As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, cities face crippling congestion if people shun crowded public transport. More frequent and faster services, using innovations like pop-up bus lanes, can avoid this.
Masks protect you from infection and protect others from getting sick. But authorities are leaving it up to individuals to decide if they want to wear masks on the bus or train. Here's how to decide.
A family enjoy a film at a new drive-in cinema in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia.
The pandemic has forced many people to shift from public transport to car travel. But is this likely to be permanent?
Social distancing isn't really compatible with public transport – especially during peak times. So how can we stay safe if we're starting to take public transport again?
Many operators have lost almost all their fare revenue. Even those who operate on contract terms that reduce the impact of falling patronage must bear the costs of disinfection and other precautions.
New technologies and service models could revolutionise Britain's creaking, privatised bus networks.
Bus travel is now free for all passengers throughout Luxembourg.
Fare free public transport exists in at least 98 cities and towns around the world.
Only the inner suburbs of Melbourne and other capital cities meet the 20-minute neighbourhood test. But we could transform the other suburbs for much less than the cost of current transport projects.
Yibin is the latest Chinese city to get the Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) system, or trackless trams.
Installing light rail is costly, as Sydney has found, but it's the gold standard for public transport along road corridors. What trackless trams can do is rapidly expand such services at low cost.
Millions of South Africans rely on taxis for their daily commute.
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Violence is very common on South Africa's various taxi routes.
With more than a million Australians using public transport to get to work each day, demand for car parking at the station is virtually insatiable.
The Commuter Car Park Fund announced in the budget sounds big, but is likely to create only around 30,000 extra spaces – a marginal benefit for Australia's 1.2 million daily public transport users.
A costly commute.
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Bus Rapid Transit has powerful supporters around the world – but shouldn't public transport be designed in the public interest?
Appearances can be misleading.
This attention grabbing policy has less to do with solving public transport problems, and more to do with the government’s nation-branding campaign.
It can feel much faster to get the bus – but that could all be a matter of perspective.
Top tips from transport academics: target the second, consider the first and ignore the third.
A sad fate for England’s bus service.
An expert crunches the numbers to reveal just how bleak Britain's bus crisis has become.
The tricky math behind your bus route.
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It's annoying when your bus route gets off schedule or when buses bunch together. Why has it taken engineers so long to fix the problem?
It might not be effective now, but the development of self-driving vehicles could be a game changer for public transport services.
Smart bus use can transform public transport in cities, as EMBARQ is doing in Brazil.
Trains and trams get most attention, but 'tweaking' bus transit can transform cities. Buses can be more cost-effective and deliver better service, especially for small to mid-sized cities.
Where’s my bus?
Even in cities with good public transportation, some areas can be 'transit deserts,' where demand exceeds supply. Living in these zones makes it hard to access good jobs, health care and other services.