Brazil has what may seem like a fortunate problem: public finance is too readily available for transport projects, and this can undercut the market and crowd out private investment. A successful example of private investment in public transport is Sao Paulo's Linha 4, which integrates disparate transit systems and improves access to jobs.
High rates of motorization and urbanization, particularly in developing countries, underpin strong growth in the transport sector. Burgeoning demand has made transport the world’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions.
A new report offers evidence-based recommendations for designing safer, healthier, more vibrant cities.
More than 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes every year. Ben Welle explains an undervalued approach for saving these lives—good urban design.
The usual discussion around children’s traffic safety is a behavioral one, focusing on issues like helmet- and seat-belt laws. What's really needed is a "safe system" approach that actually makes cities safer by design.
In honor of U.N. Global Road Safety week, renowned architect Jan Gehl and director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Ani Dasgupta explore ways cities can prioritize moving people over moving cars.
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.
Local, national and international leaders have come together this week in Nairobi, Kenya at Habitat III’s second Preparatory Committee. They’ll set priorities for urban development that will shape city actions for decades to come.
China nearly doubled its number of cars from 2008 to 2010. Beijing and Shanghai are pioneering new strategies to reduce vehicle travel and create safer, more sustainable cities.
At least 20 percent of Mexico City's greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. The new Building Efficiency Accelerator can help reduce their impact.
Reducing traffic congestion is typically a responsibility that lies with local governments, transport agencies and other public sector actors. A pilot program in Sao Paulo, South America's most congested city, proves that it's also in companies' best interests to support carpools and public transit.
Rio de Janeiro has long been known for its traffic congestion and lack of affordable, accessible public transit. Now, in celebration of its 450th anniversary and as the host city of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, city leaders are beginning to transform Rio's image into one of a sustainable mobility leader.
India's railways are the country's largest consumer of electricity and diesel fuel. A plan to deploy one gigawatt of solar photovoltaic installations on railways could reduce the sector's environmental impact while generating economic opportunities.
Mexico City will invest $150 million in energy-efficient buses, public bike-sharing and car-free days-one of the largest sustainable mobility investments in the city's history. It's a significant step forward in orienting Mexico City around people, not cars.
MEXICO CITY (March 17, 2015)— Today, Mexico City’s Head of Government Miguel Ángel Mancera announced a new partnership with World Resources Institute, World Bank, CAF, and Inter-American Development Bank to invest $150 million in expanding and modernizing sustainable transport sy
By 2050, cities will add more than 2.5 billion people and global car ownership is projected to nearly double. By focusing on what makes us drive in the first place, transport demand management (TDM) can improve mobility and quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.
As Michael Bloomberg announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world.
Connected, compact and coordinated cities can improve economic growth, traffic safety and quality of life through urban mobility systems, which move beyond cars and expand access to opportunity.
Designing efficient, low-carbon cities and transport systems can improve health and the climate.
A WRI study shows new bus rapid transit (BRT) projects in Mexico, Colombia, China, India, and South Africa have the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 31.4 million tons over the next 20 years. This amount is equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 6.5 million cars.
Last year marked an important tipping point: for the first time, half of the global population lives in cities. Cities currently add 1.4 million people each week and this population growth comes with new buildings, roads and transport systems.