TheCityFix Picks, August 6: Commuter Pain, Summer Streets, Cities as Solutions
Stockholm has the "least painful" commute, according to a new IBM study. Photo by zeraien.
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 ...
MetroAccess "No Strand" Policy Wins, for Now
MetroAccess has reinstated a "no strand" policy, allowing riders who cannot pay to board anyway. Image via infosnackhq.
On August 1, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) wrote a memo to all MetroAccess drivers telling them to stop picking up anyone who could not pay the full fare, starting on Monday. Now, just four days later, WMATA ...
Using Facebook to Fight Dangerous Driving in Delhi
Dangerous Delhi drivers are now under the watchful eye of Facebook's "digital informants." Photo by Mani Babbar.
With just 5,000 traffic officers in a city of 12 million people, Delhi Traffic Police are enlisting the help of Facebook to crack down on traffic violations, as reported in The New York Times today. The DTP created a Facebook ...
Funding Transit Projects: New Recommendations for U.S. Policy
Washington, D.C.'s New York Avenue Metro station project would not have been possible without funds from a value capture strategy - in this case, a special assessment district. Image via tracktwentynine.
Our country is facing a public transit crisis.  State and local governments would like to increase investment in public transit and build new transit systems to ease congestion and support transit-oriented development, which the Government Accountability Office (GAO) defines as ...
Friday Fun: Swaying To and Fro, on the Subway
Friday Fun: Swaying To and Fro, on the Subway
To get you pumped about public transit this weekend, here are some subway songs and dances. Now if only we could find videos of quality acts like this on BRT! All-girl dance crew on the Paris subway:
Mumbai through the Monsoon: Embracing the Rains
A recent increase in rains is good news for farmers but bad news for Mumbaikers on the move. Image via Reuters.
According to Reuters India, monsoon rains were about 3 percent above normal in July — the highest level for the month since 2005.  This is good news for rural farmers, and the city-dwellers who rely on rain for their food. ...
Will Los Angeles Revolutionize U.S. Urban Transit Funding?
30/10 projects include a much-awaited extension of the Purple Line subway to the west side - the "subway to the sea." Image via TheTransportPolitic.
“We can’t wait because traffic is unbelievable and the environmental problem is too severe.” – Denny Zane, Director of MoveLA On Friday, we wrote about value capture strategies as a form of alternative funding for struggling public transit agencies around ...
Access for All: Transport for the Disabled Poor
Continuum of interventions that must be made to develop an inclusive transport system. Table by Julie Babinard, World Bank.
This is part of TheCityFix’s series, “Access for All,” about how we can use sustainable transportation development to ensure increased accessibility for poor city dwellers, particularly in developing countries. Ten to 12 percent of the world’s population lives with a ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 30: Istanbul’s Mega Automart, Epe’s Bitty Bike Lane, Toronto’s Open Fares
Toronto is in the middle of a hot debate to change the electronic fare system to an open system. Photo by wyliepoon.
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 ...
New Searchable Database for Transportation and Infrastructure Earmarks
New Searchable Database for Transportation and Infrastructure Earmarks
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) released a new searchable database today, allowing the public to search for “any Member-designated projects submitted by any Member of the House of Representatives in legislation originating in the Committee on Transportation and ...