A costly commute.
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Bus Rapid Transit has powerful supporters around the world – but shouldn’t public transport be designed in the public interest?
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We asked an economist what to make of Luxembourg’s plan for free trains and buses.
Appearances can be misleading.
This attention grabbing policy has less to do with solving public transport problems, and more to do with the government’s nation-branding campaign.
Public bikes are meant to complement a city’s existing mass transit network, so the location of docking stations is critical.
Under 10 percent of new Citi Bike and Divvy bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, a new study shows. But that doesn’t mean city officials weren’t listening.
CRRC’s version of the optically guided bus, now operating in Zhuzhou, is more like light rail than its predecessors.
The autonomous rail rapid transit (ART) system developed in China might make buses sexy, but the technology alone won’t resolve the issues of road space and right of way in Australia.
Australians have a phobia of sitting in traffic and not finding a car park.
The arrival of autonomous vehicles would ideally reduce the number of cars on our roads. But this is a pipe dream without a robust public transport system and willingness to share.
Urgent and radical change in urban transport policies and practices will benefit the planet and future generations.
To cut emissions within the 12 years or so we have left to avoid disastrous global warming, we will need to change our old transport habits, using a combination of strategies to achieve this.
Transport promises stretching as far as the eye can see: Victorian Labor’s big one is a $A50 billion suburban rail loop.
Whichever party wins, Victoria’s new government will have promised the biggest transport infrastructure project in Australian history. So what are the promises and are they backed by proper assessment?
The Whim app seamlessly connects users to multiple transport modes in Helsinki – public transport, taxis, car rental and car/bicycle sharing.
Apps that seamlessly combine all our travel options could be the most significant transport innovation since the automobile, but early trials show government policy support is vital to make MaaS work.
Several Metro Mini buses on their way out of terminal Blok M in South Jakarta.
Jakarta’s minibuses can survive because of their socio-political functions and relation to the interests of thousands of business owners and workers in the capital.
CRRC Zhuzhou Institute developed the rubber-tyred autonomous rail transit (ART) system, or trackless tram, which has already been trialled in Zhuzhou, China.
For 40 years the author has argued that trains and trams are better than buses. New ‘trackless trams’, which take innovations from high speed rail and put them in a bus, have changed his mind.
Electric scooters could solve the ‘last mile’ problem of urban transport if operators learn from the mistakes that plagued the introduction of dockless bikes.
Shared electric scooters appeal as a way to cover that awkward distance between public transport stops and your destination. But first e-scooter operators must solve the littering and dumping problem.
Transport in the palm of your hand.
The UK pioneered smart cards such as Oyster. But now, experimentation is being stifled as cash-strapped councils struggle to deliver basic services.
Cable cars grace many urban skylines, including this one in Portland, in the United States.
Popular as gondolas in ski-fields around the world, cable cars, aerial trams, wires or ropeways are increasingly used for mass transit in progressive cities. Is this the future for Australian cities?
Staying at home puts women at greater risk of health problems – cities need to change to encourage them to go outside.
Building more roads will not help reduce congestion.
Busting congestion requires some creativity - and evidence-based methods. Here are four of these.
Riding your bike is by far the healthiest way of getting around.
What’s your risk of dying if you cycle to work, versus the health benefits? What about walking, or driving, or catching a train? Here are the risks and benefits.
Commuting has become such a routine part of our daily lives that we don’t stop to think about what it may offer us.
We see the daily commute as a waste of time. But there’s another way to see the experience: a whole life in the events and memories we form during these journeys, which change us as human beings.
A dormant ‘cash mountain’ marks a nadir for London’s contactless travel card, but trouble has been brewing for some time.
Afternoon traffic into Nairobi’s CBD.
Research shows that cities benefit from car-free days in many ways.