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Friday Fun: Using Open Data to Visualize Public Transport, in Videos

Fri, 2016-02-05 23:05
Talk to any data expert, and you’ll probably hear about how data is revolutionizing urban transport. Without access to travel information, people are left in the dark when it comes to planning their day—a major inefficiency for any city. For ...

Real-Time Transit Data Is Good for People and Cities. What’s Holding This Technology Back?

Thu, 2016-02-04 00:43
People with access to real-time transit information have been shown to spend 15 percent less time waiting at bus stops than people without this information. Additionally, a study of Chicago’s bus routes found that access to real-time transit information increased ...

Managing Diversity and Affordability to Make Cities More Livable

Tue, 2016-02-02 22:21
How livable a community is depends on many factors like affordability, health, safety, connectivity, infrastructure and services. As cities around the world grow, urbanization can often threaten a city’s livability by causing land prices and housing costs to rise. Moreover, ...

India’s Smart Cities Mission Takes A Forward Step

Mon, 2016-02-01 21:09
In the last 15 years of my professional career, many concepts around urban development have come and gone, but none have evoked such an excitement as the Narendra Modi government’s proposed 100 Smart Cities initiative, that has a price tag ...

Friday Fun: Worried About Your Bike Being Stolen? Innovators Are Here to Help

Fri, 2016-01-29 21:01
Transcending borders, bicycles have emerged as an essential transport option for citizens—and they play a significant role in making cities more sustainable. However, concerns about bike theft have held back both public bikeshare schemes and discouraged individual cyclists. As virtually ...

Making Space for Corridors and Ensuring Reliability: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions

Thu, 2016-01-28 21:14
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in a variety ...

Emerging Trends, Model Cities and Major Challenges: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions

Thu, 2016-01-28 00:41
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in ...

With a (Not So) New Mayor, Bogotá Refocuses Its Attention on Public Transport

Wed, 2016-01-27 03:26
In his inaugural address on January 1, 2016, Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa outlined some ambitious goals. In line with the achievements of his first administration, Peñalosa declared his vision to make Bogota a world leader in sustainable mobility with the “best public transport ...

Delhi’s Diet Plan

Mon, 2016-01-25 20:59
Kudos to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and all others in the Delhi government responsible for announcing a car-restriction program. It is great to see city leaders realize that private vehicles cannot solve its mobility problem and start a diet programme. ...

Reframing the Issue of Women’s Safety in Public Transport in Brazil and France

Sat, 2016-01-23 01:11
A city cannot be inclusive without ensuring women’s safety in public transport. Women often remain a vulnerable part of the transit users, as many face violence, verbal harassment, physical abuse and discriminatory graffiti messages in stations. For example a third ...

Why Sustainable Transport Is a Key Driver of Sustainable Urban Development

Wed, 2016-01-20 21:06
About 80 percent of all wealth generated in the world comes from the cities, which attract millions of people every year in search of opportunities. There are already 3.9 billion people living in urban areas and, in 2050, that number ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Forging Our Road Map for the Year Ahead

Sat, 2016-01-16 04:21
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Meeting Road Safety Goals, Equitable TOD and Improving Data Collection

Sat, 2016-01-16 00:14
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Integrated Planning, the Role of the Private Sector and Women’s Safety

Fri, 2016-01-15 05:31
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Meeting Our Global Commitments Will Require Disruptive Change

Thu, 2016-01-14 23:57
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

Transforming Transportation: From Global Targets to Local Action

Thu, 2016-01-14 01:24
Last year saw major international commitments on critical topics like climate change, sustainable development and road safety. From the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety and the climate agreement reached at COP21,  ...

Cleaning up India’s Transport Sector: The Fight for New Vehicle Emission Standards

Mon, 2016-01-11 23:39
This series examines the reality and implementation bottlenecks of clean transport initiatives in India, covering areas such as emission standards, alternative fuels, and electric vehicles. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Delhi’s air ranks among the worst in the ...

Friday Fun: Singapore’s New “High Line” Transforms Abandoned Railway into Green Space

Fri, 2016-01-08 22:35
Residents of Singapore will soon be able to easily walk and bike across the entire country—thanks to its new “high line” project. Taking inspiration from New York City’s High Line, Singapore has announced plans  to transform the former Keretapi Tanah ...

Brazil’s Businesses Look to Global Models to Improve the Daily Commute

Fri, 2016-01-08 00:52
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...

Kirtee Shah: How Urbanization Is Affecting India’s Affordable Housing and Development

Wed, 2016-01-06 22:28
A renowned architect and Indian activist, Kirtee Shah has an extensive history working internationally to improve the conditions of slums and the poor. Over the years, Shah has served as the president of Habitat Forum in India, been a member ...

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