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 ...
Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover by CarbonfreeDC
Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover from CarbonfreeDC
This announcement is a little last-minute, but there’s still time to apply! Hurry, deadline is tomorrow! CarbonfreeDC, a grassroots initiative dedicated to lowering local carbon emissions in the D.C. area, is now accepting applications for an “Extreme Green Neighborhood Makeover,” ...
Could Autolib’ Transform the City of Lights into a City of Electric Vehicles?
Could Autolib’ Transform the City of Lights into a City of Electric Vehicles?
Could France become the leader in electric vehicle technology? And what does that mean for the future of sustainable urban mobility? Photo by Lea Marzloff. From BusinessWeek: Could the City of Lights soon become the City of Electric Cars? Paris ...
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 ...
Eat Your Heart Out, Google. Beijing’s Got a Better Bus Map.
Eat Your Heart Out, Google. Beijing’s Got a Better Bus Map.
For foreigners moonlighting in Beijing like myself, navigating the concrete jungle of China’s capital can be quite intimidating. Never to fear: The Beijing edition of E都市 (“E-dushi,” which essentially translates as “E-Metropolis”) is an innovative map providing satellite, two- and ...
Ahmedabad’s Janmarg: Changing the Game for BRT Systems in India
Janmarg is the first full BRT system in India. Photo by Madhav Pai.
As a result of the systematic and complete consideration of all the dimensions of a full bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Janmarg is in the process of being “a high quality public transport system, oriented to the user that offers fast, comfortable and low cost urban mobility.” It can quickly become a "best practice" of BRT system implementation in South Asia.
ZoomPool: Trying to Make Ridesharing Less Creepy and More Convenient
ZoomPool: Trying to Make Ridesharing Less Creepy and More Convenient
Looking for a safer, more reliable carpooling service? Check out ZoomPool, a new Web site launched initially for drivers and passengers to coordinate carpooling in the Bay Area. The new service addresses three main barriers to carpooling, the site says: ...