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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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  • The Air Quality Crisis has made the Coronavirus More Deadly

    The Air Quality Crisis has made the Coronavirus More Deadly
    We have long known that our cities are in the midst of a global air quality crisis. According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of urban residents are breathing air that does not meet standards for health, with middle- and low-income nations suffering from the highest exposures. We already knew that exposure to toxic air ...
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  • Mexico City: 1985 and Today

    Mexico City: 1985 and Today
    35 years ago, Mexico City was devastated by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake. The 1985 quake killed as many as 30,000 people, damaged 31 percent of the city’s buildings, and razed the homes of up to 700,000 people. Today, Mexico City is one of the most important economic hubs in the region, straddling both North and ...
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  • Dar es Salaam: 1985 and Today

    Dar es Salaam: 1985 and Today
    35 years ago, Dar es Salaam was experiencing a surge of informal public transit operators. The transport authority acknowledged it was unable to meet demand with its limited bus system, and legalized the now ubiquitous daladala minibuses. Today, this is still how most Dar es Salaam residents travel: packed into shared minibus taxis that jostle ...
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  • Post-Pandemic, Chinese Cities Gradually Reopen Transport Networks

    Post-Pandemic, Chinese Cities Gradually Reopen Transport Networks
    Post-Pandemic, Chinese Cities Take Stock of Transport Networks Last week, China reported a milestone: no new infections of COVID-19 for the first time in about three months. Having passed the most serious period of infection, Chinese cities are beginning to open up again, gradually. And gradually, we are seeing what this means for China’s massive transport ...
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  • As the Impacts of Coronavirus Grow, Micromobility Fills in the Gaps

    As the Impacts of Coronavirus Grow, Micromobility Fills in the Gaps
    As the Impacts of Coronavirus Grow, Micromobility Fills in the Gaps At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is disrupting peoples’ daily lives in many ways, including restricting daily travel, from optional work-from-home arrangements to complete shutdowns. While the most common advice remains to limit travel, having reliable, affordable choices for that travel matters now more ...
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  • Rio de Janeiro: 1985 and Today

    Rio de Janeiro: 1985 and Today
    In 1985, Rio de Janeiro was coming out of two decades of military rule, and experiencing a surge growth. Older parts of the city were being demolished and rebuilt, and the city as it is today was taking shape. The city had the beginnings of formal a transit system, with the oldest commuter train in ...
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  • Transit Solutions for the Air Quality Crisis

    Transit Solutions for the Air Quality Crisis
     Transport Solutions for the Air Quality Crisis Our cities are in the midst of an air quality crisis. According to the WHO, 80 percent of urban residents are breathing air that does not meet standards for health, with middle- and low-income nations suffering from the highest exposures. While air quality concerns are far from breaking news, the ...
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  • Why Your City Doesn’t Have Enough Cyclists

    Why Your City Doesn't Have Enough Cyclists
    Why Your City Doesn’t Have Enough Cyclists More people on bicycles on the streets benefit everyone in the city, even if they never get on a bicycle. A higher mode share of cyclists means fewer cars on the street, greater safety for pedestrians, improved air quality, a healthier population, lower transportation costs, and greater equity and ...
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  • Nominate Your City for the 2021 Sustainable Transport Award

    Nominate Your City for the 2021 Sustainable Transport Award
    ITDP, together with an international committee of development and transport experts, invites you to nominate your city for the Sustainable Transport Award. Nominations accepted between now and July 2, 2020 at staward.org. Does your city deserve more recognition for new transport, street design, or policy improvements that increase mobility and improve quality of life for your residents? ...
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  • Chennai: 1985 and Today

    Chennai: 1985 and Today
    Chennai, the birthplace of the Indian railway system, was also home to the nation’s first electric trams, in 1895. Unfortunately, politicians chose to end the service in the early 1950s, with the idea of building “modern” roads and bridges for cars. By 1985, Chennai, then known as Madras, had seen its car and motorcycle populations ...
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