Senate Briefing Focuses on “Moving Cooler” Report
Snapshot of a powerpoint slide of Joanne Potter of Cambridge Systematics Inc.
A briefing hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) yesterday delved into the transportation’s impact on carbon emissions and examined different strategies that can be incorporated into upcoming climate and transportation legislation to reduce a sector of the ...
Tata Gives India the "World's Cheapest Home," But What Does That Mean For Cities?
Rendering of Tata's Shubh Griha Housing Complex in Boisar, India
Some companies seek to fill market niches, but the Tata Group is increasingly known for filling market chasms.  Tata boldly transformed the international auto industry late last year when it announced its intention to release the 115,000 rupee (US$2,500) Nano, ...
TIGER Grants Not a Transit Panacea
Current project funded by stimulus money in Laurel, Maryland. Photo by thisisbossi.
With much fanfare, transportation planners and local governments applied for the Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grants program. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood has hailed the program as “an outpouring of creative and innovative transportation project ...
I'm New Here
Today is my first day at TheCityFix where I’ll be blogging full-time over the course of the next three months. I graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Economics in 2007 and recently completed a stint with the ...
Preparing Our Transportation Systems for Climate Change
What does transportation have to do with adapting to climate change? Photo by Peter Blanchard.
We know climate change is happening and that its impacts on our society will be serious.  Despite this knowledge, planners and elected leaders are not doing enough to prepare our transportation infrastructure for global warming’s effects.  That was the message ...
DDOT Unveils Union Station Intermodal Study
Crowd outside of west approach to Union Station. Flickr photo from thisisbossi.
Last night, DDOT presented the Final Draft of its Union Station Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study, the culmination of an 18-month effort by the Department and its partners to assess possible improvements to the functionality of DC’s most critical transportation ...
Rea Vaya On the Move in Joburg, South Africa
A brand new Rea Vaya bus station in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Maneno.org.
The City of Johannesburg launched Rea Vaya, South Africa’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, on August 30, and by early October the system was reportedly carrying approximately 12,000 daily passengers along the 25 kilometer route between Soweto and downtown ...
I'm New Here
Downtown College Park, MD. Photo by RethinkCollegePark.
Today is my first day at TheCityFix where I’ll be blogging full-time over the course of the next three months. I graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Economics in 2007 and recently completed a stint with ...
I’m New Here
Downtown College Park, MD. Photo by RethinkCollegePark.
Today is my first day at TheCityFix where I’ll be blogging full-time over the course of the next three months. I graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Economics in 2007 and recently completed a stint with the ...
The Pedicab Experience
Waiting for service. Photo by Nate Baird.
While TheCityFix has made the case for the pedicab before, it’s always good (but rare) to see a writer from the “mainstream media” lauding the three-wheeled transport option. The Times’ Ariel Kaminar’s sensitive and experiential inquiry provides helpful insight into, and light-hearted ...