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Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]

Want to Conquer a Territory? Install Rail and Buy Property

February 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail Plus Property

The town of Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway connected the area. And traditionally its economy has been closely connected to that rail. The company has predicated its economic success on buying property and importing tourists.[read more]

What Did the Bay Area Look Like in the Age of Rail?

February 15, 2015 by David Edmondson

Bay Area Rail Transit

A few years ago, I published a map – really a cartogram – showing the service patterns of Marin’s old Interurban system, the light rail that covered all of Central and Southern Marin. Now, I’m starting on something a bit bigger: what did the Bay Area’s rail network look like in 1937?[read more]

Transforming Transportation 2015: Turning Momentum Into Action

February 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transport Innovation

What will the city of the future look like? How can we unlock the potential of urbanization to create safe, accessible and prosperous societies? At Transforming Transportation 2015 we learned about the role of urban mobility in creating smart, sustainable cities and boosting shared prosperity.[read more]

Los Angeles' Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

February 14, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art Funding in Los Angeles

Art in transit falls within cultural planning, a process which strengthens cultural resources in a community. Just 0.5% of Los Angeles' Metro Rail construction budget goes towards funding public art, while other cities allocate up to 5%.[read more]

Bogotá, Colombia Celebrates its 15th Annual Car-Free Day

February 13, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bogotá and Car-Free Days

Recently, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through a public referendum in October 2000.[read more]

Four Great Examples of Art in Metro Stations and Why It's Popular

February 6, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Santiago's Metro

A successful transport system connects people with their physically, and also culturally. While public transport can sometimes be perceived as anonymous and impersonal, metro stations that engage culturally with the communities they serve are much more likely to be seen as meaningful public spaces.[read more]

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Guess Which City Tops List for the Worst Traffic Jams?

February 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Jakarta traffic: going nowhere.

Indonesia's capital Jakarta has the world's worst traffic jams according to a new survey by Castrol, its 2014 Magnatec Stop-Start Index. But the solutions to congestion are already known.[read more]

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Dubai Becomes First City to Fuel Municipal Vehicles on 100% Local Waste Cooking Oil

February 4, 2015 by David Thorpe

Renewable fuel from the Middle East.

Dubai is to become the first city in the world to formally adopt biodiesel made 100% locally from 100% waste cooking oil for use in its municipal vehicles.[read more]

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City Leaders Must Engage Citizen Support for Sustainable Infrastructure - EIU Report

February 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

A section of Line One of the Panama City Metro

Urban infrastructure and services in cities around the world are in need of major investment within the next five years if they are to remain adequate, according to 68% of respondents to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The results show that city leaders need to do more to engage citizens.[read more]

New Survey Shows Increased Satisfaction with Urban Transport in São Paulo

February 3, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Urban Transit Improvements

Are you satisfied with the quality of life in your city? In São Paulo, overall perceptions of quality of life increased over the past year for one-third of the population, and remained stable for half according to the city’s Municipal Well-Being Indicators survey.[read more]