Recent Posts by Darío
The Tata Nano – Transport Revolution or More of the Same?
The Tata Nano – Transport Revolution or More of the Same?
Flickr photo by code_martial. There was news this week that India’s Tata Motor’s is facing a number of hurdles as it works to release a $2,500 car for sale on the Indian market. Tata’s planned Singur plant is apparently being ...
New Beijing Traffic Restrictions Surprisingly Popular
New Beijing Traffic Restrictions Surprisingly Popular
Beijing Traffic. Photo by Proggie Listening to NPR last night, I was caught by surprise by a story describing the unexpected popularity of the temporary traffic restrictions Beijing implemented during the Olympics. Conventional wisdom holds that citizens usually view such ...
Why Is TransMilenio Still So Special?
Why Is TransMilenio Still So Special?
TransMilenio started operations in December 2000, and after more than 8 years it is still regarded as the gold standard for Bus Rapid Transit. Cities as diverse as New York, Delhi, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Beijing and Mexico, to name a few, ...
Towards a Better BRT Taxonomy
Towards a Better BRT Taxonomy
Referring to high-end BRT systems as ‘Quickways’ could clear up confusion regarding what is — and what is not – a true BRT system. Bus Rapid Transit (a.k.a BRT) is a hot topic in sustainable transport. In Latin America alone, ...
From Busway to BRT
From Busway to BRT
A Delhi Busways station. Photo by Madhav Pai. By Dario Hidalgo and Madhav Pai. Originally published on IndiaTogether.com Compared to other bus corridors world-wide, the Delhi effort is a very limited one. The current design is only a busway, and ...
Easing The Pain Caused by High Fuel Prices
Easing The Pain Caused by High Fuel Prices
Photo by whatatravisty. With oil prices hovering around $135 a barrel, many Americans are feeling uneasy about the future. And for good reason; higher prices at the pump channel money away from things like health care, education, and leisure activities ...
The Public Supports Road Pricing
The Public Supports Road Pricing
Congestion Pricing. Photo by .KM. A very interesting study released earlier this month counters conventional wisdom, suggesting that a clear majority of people support tolling and road pricing. As the authors of the study, which analyzed numerous national and international ...
Reassessing Transantiago: A Photo Essay
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Photos by Dario Hidalgo. I recently traveled to Santiago, Chile for the World Bank to assess the current state of “Transantiago” – the city’s ambitious and highly controversial transport reform project launched in February 2007. I ...
Driver's Eye View of Transantiago
Driver’s Eye View of Transantiago from EMBARQ Network on Vimeo. A few months ago here on thecityfix.com I posted a video offering a “driver’s eye view” of Istanbul’s new BRT system – Metrobus. Today I thought I would show a ...
Commuters Support BRT in Delhi
Commuters Support BRT in Delhi
An independent commuter survey conducted by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment found that commuters overwhelmingly support the new BRT system in Delhi. For some, the result may be surprising after the initial operational glitches and media blitz declaring the ...
Transantiago A Year Later
Transantiago A Year Later
After some early hiccups, Tranantiago might just have a promising future. Photo by kurotashiO! ® A year after its mangled implementation, Transantiago, the ambitious program to restructure Santiago’s sprawling and inefficient bus system, is still generating quite a bit of ...
Increasing Fuel Efficiency Is Good, But It's Not Everything
Increasing Fuel Efficiency Is Good, But It's Not Everything
Legislation passed by Congress to raise fuel effiency is a welcome first step. Photo by Storm Crypt. As an engineer working in the field of sustainable transport I am very excited about the latest efforts to improve fuel efficiency, which ...
Will Technology Save Us?
Will Technology Save Us?
A cut away shot of Lexus’ new hybrid. Photo by Mike Babcock of Flickr. To date, much of the debate swirling around global warming has focused on how new and improved technologies will save us from the dire consequences of ...
Demystifying TranSantiago
Demystifying TranSantiago
TranSantiago in action. Photo by Cobalito. “It is not common for a president to stand before the nation and say ‘Things haven’t gone well,” Michele Bachelet, Chile’s President, said in March of this year. “But that is exactly what I ...
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