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The Need to Visualize Public Transit Data for Better Bus Systems in India

December 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Transit Data

Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service.[read more]

Increasing Mode Share of Bus Transport in Indian Cities

December 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban India Bus Transport

Like many cities around the world, Indian cities are experiencing urbanization, motorization, and increasing congestion. Coupled with declining public transport use and infrastructure expenditures that promote a car culture by building roads, Indian cities are losing out on the standard of living that residents deserve.[read more]

From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities

November 24, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities 'smarter' be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.[read more]

'Sweet Rebellion': Reclaiming India's Streets with Raahgiri Day

November 12, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Reclamation

Streets in India are famous for being epicenters of life and activity, and equally infamous for being traffic nightmares. Everyone with a desire to be on the streets finds a way to claim their space. Pedestrians play chicken with truck drivers, who dodge SUVs. There is an extreme lack of regulation and control.[read more]

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

November 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Cities in India

This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to build ‘100 smart cities’ across India in an effort to take advantage of the country’s recent urban boom and catalyze investment in Indian cities. His initiative will cost the government 1.15 billion USD for the first year.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

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Indian Industry Think Tank Proposes Improved Government Guidelines on Smart Cities Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

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An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

October 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Ridesharing

Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.[read more]

Must a City of 8 Thousand Follow the Same Planning Processes as One of 8 Million? A Case for Rightsize Planning in India

October 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

City Size and Planning

India’s urban population currently stands at 377 million, representing 31% of the total. This urban population is distributed across a diverse range of small, medium and large urban centers. Smaller urban centers – or ‘census towns’ that have recently crossed the threshold to legally gain urban status.[read more]

Bhopal Becomes India's Fifth City to Join the Car-Free Raahgiri Movement

October 9, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Raahgiri Day in Bhopal

Bhopal became the fifth city in India to implement the weekly open streets movement, Raahgiri Day. Organized by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Traffic Police, and Bhopal City Link Ltd. in collaboration with EMBARQ India, the event began at 6am and witnessed an overwhelming first day turnout.[read more]

What India's New Road Safety Bill Means for Cities and Citizens

September 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Road Safety Bill

Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and communities, but also on the workforce and the economy.[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[read more]