With wifi and direct trips, Mumbai buses woo commuters away from cars
With wifi and direct trips, Mumbai buses woo commuters away from cars
Regular buses in Mumbai do not offer the direct trips, wifi, and power outlets that are offered by the new commuter bus service. Photo by Lecercle. Mumbai is an island with little room to grow laterally. Greater Mumbai is a linear ...
Q & A with Renée van Staveren, founder of Global Site Plans
Q & A with Renée van Staveren, founder of Global Site Plans
“The individuals who travel along their city’s streets are the most responsible for shaping it.” Photo by Robokow. In the field of sustainable design and urban planning, transformation doesn’t happen overnight: it takes time for individual behaviors to change and ...
Invisible car policies: Q & A with Fei Li, recipient of the 2013 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
Invisible car policies: Q & A with Fei Li, recipient of the 2013 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
Fei Li studies the “invisible car policies” that make cities dependent on cars. Photo courtesy of Fei Li. Fei Li is a Ph.D. candidate at New York University and a recipient of the 2013 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. She researches, ...
The five best high speed rail networks in the world
The five best high speed rail networks in the world
In 1964, Japan became the first country to build and operate a High Speed Rail line. Photo by bass_nroll. While California breaks ground this summer on the United States’ first bullet train and Iraq gets into the game with a ...
Friday Fun: It’s a bus! It’s a tram! It’s…Vienna’s new public transport
Friday Fun: It’s a bus! It’s a tram! It’s…Vienna’s new public transport
An early morning tram travels down a street in Vienna. Vienna’s new buses rely on the city’s extensive tram network for electricity. Photo by Julian Turner. Vienna is home to one of the largest tram systems in the world, extending ...
Enforcement, not legislation: Colombia’s problem with drunk driving
Enforcement, not legislation: Colombia’s problem with drunk driving
Colombia’s drunk driving laws are consistent with global best practices. But are they enforced? Photo by Thomas Hawk. In Colombia, in recent days, several tragic incidents have started a national conversation on drunk driving. Two young women were killed in ...
Friday Fun: “Walk On,” Hindi rock band tells Gurgaon
Friday Fun: “Walk On,” Hindi rock band tells Gurgaon
Euphoria, the nationally popular Hindi rock band, is writing an anthem to non-motorized transport for the city of Gurgaon. Photo by FrogStarB. What do pop bands and urban development have to do with each other? Well, in Gurgaon, the largest ...
Accessibility for all
Accessibility for all
In order for a system to be truly accessible, it must be accessible at all links in the transport chain. Photo by EMBARQ. Ten percent of the world’s population has a disability. That’s 650 million people, 80% of whom live ...
Developing public transport in Brazil as car sales surge
Developing public transport in Brazil as car sales surge
In Sao Paulo, increasing car sales led to the worst congestion in the city’s history. Photo by Levi Bianco. In May, car sales in Europe fell to the lowest level in almost two decades. Within the first five months of ...
Communal urban art gives a fresh face to an old building
Communal urban art gives a fresh face to an old building
Young volunteers enjoy El Chorrillo’s newly colorful apartment complex. Photo courtesy of Hypeness. In the neighborhood of El Chorrillo, Panama, members of the community joined together to give new life to an old apartment building. Previously, the building, which houses ...