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Urban sustainability trends to watch
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: Urban sustainability trends to watch
With urban growth come a number of opportunities to positively transform our cities. And while the unique challenges faced by city leaders are shaped by local contexts and histories, their actions reveal broader trends in how cities worldwide are changing ...
New studies show that economic growth and climate action can go hand in hand through sustainable urban development strategies. Photo by Alex Prolmos/Flickr.
Cities can lead the way as drivers of better growth and a better climate
Cities can drive better economic growth while also reducing climate risk. They are at the forefront of the fight to protect the climate and eradicate poverty, and are often trailblazers in a world in which nation states typically move more ...
As the two-wheeler sector continues to expand in India, researchers study the demographics of two-wheeler users and their possible role in promoting sustainable mobility. Photo by Meghana Kularni/Flickr."
Challenges in managing the motorized two-wheeler sector in India
With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. As a private transport mode, two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, maneuverability, and ...
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 ...
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 ...
Eliminating Price Bargaining from Auto Rickshaw Services in India
Eliminating Price Bargaining from Auto Rickshaw Services in India
Bargaining is an expected and important ritual of shopping in India, yet its extension to transport pricing in the auto rickshaw service industry has inspired many to find a lasting solution to avoid the negotiation process. We highlighted one of ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 15: Kalka Mail Derails, SoBi Bike Share, Defunding Smart Growth
TheCityFix Picks, July 15: Kalka Mail Derails, SoBi Bike Share, Defunding Smart Growth
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: integrated transport, urban development and accessibility, air quality and climate change, health and ...
New Report: The Role of Driving in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Oil Consumption
New Report: The Role of Driving in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Oil Consumption
A new report, “The Role of Driving in Reducing GHG Emissions and Oil Consumption: Recommendations for Federal Transportation Policy,” explores future U.S. transportation scenarios to evaluate how the U.S. can reduce oil consumption and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through ...
New Report: China’s Rapid Motorization Calls for Efficient Public Transit
New Report: China’s Rapid Motorization Calls for Efficient Public Transit
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a new report last week as part of its Energy and Climate Program on China’s fast-paced motorization and possible strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to the increase in vehicles. Below is a ...
Sustainable Transport Symposium: BRT and Rail, Finance, Emissions and Road Safety
Sustainable Transport Symposium: BRT and Rail, Finance, Emissions and Road Safety
This post is part of a series covering the 2011 Sustainable Transport Symposium in Kocaeli, Turkey from April 6-8, 2011, an event hosted by EMBARQ, the producer of this blog. The second day of the symposium included sessions on BRT and ...
Unconventional Wisdom: Integrating Transportation and Energy Policy
Unconventional Wisdom: Integrating Transportation and Energy Policy
The New America Foundation hosted a discussion on transportation, energy and climate policy today in Washington, D.C., in an effort to investigate the role of policy on influencing behavior change and possible policy solutions to the U.S.’s increasing demand on oil. ...
Time-Based Versus Distance-Based Fares
Time-Based Versus Distance-Based Fares
What are the options with payment schemes for public transportation? There are two tiers of strategies that a Los Angeles Metro study recently outlined. Time-based systems allow passengers to ride a transit system and make free transfers for a set ...
A How-To for HOT Lanes
A How-To for HOT Lanes
More than 60% of D.C.-area workers over the age of 16 drive to work alone.  This means that on the Capital Beltway, rush hour commutes often – and unpredictably – turn into hours-long, soul-crushing rides. It’s bleak. But people still ...
Bus Strikes Paralyze Bogotá – and Show Transit’s Importance
Bus Strikes Paralyze Bogotá – and Show Transit’s Importance
Bogotanos are suffering through their fifth straight day of bus strikes.  About 16,000 owners of traditional buses (i.e. not the vehicles from bus rapid transit system, Transmilenio) went on strike Monday at the urging of their union, the Association of ...
Major New Study: Sustainable Transportation Reduces Emissions While Saving Money
Major New Study: Sustainable Transportation Reduces Emissions While Saving Money
Image from Moving Cooler. If anyone’s not seen it yet, the new Moving Cooler report is destined to be a real landmark moment in United States sustainable transportation. It’s quite rare to see any sort of think tank or government ...
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