Rush Hour

Portland Street

How to End the Commute Nightmare

The pandemic let many people experience a commute-free lifestyle, but can we reduce rush-hour traffic as we make our return to physical workplaces?

August 25, 2021 - Governing

Zakim Bridge and Tobin Bridge

Post-Pandemic Traffic: Easier Morning Commutes, Heading for Afternoon 'Peak Spreading'

The Boston Globe recently published an analysis of Boston-area traffic through the pandemic, finding that congestion is finally recovering to pre-pandemic levels, but in new patterns.

August 15, 2021 - The Boston Globe


Can Pandemic-Era Changes Ease Painful Rush Hours?

If even a small fraction of workers continue to work remotely or have more flexible hours, the resulting reduction in rush hour travelers could have a significant impact on peak hour congestion.

June 16, 2021 - The New York Times

Multi-Modal Commute

D.C. Metro Allows Bikes At All Hours

The agency hopes that allowing more bikes on trains will boost ridership for both.

January 7, 2019 - Streetsblog USA


Documentary Explores the Realities of the Mega-Commute

What does the way people commute reveal about the role of individuals in society?

May 18, 2018 - CityLab


Roads for Residents Only

Leonia, New Jersey made it illegal for non-residents to drive on 60 public roads in an effort to stop Waze users from cutting through their community.

April 23, 2018 - CityLab


BART's Six-Month Transit Incentive Experiment Reports Mixed Success

The BART Perks pilot program was the first transit incentive program in the country.

March 15, 2017 - CityLab


Why Do So Many People Choose Rush Hour Traffic?

The latest episode of #TransitTrends explores the psychology of traffic.

November 21, 2016 - moovel

BART Train

How BART Hopes to Open the Rush Hour Window

In the hopes of letting some air into the congested rush hour commute, BART is considering a social-media focused program to entice riders onto trains at times other than the peak commute.

March 26, 2016 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Uber Car

Uber's Impact on the New York Rush Hour

Researchers found a small uptick in Manhattan traffic during rush hour, as Uber gains more riders from 4 to 7 p.m. than taxis lose. Uber also holds general sway over the other boroughs when it comes to for-hire vehicles.

December 23, 2015 - FiveThirtyEight

The Worst Commutes in America

The Daily Beast has released a list of the 75 worst commutes in America. Top of the list: L.A.'s Hollywood Freeway.

January 20, 2010 - The Daily Beast

Rush Hour for Lunch

At lunchtime, traffic in Tysons Corner is even worse than during the morning commute, causing officials to launch a lunchtime shuttle to keep more cars off the road.

November 14, 2008 - The Washington Post

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