On the Road Again: Driving Decline Ends
Economic recovery is good, but increased driving and congestion is not.  How can we have both at the same time?  Photo: Atwater Village Newbie, flickr.
It’s official – the historic decline in driving we’ve seen for the past two years has ended. From 2007 up to a few months ago, the economic crisis and high gas prices combined to produce some of the largest decreases ...
Moving through the Recession, Part 2: Service Cuts Continue
Transit service cuts are affecting riders across the country, and show no signs of slowing.  Photo: Environmental Defense Fund blog.
This is the second installment of TheCityFix’s series Moving through the Recession, which explores how the worldwide economic slowdown has impacted transportation systems and users locally, nationally and internationally.
Measuring the Olympic Legacy
One positive legacy of the Vancouver Olympics may be the Olympic Line Streetcar, operating as a demonstration project in downtown. Photo by DianeWorth, flickr.
As we previously posted, Vancouver’s preparations to host the Winter Olympics involved constructing green venues, implementing several transportation projects and offsetting some emissions. The Games’ legacy will be the cumulative economic, social and environmental impacts of all of the construction, ...
UPCOMING EVENT: Mumbai to Host Its First "Car Free Day"
UPCOMING EVENT: Mumbai to Host Its First "Car Free Day"
This upcoming Sunday, February 21, for the first time ever, Mumbai is holding a Car Free Day, similar to Ciclovia in Bogotá and Summer Streets in New York City. The all-day event is organized by the Khar-Bandra-Santacruz (KBS) Foundation, a ...
Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Highlights Transit, Livability
The Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (near) is one of the areas designated for priority bus improvements funded by TIGER grant money.  Photo: wallyg, flickr.
Today’s National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) meeting was evidence of a region ready to embrace sustainable planning, enhance its transit offerings, and improve its environment. The TPB is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the D.C. ...
Envisioning a Car-Free Mumbai
Corporate supporters, such as Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd, set up booths along the road to cater to the event participants. Photo by Madhav Pai.
Last Sunday, 140,000 Mumbaikers showed up on Bandra’s Carter Road to celebrate their city’s first-ever Car Free Day.  The Khar-Bandra-Santacruz Foundation organized the event, with co-sponsors including the Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, EMBARQ (producer of this blog) and other corporate and ...
Snow Removal Best Practices: The Right Path
Does your snowy city pay adequate attention to the needs of pedestrians and transit users when the white stuff is falling?  Montreal uses mini-plows, above, to clear sidewalks.  Photo: sfllaw, Flickr.
The Washington, D.C. metro area has the second highest percentage of public transit commuters in the United States, behind only New York City. Many of those riders walk to the Metro or the bus, and 89,000 other commuters walk to ...
After Office Hours, It's Time to Go Cycling
A group of cycling enthusiasts are encouraging Mumbaikers to ditch the traffic and cycle during the nighttime quiet hours as part of their everyday routine. Photo by Rana Chakraborty
If you are a professional based in Mumbai and wish to take up cycling, daytime traffic and lack of personal time are probably your biggest concerns. To deal with this problem, a bunch of individuals are encouraging everyone to get ...
Speak Out on D.C. Snow Removal Efforts at Public Hearings
Speak out about the snow removal efforts in your neighborhood (shown here: Connecticut Avenue).  Photo: CathrynDC, flickr.
Those of you who have been following snow removal efforts in the D.C. area will now have several opportunities to voice your opinions in the coming weeks. D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) has announced that he will hold ...
Moving Through the Recession, Part 1: Trends in Transit Ridership
Transit ridership is slipping from the high it reached in 2008.  Data source: APTA
Welcome to the first installment of TheCityFix’s series, “Moving through the Recession.” We’ll be exploring how the worldwide economic slowdown has impacted transportation systems and users locally, nationally and internationally. We hope to spotlight some revealing stories, uncover some themes, ...