Upcoming Event: EcoCity World Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
Upcoming Event: EcoCity World Summit in Istanbul, Turkey
A message from Stacey Meinzen, communications associate for EcoCity Builders, a non-profit based in Oakland, Calif. that works to build sustainable city and neighborhood centers, including pedestrian streets, car-free buildings, and rooftop gardens, while combating sprawl development: The 8th International ...
Solar Roadways: The Path to the Future?
Image via Solar Roadways
The Department of Transportation is funding a pilot project that will make roads out of LED lights and solar panels, as recently seen on grist.org. Husband and wife Scott and Julie Brusaw teamed up to make Solar Roadways (TM), a ...
Do We Have The Right To Walk?
Do We Have The Right To Walk?
Transport statistics from many cities reveal that pedestrians are fast becoming extinct. In one Indian city, Hyderabad, a transformation may happen which has the potential to change the rules of the game.
Smooth Operator: Guided Trolleybuses Debut in Bologna, Italy
A new trolleybus corridor in Bologna, Italy tests new guide technology. Image from Roberto Amori on YouTube.
Guidance improves the performance and reliability of a bus or trolleybus corridor, allowing for fairly smooth approach to the bus stops or stations, with very small gaps between the platforms and the bus floor. Guidance systems protect the vehicles from ...
Yellow-Carded Vehicles Banned from Beijing’s Streets
Yellow-Carded Vehicles Banned from Beijing’s Streets
To control pollution from a growing population of 3.7 million cars, Beijing today began prohibiting high-emission vehicles from entering the city limits. This latest measure is part of an ongoing plan to improve Beijing’s air quality post-Olympics. While high-emission cars ...
A New Breed of Bus: Transportation 2.0?
Photo by Mr. T in DC.
There has been an ongoing discussion on TheCityFix about the cool factor of buses – or lack thereof. Though we’ve come to no definite conclusions, the legion of bus companies conveying travelers between DC and NY is one more tally ...
Dubai Launches New Metro, But Will It Work?
Dubai Launches New Metro, But Will It Work?
Average temperatures in Dubai reach well over 100 degrees in the summer. But riders of Dubai’s newest metro need not worry. High-tech stations and rail cars boast air conditioning to protect residents from the sweltering the heat. The one problem, ...
Rare Earth Minerals Making Hybrid Cars Even Rarer?
Rare earth minerals used to produce hybrids like this Toyota Prius have detrimental effects on the environment. Photo by Roadsidepictures.
China announced this week that it would tighten production and exports of rare earth minerals – a misnomer for a category of about 15 metallic elements on the periodic table that are, in fact, not actually scarce.  The rarity of ...
I ♥ APTA's New Campaign
I ♥ APTA's New Campaign
Heading into Union Station yesterday evening, I was bombarded with beautiful, colorful wall-sized billboards and banners touting the benefits of public transportation: Creating jobs. Helping America become energy independent. Protecting the environment. Reducing stress and congestion. You may not realize ...
Washington DC's First BRT Corridor. Probably.
A rendering from DDOT's K Street Transitway Final Report.
With the advance in the design of the new layout for K Street in downtown DC (see recent article in The Washington Post) and the introduction a few years ago of the Circulator service, Washington is quietly making the first ...