Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation.
China’s attention-grabbing growth in high-speed rail experienced a series of setbacks this past week, with both safety and ridership concerns.
Cape Town announced its Integrated Transport System will likely be finished by next week, according to the city’s media manager, Kylie Hatton.
AMTRAK is reportedly a leading contender for $1.3 billion of the remaining $2 billion of President Barack Obama’s High Speed Rail funds.
Quality of Life
A new report by researchers at the University of Quebec in Montreal indicates that higher gas prices lead to less urban sprawl. The report found that, on average, a 1 percent increase in gas prices has caused a 32 percent increase in population living in the inner city.
An analysis of the Australian government’s spending aroused discontent among citizens, as it revealed the government spends 4.3 times more on construction of public roads and bridges than it does on public railway construction.
The U.S. Senate passed a new fee this week that charges electric vehicle owners $100 annually for each EV owned. The controversial fee has been rationalized by senators as helping to ensure that EV owners “pay their fair share” for the roads.
T-MAPPER, a newly launched report and website, commissioned by the European Commission, aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of actions being taken to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.
Pakistan’s National Climate Change Policy, which emphasizes the importance of vertical over horizontal urban development, has been sent to the federal cabinet after receiving a formal approval from the ministry of environment.
The National Summit on City Design, a three-day event to celebrate accomplishments in city design, is currently underway in Chicago.
Technology and Innovation
Creating their case for well-roundedness, the popular electric vehicles of the Chevrolet Volt and Nisson Leaf earned the highest possible safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.