The Zeppelin Train, The Aerotrain And Other Classic Streamlined Trains

Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service. » 4/18/14 2:34pm Today 2:34pm

The Most Retro-Futuristic DMV in America

In 1979, two artists covered a Southern California building with futuristic murals. They painted moon motorcycles, high-tech highways, and spaceships that would look right at home in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. But as delightfully retro-futuristic as the building is on the outside, what happens inside may surprise … » 3/06/14 3:35pm 3/06/14 3:35pm

Are elevated bicycle highways the future of transportation?

Bicycles are an amazing form of transportation — they get you from A to B quickly, without harming the environment, and they're terrific exercise. But biking in a city or on a highway can also be dangerous. So for over 100 years, people have designed elevated highways just for bikes — and a couple of them have even… » 2/25/14 4:01pm 2/25/14 4:01pm

Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 4:32pm 8/29/13 4:32pm

The Most Extraordinary Monorail Designs Of The 20th Century

Today, monorails may be fodder for The Simpsons, but well into the 20th century, the monorail was a glittering symbol of the future of transit. From the 1800s through the 1980s, these are monorail concepts artists and engineers dreamed up. » 8/25/13 1:00pm 8/25/13 1:00pm

Why the Biggest Obstacle for Elon Musk's Hyperloop Might Be Tunnels

It all sounds so Jetsonian. A new 600 mph "Hyperloop" method of transportation connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco? That's the buzz around the internet water cooler as people guess what Elon Musk has in store for the transportation of tomorrow. I say, sign me up! But if we take any lessons from past visions of… » 7/19/13 1:50pm 7/19/13 1:50pm

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