Posts tagged with 'buses'
In Haifa, a Strange Subway and a New BRT
In Haifa, a Strange Subway and a New BRT
Earlier this week, we wrote about map designs of public transit around the world. In our research, we came across the Haifa subway—the shortest in the world. The design seems totally unique. Have you ever encountered a transit system like ...
In NYC, a New System of Buses Expands From the Bronx to Manhattan
In NYC, a New System of Buses Expands From the Bronx to Manhattan
In June 2010, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) unveiled its first bus line with elements of bus rapid transit (BRT). The express bus, the Bx12 line, runs east to west across the Bronx with limited stops. Riders pay before getting ...
Bangalore's Bus Days Boost Ridership
Bangalore's Bus Days Boost Ridership
Bangalore, India is notorious for its grinding congestion and painful, polluted commutes.  The city’s information technology (IT) boom in the 1990s and early “aughties” led to sprawling, haphazard development and an expanding middle class with a penchant for private vehicles. In ...
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
Why is this Friday Fun? Because we think it’s kind of a joke! Engadget reported earlier this week on plans for a new Chinese bus that drives over cars, saying the idea for “huge friggin’ buses engulfing smaller cars … actually makes ...
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Not Your Grandfather's Greyhound: Buses Take Off for Inter-City Travel
Buses are a transportation success story, according to this article in the New York Times. Last year, the story says, bus service increased by 5 percent, and it rose nearly 10 percent in 2008, according to research led by Joseph ...
$293 Million in New Federal Transit Grants Announced
$293 Million in New Federal Transit Grants Announced
Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $300 million in new federal grants for transit solutions. The funding is meant to expand President Obama’s Livability Initiative,  a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of ...
BRT for Free in Bangkok
BRT for Free in Bangkok
Bangkok’s BRT opened at the beginning of June, and is running on a free-trial basis until August 31 to try to encourage bus-riding to ease the city’s grinding gridlock. The new BRT in Thailand’s capital – a city of nearly ...
New Bus-Only Lanes for Manhattan's East Side
New Bus-Only Lanes for Manhattan's East Side
“New Yorkers are tired of waiting years and decades for changes to make their streets work better … We want to give buses  the red carpet.”-  Janette Sadik Khan, transportation commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, quoted in the ...
Eat, Drink and Be...on the Bus?
Eat, Drink and Be…on the Bus?
Mumbai’s bus commuters may not have to go hungry on their rides any longer. BEST officials are considering making snacks and cold drinks available on select routes and in air-conditioned buses. Commuters would be able to purchase packaged food items, ...
Mumbai’s Bus Routes at Your Fingertips
Mumbai’s Bus Routes at Your Fingertips
In less than ten keystrokes, you can now find out the shortest bus route between any two points in Mumbai. Mobile 4 Mumbai, a start-up that works to create mobile solutions, has launched a mobile app that enables users to ...
Bus Lanes Can Cut Mumbai's Congestion, Study Says
Bus Lanes Can Cut Mumbai's Congestion, Study Says
Cars take up more space on Mumbai’s roads than buses and carry fewer passengers, says a recently released study. What’s more, a mere 10-20% increase in the number of buses along with designated bus lanes can make a serious dent ...
BRT Lurching Ahead in India
BRT Lurching Ahead in India
Last Friday, sustainable transport advocates came a step closer to gaining widespread support for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in India when Bangalore officials announced that the government will move ahead with the implementation of the city’s proposed BRT system.  Dr. ...
Thinking Beyond the Mumbai Metro
Thinking Beyond the Mumbai Metro
Carrie Denning recently spent time living in Mumbai and working with Bombay First to explore how the Mumbai metro can raise revenues beyond the fare box.  She is currently a Lokey Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund specializing in transportation policy. ...
The Romance of the Greyhound?
The Romance of the Greyhound?
When many Americans think of Greyhound buses, they think of several things: long, time-consuming journeys, malt liquor-scented seat companions eager to discuss the terms of their parole, dreary stations on the edge of town.  “Romantic” is not necessarily a word ...
Eat Your Heart Out, Google. Beijing's Got a Better Bus Map.
Eat Your Heart Out, Google. Beijing's Got a Better Bus Map.
For foreigners moonlighting in Beijing like myself, navigating the concrete jungle of China’s capital can be quite intimidating. Never to fear: The Beijing edition of E都市 (“E-dushi,” which essentially translates as “E-Metropolis”) is an innovative map providing satellite, two- and ...
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