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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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  • New Jersey Case Sets Transportation Funding Priorities Straight

    A recent court victory should ensure that their efforts translate into concrete results. In 2000, the New Jersey legislature passed the Transportation Trust Fund Act, which prioritized road and bridge repair over new road construction, required legislative approval for new highway projects, and mandated the creation of 1,000 new miles of bicycle paths. Dubbed “fix it ...
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  • Lima Gains Approval for Sustainable Transport Project

    The four-year project includes programs to promote bicycle use and improve bicycle infrastructure, lower the cost of public transportation, and build support within the municipality for sustainable transport. The city also plans to re-initiate a program that provided micro credits for bicycle purchase. To continue with the collaborative planning process, three events have been planned to ...
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  • Explanations Sought in Collapsed Czech Highway Deal

    Why was a multi-billion dollar contract awarded with no competition only hours before the expiration of the prior government’s term last year? And why was the contracted road to cost a billion dollars more and take a year longer to complete than the current administration thinks it should take? A special commission has just been appointed ...
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  • León, Mexico Advances Bus Rapid Transit Plans

    “We are convinced that a city with an efficient transportation system is a more humane and less motorized city,” said Genero Torres Cruz, director of the organization formed to oversee the project.  “This low-cost mass transit system meets our goals of eradicating congestion and the environmental contamination that it generates, in addition to reducing the ...
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  • World Bank Policy Documents Draw Praise, Criticism

    The paper, largely based on a 2001 meeting of the GEF’s Standing Technical Advisory Panel in Nairobi, is the first official policy statement to reflect the GEF’s new commitment to Bus Rapid Transit, non-motorized transport and traffic demand management strategies. The second document is a draft of the upcoming Mobile Source Handbook being developed by the ...
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  • Prague Mayor Supports Congestion Pricing, But for Road-Building

    Bém’s proposed scheme, however, misses one of the greatest benefits of London’s congestion pricing program.  While Bém intends to use the proceeds to pay for expansion of the Prague’s inner ring road, in London all of the revenue is invested in public transit improvements. Therefore, London benefits not only from a reduction in automobile traffic, but ...
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  • Bangkok Cycling Club Raises Awareness

    The goals of the Bicycles for Cities campaign is to raise awareness among Thai people on energy saving, environmental conservation, pollution prevention, health and exercise, the elements of a livable city, and most of all, the use of bicycles in every day life and as an alternative mode of transportation. “Planners of public thoroughfares are still ...
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  • A Brighter Future for Dar es Salaam is Within Reach

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Peterson, 212-629-8001, Dar Es Salaam Lord Mayor Sykes, together with City Director Wilson Mukama, today announced that the city will commence planning for the adoption of a new city-wide mobility blueprint for Dar Es Salaam. The blueprint will serve as the basis for a new world-class Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to ...
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  • Czech D47 Highway Contract Collapses

    Under an arrangement known as “BOT” (build, operate, transfer), a private consortium planned to build the 80 kilometers of road connecting Ostrava to the border with Poland, operate it for 30 years and then transfer it back to the government. The government would provide the operating budget through “shadow tolls” ­ per vehicle amounts paid ...
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  • Draft EU Accession Treaty Endorses CEE Road Building

    The draft treaty accepts the blueprint laid out by the Transport Infrastructure Needs Assessment (TINA), completed in 1999 by a committee of the European Commission, for extension of the Trans-European Network. The affected countries are Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus. “We know from Western Europe that building before ...
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