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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]

San Francisco's Director of Transportation Planning on the Importance of Piloting Integrated Infrastructure

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Timothy Papandreou – Director of Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

"We are a junction for regional trips. The biggest issue for us is therefore integration. We need to integrate all of the transport options, otherwise we’ll have sheer chaos. So we test a lot more pilots. We no longer build permanent infrastructure; instead, we test it with paint and local materials that we salvage from the Public Works Department."[read more]

'Eco-city' Vancouver Votes Down Tax to Fund Public Transit. Shouldn't It Learn From Hong Kong?

July 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Sky Train at Rupert Station

Earlier today it was announced that Metro Vancouver voted “no” to a 0.5% sales tax increase that would have been used to fund a $7.5 billion regional transportation plan. So why is it that Asian transit operators seem to be so much better than North American transit operators at recovering their costs through fares?[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How To Build Light Rail in Our Cities Without Emptying the Public Purse

June 24, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Light rail – perfectly integrated

An exploration of the way forward for light rail reveals it is pertinent to the future of urban development, but the challenge is how to pay for it. Will embracing the public-private partnership financing model get rail infrastructure off the ground?[read more]

VIDEO: Watch The Amazing New 5,000-Bicycle Park at Delft Train Station

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Park and ride – on a bike

This past February, a new central train station opened up in Delft in the Netherlands. As part of the train station, there’s an underground parking facility for 5,000 bicycles. Here’s a video of how it all works.[read more]

The Case For Planning Transit Around Low Population Densities

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Build it and make them come?

There’s a strong correlation between population density and transit ridership. The Pembina Institute report 'Building transit where we need it' specifies a minimum population density of 115 people per hectare for building subways and 70 people for light rail (LRT). But what if planners bundled land use decisions with transit decisions?[read more]

Sneak Preview of South Africa's New Commuter Trains!

June 9, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Aged commuter trains are being replaced

South Africa's aged commuter trains are being replaced. The first X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains are expected to be ready by the end of 2015 and the first complete PRASA train will be shipped to South Africa for an intensive testing program, before entering into service by June 2016, to serve some of the 2.3 million commuters in South Africa.[read more]

City and Business Leaders Warned of $130bn/yr Funding Gap for Resilience and Adaptation

June 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Infrasturcture is vulnerable

A new report from Mott Macdonald shows there is a business dividend from investing in resilience in the form of improved protection or better emergency planning. But it also highlights a $130bn per annum global funding gap for resilience and adaptation measures offering marginal direct business benefit.[read more]

Average Commuting Time for Americans Has Declined 8% in 10 Years

June 3, 2015 by David Levinson

Less time wasted

Over the past decade, the amount of time spent in travel related to working and work-related activities has declined six minutes: from 74.4 minutes to 68.4 minutes per day, according to the American Time Use Survey.[read more]

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]

How China Can Leverage High-Speed Rail for Compact Urban Development

Wanted: transit-oriented development

China’s HSR system presents an opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD) around new stations. However, this has often failed to occur in a controlled or compact manner. A more coordinated strategy for TOD around HSR stations could help Chinese cities develop in more compact and sustainable ways.[read more]