Obama on Right Track with High-Speed Rail
Obama on Right Track with High-Speed Rail
From the World Resources Institute Pressroom: President Barack Obama announced plans [yesterday] to pump $8 billion of stimulus funds into building a network of high-speed and intercity rail. “The President is on the right track,” said Nancy Kete, the director ...
Median Lanes: Key in Bus Rapid Transit Performance
In Delhi, India, it can be difficult to enforce curbside bus lanes. Photo by EMBARQ.
One of the most controversial aspects of Bus Rapid Transit design in Delhi has been the designation of median lanes as opposed to curbside lanes. The initial bus corridor in Delhi is based on median lanes to give priority to ...
GM, Segway Unveil P.U.M.A. as Future of Urban Transportation
Is this the car of the future? (Image via Gather.com)
For more photos, check out this photo gallery by Autoblog. Last week, General Motors and Segway unveiled the much-hyped Project P.U.M.A, which stands for “Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility,” an electric two-wheeler prototype vehicle that is supposed to transform the ...
Will China Dominate the Electric Car Market?
Chinese car designer Tang Hua unveiled this peculiar electric concept car, named “Detroit Fish,” at the North American International Auto Show in 2008. Flickr photo by GmanViz.
Step aside, Japan. Don’t even try, Detroit. China has plans to corner the electric car market. From the New York Times: TIANJIN, China — Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading ...
Report Review: BRT Decision-Making
Report Review: BRT Decision-Making
The Federal Transit Administration recently released an updated edition of “Characteristics of BRT for Decision Makers” (PDF). This 400-page report is a very complete compendium of the bus rapid transit (BRT) experience in the United States, but it does not ...
Germany Could Teach U.S. a Lesson
A new Brookings report points to policies in Germany that encourage compact, mixed-use development, suitable for walking or cycling, like this space in Freiburg. Photo by redskunk.
The Brookings Institution just released a new research report comparing sustainability in Germany and the United States: “Making Transportation Sustainable: Insights from Germany.” From Brookings: This report examines the key differences and determinants of travel behavior in Germany and the United ...
Purple Line, the Musical?
The playwright imagines a Purple Line train platform like this one, at MARC Brunswick Line's Barnesville station. Photo via Tracks: The Musical.
The Purple Line, a proposed 16-mile transit line in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs, has inspired a new musical, titled “Tracks,” written by Paul Stregevsky, a Department of Homeland Security employee, and Marshall White, a high school music teacher. (Check out performer ...
NextBillion’s New and Improved Hub for “Base of the Pyramid” Solutions
NextBillion’s new Web site includes new interactive features to explore business innovations for the “base of the pyramid.”
Our friends at NextBillion.net, a joint project between the World Resources Institute and the Acumen Fund, have enjoyed the first full month of their recent makeover, flaunting a sleek new design and host of interactive features. The Web site, which ...
The Tata Nano Released at Last: Blessing or Curse?
The Tata Nano creates buzz in India and around the world. Flickr photo by code_martial.
India experienced an automotive breakthrough last week: the release of the Tata Nano, the most economic vehicle in the Indian market, and arguably, in the world. The so-called “people’s car” has received praise from many sources, such as The Economist: ...
Dangerous Roads in India Require New Policies
The traffic on the streets of Pune is busy with rickshaws, bicycles, buses and pedestrians. Photo by wili_hybrid.
In India, 105,725 people were killed and 452,922 people were injured in road traffic crashes in 2006, and the fatalities can be expected to grow to 260,000 in 2030, unless new policies are implemented, according to a study by Mohan, ...