Dan Zukowski

Freelance journalist and feature writer.

As a freelance journalist and feature writer, I cover transportation, infrastructure, politics, business and the environment. My byline has appeared in CityLab, Pacific Standard, Sierra magazine, Hakai and Mongabay, and as correspondent for Trains Magazine and News Wire. 

America's transit challenge: Part 1 of 5

In the U.S. and around the world, urban transportation is evolving, changing, facing new challenges, and having to find new ways to move the ever-growing numbers of people in metropolitan areas. The future holds more disruptions: self-driving cars, microtransit, mobility as a service, hyperloop, electrification, automation, and perhaps other innovations as unknown now as Uber was in 2008. In this five-part series, Trains sets out to explore these changes and how they affect rail transit — and how rail transit is adapting and thriving.

Restore wolves or slaughter deer to save Japanese forests?

From the peak of Mt. Rausu, a clear view of the Shiretoko Peninsula opens from the Okhotsk Sea on the west to the Pacific Ocean on the east. Below, a dense green boreal forest of conifers, maples, and birch hides hundreds of brown bears and 590,000 sika deer. Japanese wolves once roamed this wilderness but their primeval howls fell silent here, and throughout Japan, more than a hundred years ago.

Missteps lead California high speed rail to crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – “A new statewide train system, over 700 miles in length, capable of travel at speeds up to 200 mph,” reads a 2005 brochure published by the California High Speed Rail Authority. The system will “carry as many as 68 million passengers annually by 2020.” Those dreams are stalled somewhere in the arid San Joaquin Valley between the oil derricks of Bakersfield and the cattle ranches of Merced.