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BRT Hits 400 Corridors and Systems Worldwide
BRT Hits 400 Corridors and Systems Worldwide
Last week, bus rapid transit (BRT) reached a global milestone, as the number of mapped BRT corridors and systems in BRTData.org’s database broke 400. As an online resource, BRTData compiles and tracks the development and progress of BRT projects globally. ...
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Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America
Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America
Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way ...
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How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil
How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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From Ideas to Implementation: How to Improve Capacity for Better Public Leaders
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Improve Capacity for Better Public Leaders
How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on TheCityFix, Maria ...
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Friday Fun: Three Cities that Are Transforming Public Space with Street Pianos
Friday Fun: Three Cities that Are Transforming Public Space with Street Pianos
When walking in downtown Hangzhou, China, one can safely expect to see a healthy variety of pedestrians, traffic, and commercial high rises.  Dig a little deeper, however, and you may also find locals and tourists belting out Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata ...
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Friday Fun: Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity
Friday Fun: Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity
Today marks the end of World Water Week in Stockholm, where experts from across the globe convene to discuss the world’s water issues. To further explore water stress across the globe, take a look at the interactive maps and resources of Aqueduct, a ...
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New Rules of the Road in Mexico City
New Rules of the Road in Mexico City
This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety ...
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President Obama’s Challenge to Cities: An Opportunity for Global Climate Action
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Yesterday, the number of US cities pledging to reduce emissions with the Compact of Mayors nearly doubled. With 19 cities in the U.S. already signed onto the Compact—a global coalition of mayors dedicated to climate action—this most recent move brings the ...
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Jaime Lerner: Innovating in Brazil and the Future of Urban Transport
Jaime Lerner: Innovating in Brazil and the Future of Urban Transport
Jaime Lerner, a three-term mayor of Curitiba, turned the city into a model for quality public transport. In the 1970s, for example, Lerner created bus priority corridors—a new transport mode that was cheaper than metro but just as effective. Jaime ...
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The 7 Features of a Successful BRT Station
The 7 Features of a Successful BRT Station
Have you ever ridden Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? First implemented in Brazil, this relatively new mode of transport can be found in 194 cities around the world and is proving to be an effective and viable solution for urban mobility challenges. Unlike more traditional bus ...