Now that the Olympic torch has been extinguished after the 2016 Summer Games, a question that faces every Olympic host city now can be posed to Rio de Janeiro: was it worth it for its residents? While some overall long-term benefits may be in doubt, the answer is definitely yes when it comes to public transport.
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Recent economic research estimates a $4.1 to 4.3 trillion annual investment gap between the urban infrastructure we have and the amount we need. That's why WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, C40 and the Citi Foundation are partnering to help cities around the world accelerate the implementation of low-carbon urban solutions.
With the 29-hour closure of Washington, D.C.'s Metro, trust in the city's public transit system is at a low point. But, the shutdown isn’t just bad for the Metro; it has broader impacts for the whole of the city.
An ongoing project between WRI, the Citi Foundation and C40 works to identify global examples of sustainable urban innovation and draw out commonalities across them. Researchers Anne Maassen and Benoit Lefevre reveal four of the findings they've discovered so far.
Real-time transit information systems increase public transport ridership and decrease wait times. How can we make these systems affordable and accessible to cities in the developing world?
Cities designed for cars rather than people create an urban existence that is bad for the economy, bad for family life and terrible for the environment. We can -- we must -- do better in the 21st century, as WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer explains.
Never in the history of UN climate summits has there been such a bright spotlight on transport. This is a momentous kick-start to promote widespread adoption of sustainable mobility in order to curb climate change.
Sustainable transport, when implemented in ways that are socially, economically and environmentally positive, is at the nexus of better accessibility for people and a decreased carbon footprint.
A new report offers evidence-based recommendations for designing safer, healthier, more vibrant cities.
In Mexico City's commercial Santa Fe district, employees spend $1,700 a year on vehicle maintenance and the equivalent of 26 days commuting to and from work.