Riding Off Into the Sunset…
Riding Off Into the Sunset…
Sadly, my stint as TheCityFix’s full-time blogger has come to an end. Writing for the site has been a fantastic experience for many reasons. I had the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics, from what a performance-based ...
Coming Soon: Lima’s Metropolitano BRT
Behind the Lima Sheraton (located in the city center), the Via Expresa stretches to the west.  This busy corridor will house part of the Metropolitano BRT line.  Photo: PauloVicente.
From 2006-2007, I spent one year living in Lima, Peru and researching its public transit system. Anyone who’s visited Peru’s capital understands what an adventure this was. Some of my most vivid memories of that time are of clinging to ...
Up, Up and Away in a Cable Car
Medellin's Metrocable connects residents of the poor hillside barrios to the rest of the city, a job conventional transit can't do.  Photo: joshuaheller.
Cable cars, also known as ropeways or aerial tramways, don’t get much respect. These types of transportation systems, in which a cabin or other conveyance is suspended from a fixed cable and pulled by another cable, are often thought of ...
Boosting Property Values Near BRT
Evidence of land development impacts of BRT has been noted in other countries (like around Bogota's Transmilenio, above); now we know that BRT can boost property values here in the U.S. as well.  Photo: pattoncito.
Many transit advocates agree that bus rapid transit (BRT) can provide high-quality, efficient transportation at a fraction of the cost of rail. However, a common concern about BRT is that routes are not as permanent as tracks – in theory, ...
Build a Better Burb
Acres of Opportunity in Rockville Centre.  Map: Long Island Index.
There has been a crisis of imagination, and your bold new ideas are urgently needed. There should be no preconceptions about what is or is not possible. What would you do on these acres of opportunity? Build a car-free community ...
TheCityFix Picks, April 9: High-Speed Rail Hub, World Health Day, iPad for Transit
World Health Day activities in city of Benghazi, Libya. Photo by hatim eltaira.
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. Mobility ...
Q&A: Outlook for Mumbai’s Monorail
Monorails are expensive, carry limited capacity, and can fall victim to bankruptcy, as the Las Vegas Monorail (above) did.  Photo: http2007.
Mumbai’s monorail has been in the news this week, with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) announcing that it will approve the master monorail plan by the end of the month. But there has been vocal opposition to the ...
A Day Without Auto Rickshaws: Inconvenience, Intimidation and Corruption
Last week's auto rickshaw strike in Delhi showed the key role auto rickshaws play in Indian transportation systems, as well as the deep-seeded corruption affecting the sector. Photo: Dey.
An estimated 55,000 auto rickshaw drivers went on strike in Delhi last week, complicating commutes by putting extra pressure on other modes of public transit. The strike was led by auto rickshaw drivers’ unions, which demanded a fare increase and ...
Springtime Smart Growth Happenings
The new ReThink Montgomery speaker series and the Transportation/Land Use Connections program, now accepting applications, both aim to improve livability in the D.C. metro area.  Photo: Sabine01.
For those of you who haven’t gotten your livability and smart growth fix lately, we’d like to alert you to a couple local news items. First, the Montgomery County Planning Department is kicking off ReThink Montgomery, a weekly speaker series ...
Abu Dhabi Showcases Sustainable Urban Design
Abu Dhabi's new urban design guidelines call for more greater connectivity and accessibility, especially for pedestrians.
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) in February released the Urban Street Design Manual, a 172-page guidebook that outlines design standards to create more walkable communities in Abu Dhabi, the largest and most oil-rich of the seven members of ...