Category: Business / Transportation

April 2, 2021

Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train

The president’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal boosts funding for buses and rail. It even envisions actually tearing down some freeways.


by Aarian Marshall in Amtrak Joe
March 24, 2021

What Will It Take to Get a Cargo Ship Un-Stuck From the Suez?

The task won’t be easy: Tugboats, excavators, and cranes all may be enlisted to help the Ever Given, while at least 34 other ships wait around the blockage.


by Aarian Marshall in Blockage
March 20, 2021

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

More containers have fallen off ships in the past four months than are typically lost in a year. Blame heavy traffic and rolling waves.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
March 17, 2021

Uber Says Its UK Drivers Are ‘Workers,’ but Not Employees

The ride-hail giant shifts its stand following a court ruling, part of a global push for a “third category” of workers.


by Aarian Marshall in A Third Way
March 11, 2021

The Pandemic Prompts Cities to Rethink the Parking Spot

Some urban designers have long wanted to reduce the area set aside for cars. Covid is giving them a chance.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
March 7, 2021

There's a Surge of New EVs. We Take Them for a Spin

Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Volvo, Porsche, and Polestar have each introduced new battery-powered models. So we hit the road with each of them.


by Eric Adams in Business
March 5, 2021

Gig Companies Fear a Worker Shortage, Despite a Recession

The pandemic sapped demand for rides from Uber and Lyft, and government aid has cushioned the blow for workers. Execs are feeling the strain.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
February 24, 2021

Gig Workers Gather Data to Check the Algorithm’s Math

Drivers for Uber, Lyft, and other firms are building apps to compare their mileage with pay slips. One group is selling the data to government agencies.


by Aarian Marshall in Business
February 22, 2021

How Planes Keep Flying After an Engine Catches Fire

A Boeing 777 shed huge chunks of metal over a Denver suburb over the weekend—but wasn’t in danger of going down itself.


by Hannah in aviation
February 19, 2021

The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber

The country’s highest court ruled that the 25 drivers who filed a lawsuit should be considered workers and entitled to minimum wage and vacations.


by Aarian Marshall in Business