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Transit - the New Urban Commons?

June 1, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

 

Jam today, none tomorow?

Cities compete for the 'echo boom' generation that isn't in love with cars and suburbs anymore, by wooing them with bike lanes, walk scores and robust transit. So if one reads on Trip Advisor that a city is not known for its efficient public transportation system, what should be done?[read more]

Ten Ways to Improve Bus Transit Use and Experience

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Washington DC's new bus

Last year, buses were used nationwide in the USA for more than 5.35 billion bus trips, ie half of all transit users and thus outdoes all other transit modes combined. But still, bus trips are largely not ideal. So what can be done to rectify this? Here are ten suggestions.[read more]

3 Ways the “Internet of Moving Things” is Transforming Bus Travel

Cell Phones are Revolutionizing Bus Use

Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities everywhere to make ticket purchasing more convenient and efficient, provide users with information about bus locations, and make city services more responsive to local needs. Welcome to the so-called “Internet of Moving Things”.[read more]

The Top 10 Benefits of Public Transportation

April 8, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

It's National Stand Up For Transportation Day

Thursday, April 9, has been designated National Stand Up For Transportation Day. On this day, Americans will meet in communities across the country and online to press Congress to invest in long term transportation funding, especially public transit.[read more]

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The Emerging Transport Technologies That Are Changing The Ways People Move

October 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Uncertain at the crossroads? Read this report.

For running efficient transport systems in cities there is now plenty of technology to choose between, from smartphone apps to determine road and cycle path conditions, to Bluetooth systems that allow transport operators and planners to analyse journeys across multiple transport modes in near real-time. This guide will help you choose between them develop better transport systems.[read more]

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UN Online Course in Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

September 12, 2014 by unitar_dcp

Learn online

The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. To learn more about urban transport planning, register now for the UN's e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, starting soon.[read more]

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How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

August 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Columbia electric bus in 1900.

130–100 years ago the world looked like it was on a path to electric-powered transportation, with bicycles, inter-city electric trains and electric buses and cabs. Instead, gasoline and the internal combustion engine became widespread and sustainable transport lost a century of progress. Urban planning might have been very different.[read more]

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Bangalore: India's Only Metro City with 'Profit Making' Bus System

May 21, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Smart, Air-Conditioned, Efficient System

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is the sole public transport provider for Bangalore and the only bus company in the whole of India making a profit. It therefore serves as an example to others. This in-depth article explains how it has achieved its success.[read more]

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Public Transit Use in American Cities Sees Highest Increase in 57 Years

March 11, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Public transit systems are shaking off their old image.

The use of buses, subways and trams is increasing in American cities. Last year saw the highest annual number of users of public transit in 57 years, according to new statistics from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).[read more]

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Europe's Biggest Biogas Bus Fleet Is in "Wallander's Homeland"

February 11, 2014 by Clare Taylor

Kurt Wallander rides a bio-powered bus!

Famous as the homeland of fictional and television detective Kurt Wallander, the Skåne region of southern Sweden runs Europe's biggest fleet of biogas-powered buses. It is now actually aiming for one-hundred-percent fossil-free bus transport by 2020.[read more]

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The Demise of the 'Red Bus' Means Congestion in Ahmedabad

January 15, 2014 by Pratik Dave

A Vicious Circle of Decline

How can a city bus service, once the nation's pride, cope with a combination of rising urbanization and car ownership, ageing fleet, rising costs and poor management? Ahmedabad is paying for this failure with rising congestion and air pollution.[read more]

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India Experiments with Car Free Sunday Streets and Bus Day to Popularize People Friendly Cities

January 1, 2014 by Kumar Manish

Cycle Day in Bengaluru, Bangalore.

A new wave of people-centric innovative campaigns has reignited the concept of "cities for its people" in India. These initiatives are supported by citizen groups & nonprofit organizations with able support from media and local government bodies to capture the hearts of the people.[read more]