Adapting to Climate Change: Is Our Transport Infrastructure Robust Enough?
Flooding in Pakistan. Photo by the United Nations Development Programme.
In the wake of  the Cancun climate negotiations, we thought it would be interesting to examine some of the likely impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure. “Rising sea levels, greater weather variability, and more extreme weather events like hurricanes, permafrost thawing, ...
Digital Displays for Transit: Can More Information Mean More Riders?
These new display screens will be rolled out in bus stops and at heavily trafficked intersections around the city. Photo by Erik Weber.
In the American capital, pedestrians and transit riders will soon be enjoying a veritable buffet of information about their transit options, available on digital displays across the city. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein unveiled on Monday a ...
Separate But Equal: A Winning Policy for Women in Transit?
Separate But Equal: A Winning Policy for Women in Transit?
Women in cities all over the world bear the burden of constantly having to strategize in order to remain safe, comfortable and secure in the face of sexual harassment by men on overcrowded public transport. Depending on their profession, geography and ...
New Report: U.S. States Failing at Reducing Transportation Emissions
Image from the report, "Getting Back on Track."
The Natural Resources Defense Council and Smart Growth America released a report, “Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals,” analyzing state-level policies to curb carbon emissions in the transportation sector.  With the absence of a ...
Friday Fun: Cycling in the Snow
Many bikers are still charging despite winter weather. Image is a screen shot of a video by Alicia.
Bikers in snowy cities across the Northern Hemisphere are embracing the winter and turning their cycles into snowmobiles. Here are some tips if you plan to keep biking despite the weather: Clean your bike thoroughly, especially if the roads are ...
TransMilenio: Ten Years Down the Line
Happy Birthday! Bogota’s Transmilenio bus system is 10 years old this month. Photo by CTS-Mexico.
“Road space is the most valuable space a city has; it’s more important than diamonds,” according to former Mayor of Bogotá Enrique Penalosa, who oversaw the first phase of the Colombian capital’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, known as TransMilenio, which ...
Hybrid Buses on the Road in Guadalajara
The Solaris Urbino 12 Hybrid, made by Eaton, is one example of their hybrid bus fleet. This particular particular model uses 33 percent less fuel and is in operation on Reunion Island.
Employing hybrid technologies in public transportation allows cities to run more buses with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, while also helping to reduce total vehicle kilometers traveled, congestion, and road injuries and fatalities. Earlier this month in Guadalajara—Mexico’s second largest city—industrial manufacturer ...
FedEx: “I’m Off to See the Wizard” in Curitiba
Curitiba is internationally recognized for its integrated transport and land use policies and projects. Photo by ...your local connection.
Brandon Tidwell, the program advisor for philanthropic investments in education and the environment at FedEx Corp., shares his story about a recent trip to Curitiba, Brazil, where he learned about innovations in transportation, like bus rapid transit, that have transformed ...
TheCityFix Picks, December 17: Turkish Bullet Trains, Brakes on Bike Lanes, D.C. on Google Transit
Users of Washington D.C. area public transit will soon be bale to map out their routes using Google Transit. Image from Google.
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 with Chris Zimmerman: The Future of Smart Growth in Arlington
This interview is part of a bi-weekly series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. Arlington ...