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  • [WEBINAR] Indicators For Sustainable Mobility

    [WEBINAR] Indicators For Sustainable Mobility
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12pm EST Webinar Recording   More on the Indicators Indicators for Sustainable Mobility Presentation As Climate Change Escalates, US Cities Fail to Provide Car Alternatives   About the Webinar As cities seek to improve their transportation systems to make them more sustainable, equitable, and useful for people, it is critical that they first understand how their system performs.  To that ...
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  • ITDP Announces New CEO Heather Thompson

    ITDP Announces New CEO Heather Thompson
    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Thompson as our new chief executive officer. Ms. Thompson, who has been serving in the role of interim CEO since February, was selected by the ITDP board of directors after an extensive, international search. Her transition to permanent CEO is ongoing, and will be effective October ...
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  • Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years

    Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years
    Bus rapid transit has grown by 383 percent in the last ten years, according to new data released by ITDP. As cities around the world discover the benefits and cost effectiveness of BRT, they have built hundreds of systems across dozens of countries that qualify as true BRT. A new interactive map shows a comprehesive ...
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  • ITDP Releases New Study on Climate Change Ahead of UN Climate Summit

    ITDP Releases New Study on Climate Change Ahead of UN Climate Summit
    As world leaders gather for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on September 23rd, ITDP and the University of California, Davis, have released a new report on the impact of transportation emissions on our climate future. According to the new study, more than USD$100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending could be saved, and ...
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  • Exposed: Massive Corruption in Polish Hypermarkets

    Local governments are estimated to have lost a total of $6.44 million due to irregularities, while Treasury Agricultural Ownership Agency (AWRSP) losses amounted to $5.44 million. The city of Wroclaw lost some $2.3 million and Lodz around $3.34 million in zoning fees that should have been levied but were not. Typically, private intermediaries who’s ownership was ...
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  • Nowa Huta, Poland: Can the “Model City” Be Rebuilt? (Issue 14, 2002)

    Nowa Huta, Poland: Can the "Model City" Be Rebuilt? (Issue 14, 2002)
    Letter from the Executive Director: Does it make sense for China to motorize? • Africa’s Public Transit Renaissance • Greenwash and Waxing: A report on the Earth Summit and the resulting “Plan of Action” • Nowa Huta: What’s in store for the world’s largest brownfield? • The Sound of China’s Bicycle Industry? One Hand Clapping ...
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  • Basic Mobility Now Costs Less: Kenya and Tanzania Reduce Bike Tariffs

    On June 13th, 2002, the Kenyan government announced the elimination of bicycle import duties. The decision comes on the heels of a rise in petrol prices, and should give a significant boost to bike sales and use. The International Technology Development Group (ITDG) in Kenya was a key force behind the decision. The lower bike prices ...
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  • Green Fund Switches to Sustainable Transport

    Lima’s New Direction As the nation of Peru itself enjoys a new democratic beginning, a new sustainable transport initiative dawns in Lima. The proposed “Public Transport Improvement Programme”, will be a US$ 9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) initiative under the supervision of the World Bank. Unlike the GEF’s previous emphasis on technology, the Lima project ...
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  • CNG Bus Conversion Still in a Jam

    A more recent study by the Center for Science and Environment updated the estimate to one person dying every 53 minutes due to air pollution. In a commendable attempt to reduce this air pollution, the Indian Supreme Court ruled on July 28, 1998 that all eight-year-old buses and pre-1990 three wheelers and taxis would have to ...
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  • LONDON’S NEW CONGESTION PRICING

    In conjunction with the Central London pricing scheme, the Mayor introduced 200 new buses to be added to the current transportation system, adding 10,000 extra seats. The program, expected to begin on February 17, 2003, will charge 5 pounds for cars to enter the capitol’s inner ring road. More will be charged for heavy goods vehicles. ...
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  • SOME SIGNS OF SMARTER GROWTH IN CENTRAL EUROPE

    As part of ITDP’s efforts to accelerate the “civilizing” of out-of-town retail, Yaakov Garb recently spoke at a major regional conference in Vienna on the Future of Retail in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. He summarized some of the international findings on the impact of out-of-town retail, including on city center shops, and presented ITDP’s ...
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  • Light Rail vs. BRT: Showdown in Panama City

    In 2001, a French government-sponsored study concluded, unsurprisingly, that a French-built light rail system was the answer to Panama City’s traffic woes. The study dismissed bus rapid transit as being inadequate for Panama City’s capacity needs, claiming busways are only capable of moving 6,000 passengers per hour per direction, while Panama City needs to move ...
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  • Taking the “Car” out of Cartagena

    In December 2001, Mayor Carlos Diaz Redondo initiated the pedestrianization experiment, hoping to rid the narrow, colonial-era streets of congestion, noise, and toxic air emissions. During the experiment, auto access was still allowed for residents and emergency vehicles, and for truck deliveries from 4:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the morning. Non-motorized deliveries are ...
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  • MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

    JERUSALEM’S NEW LIGHT RAIL PROJECT IMPEDED BY POLITICAL TURMOIL An international tender for the project has also been hampered. It seems that some of the companies that expressed in interest in putting in a bid for this $400 million project were dissuaded by Arab countries threatening to boycott bidders. Only two companies will submit competitive bids; ...
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