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 ...
Buses Don't Get No Respect
Buses Don't Get No Respect
Buses are a bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of public transportation: they don’t get no respect.  In general, the smart growth community holds up rail transit as the paragon of public transportation, and bicycling as its noble sidekick in the ...
The City of the Future
Dan Koff, a friend of mine from college, recently passed this video along that his brother put together about a futuristic neighborhood in Sweden. The city is walkable and mass transit friendly and uses a neat waste treatment system. Don’t ...
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: ...
1000 Cities 1000 Lives: WHO Launches Campaign for Urban Health
1000 Cities 1000 Lives: WHO Launches Campaign for Urban Health
The World Health Organization wants you to “be part of a global movement to make cities healthier.” The campaign, 1000 Cities 1000 Lives, was launched with the goal to get 1,000 cities around the world to commit to closing off ...
Before & After: New York City’s Urban Ecosystem
Before & After: New York City’s Urban Ecosystem
Art by Philip Straub, via National Geographic. In its latest issue, National Geographic shows what the now bustling urban jungle of Manhattan looked like before Henry Hudson spotted the island in 1609. Four hundred years ago, there were beavers, just ...