Welcome to the Rural Town That Wants to Build a Hyperloop Utopia

What do cities look like in the world of Hyperloop transit? Will supersonic travel turn our cities into vast, intermodal suburbs? And what about the edge towns that once bled into the country, fed by car travel—will they empty out and decay, eliminated by a new form of transportation that bypasses them? » 3/02/15 1:43pm 3/02/15 1:43pm

Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped at 29 U.S. Ports?

You've probably read about it, even if it didn't really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that's paralyzing 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast has the potential to affect all of us—and to empty the shelves in countless stores. » 2/19/15 5:29pm 2/19/15 5:29pm

Subway Etiquette Posters From 1970s Japan Are Just as Relevant Today

Don't smoke in the train station. Don't spit your gum on the floor. And please, god, don't splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today's public transit, but they're actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo's subway forty years ago. » 11/27/14 12:20pm 11/27/14 12:20pm

Possibly the World's Silliest (and Most Creative) Protest Against Cars

In Latvia, a group of bicycle enthusiasts decided to show the city of Riga what it would be like if every bicycle turned into a car. So they built these amazing contraptions, and reminded everyone that cars are what cause traffic jams. » 10/10/14 1:01pm 10/10/14 1:01pm

Have you ever been caught in a "phantom traffic jam," where cars have slowed down and even stopped for no reason at all? These are a real phenomenon, and they can be hotspots for accidents. In Nautilus, Benjamin Seibold reports on some possible reasons for these mysterious events. » 9/02/14 3:40pm 9/02/14 3:40pm

The Strangest Hot-Air Balloons To Ever Grace The Skies

Hot-air balloons went from mode of transportation to relative novelty, but throughout their history, these floating vehicles have been very odd. From a balloon built for lifting a person on horseback to the hot-air balloon replica of Christ the Redeemer, here are some of the weirdest balloons ever. » 8/28/14 4:00pm 8/28/14 4:00pm

Urban Innovations That Could Turn Your City Into A Bicycling Paradise

Bicycles may be part of the future of transit, and designers and city planners are constantly looking for ways to make cycling safer and more appealing to commuters. Here are a few innovations—beyond bike paths—that could make cities better for bikes. » 7/07/14 3:20pm 7/07/14 3:20pm

Behold the Weird Glory of Airplanes Driving on Roads

Though they're typically vehicles of the sky, airplanes sometimes need to be dragged around on Earth, too. These photos capture the odd and often amazing methods that people have been using to drive planes around for over a century. » 5/29/14 3:00pm 5/29/14 3:00pm

We Want to Move into These Buildings Made Out of Old Train Cars

Let's face it: Very few forms of public transit are as awesome as trains. That's why we want to live in a house made of trains, just like the ones in this gallery. » 2/28/14 4:04pm 2/28/14 4:04pm

Sleek and Sexy Bus Concepts from the Future that Never Was

Our mass transit future looked much cooler in the mid-20th century, with these slick bus designs. Just imagine taking to the roads in these retrofuturistic buses. » 7/07/13 1:00pm 7/07/13 1:00pm

Eye-Poppingly Gorgeous Underground Stations from Around The World

The history of rapid-transit began 150 years ago, with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway in London in 1863. In the next century and a half, dozens of architects and engineers have worked on underground tunnels and stations. Some are abandoned now, but others are as good as new. Here are some of the most… » 5/19/13 3:00pm 5/19/13 3:00pm

This 1897 bicycle highway was supposed to be the future of transit

At the close of the 19th century — just before cars made their appearance — a wealthy American businessman began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway that would stretch from Pasadena to Los Angeles. It almost got built. » 5/17/13 9:30am 5/17/13 9:30am

This is what a solar eclipse looks like from Mars

Most of us have witnessed a solar eclipse from here on Earth, but here's a sight you're less likely to have seen: a view of the Sun, as seen from Mars, being blocked by Phobos — the larger and closer of the Red Planet's two moons. » 9/17/12 9:30am 9/17/12 9:30am

And now, a video of 2,299 exoplanets orbiting a single star

There are 2,299 exoplanets featured in the video up top, all of which have been discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft since 2009. » 8/20/12 12:30pm 8/20/12 12:30pm

Everything you need to know to catch Tuesday's rare transit of Venus

On Tuesday, the planet Venus will pass between Earth and the Sun, appearing to cross the face of our star in a rare event known as a "transit." The next transit of Venus to be visible from Earth won't happen until December 2117. In other words: you don't want to miss this. Here's everything you need to know to catch a… » 6/04/12 5:30pm 6/04/12 5:30pm

This propeller-powered monorail would have linked London to Paris

Scottish inventor George Bennie had a dream. Where trains couldn't link destinations separated by water, grand railways would stretch through the skies, guiding propeller-powered planes from city to city. » 6/03/12 11:45am 6/03/12 11:45am

How will we get around in the post-apocalypse?

One of the irritating things about many post-apocalyptic movies in TV shows is that everyone drives everywhere, with little thought about alternative modes of transportation. But how will we get around after armageddon? We weigh the post-apocalyptic transit options. » 3/25/12 9:30am 3/25/12 9:30am

Speculative Subway Maps From Our Underground Future

Maybe putting a subway along the length of Cape Cod or Fire Island isn't the most practical idea in the world, but that hasn't stopped a team of speculative mapmakers from imagining how those transit lines might look. » 4/10/10 9:00am 4/10/10 9:00am

What Happened To Russia's "Flying Car" Program?

For nearly four decades, Russian engineers tried to set up a a flying car public transportation system in Moscow and other parts of Russia. We've got the history and future of their dream, in pictures. » 7/02/09 8:30am 7/02/09 8:30am