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Can Personal Rapid Transit Replace 90% of Cars on the Road?

August 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Personal Rapid Transit

Sustainable urban mobility can come from multiple sources. Personal rapid transit (PRT) combines public transport with personalized routing. Though their designs vary, PRT systems generally consist of four- to six-passenger pods that are autonomously controlled while traveling along guide-ways.[read more]

What Does Public and Private Sector Investment in Transport Look Like?

August 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Investment in Transit

Congestion, high levels of air pollution, and traffic crashes are consequences of a culture of investment that has focused for decades on the automobile. These externalities can cost up to 10 percent of a country’s GDP, and the world’s vehicle fleet is projected to double by 2050.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

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Possibly the World's First Battery-powered Train Is Undergoing Trials

August 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Batteries included

Trials of what is thought to be the UK's – and possibly the world's – first battery-powered train have begun by network operator Network Rail. A battery-powered train would not have to use diesel and could run on non-electrified track.[read more]

Are Streetcars Worth the Investment?

August 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Are Streetcars Worthwhile?

Streetcars have become increasingly common in the United States, with 23 existing systems and another 12 currently under construction. Though they typically travel more slowly and cover shorter distances than other forms of public transport, streetcars can help shape the identity of urban corridors.[read more]

Mexico City's New Mobility Law Shifts Focus Towards People, Not Cars

August 14, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mexico City and Urban Mobility

Sustainable mobility is a key challenge for city leaders. Mexico City – the world’s fourth most populous city, with more than 20 million inhabitants in its metro area – is no different. The city must overcome a long history of urban sprawl in order to unlock economic opportunities and improve quality of life for residents.[read more]

Why Light Rail Isn't a Waste of Money

August 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Light Rail Benefits

Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that we should instead be spending our scarce public dollars on more buses.[read more]

High-Speed SMART

August 6, 2014 by David Edmondson

High-Speed Trains

The trains SMART will use are relatively slow. While they have a top speed of 79 miles per hour, their federally-mandated tank-like structure means they will have to have a very long acceleration and long deceleration. Each stop will be a significant time suck.[read more]

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The Bold New Plan To Speed Transport Between England's Northern Cities

August 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

Plans include a trans-Pennine tunnel.

The economy and demographic of England has been distorted towards the magnet of London's economic powerhouse since the demise of manufacturing industry in the north. That may be about to change as five northern citieslaunch a £15 billion, 15 year investment plan to improve transport, freight and logistics between them and towards the south.[read more]

Top 10 Large U.S. Cities by Transit Ridership

August 2, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Transit Size

The top-10 list of transit ridership in U.S. cities with population’s over 300,000 is telling of how America’s cities are transit-lean. The United States is so large that an astonishing 63 cities have populations over 300,000, yet the 10th place city on this list has only a 15% rate of transit ridership.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]