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Research Recap, July 2: Bogota’s Urban Density, Cape Town’s Formalized Transit, Taiwan’s Eco-Cities

Bus rapid transit densifies corridors in Bogota, especially in outlying areas. Photo by Gerardo Arévalo Tamayo.

BRT Increases Density

The Study Group for Urban and Regional Sustainability (SUR), part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia found that bus rapid transit (BRT) accounts for Bogota’s increased density.

Cape Town Formalizes Transit

The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Transport Studies released a report investigating the relationship between BRT services and semi-formal minibus taxi services, elaborating the complex nature of formalizing South Africa’s transportation system.

Sustainable Transport and Eco-Cities

Yu Da University published a paper characterizing the development of Taiwan’s five eco-cities, highlighting that green transportation, building and renewable energy are key to low-carbon lifestyles.

Efficient Transport Increases Property Value

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology published findings that streamlined transportation supply and demand may have disparate benefits for land owners and tenants along optimized corridors.

“Evaluate, Enable, Engage”

EMBARQ (the producer of this blog) this week released a new report, “Evaluate, Enable, Engage: Principles to Support Effective Decision Making in Mass Transit Investment Programs,” which provides a framework for national transit investment programs. The report reviews the structure of 13 countries’ national funding programs and sets out three pillars to support effective decision making: 1) Rationale, 2) Deliverability, and 3) Local buy-in.

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