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7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City: A Visual Look

The compact, connected city is safer

Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people every year, nearly the same amount that die from HIV/AIDS. But there’s an undervalued approach to making the world’s roads safer—good urban design. 7 design principles can help cities dramatically reduce road deaths. Here’s a visual look.[read more]

Are Tunnels for Light Rail Really Cost Prohibitive?

July 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Worth the cost?

Many seem to buy the argument that tunnels are boondoggles. Being against transit tunnels is sold as prudent reasoning even where hardly any alternative exists, like the case of the rail tunnel under the Hudson River. So maybe a closer look at how such a tunnel is actually built is in order.[read more]

Britain to Devolve More Power to Cities – But What About Tax-Raising Powers?

July 9, 2015 by David Thorpe

Should cities raise more taxes?

Understanding more about where different taxes are generated and where different types of public spending happen is vital in decisions about where investment in infrastructure might be effectively targeted. This is especially important as the UK government is devolving more powers to cities, as outlined in yesterday's Budget.[read more]

Banks Should Lend World’s Top 500 Cities At Least $1bn to Tackle Climate Change – NCE-2015 Report

July 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

All cities must become low carbon, says the report

Multilateral development banks, donors and others should lend the world's top 500 cities at least US$1 billion to help them implement low carbon urban development strategies by 2020, according to the New Climate Economy 2015 report, published today by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.[read more]

Conservatives, Light Transit, Baltimore and the Urban Question

July 6, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Good transit? Not if short-term thinking prevails

Baltimore's Red Line, a nearly $3 billion transit project, is a fully designed surface-subway light rail line, shovel ready and even recommended by the Federal Transit Administration to receive the very scarce and coveted "New Starts" funding. Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, has delivered a fatal blow to it. Why?[read more]

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

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe
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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
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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
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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]