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Integration of all transportation modes via Satellites

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu offered hope on Thursday to people seeking seamless travel across different modes of transport in the country.

The minister expects the integration project to pick up pace this year after roping in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for satellite mapping of India’s transportation needs.

As part of the elaborate plan, a citizen will be provided a common mobility card that will allow travel on trains, buses, taxis and ships across the country, and may be used for shopping too.

The project is in the nascent stages and plans to integrate bus and metro services in the metropolitan centres are still on the drawing board.

Read Full Story @ http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/satellites-to-help-merge-modes-of-transport-suresh-prabhu/story-oBUZWDoI2ymJqnVA7J7P9K.html

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Build The Cities Of The Future with Free Urban Planning Softwares

Urban Network Analysis, an open-source software released by MIT. Taking a cue from social networks and mathematical network analysis methods, the City Form Research Group‘s program calculates how a cities’ spatial layout affects the way people will live in it.

It measures traits such as “reach, gravity, betweenness, closeness, and straightness,” which, in laymen terms, express features such as the number of services, buildings, and resources within a certain walking distance, or the volume of traffic along sidewalks and streets. Designers can also assign characteristics to individual buildings, as well as track urban growth and change with analytic support for policy makers.

Read Full Story @ http://www.fastcoexist.com/1678493/mits-free-urban-planning-software-will-help-build-the-cities-of-the-future

Sustainable Transport Investment Could Save $300 Billion a Year – Within Existing Financial Flows

Investing in sustainable transport infrastructure is something national and local leaders want as a way to cut climate-warming emissions – 23 percent of the global total – generated by the world’s transportation systems. But it has become a daunting prospect due to the public perception that it’s prohibitively expensive. New research that compares both high-carbon and low-carbon paths for transportation shows that public perception is mistaken: a low-carbon investment strategy is actually more affordable than the carbon-intensive way. The potential savings could be $300 billion each year and is within existing financial flows.

Read Full story @ http://www.wri.org/blog/2016/04/sustainable-transport-investment-could-save-300-billion-year-within-existing-financial

The reason for the demolition of the highway was simple– most of the traffic on it was ‘non-destined’ and was causing congestion and air pollution, besides leading to accidents.

The reason for the demolition of the highway was simple– most of the traffic on it was ‘non-destined’ and was causing congestion and air pollution, besides leading to accidents.

Read Full Story @ http://www.hindustantimes.com/gurgaon/redesign-expressway-to-end-the-congestion/story-M2GJoe93TOzmCcdQfEtsHL.html

How Intelligent Transport System can change future of Transportation

With more widespread use of information technologies and the maturation of autonomous vehicles, ownership and possession will no longer be necessary prerequisites for on-demand mobility.

Experts predict that the emergence of “cloud commuting” will have a number of implications:

A smaller, more modern fleet that is used more efficiently and turns over faster
Greater coverage in urban areas with higher demand
Fewer trips for people who give up on vehicle ownership and opt to pay by trip
Greater viability for the electrification of the vehicle fleet
Demand for new street designs that emphasize pick-up and drop-off locations rather than on-street parking
Read full story on @ http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1170806?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SustainableCitiesCollective-TwitterHandleFeed+%28Sustainable+Cities+Collective+-+Twitter+Handle+Feed%29

Singapore looking at upgrading Indian cities, transport sector

Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director of state-owned Economic Development Board, said Singapore is looking at participating in retrofitting of Indian cities and plans to upgrade its transportation sector, increasing its focus on Smart Cities.

Read Full Story @ http://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/infrastructure/singapore-looking-at-upgrading-indian-cities-transport-sector-official/articleshow/51742885.cms

8 new elevated corridors’ construction to improve Delhi traffic

The road transport and highways ministry wants Delhi’s Kejriwal government to pay Rs 10,000 crore for the construction of eight new elevated corridors linking the eastern and Western peripheral expressways to improve traffic situation in Delhi.

The centre has proposed link road projects worth Rs 20,000 crore that can provide direct connectivity between the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways through Delhi.

Read full story @ http://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/infrastructure/ministry-wants-kejriwal-government-to-pay-rs-10000-crore-for-8-new-elevated-corridors-construction-to-improve-delhi-traffic/articleshow/51797034.cms

Odd-Even phase II: Carpool option added to PoochhO app

Days before the second phase of the odd-even plan comes into effect, the Delhi government has announced the launch of carpooling facility on its PoochhO mobile application.

Read full story @ http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/odd-even-phase-ii-carpool-option-added-to-poochho-app/

The Important Role of Rural Transit

“While public transit in the Twin Cities largely serves people commuting to work – and is framed in the public mind by shiny coaches and sleek light-rail cars – it has a much different look and feel in rural Minnesota,” according to an article by Gregg Aamot.

The article provides an in-depth exploration of the experience and the context of rural transit. In the latter realm, Aamot cites evidence from the Center for Rural Policy and Development that “public transit systems provided 12 million rides in Minnesota regions outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area (and nearly 98 million rides in the Twin Cities)” in 2014. In 2010, about “70 percent of transit riders using the most rural systems reported not having either a car or a driver’s license.”

The article also provides background on the political support for rural transit in the state, as well as descriptions of the day-to-day experience of  Jim Hansen, a bus driver in the rural area around Blooming Prairie.

The Minnesota-based Center for Rural Policy and Development released the “Rural Reality: City transit, rural transit” report in January.

Read Full Story on www.minnpost.com

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