Posts tagged with 'congestion'
A Stop-And-Go Summer for Chinese Motorists
A Stop-And-Go Summer for Chinese Motorists
It’s every driver’s worst nightmare: tens of thousands of vehicles clogged a 62-mile stretch of highway between Beijing and Jining city, creating a perpetual traffic jam, now entering its 11th day.  While state television network CCTV says the traffic is ...
Bangalore's Bus Days Boost Ridership
Bangalore's Bus Days Boost Ridership
Bangalore, India is notorious for its grinding congestion and painful, polluted commutes.  The city’s information technology (IT) boom in the 1990s and early “aughties” led to sprawling, haphazard development and an expanding middle class with a penchant for private vehicles. In ...
Where's the World's Most Painful Commute?
Where's the World's Most Painful Commute?
As we first reported in TheCityFix Picks, IBM recently released its first ever Commuter Pain Study. The study found that commuters in Beijing have the world’s most painful commute, and commuters in Stockholm, the least. Melbourne, Houston, and New York City ...
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
Why is this Friday Fun? Because we think it’s kind of a joke! Engadget reported earlier this week on plans for a new Chinese bus that drives over cars, saying the idea for “huge friggin’ buses engulfing smaller cars … actually makes ...
Will Los Angeles Revolutionize U.S. Urban Transit Funding?
Will Los Angeles Revolutionize U.S. Urban Transit Funding?
“We can’t wait because traffic is unbelievable and the environmental problem is too severe.” — Denny Zane, Director of MoveLA On Friday, we wrote about value capture strategies as a form of alternative funding for struggling public transit agencies around ...
Using Facebook to Fight Dangerous Driving in Delhi
Using Facebook to Fight Dangerous Driving in Delhi
With just 5,000 traffic officers in a city of 12 million people, Delhi Traffic Police are enlisting the help of Facebook to crack down on traffic violations, as reported in The New York Times today. The DTP created a Facebook ...
Congestion Pricing Coming to Chicago?
Congestion Pricing Coming to Chicago?
“There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with traffic. Whatever that cost would be, I would be happy to pay. It would make the quality of my life much better.” – Mario Reed, an aspiring attorney in Chicago, quoted in the ...
Light Rail for L.A.'s Westside
Light Rail for L.A.'s Westside
A few weeks ago, we wrote about California’s promising Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), which encourages transit-oriented development by requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) “to create and implement land use plans that use compact, coordinated, and efficient development patterns to ...
Car Ownership or Ease of Driving: Which is the Real Challenge?
Car Ownership or Ease of Driving: Which is the Real Challenge?
The rapid motorization of countries like China and India is a scary prospect. China and India alone acheiving the same levels of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita as the United States would probably push us past irrevocable climactic tipping ...
Tomorrow is Another Day for Atlanta's Sustainable Transport
Tomorrow is Another Day for Atlanta's Sustainable Transport
There’s still hope for sustainable transit around Peachtree Street. On June 2, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill (HB 277) for the state, which we’re hoping will help Georgian cities – Atlanta, in particular – invest more ...
BRT for Free in Bangkok
BRT for Free in Bangkok
Bangkok’s BRT opened at the beginning of June, and is running on a free-trial basis until August 31 to try to encourage bus-riding to ease the city’s grinding gridlock. The new BRT in Thailand’s capital – a city of nearly ...
New Bus-Only Lanes for Manhattan's East Side
New Bus-Only Lanes for Manhattan's East Side
“New Yorkers are tired of waiting years and decades for changes to make their streets work better … We want to give buses  the red carpet.”-  Janette Sadik Khan, transportation commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, quoted in the ...
Stores Ditch Shopping Carts to Discourage Vehicle Use
Stores Ditch Shopping Carts to Discourage Vehicle Use
The Sydney City Council voted on Wednesday to ban trolleys (shopping carts) at a local market, citing shoppers’ propensity to load up carts with far more food than they can carry, and then rely on a car to get home. The ...
Coming Soon: Lima’s Metropolitano BRT
Coming Soon: Lima’s Metropolitano BRT
From 2006-2007, I spent one year living in Lima, Peru and researching its public transit system. Anyone who’s visited Peru’s capital understands what an adventure this was. Some of my most vivid memories of that time are of clinging to ...
The Role of Auto Rickshaws in Modern Indian Cities
The Role of Auto Rickshaws in Modern Indian Cities
In recent years, auto rickshaws have been a topic of endless controversy in India. Proponents maintain that they are a vital mode of transport in Indian cities, providing low-cost mobility and connecting travelers to mass transit and even directly to ...
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