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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 ... Read More
  • 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 ... Read More
  • 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 ... Read More
  • 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 ... Read More
  • Africa Rising in Kigali, Rwanda

    Africa Rising in Kigali, Rwanda Naomi Mwaura, Mandela Washington Fellow from ITDP Africa, reports from Kigali, Rwanda about the city’s growing transport improvements. 4G Internet service on city buses? Stored fare cards to pay for transit rides? Smartphone apps to hail motorcycle taxis? Monthly car-free days? These perks may sound like standard fare for cities looking to enhance their sustainable transport ... Read More
  • Station Design Contest for New Boston BRT Now Open

    Station Design Contest for New Boston BRT Now Open BostonBRT and ITDP are calling for submissions to a station design competition to encourage creative visions of what a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s international MOBILIZE Summit in Santiago, Chile. Bus rapid transit (BRT) is being considered for the greater Boston area as a means to ... Read More
  • Coimbatore Smart Streets Exhibit Ignites City Street Transformation

    Coimbatore Smart Streets Exhibit Ignites City Street Transformation “This is a well-conceived project. If you can translate this into reality, it will be heaven”. This is what Mr. P. Nagaraj, an 83-year old citizen of Coimbatore, a city of 2 million in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, had to say after viewing the life-sized visualizations of the Model Roads on display ... Read More
  • Rapid Transit Trends Show Record Growth in 2016, with Huge Increases in China, Brazil

    Rapid Transit Trends Show Record Growth in 2016, with Huge Increases in China, Brazil Over the last year, there has been international record growth in fixed-route transit, according to a comprehensive collection of rapid transit data maintained by the ITDP Global staff.  ITDP looked at bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail transit (LRT), and Metro built in 2016 in 373 urban areas around the world. Data is collected either directly from ... Read More
  • Voicing Out: People Shaping Pune’s Public Transport Business Plan

    Voicing Out: People Shaping Pune’s Public Transport Business Plan “An online portal launched by the Government of India could be used to procure spare parts from traders at competitive rates.” “PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited) could look at fixed deposit investment plans for better fundraising.” These ideas for PMPML’s business development plan were not suggested by a transport planner, a banker, or a ... Read More
  • Is Your City Really Made for You?

    Is Your City Really Made for You?   ————————— Cities are designed for the male commuter. Transit is oriented to peak-time commutes. Buses are cumbersome for those carrying packages, travelling with children, or with limited mobility. Activities are separated, making it harder to do multiple errands in one trip. Sidewalks are obstructed, buckled, pockmarked, or even non-existent, making walking treacherous. —————————   Kalpana Viswanath of Safetipin asserted ... Read More
  • How Transit-oriented Development Can Transform China

    How Transit-oriented Development Can Transform China Asia Pacific Rail, the largest gathering of senior rail leaders in Asia focused on sustainable railway development in the Asian Pacific region, spoke with ITDP China’s Deputy Country Director, Xianyuan Zhu, about transit-oriented development in China.  The growth of cities around the world has been characterized by unsustainable, car-dependent and transit-poor urban sprawl. To remedy this, ... Read More
  • Santiago, Chile Putting Pedestrians First (Issue 28, 2017)

    Santiago, Chile Putting Pedestrians First (Issue 28, 2017) Letter from the CEO: Inclusive TOD for Sustainable, Equitable Cities Santiago, Chile Improves Equity by Putting Pedestrians First At MOBILIZE Yichang, Mid-Size City Takes the Lead People Near Transit: A New Metric for Accessibility to Rapid Transit Mobility as Equity: Low-Income People Near Transit Is Your City Made for You? 14 Years in the Making, DART Brings Mobility to Dar es ... Read More
  • Good Transport Data Can Change Cities

    Good Transport Data Can Change Cities Jacob Mason, ITDP Transport Research and Evaluation Manager, reports back from the UN World Data Forum in South Africa on how transport data can help create sustainable cities. The pace of change in cities has reached breakneck speed. Mayors are often so overwhelmed with day-to-day issues that they have a hard time thinking about the long-term effects ... Read More
  • (Re)imagining Nairobi

    (Re)imagining Nairobi As we start the new year, we look to a transport future where cities around the world build equitable transit for all. Local communities must be able to imagine and participate in this change.  In Nairobi, Kenya, people of all ages were able to do just that through a “car-free” streets weeklong event, creating beautiful streetscapes and public spaces for ... Read More

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