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Streetcars are Just a Tool

August 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Streetcars and Cities

Earlier this month the Toronto Star published an article talking about the resurgence of streetcars in American cities. According to the Star, 89 cities in the US are currently implementing or at least considering building some form of surface-rail system.[read more]

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How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

August 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Columbia electric bus in 1900.

130–100 years ago the world looked like it was on a path to electric-powered transportation, with bicycles, inter-city electric trains and electric buses and cabs. Instead, gasoline and the internal combustion engine became widespread and sustainable transport lost a century of progress. Urban planning might have been very different.[read more]

São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by Empowering Citizens and Fostering Innovation

August 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Wins the Prize

São Paulo is empowering citizens to create transport solutions by fostering innovation and opening data. The São Paulo department of Transport (SMT) founded the Mobility Laboratory (MobiLab) on the principles of innovation, transparency, and public participation.[read more]

Top-10 Large Bikable U.S. Cities Ranked by Walking and Transit

August 23, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Transit and Cities

A multi-modal city is defined by its combination of mass transit, walkable urban places (WalkUP’s), and bike-friendliness. The rankings show the top-10 most bike-friendly cities ranked according to how their percentages of transit users and how walkable they are.[read more]

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]