.

2 years ago

To Get a New Casino Approved, Steve Wynn Will Improve a Boston Subway Line

To Get a New Casino Approved, Steve Wynn Will Improve a Boston Subway Line

Philip Marcelo , Associated Press

Wynn's subsidizing of Boston subways, due to the expected increased use of the system, would be the first such contribution by a private developer. He can afford it: Wynn is playing with house money.

2 years ago

Uber Is Spending $1 Billion to Get Bigger Across India

Uber Is Spending $1 Billion to Get Bigger Across India

Shivam Srivastava, Rama Venkat Raman and Aditya Kalra, Reuters

No one market is big enough to justify Uber's current valuation. That's why it really, really needs India and China.

2 years ago

Atlanta Public Transit to Offer Free Wi-Fi and Launch Uber Partnership

Atlanta Public Transit to Offer Free Wi-Fi and Launch Uber Partnership

Associated Press

This is way too smart for your typical municipal public transport system in the U.S. Perhaps the proper dateline for this story should read "Copenhagen."

2 years ago

Adding Up Uber’s Victory Over New York City’s Mayor

Adding Up Uber’s Victory Over New York City’s Mayor

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

This is what happens to leaders who don't understand tech, you lose a street fight before you've realized you're in one.

2 years ago

Massachusetts Attorney General Examining Uber and Lyft’s Disability Efforts

Massachusetts Attorney General Examining Uber and Lyft’s Disability Efforts

Dan Levine, Reuters

We're eager to see Uber, Lyft and their sharing economy peers like Airbnb meet the accessibility standards that other businesses are required to abide by.

2 years ago

Skift Podcast 5: How Bikes Are Changing the Way We Experience Cities

Skift Podcast 5: How Bikes Are Changing the Way We Experience Cities

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Biking is healthier, more enjoyable and more reliable than most other forms of public transportation; it is also changing people's relationship with their busy urban cities.

2 years ago

Uber Floats an Intercontinental Product in Its Istanbul Water Taxi Service

Uber Floats an Intercontinental Product in Its Istanbul Water Taxi Service

Isobel Finkel and Constantine Courcoulas, Bloomberg

Will Uber Segway be next?

2 years ago

SpaceX Seeks Help in Designing Hyperloop Pods

SpaceX Seeks Help in Designing Hyperloop Pods

Robert Jablon, Associated Press

SpaceX wants to jump-start the Hyperloop project by getting outside universities and engineering teams to vie for the design honors for the transit system's pods.

2 years ago

Google Launches Sidewalk Labs to Improve Urban Life

Google Launches Sidewalk Labs to Improve Urban Life

Associated Press

A former Bloomberg executive will run the city-improvement focused Sidewalk Labs. Sounds like a thing for former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has engaged with city planners at home and abroad.

2 years ago