New York’s Plan to Save Subway Seen as a Test for New Ways to Support Transit
New York’s Plan to Save Subway Seen as a Test for New Ways to Support Transit
For the first time in over two decades, transit ridership in New York City is on a downward trend—and we should have seen it coming. Once a trailblazer for investment in mass transit, New York’s subway system is starting to ...
Can Reef and Beach Insurance Improve Coastal Resilience?
Can Reef and Beach Insurance Improve Coastal Resilience?
When you hear the word “nature,” what do you think about? A pristine beach? Maybe your favorite wild animal? Nature means different things to different people. But do you think of nature as a powerful source of protection from storms, rising ...
Building Better Cities for Pedestrians Means Connecting the 'Last Mile'
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We are all pedestrians. Even if a car is your primary means of transportation, you are a pedestrian from the moment you park your vehicle and walk to your destination. This is also true if you use the bus, subway ...
Harnessing Tanzania’s Explosive Urbanization Requires Central Support for Local Goals
Harnessing Tanzania’s Explosive Urbanization Requires Central Support for Local Goals
Tanzania is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Its urban population is projected to grow from less than 15 million people in 2012 to more than 60 million people by mid-century. Most of this growth will take place in Dar es Salaam, ...
Opening the Floodgates to a New Climate Economy in Mexico City
Opening the Floodgates to a New Climate Economy in Mexico City
The Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico, as Mexico City’s wider metropolitan area is locally known, faces a two-fold dilemma. In recent years, the intensity of rains has increased, straining drainage systems and causing severe flooding in low-lying areas. ...
BRTData Enhances Indicators to Improve Accuracy and Comparisons
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Since 2012, BRTdata.org has provided up-to-date information on bus rapid transit systems (BRTs) in more than 200 cities, from passenger data to coverage and costs. Developed in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit, International Energy Agency ...
Global Solutions, Local Scale: Recycling Efforts Show Promising Path for Climate Action
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Now that cities can no longer rely on the U.S. federal government to take serious action on the global threat of climate change, many are seeing a path to success through collaboration. Legions of businesses, cities and nonprofits are banding ...
Sheela Patel on the Urban Housing Crisis: Think Big, Act Local
Sheela Patel on the Urban Housing Crisis: Think Big, Act Local
From evictions and skyrocketing rents to substandard infrastructure and services, many residents in cities across the global south face acute housing challenges. And the problem is growing. According to estimates, one-in-three people in cities are unable to access affordable and ...
Car Pride, Bus Shame: 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Joanna Moody and Rafael Pereira
Car Pride, Bus Shame: 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Joanna Moody and Rafael Pereira
The Lee Schipper family and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities are pleased to announce that Joanna Moody and Rafael Pereira have been selected to receive the 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Joanna Moody will explore “car pride” and attitudes ...
Do Bus Rapid Transit Systems Improve Equity? A Look at the Evidence
Do Bus Rapid Transit Systems Improve Equity? A Look at the Evidence
Some time ago, professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria sent me an intriguing message: Did I have data on how bus rapid transit systems, or BRTs, affect equity in cities? Impact evaluations for changes in travel time, cost, ...