Why Streetcars? Evaluating the Alternatives
Photo by Stephen Rees.
In a recent post on TheCityFix, Dan Tangherlini, the former director of the District Department of Transportation under Mayor Anthony Williams, makes the case for streetcars in Washington, D.C.  I would like to bring some additional points to the discussion. For ...
Case Studies of Latino New Urbanism: San Ysidro
Rendering of "Living Rooms at the Border." Image by Teddy Cruz.
This case study is a continuation of our “Cities in Flux” post about Latino New Urbanism, a way of understanding community, public spaces and neighborhoods by acknowledging the preferences and culture of Latino immigrants. They are places that are layered ...
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
Obesity is prevalent in Mexico where fast food is prevalent and exercise rates are minimal. Photo by waywuwei.
About half of the world now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050, with most urban growth projected to occur in developing countries. As people move to cities at this unprecedented pace ...
TheCityFix Picks, January 7: Pune Transit on Google, Bay Area Bikesharing, CityVille Beats FarmVille
Pune's bus service has become the fifth Indian transit agency to offer schedule and route information on Google Transit. Screenshot from Google Transit.
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 ...
Symbolism in the Transit World: Helping You Find Your Way
Guadalajara Bike Lane. Photo by ITDP
When you’re commuting in an unfamiliar place or using different modes of transit, what do you look for? And what sorts of symbols do transit agencies use to help commuters get where they have to go? Two key visual methods—representational ...
Establishing Standards to Improve BRT Systems in Latin America
SIBRT hopes to provide useful data and best practices for cities looking to implement bus rapid transit globally. Photo by Meena Kadri.
Latin America has some of the most touted transit systems in the world, but it also has some poorly run and maintained transport systems. Since the 1970s, ever since the concept of BRT was born in Curitiba, Brazil, these systems have ...
Los Angeles Retires Its Last Diesel Bus
Photo by Chris.
It was 1995 when the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bought its first bus fueled by natural gas. Fifteen years later, MTA has “2,221 buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), as well as one electric bus and six ...
The Case for Streetcars
The Case for Streetcars
Almost 50 years ago, streetcars in Washington, D.C. stopped running and most of their tracks were removed. Now they’re back and ready for a revival, with parts of the first two lines slated to open next spring. In this post, we talk ...
Friday Fun: The Transportation Resolution
Happy New Year bus in Annecy, France. Photo by Surat Lozowick.
What are your transportation resolutions for the New Year? If you don’t have one, here are some ideas that have been circulating online for the past couple of weeks. Drive Less California newspaper MercuryNews of Silicon Valley suggests “have a car-free ...
Photo Essay: TransMilenio Turns 10
Photo Essay: TransMilenio Turns 10
This post is part of our month-long series, celebrating TransMilenio’s 10-Year Anniversary. Click on the main photo to read the caption. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.