Subways

Los Angeles Subway

Subway Ridership Still Lagging as Cities Come Back to Life

While other aspects of urban life are starting to recover to pre-pandemic ‘normals,’ ridership on the nation’s subway systems is still well below average levels.

January 5, 2023 - The Hill

Construction fence and crane

Los Angeles Subway Work Halted Amid Serious Safety Lapses

A string of unaddressed worker injuries prompted the county transit agency to suspend work on a subway line that will connect downtown Los Angeles to the westside.

October 27, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Construction crane and equipment on 4th Street for Central Subway project in San Francisco, California

Opinion: San Francisco’s Central Subway Is a Bad Investment

Critics of the subway project argue that the line is too short and disconnected from other transit options to be useful. Meanwhile, projected costs continue to rise.

September 14, 2022 - Mission Local

A sign for the Elizabeth Line, a subway route in London, at the Liverpool Street Station

$22 Billion Elizabeth Line Finally Opens in London, With the Queen in Attendance

May 17, 2022 was a big day for transit in London.

May 18, 2022 - The New York Times

Second Avenue Subway

Opinion: Second Avenue Subway Should Come With Zoning Changes

Increasing density in the neighborhoods surrounding the new subway stops would bring more affordable, transit-adjacent housing to East Harlem and boost ridership.

April 6, 2022 - Gotham Gazette

New York Subway Stairs

Subways as Shelters

Subways in Kyiv and Kharkiv are performing as bomb shelters, including the world's deepest station, after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Wednesday night.

February 27, 2022 - Quartz

Climate Change and Flooding

Over 80 Million People Live in Flood Zones

New research shows a 24% increase in people living in flood-prone areas since 2000, prompting calls for increased adaptation measures.

August 6, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

nyc. subway.

Subways Are Becoming Flood Zones

While cities race to protect their subway infrastructure from more intense flooding, some experts argue that more investment is needed in more resilient street-level infrastructure.

August 1, 2021 - New York Times

D2 Subway

Dallas Subway Project Gets a Key Green Light

The Dallas City Council kept the d2 subway plan on track with a vote this week.

March 26, 2021 - D Magazine

COVID-19

A Cheer (Or Maybe Even Two) For Redundancy

Is government too efficient to protect us from epidemics?

April 6, 2020 - Michael Lewyn

New York Subway

Why New York City's Flooding Its Own Subway Entrances

MTA reassured disoriented New Yorkers that it's flooding subway entrances on purpose, to test barriers that it hopes will guard the system against another Sandy.

November 27, 2019 - Quartz

Toronto Bus TTC

Toronto Could Give Buses and Streetcars Priority

In a shift away from subway expansions and upgrades, Toronto looks to improve the bus and streetcar systems.

July 19, 2019 - The Star

Subway Construction

Downtown Subway Project Delayed in Los Angeles

The Regional Connector project will have to wait until 2022.

May 13, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Subway Station

A Better Travel Experience

Transportation engineers sometimes treat people as objects to be moved as quickly and cheaply as possible from one location to another, but people have preferences and feelings which should be considered when planning transport systems.

January 17, 2019 - Todd Litman

New York Subway

Opinion: Good Public Transit Is Crowded

Embrace the crowds.

December 20, 2018 - Medium

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Students Protest Subway Construction

Students from Beverly Hills staged a high-visibility "walkout" to protest L.A. Metro's extension of the Purple Line subway past Beverly Hills High School.

October 14, 2018 - The Los Angeles Times

Toronto Subway

Celebrity Voices to Remind You to Keep Your Feet Off the Seats

From Judi Dench to Queen Latifah, CityLab writers match transit systems with the personalities they think would make the best announcements.

August 27, 2018 - CityLab

Metro Paris

Friday Eye Candy: Making Subway Lines Visible From an Airplane

The transit map is useful, but doesn't always capture the scale of the engineering feat that produced the world's subways systems.

July 13, 2018 - CityLab

Empty Train

Mapping the Decline of the New York City Subway

A writer weaves a "decade by decade" story, complete with diagrams, of how not to manage a public transit system.

April 19, 2018 - CityLab

LA Metro, Wilshire and Western

Op-Ed: Los Angeles Needs a Vermont Avenue Subway

As the second busiest bus corridor in the area, Vermont Avenue is currently a candidate for bus rapid transit. But would rail be a better choice?

January 24, 2018 - Urbanize LA

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