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 ...
Another U.S. Federal Agency on Board with Sustainable Transport
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is joining the growing list of federal agencies recognizing the benefits of active transportation.  Photo: richardmasoner.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation…and now Health and Human Services, all lining up behind sustainable transportation goals? Could this be true? It could, and it is. The U.S. Department of Health ...
Guangzhou's BRT: Revolutionizing Perceptions of Bus Travel in China
In the past several weeks, we’ve covered some ground-breaking bus rapid transit (BRT) systems on TheCityFix, including Ahmedabad’s Janmarg, the first full-featured BRT in India, and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya, which will eventually be the first full-featured BRT in Africa. 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 ...
TheCityFix Picks, April 2: New Fuel Efficiency Standards, Smarter Cities, Urban Air Pollution Deaths
The historic Los Angeles funicular, known as Angels' Flight, is back in business after nine years.  Photo: racingbeat
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 ...
Guangzhou’s BRT: Revolutionizing Perceptions of Bus Travel in China
The recently-launched Guangzhou BRT is expected to change public perception about bus-based travel around the world.  Photo: Karl Fjellstrom, ITDP.
In the past several weeks, we’ve covered some ground-breaking bus rapid transit (BRT) systems on TheCityFix, including Ahmedabad’s Janmarg, the first full-featured BRT in India, and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya, which will eventually be the first full-featured BRT in Africa. The ...