Thinking Beyond the Mumbai Metro
Mumbai's Metro Rail will be sleek, modern, and beneficial to those who can afford it.  But is it worth the cost?  Photo: Madhav Pai, Centre for Sustainable Transport, India.
Carrie Denning recently spent time living in Mumbai and working with Bombay First to explore how the Mumbai metro can raise revenues beyond the fare box.  She is currently a Lokey Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund specializing in transportation policy. ...
Transportation in Jobs Bill: Chance to Act on Lessons Learned
Wisconsin Avenue in DC is slated for bus corridor improvements under the TIGER grant program, which awards funding based on the extent to which a project achieves certain goals.  This model should be replicated in new federal legislation.  Photo: vpickering, flickr.
Last week, the Senate passed its jobs legislation, which would send $19.5 billion to the highway trust fund and extend the 2005 transportation law (SAFETEA-LU). The House will act on jobs legislation this week. Among other things, the Senate bill ...
TheCityFix Picks, Feb. 26: Driving on the Rise, Transport Contributes to Climate Change, Sidewalks Improve Relationships
This week we learned that road transportation is one of the biggest net contributors to climate change - and that driving in the U.S. is going back up.  Photo: neoporcupine, flickr.
Welcome to TheCityFix Picks, our new series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week.  Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five general themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. ...
BRT in Montgomery County: Lessons from Curitiba
Councilmember George Leventhal enters a bi-articulated express bus in Curitiba. Photo via Maryland Politics Watch.
Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal wrote a post for Maryland Politics Watch about his recent trip to Curitiba, Brazil, where he learned about bus rapid transit, since Montgomery County is exploring BRT as a transit option for its residents. (Recently, ...
Mexico City Launches Ecobici Bike-Sharing Program
Mexico City Launches Ecobici Bike-Sharing Program
Last week, Mexico City came a couple steps closer to reducing the 5 million vehicles that pass through it each day with the launch of its new bike sharing program, Ecobici. The Federal District’s Head of Government, Marcelo Ebrard; Mexico ...
Pedaling Toward a Cycling Culture in Mumbai
Pedaling Toward a Cycling Culture in Mumbai
There’s no doubt about it: a bicycling culture is budding in Mumbai. All in the past month, TheCityFix Mumbai reported on the city’s first Car Free Day, which coincided with the city’s first “Cyclothon and a group of long-distance cyclists ...
D.C. Council Evaluates Aftermath of Snowstorms
A snow plow gets towed in the aftermath of the blizzard. Photo by theqspeaks.
More questions were asked than answered at this morning’s public oversight hearing on the District’s response to the recent “snow events” (i.e. back-to-back blizzards in February.) The hearing, held in the John A. Wilson Building, was led by Councilmember Jim ...
Voinovich and Other Lawmakers: Let’s Get to Work on Reauthorization
Transportation advocates hope that Senator Voinovich's commitment to bring a reauthorization bill to the floor this year will push lawmakers to agree on new funding sources. Today's panelists support increasing the gas tax, but have an uphill battle ahead in Congress. Photo by jcarlosn.
On the heels of Senator George Voinovich’s announcement earlier this week that the Senate will take up the long-term reauthorization of the U.S. transportation bill this year, Voinovich (R-OH) and several colleagues gathered at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, ...
Montgomery County’s Mixed-Use Zoning Proposal Gets Mixed Reception
The areas around the White Flint metro would fall within the proposed commercial-residential zone, which aims to create mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods. Photo by M.V. Jantzen.
Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Council endorsed revisions to its zoning code that would include a proposed mixed-use zone. The Council is expected to approve the changes next week. In an effort to update the zoning system to create ...
Pedestrians Still Struggling with Snow
Snow removal priorities are called into question when students must walk to school in the road two weeks after the snowstorms.  Photo: WTOP.
For many of us, memories of Snowmageddon and Snoverkill are fading along with the melting snow.  But the region’s recent snowstorms are still affecting the lives of pedestrians in Columbia, Maryland.  Even worse, these pedestrians are schoolkids who are being ...