Avoiding Environmental Disaster through Sustainable Accessibility
Avoiding Environmental Disaster through Sustainable Accessibility
“The greatest wave of mass mobility is yet to come.” – John Sterman Yesterday in my post about sustainable accessibility, I included a link to this lecture by Dr. John Sterman. The lecture, part of MIT’s series of seminars about transportation, ...
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
People tend to drive more when the economy is in better shape.  Research has shown that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gross domestic product (GDP) tend to follow the same trends over time (see for example the Federal Highway Administration’s Summary of ...
McKinsey: India’s “Urban Awakening” Depends on Sustainable Transport and Land Use
Even historical monuments in India face strains from modern patterns of urbanization. Photo by Carol Mitchell.
“If India continues with its current unplanned urbanization path, it will result in a sharp deterioration in the quality of life in its cities, putting even today’s rates of economic growth at risk,” says an April 2010 report published by ...
A How-To for HOT Lanes
Simulation of VA HOT lanes in 2013. Photo via the Washington Post.
More than 60% of D.C.-area workers over the age of 16 drive to work alone.  This means that on the Capital Beltway, rush hour commutes often – and unpredictably – turn into hours-long, soul-crushing rides. It’s bleak. But people still ...
New Bus-Only Lanes for Manhattan’s East Side
Left: What 1st Ave will look like with bus-only lanes; Right: 1st Ave
“New Yorkers are tired of waiting years and decades for changes to make their streets work better … We want to give buses  the red carpet.”-  Janette Sadik Khan, transportation commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, quoted in the ...
Manifesto for Urban Accessibility in India
Flyovers like Vakola Flyover in Mumbai increasingly link wealthier urbanites to business and commercial centers, inhibiting these citizens' integration and interaction with the rest of the city. Photo via Swami Stream.
In my introductory post, I mentioned my interest in writing about how we can use sustainable transportation development to ensure increased accessibility for poor city dwellers, particularly in developing countries. Sudhir Chella Rajan, a professor of Humanities and Social Sciences ...
McKinsey: India's "Urban Awakening" Depends on Sustainable Transport and Land Use
“If India continues with its current unplanned urbanization path, it will result in a sharp deterioration in the quality of life in its cities, putting even today’s rates of economic growth at risk,” says an April 2010 report published by ...
Recycled Asphalt in NYC to Cut Congestion, Pollution, Wear-and-Tear
Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan at new plant in Queens. Photo via theepochtimes.com
At the end of May, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the start of operations at a new asphalt plant in Corona, Queens. The new plant – part of the city’s ...
New Bus-Only Lanes for Manhattan's East Side
“New Yorkers are tired of waiting years and decades for changes to make their streets work better … We want to give buses  the red carpet.”-  Janette Sadik Khan, transportation commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, quoted in the ...
Mumbai through the Monsoon: Before the Rains Begin
Monsoon rains exacerbate transport chaos in Mumbai. Photo via Premshree Pillai
Over the next few months we are going to follow how Mumbai’s transportation infrastructure weathers monsoon season. While the monsoon rains are crucial for largely agricultural India, they are a blight on India’s urban transportation infrastructure. Highways disappear under flood ...