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.
This infographic from the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides a cool look into their timeline for developing an ambitious 20-year Strategic Mobility Plan for the region. These are the types of long-range plans that major cities are going to have to tackle more and more in the coming years, as technology advances, and demand for viable transit gains steam among those who are living and working in the cities.
At Routematch, we’re all about encouraging multi-modal trips, whether that’s via trains, buses and paratransit vehicles, or car sharing and bikes. With bicycles, they not only have the advantage of being good exercise, but they’re efficient, zero-emission transportation that takes another car off the road. But sometimes, it can be difficult to read bicycle path maps for a city and get a feel for the path they’re following.
When huge events take place in a major city, that’s when public transit tends to make its present fully felt to lots of people who might normally not use it, including those from out of town and citizens of the city itself. The recent Women’s March in Washington, DC (and many other cities) was no exception to this. With crowd estimates of between 500,000 and 1 million people in DC and 2 million-plus in other cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the event was a massive showing by any measure.