January 14, 2009

Big Apple is Big Winner for Its Transit Improvements

New York City’s sustainability efforts under its comprehensive PlaNYC 2030 boosted it above Beijing, which scrambled to clean up its air before hosting the Olympics, and three other international nominees for the Sustainable Transport Award.

The first U.S. city to win this annual award, New York took the honors yesterday in a Washington, D.C. ceremony hosted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the Environmental Defense Fund. Previous recipients noted for improving their public transportation system, becoming more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, reducing their residents’ use of private cars, and/or mitigating the impacts of sprawl or air pollution include Paris, London, Guayaquil (in Ecuador), Seoul, and Bogotà.

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Big Apple is Big Winner for Its Transit Improvements

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