HCMC seeks to revive public buses with new operators
Useless measures straight out of a World Bank consultant study: just change the contracting form, adjusting the incentives, and all the problems will be solved....right? Meanwhile, the small matter of buses being stuck in congestion is not addressed.
COVID Mobility Works gathers best practices of Global Mobility Responses to COVID-19
A platform "devoted to collecting, compiling, and sharing mobility initiatives that are keeping the world moving during the COVID-19 pandemic", with breakdowns by topic and mode. Quality is patchy but with some useful nuggets.
Covid Mobility Works, 06.07.2020
World Bank funding for a combination median bus lane and kerbside bus lane project in Harbin. It is designed to be 'upgradeable to BRT in the future', which raises the obvious question: why didn't they just do BRT now?
NSW government failed to update public on true cost of light rail
Incredibly, Sydney's 12km light rail system has cost A$3.1 billion, or US$2.13 billion, which is nearly US$200 million per kilometre. An auditor-general report finds that the government concealed the huge cost blowouts and the irrelevance of the project's business plan.
Sydney Morning Herald, 11.06.2020
Germany will require all petrol stations to provide electric car charging
The plans to encourage EVs also include a tax on SUVs.
What happens to neighborhood appeal if the coronavirus closes small businesses for good?
One of the better takes on the Covid-19 impact on urban transport: this article considers impacts of small business closures on the appeal of urban streets and neighbourhoods.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 03.06.2020
GM says it is 'almost there' on million-mile electric vehicle battery
Current electric vehicle batteries typically last 160,000 to 320,000 km. Reuters reported in early May that Tesla, in partnership with Chinese battery maker CATL, plans to introduce its own million-mile (1.6 million km) battery later this year or early next.
U.K. Government Boosts Bicycling And Walking With Ambitious £2 Billion Post-Pandemic Plan
Amidst a pandemic of pandemic-related prognostications of future transport trends, an article that focuses on the main point: what infrastructure is being provided? Without boosts to bike and walking facilities, temporary gains may be ephemeral if a Covid-19 vaccine is developed. The UK is providing a model for other cities, allocating 2 billion pounds (USD2.436bn) to walking and cycling. Though it is not actually new funds, but part of a bigger package announced for buses and cycling in February. The £2 billion plan starts with £250 million to enable local authorities to pay for “pop-up” cycling and walking infrastructure to cater for physical distancing during lockdown.
Europe’s Cities Are Making Less Room for Cars After Coronavirus
With limitations on transit density cities are accelerating measures to promote cycling and walking, including downtown pedestrian priority and long-distance cycleways.
Playing out: Waverley's kids are reclaiming the streets from cars
Districts in one part of Sydney can request road closures for a few hours each week so people can use the streets. It's proven very popular.
Sydney Morning Herald, 14.03.2020
Spectular pedestrian bridge to be built in Guangzhou. "人行桥跨中总宽 20米，其中西侧桥面宽6米，东侧桥面宽8米，中部梯道宽6米。整个工程占地面积约15025.9平方米,其中 占河道约9329.6平方米、陆地约5696.3平方米。总投资约19486万元。"
“Parking cash-out” clears the first of two votes unanimously
"The DC Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a bill that would allow employees to “cash-out” free parking offered by their employer. The bill would let employees who receive free parking instead take the value in cash for transit, bicycling, or walking."
Greater Greater Washington, 03.03.2020