All aboard: Engaging the public on transport projects
All aboard: Engaging the public on transport projects
Public transport is a core part of our daily lives. It is an economic driver — linking commuters to employment opportunities and bringing potential customers to retail and commercial establishments. It impacts our health, as modes of urban transport affect ...
How clean is the air we breathe in cities?
A boy peers out a bus window in Mumbai, India. Photo by gregor_y.
More and more cities worldwide are grappling with the ever-increasing menace of air pollution — especially in India, which contains some of the most polluted cities in the world. Rapid economic growth in developing countries and increased individual wealth is ...
Q&A with Hernan Navarro: Lima’s El Metropolitano BRT
Boarding El Metropolitano BRT in Lima, Peru. Photo by EMBARQ.
In a capital city with 8 million inhabitants, not only was Lima’s advanced bus system the first of its kind in the country, but it also provides valuable lessons for the rest of Latin America. Building on the Lima experience, ...
Promoting ridesharing for the daily commute in Mumbai
An auto-rickshaw transports passengers in Gujarat, India. Photo by lecercle.
Recently, the State Government of Maharashtra (the third largest state in India, located on the western side of the country, and home to the cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur) began looking into a proposal to run long-distance, point-to-point shared ...
Architect of possible dreams
Jaime Lerner, keynote speaker at the Third SIBRT Conference of Best Practices in Latin America (Belo Horizonte, June 4-7). Photo by EMBARQ Brasil.
In an exclusive interview, Jaime Lerner talks about the challenges that public transportation is facing in Brazil and his expectations for the III SIBRT Conference. The architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner – former Mayor of Curitiba for three terms ...
Weaving people back into the urban fabric
Weaving people back into the urban fabric
If cities are to be more people-oriented, shouldn’t we work on sharing the space with each other? That’s  the intention of the Bench of Friendship, upon which it is impossible to sit alone. Sponsored by the British-based Fisherman’s Friend and ...
Friday Fun: Self-driving automobile + Bus + Taxi = Otobuxi
Friday Fun: Self-driving automobile + Bus + Taxi = Otobuxi
Most residential streets are not serviced by city buses. Even if they were not too heavy, bulky, or noisy, there is seldom enough passengers to fill them. The automobile does not fare much better, creating traffic congestion and parking woes, ...
Should the speed limit on arterial roads increase?
An arterial road in China. Photo by Saad.Akhtar.
One of the most controversial issues on the agenda of the City Council of Porto Alegre, Brazil, was discussed last week at a roundtable debate and broadcast over local radio: proposed changes to the speed limit on arterial roads in ...
iBus, a new BRT changing the transport landscape in Indore, India
Trial runs launched on the iBus bus rapid transit corridor, Indore, India. Photo by Dario Hidalgo.
Last month, India’s newest bus rapid transit (BRT) system – iBus – launched trial operations in Indore. Over the last seven years, the implementing agency, Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL) worked closely with several public and private agencies, ...
Friday Fun: It’s a bike…no wait, it’s a machine?
Bicitec's designs include deep well water pumps, maize degrainers and grinders, blenders, vegetation choppers, and coconut shredders. Photo by Bicitec.
Bikes serve different purposes in people’s lives. Most of the time they are used to go places, for exercise and recreation, to transport goods, etc. Sometimes, however, they can be used for more than that. As a testament to how ...