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UK's Most Congested City to Get Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

September 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Artist impression of part of the scheme

Work should finally be getting underway soon for Bristol's £200 million ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit (BRT) network, following completion of all the relevant planning applications and an announcement of funding from central government. Bristol was named as the "most congested city in England" in the 2012 Congestion Index.[read more]

Transport Sector Climate Action Key to Close the World's Emissions Gap

September 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Emissions Reduction and Transportation

Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.[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]

What Does the Future of Sustainable Transport Look Like in Lagos?

September 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Lagos and Sustainable Urban Transport

Lagos – the largest city and commercial capital of Nigeria – has traditionally struggled with a lack of reliable mass transit systems and severe traffic congestion. The average Lagos commuter spends over three hours in traffic every day. However, the city has made strides to improve mass transit options.[read more]

New Study Reveals Potential Solutions to Social Demand for Transport in Brazilian Cities

September 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil Transport and Social Demand

Increased bus fares are a greater concern to Brazilian citizens than increased electricity, water or telephone bills. This fact and others come from a recent study presented at the Brazilian National Association of Transport Operators 2014 National Seminar on Urban Public Transportation.[read more]

By the Numbers: Sustainable Mobility Improves Health and Road Safety

September 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainability and Safety

50 million: The number of people that are seriously injured every year in traffic accidents; 1.3 million of these people die. 695: The approximate reduction in annual traffic crashes on the Macrobús BRT corridor in Guadalajara, Mexico as a result of reserving one lane exclusively for buses.[read more]

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UN Online Course in Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

September 12, 2014 by Améline Peterschmitt

Learn online

The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. To learn more about urban transport planning, register now for the UN's e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, starting soon.[read more]

Taxis Just Got 40% Cheaper in Toronto

September 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Taxis and Competition

UberX officially launched in Toronto today. Which means that Toronto’s taxi and limousine industry is about to get a lot more grouchy. UberX is Uber’s low-cost car service. Just like the regular version, you hail a car using your mobile phone. But this option will cost you 40% less than a regular taxi![read more]

Mexico's Disabled Population Deserves Mobility and Accessibility

September 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mexico and Accessibility

Handicap spots and other reserved spaces are not a whim of those who design public transport, parking lots, and sidewalks, or of those who respect their status as “reserved.” These spots are logical measures that guarantee the mobility, accessibility and safety of that live permanently or temporarily with a disability.[read more]

The Reimagined Bus Stop

September 9, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Bus Stop Design

Earlier this year, the tiny Austrian village of Krumbach (it has a population of around 1,000 people) formed a cultural association and launched the 'Bus:Stop' project to boost the number of tourists who already visit the surrounding scenic Bregenzerwald area.[read more]

The War on the Car

September 8, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Urbanism and the Car

Almost seventy-five percent of downtown residents walk, cycle, or take transit to work, leaving drivers firmly in the minority. For me, this then makes me question whether or not we’re optimizing well enough for the majority. However, the issue is quite often not that simple.[read more]

The 5 Largest Public Transit Systems in the US [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 7, 2014 by This Big City

US Public Transit Systems

Did you know: the five largest public transit systems in the US can be found in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco? And their history stretches back to the 19th century? This new infographic looks at the history and development of these systems.[read more]