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MOVE: Transforming Bus Transportation in Belo Horizonte

The launch of Belo Horizonte’s MOVE bus rapid transit (BRT) system seeks provides the city safe, high quality mass transport in an effort to slow the advance of the private car. Photo by Luisa Zottis/EMBARQ Brazil.Belo Horizonte, one of the host...

Posted March 17, 2014    

A Day in the Life of Hong Kong's Subway

Hong Kong’s mass transit railway (MTR) system boasts a high quality of service, an important factor in making sustainable transport the way to go for urban residents. Photo by Lileepod/Flickr.Transport and urban planners spend much of their time...

Posted March 15, 2014    

Transport Toolkit: Six Steps to a Low Emission Transport System

The new Low Emission Transport Toolkit will help planners and city leaders to plan, finance, and implement sustainable transport solutions. Photo by EMBARQ Brazil.City leaders and planners weigh difficult decisions when choosing the path for their...

Posted March 13, 2014    

Peru Takes the Lead in Combating Climate Change Through Transport

Peru’s PlanCC puts transport on the climate action agenda ahead of international climate talks. Photo by carlosfpardo/Flickr.The transport sector currently accounts for 22% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and emissions from energy...

Posted March 12, 2014    

Air Pollution in China Forces Short-Term Responses, Requires Long-Term Solutions

Average particulate matter readings in the Beijing area hit 473 milligrams per cubic meter last month, 19 times the level deemed healthy by the World Health Organization (WHO). Photo by Niccoló Mazzati/Flickr.As severe air pollution grips Beijing,...

Posted March 11, 2014    

The Perfect Storm: One Country's History of Urban Sprawl

Mexico’s history of urban sprawl holds important lessons for policy and leadership in urban development. Photo by Pablo Lopez Luz/Imgur.As some cities tout the benefits of sustainable transport and transit-oriented development (TOD), it is hard to...

Posted March 10, 2014    

Three Challenges Facing India's Growing Cities

In the past two decades, Indian cities have grown tremendously—not only in population, but in geographic size. Photo by Peter Vandeput/Flickr.Population growth and rapid urbanization are combining to create huge challenges for Indian cities. ...

Posted March 7, 2014    

New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles are a "Win-Win-Win"

New fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles like buses are important in moving towards a smaller carbon footprint. Photo by Zolk/Flickr.America’s vehicles are on the road to becoming cleaner.Last week,...

Posted March 5, 2014    

E-Bikes Bring Individual and Sustainable Transport to China

Shanghai is one of China’s many cities which has seen the proliferation of bottom-up innovations, such as e-bikes, to tackle the problem of urban mobility. Photo by 2 dogs/Flickr.In developed cities, new mobility options typically only penetrate the...

Posted March 3, 2014    

Building the Ideal City: Citizen Participation From the Ground Up

Online platforms provide citizens with new ways to shape urban development in their own backyard. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.Many developing world cities are experiencing population explosions at the same time as they face funding gaps...

Posted March 1, 2014    

Building Towards Better Bike-Sharing Systems

Mexico City’s Ecobici bike-share system is one of the best in the world due to its high usage and integration with city’s overall transport system. Photo by Eneas de Troya/Flickr.Less than ten years ago Lyon, France launched the first successful,...

Posted February 28, 2014    

Mexico City Park Partnerships' Role in Urban Revitalization

Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park attracts both residents and tourists to its pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares. Photo by Austin TX/Flickr.Vibrant parks and public spaces are invaluable in creating sustainable, people-oriented cities. Recently, 8-80...

Posted February 27, 2014