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President Obama Serious About Vehicle Fuel Standards
President Obama Serious About Vehicle Fuel Standards
Great news from the White House: Fuel standards for vehicles will be tighten up soon, improving the outlook for states like California , which pushed for stricter limits without success during the last administration. This is good progress, but as ...
Op-Ed: Say "Yes" to Improving Delhi's BRT
Op-Ed: Say "Yes" to Improving Delhi's BRT
The bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Delhi is one of the most controversial projects in Indian urban transport. It encountered several problems during the first week of its implementation, stirring up a great media outcry. But the Delhi Government ...
Transport, Energy and CO2 in Asia
Transport, Energy and CO2 in Asia
Electric railway system in Bangkok. Photo by SpAvAAi. Lew Fulton of the International Energy Agency made a very compelling presentation at the most recent BAQ Asia Conference. Here are some of the most important messages from his data-intensive presentation: Asian ...
Cleveland's 'Healthline' - the Newest BRT in the USA
Cleveland's 'Healthline' – the Newest BRT in the USA
After years of planning, the new Euclid Ave. Healthline has opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The project showcases a relative low cost alternative for cities looking for ways to improve accessibility. The Healthline joins a growing list of BRT systems in ...
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 ...
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