Bus Strikes Paralyze Bogotá – and Show Transit’s Importance
Crowds of Bogotanos, lacking alternative transit options, wait to board the Transmilenio buses.  Other commuters, attempting to drive, are stuck in severe traffic congestion.  Photo: Carlos Pardo.
Bogotanos are suffering through their fifth straight day of bus strikes.  About 16,000 owners of traditional buses (i.e. not the vehicles from bus rapid transit system, Transmilenio) went on strike Monday at the urging of their union, the Association of ...
Moving through the Recession, Part 3: Metro Confronts Estimated $189 Million Budget Shortfall
Washington, DC's transit system is one of many across the country facing budget and ridership woes due to the recession.  Photo: MJM, flickr.
As the latest installment of its series Moving through the Recession, TheCityFix DC conducted an email interview with Thomas Harrington, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Director of Long-Range Planning.  Parts 1 and 2 of the series, featured on TheCityFix ...
Pedaling Toward a Cycling Culture in Mumbai
Pedaling Toward a Cycling Culture in Mumbai
There’s no doubt about it: a bicycling culture is budding in Mumbai. All in the past month, TheCityFix Mumbai reported on the city’s first Car Free Day, which coincided with the city’s first “Cyclothon and a group of long-distance cyclists ...
D.C. Council Evaluates Aftermath of Snowstorms
A snow plow gets towed in the aftermath of the blizzard. Photo by theqspeaks.
More questions were asked than answered at this morning’s public oversight hearing on the District’s response to the recent “snow events” (i.e. back-to-back blizzards in February.) The hearing, held in the John A. Wilson Building, was led by Councilmember Jim ...
Voinovich and Other Lawmakers: Let’s Get to Work on Reauthorization
Transportation advocates hope that Senator Voinovich's commitment to bring a reauthorization bill to the floor this year will push lawmakers to agree on new funding sources. Today's panelists support increasing the gas tax, but have an uphill battle ahead in Congress. Photo by jcarlosn.
On the heels of Senator George Voinovich’s announcement earlier this week that the Senate will take up the long-term reauthorization of the U.S. transportation bill this year, Voinovich (R-OH) and several colleagues gathered at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, ...
U.N. General Assembly Declares “Decade of Action for Road Safety”
Traffic in cities like Bangalore can be deadly. Photo by Roy Sinai.
The U.N. General Assembly proclaimed on Tuesday that 2011-2020 will be the “Decade of Action for Road Safety,” recognizing the “tremendous global burden” of fatalities and injuries resulting from road crashes each year. Road traffic crashes kill 1.2 million people ...
Thinking Beyond the Mumbai Metro
Mumbai's Metro Rail will be sleek, modern, and beneficial to those who can afford it.  But is it worth the cost?  Photo: Madhav Pai, Centre for Sustainable Transport, India.
Carrie Denning recently spent time living in Mumbai and working with Bombay First to explore how the Mumbai metro can raise revenues beyond the fare box.  She is currently a Lokey Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund specializing in transportation policy. ...
Transportation in Jobs Bill: Chance to Act on Lessons Learned
Wisconsin Avenue in DC is slated for bus corridor improvements under the TIGER grant program, which awards funding based on the extent to which a project achieves certain goals.  This model should be replicated in new federal legislation.  Photo: vpickering, flickr.
Last week, the Senate passed its jobs legislation, which would send $19.5 billion to the highway trust fund and extend the 2005 transportation law (SAFETEA-LU). The House will act on jobs legislation this week. Among other things, the Senate bill ...
TheCityFix Picks, Feb. 26: Driving on the Rise, Transport Contributes to Climate Change, Sidewalks Improve Relationships
This week we learned that road transportation is one of the biggest net contributors to climate change - and that driving in the U.S. is going back up.  Photo: neoporcupine, flickr.
Welcome to TheCityFix Picks, our new series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week.  Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five general themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. ...
BRT in Montgomery County: Lessons from Curitiba
Councilmember George Leventhal enters a bi-articulated express bus in Curitiba. Photo via Maryland Politics Watch.
Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal wrote a post for Maryland Politics Watch about his recent trip to Curitiba, Brazil, where he learned about bus rapid transit, since Montgomery County is exploring BRT as a transit option for its residents. (Recently, ...