The executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs Bob Keefe argues for the potential of investing in infrastructure to drive the economy while being environmental friendly.
A country not expected to be in the news about mobility, Peru is taking big steps to improve its infrastructure through public-private partnerships (PPPs).
One of the biggest factors that can depress transit ridership is when the bus stops themselves aren’t designed in a way that takes the rider experience into account. In cities around the world, so many stops have either substandard shelters/seating areas or none at all, are located in stretches of highway that are nearly inaccessible to pedestrians, and don’t feel safe from cars speeding by mere feet away.
If mobility without limits is the goal, that not only has to include people of all abilities/disabilities, but also people of every economic and cultural background. Public transit set up in the right way can have a tremendously positive impact on communities that include many people and families who can’t afford to travel in any other way.
It may seem obvious to some people, but transit usage has a tendency to stick with you. People who get used to riding public transit when they’re young don’t tend to be in all that much of a hurry to jump into a car as they reach driving age and then head off to college. A recent study reported by Fast Company has the details.
As more autonomous vehicles hit the city streets, governments must keep in mind that not all urban areas are favorable for such advanced technology.
While technology can be a powerful solution to many problems cities and their transit agencies encounter, the mobile app can’t be looked at as the Holy Grail of solutions to what plague the cities of the world when it comes to issues involving traffic congestion, walkability, safety, and mobility options. Transit Center says these cities need to do more than just buy or “tech” their way out of their issues.
Self-driving vehicles are coming. We’re already seeing cars on the road with autonomous features, like emergency braking and parking assist. Sooner than we think, fully autonomous vehicles will be on the road around us everywhere, and all sorts of industries are starting to prepare for that future. In addition to car manufacturers, public transit will have a role to play in this emerging industry, and the new technology could be a boon for bus riders.
Our city streets are in need of resurgence as more and more people are moving out of the suburbs and into urban areas.