Archive for the ‘International’ category

NYC subway proves boon to the city and environment

November 15, 2009

ED. In Vancouver the car is king and government builds even more roads to encourage auto use.  New York, on the other hand, is so advanced in its public transportation system that we should be modeling ours on this American city, rather than having big business tell us what we should build.


More than half of the households in New York do not own a car and up to 75 per cent of the population of Manhattan is without four-wheeled transport, thanks to the city’s mass rapid transit system and their extensive network of public transport.

Due to the New York City Subway, one of the few 24-hour metro services of the world, and the fact that New Yorkers use the public transport very extensively, it is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the US.

One in every three mass transit users in the US, or 4.9 million people a day, use the New York City Subway, which is the largest subway system in the world, measured by track mileage. It has grown from 28 stations when it was founded in October of 1904 to 462 stations at present.


Massive shake-up of transport in Northern Ireland

November 11, 2009

Privatization of transit ruled out…

Transport minister Conor Murphy has proposed to reform the public transport in Northern Ireland.

Murphy said: “I want to make public transport people’s first choice, not last resort. Our public transport legislation is outdated – it is over 40 years since the last major revision.”

The proposals include the introduction of integrated local transport plans, access to bus stations and shared facilities for private operators, improved integration of timetables and ticketing between different transport modes and the regulation of fares.

Murphy continued: “In order to bring these changes about, it is proposed to establish a public transport agency, within the department for regional development”.


London UK considers BRT and light rail

November 10, 2009


London embarks on a year-long effort to plan transportation needs for the next 20 years.

With hundreds of millions of dollars in development at stake, politicians and bureaucrats have begun to debate how Londoners should move around in future and how the city should grow.

Already, some advocates of cars, buses and light rail seem on a collision course.

Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell dismisses the idea the city should consider building a light-rail passenger service to stimulate development along rail corridors. Light rail, he said, is for cities with populations near one million, not smaller cities like London growing at a snail’s pace.


Welcome to the transport of tomorrow

November 9, 2009

The Guardian UK

When Heathrow Terminal 5 opens next year, a network of up to 18 driver-less PRT pods will ferry people between the main terminal and its car parks, where each pod will be controlled by an internal computer and on-board sensor systems.

Welcome to the pioneering world of personal rapid transport (PRT) – a feasible technological solution to the chronic problem of traffic congestion, offering public transport with the privacy of a car.


– 36 Reasons Streetcars Are Better Than Buses

October 19, 2009

from The Infrastructurist

If you want a system that really attracts riders and investment, many transit experts will attest that streetcars are the best dollar-for-dollar investment a city can make.

Of course, there are plenty of situations where old-fashioned bus service or newfangled bus rapid transit (which usually has dedicated lanes) are just the thing. But for cities facing a choice between building a streetcar system or high-end BRT and the cost difference can be smaller than might think it’s handy to know that transit riders overwhelming prefer streetcars.

Well, overwhelmingly if the comments section from a recent story on this site can be taken as a fair sample. One reader posed the question, “buses or streetcars?” and the responses from laypeople and transportation experts alike came fast and furious. In the end, we were left with dozens of reasons why streetcars are superior, ranging from the obvious to the wonderfully creative.


– The Aptera could be the future of US motoring

September 19, 2009

Transportation News

Electric car gets 851 MPG (EPA comparison)

By this time next year, they could be millionaires — or so say the makers of the Aptera 2e, the space-age American successor to the three-wheeled Reliant Regal driven by Derek “Del Boy” Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.

Technology has moved on a long way since the Reliant made its debut in Britain amid the fuel crisis of 1973. For a start, the $25,000 (£15,300) Aptera 2e runs on batteries, not petrol, although the 4,000 or so customers who have already put down deposits will be offered a hybrid version.

Also, the third wheel is at the back of the vehicle, not the front, making the Aptera 2e look more like a UFO than a tricycle.

As if to emphasise its extraterrestrial looks, it comes only in a gleaming white. The dirty yellow colour of Del Boy’s Reliant (not forgetting the Trotters Independent Trading Co logo: “New York, Paris, Peckham”) is not likely to be an option.