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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

How Did High-Speed Rail Transform China's Regional Transport Sector?

China Regional Transport

Over the course of the past few years, China has made widespread and eye-catching achievements in building the world’s largest high-speed rail system, with a total length measuring over 9000 kilometers (5,600 miles) in operation in 2012.[read more]

The Multi-Layered City from Harvard Square's Subway Station in Cambridge, MA

April 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Underground

As the crowded subway train approached Harvard Square station, coming from Boston, I felt the sharp turn and heard the squealing and screeching sound of the wheels against the track of the train slowing down. Look out of the window and you will see remnants of the original 1912 station.[read more]

Design Challenge: Reconstruct Canada's Busiest Transit Hub without Stopping Service

April 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Update without Interruption

Union Station in Toronto is overdue for a renovation. Last updated in the late 1980′s, it is dated; the connections between the three transit systems are inefficient, and the congestion during rush hour foreshadows the situation in twenty year’s time when ridership is expected to double or triple.[read more]

Top Five Under-Rated Low Carbon Transport Solutions

Low Carbon Transport

Climate change is not a joke. Here at TheCityFix, we realize that we need to get serious about our strategies to reduce carbon emissions from transport. The world needs to explore bold, creative approaches to climate change mitigation if we are to preserve this world for future generations.[read more]

Moving the Capital: Public Transit in Washington. D.C.

April 3, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

D.C. Transportation

The Washington, D.C. Metro is recognized as the trademark transit system of the capital city, but it is hardly a befitting one. With frequent breakdowns, and delays due to track work, it is a consistent source of frustration for the region’s commuters.[read more]

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Revealed: the Best and Worst Cities for Commuting in the World

April 3, 2014 by David Thorpe
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No more sprawl.

Two studies released this week, one global and the other covering the USA, reveal the best and worst in urban planning for sustainable commuting and make recommendations for how to achieve sustainable urban mobility.[read more]

Moscow Metro's Commuter Dogs

Moscow Metro Dogs!

Over the past few years, a number of incredible stories have surfaced about stray dogs in Moscow – dogs that sleep in the suburbs, take the subway downtown in the morning with other commuters and return home in the evening after a hard day’s work of foraging in the city.[read more]

Can Denver's Ambitious Light-Rail Plan Meet its 2018 Completion Deadline?

April 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver Light-Rail Plan

In 2004, Denver voters approved an initiative to provide funding for a rapid transit system comprised mostly of new light-rail tracks, stations, and park-n-rides to be completed by 2018. Integral to this plan is light-rail access from the Denver metro area, to and from the Denver International Airport.[read more]

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Two Designs for Housing New York City's Growing Population

April 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Car-free living is key

How will NYC cope with an expected 1 million more residents? Two contrasting visions have won a 'Living Cities' design contest set by Metropolis magazine asking for solutions to New York's looming housing crisis. Both see car-free living as necessary.[read more]

The Right Direction? The Syokimau Commuter Train in Nairobi, Kenya

March 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Syokimau Train

Kenyan towns, especially the City of Nairobi, continue to choke with traffic brought about by the over-dependence on the motor vehicle and the insufficiency of related infrastructure. One alternative that urban planners can use to overcome this challenge is mass rail transit.[read more]

Four Awesome (and Odd) Gadgets for Your Sustainable Commute

Sustainable Commutes

 

South by South West, the yearly festival that celebrates all things in tech and entertainment, has just wrapped up in Austin, Texas. The festival featured many cool and innovative new devices – like virtual reality goggles, or a computer that doubles as a chef.[read more]