Posts tagged with 'bus rapid transit (BRT)'
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery
4 Priorities for Climate Action and Social Equity in the COVID-19 Recovery
The COVID-19 crisis has shown how deep inequalities make society as a whole more vulnerable – providing important lessons for building resilience in an era of climate change. The people most exposed to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic ...
COVID-19 Has Reshuffled Public Space. Buses Deserve a Greater Share.
COVID-19 Has Reshuffled Public Space. Buses Deserve a Greater Share.
There’s no question we’re going through unprecedented times for public transport. Ridership is down anywhere from 60% to 90%. Transit agencies are hemorrhaging cash, with fare revenue following ridership down the tube. But the fact is that throughout the tremendous ...
From My Window: A View of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Curitiba
From My Window: A View of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Curitiba
Despite the unprecedented quarantine that most of us find ourselves under, I was recently forced to travel to Curitiba, Brazil, for personal reasons. I am staying in an apartment on Republica Argentina Avenue next to the first bus corridor in ...
Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World
Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World
The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, public transport has become a service not just for some people ...
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
The fundamentals of urban mobility are changing rapidly. Apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous around the world and new modes like electric and shared bicycles and scooters are on the rise. The conversation is increasingly trending toward mobility ...
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Celebrating 18 Years of TransMilenio: Growing Pains and What Lies Ahead for Bogotá’s BRT
Eighteen years ago, I was deputy general manager of TransMilenio S.A., the city agency running Bogotá’s brand new bus rapid transit (BRT) system. It was amazing to be there at the start of operations for this system knowing that it ...
8 Ways to Reduce Road Fatalities Using the ‘Safe System’ Approach
8 Ways to Reduce Road Fatalities Using the ‘Safe System’ Approach
Despite more than 1.35 million lives lost on the roads each year, traffic-related fatalities aren’t given the same media or political attention as plane, train or boat disasters. Indeed, some view these tragedies as commonplace or unavoidable – but they ...
Why Does Universal Street Design Matter? Ensuring Accessibility for All in Belo Horizonte
Why Does Universal Street Design Matter? Ensuring Accessibility for All in Belo Horizonte
Improving public transit requires a hard look not just at vehicles and routes but at how people get on and off them. Too often, design that takes into account how all different kinds of people might use a system is ...
Johannesburg Fights Inequality with Transit-Oriented Development
Johannesburg Fights Inequality with Transit-Oriented Development
While most cities around the world struggle with inequality, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the challenge is compounded by the legacy of apartheid. In the apartheid era, black populations were relocated to the poorly serviced areas far away from job opportunities. ...
Can Paratransit Evolve Alongside African Cities?
Can Paratransit Evolve Alongside African Cities?
Dadalas, donfos, matatus, trotros, car rapides, minibus-taxis – whatever you call the on-demand minivan services that are so ubiquitous in many African cities, you can’t argue with their dominance. Such paratransit systems, as they are known in the transport world, ...
India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.
India’s Boom Pushed Cities to Their Limits. Here’s How Pune Coped.
Like many Indian cities, Pune’s population exploded over the last three decades. Between 1981 and 2011 it more than doubled as thousands came to work in manufacturing and IT. And like other cities, Pune expanded, eventually engulfing 23 previously separate ...
The People of Bogotá Want Cleaner Air. Will the City Listen?
The People of Bogotá Want Cleaner Air. Will the City Listen?
Bogotá is one of Latin America’s most polluted cities—but thanks to its citizens, its air may be getting cleaner. A decision from the mayor’s office to keep using diesel fuels in the next generation of buses in the city’s bus ...
As China’s Urban Rail Transit Systems Boom, Public-Private Partnerships Face a Reckoning
As China’s Urban Rail Transit Systems Boom, Public-Private Partnerships Face a Reckoning
To curb car congestion and boost the economy, China is embracing trains at an unprecedented rate. In June 2017, the government approved 5,770 kilometers of new urban rail systems, almost 17 times the total amount of track in all of ...
The View from the Bus: Better Transportation Means Better Lives
The View from the Bus: Better Transportation Means Better Lives
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture when it comes to cities. They’re home to more than half the global population, produce three quarters of GDP and greenhouse gas emissions, and are still growing in nearly every respect. ...
WUF9 Beyond the Convention Center: A (Very) Brief Tour of Kuala Lumpur
WUF9 Beyond the Convention Center: A (Very) Brief Tour of Kuala Lumpur
What happens when 22,000 urbanists descend on your city for the biannual World Urban Forum? We present, we dialogue, we attend high-level sessions, side events, training events, and networking events. Maybe most importantly, we benefit from the open exchange of ...
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