Posts tagged with 'subsidies'
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Jenna Davis on Why Policy Reform Can Do More for Clean Water Access Than Technology
There were 663 million people without access to safe drinking water in 2015, according to the United Nations and World Health Organization. Many of those going without are from low-income households in cities across the global south. Jenna Davis, associate professor ...
How Cities Can Harness the Good – and Avoid the Bad – of the New Mobility Movement
How Cities Can Harness the Good – and Avoid the Bad – of the New Mobility Movement
This article was first published in TechCrunch. In late September, London made headlines when it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more ...
TransMilenio BRT in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize Public Transport: That Is the Question
Subsidizing users’ fares for public transport may sound like a great idea, and often there are good economic reasons for doing so. In all industrialized and many developing countries, urban transport systems are subsidized with public funds in order to ...
Crowded subway car in Beijing, China. Photo by Filipe Fortes/Flickr.
Will raising Beijing’s subway fare be enough to improve service quality and combat mounting subsidies?
As we discussed last week on TheCityFix, Beijing’s municipal government is currently considering a controversial proposal that would reform the city’s low subway fare structure. If approved, the proposal would raise the standard subway fare in an effort to alleviate ...
Rush hour at Guomao Station on the Beijing subway. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr.
Beijing’s subway fare increase, justified
Beijing’s subway system – one of the longest in the world at 469 kilometers (289 miles) of track – is confronted by excessive congestion and costly government subsidies. In an extremely controversial move, the city government has decided to increase ...
A boy peers out a bus window in Mumbai, India. Photo by gregor_y.
How clean is the air we breathe in cities?
More and more cities worldwide are grappling with the ever-increasing menace of air pollution — especially in India, which contains some of the most polluted cities in the world. Rapid economic growth in developing countries and increased individual wealth is ...
Curitiba Street by Robert Blackie
30 years of transport in Latin America: 15 years back, 15 years ahead
Fifteen years ago, Latin America passed a tipping point on the road to becoming a global leader in advanced bus systems, proving that municipalities can inspire meaningful change through a combination of leadership, institutional support, and funding. Today, Latin America ...
Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Curb Climate Change
Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Curb Climate Change
A recently leaked draft of a report by the World Bank recommends rich countries eliminate fossil fuel subsidies in order to provide financial assistance to developing countries in their struggle to address climate change. The confidential document—available through The Guardian—is a ...
Seoul Gives Bike Subsidies to Commuters
Seoul Gives Bike Subsidies to Commuters
Seoul, South Korea recently announced transportation subsidies for bicycle commuters, The Korea Times reports. The City also announced plans to repair abandoned bicycles and rent them at no charge to commuters in order to encourage bicycle use. The article reports that the ...
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