Recent Posts by Darío
SimCity for Real in Naya Raipur
SimCity for Real in Naya Raipur
Have you ever played SimCity? Well, I spent hours (no, actually, days!) trying to make my planned cities thrive in the classic version of the game, some 20 years ago. You can now play the game online, for free, with ...
Why Streetcars? Evaluating the Alternatives
Why Streetcars? Evaluating the Alternatives
In a recent post on TheCityFix, Dan Tangherlini, the former director of the District Department of Transportation under Mayor Anthony Williams, makes the case for streetcars in Washington, D.C.  I would like to bring some additional points to the discussion. For ...
TransMilenio: A Retrospective
TransMilenio: A Retrospective
EMBARQ’s Director of Research and Practice Dario Hidalgo, former deputy general manager for TransMilenio, shares a memory from 10 years ago, when Bogota’s new bus rapid transit (BRT) system first launched. This post is part of our monthlong series, celebrating TransMilenio’s ...
Transport and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Flogging a Dead Horse?
Transport and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Flogging a Dead Horse?
Dario Hidalgo, senior transport engineer at EMBARQ (the producer of this blog), and Cornie Huizenga, joint convener of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT), discuss why the current market-based mechanism for reducing global carbon emissions—the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)—is not ...
Smooth Operator: Guided Trolleybuses Debut in Bologna, Italy
Smooth Operator: Guided Trolleybuses Debut in Bologna, Italy
Guidance improves the performance and reliability of a bus or trolleybus corridor, allowing for fairly smooth approach to the bus stops or stations, with very small gaps between the platforms and the bus floor. Guidance systems protect the vehicles from ...
Washington DC's First BRT Corridor. Probably.
Washington DC's First BRT Corridor. Probably.
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 ...
Ahmedabad’s Janmarg: Changing the Game for BRT Systems in India
Ahmedabad’s Janmarg: Changing the Game for BRT Systems in India
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.
Hyderabad Metro: Back to Square One
Hyderabad Metro: Back to Square One
Photo by gautam. When the deal to build the Hyderabad Metro was announced a year ago, the transport community in India (and beyond) was very excited by the innovative financial arrangement: a Rs 12,132 crores (USD 2,515 million) project with ...
Everything You Wanted to Know About Bogota's Transformation
Everything You Wanted to Know About Bogota's Transformation
As a Bogotano, I’m always excited to hear and see good things from my own city. This video happens to be a crash course in how the city transformed itself in a short time, with great images of what happened ...
REPORT: Sustainable Transport that Works: Lessons from Germany
REPORT: Sustainable Transport that Works: Lessons from Germany
Freiburg, Germany is one of the most livable and people-oriented cities in the world. Photo by Roby©. Transport and urban development policies in European cities are recognized as being more balanced than those of the rest of the world, resulting ...
Economic Activity = Energy Use? Think Twice
Economic Activity = Energy Use? Think Twice
Increased economic activity doesn’t necessarily have to lead to greater energy consumption. Photo by bitzcelt. Energy use in the transport sector follows economic activity, but the relationship is not necessarily in direct proportion. Energy efficiency plays an important role in ...
Median Lanes: Key in Bus Rapid Transit Performance
Median Lanes: Key in Bus Rapid Transit Performance
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 ...
The Tata Nano Released at Last: Blessing or Curse?
The Tata Nano Released at Last: Blessing or Curse?
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: ...
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 ...
Transitway Delayed for D.C.'s K Street
Transitway Delayed for D.C.'s K Street
A recent post by by Joey Katzen of Greater Greater Washington indicates that the project to retrofit Washington, D.C.’s K Street into a transitway has been delayed (again). This is not good news. The concept of creating dedicated lanes for ...
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