What’s new in the world of transit?
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A new era has arrived for cities, and transit systems are no exception.
Transportation expert and urban planner David Sillito of the Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS) says there’s a growing sense of urgency about building the transit infrastructure needed to take our citys transport needs to the next level.
“Transportation is one of the most pressing issues in cities,” Sillitos research assistant David Hwang said in a statement.
“Transportation infrastructure is an increasingly vital part of our daily lives and the key to our prosperity.”
“The challenge is to build the infrastructure and manage the financial costs of the projects so that we can all reap the benefits, but without throwing a lot of money at the problem.”
The rise of transit systemsThe US has seen a surge in demand for public transit, and many cities are seeking to tap into this trend by opening up the roads and railways to commuters.
Cities are also starting to embrace the concept of rapid transit (RRT) systems, which are essentially the idea that we should be able to get people to and from work as quickly as possible.
“The RRT system is one that has been around for a long time,” Sallito said.
In some places, like New York, it costs about $30 a day to get someone to work. “
And it is also very inexpensive.
In some places, like New York, it costs about $30 a day to get someone to work.
In New Jersey, it is about $3.”
Sillito says cities have become more concerned about building a network of new routes that can connect commuters to jobs and the economy, and more have taken to making the case for the need for public transportation.
“They see the need to build more, but they also see the cost and the lack of mobility, and therefore the need is really to build it more effectively,” Silla said.
“So they’re building transit infrastructure to take care of the transportation needs of commuters and of people in the community.”
Transportation expert and author of the book Cities of Tomorrow: The New Transportation Economy, Michael DeMarco, agrees.
“A lot of cities are starting to look at the way that they can manage the costs of transit, because it’s a big part of their business model,” DeMarco said.
The US government’s Transportation Department, for instance, is looking into how to provide financial incentives to private companies that provide transit, such as ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, to help boost demand for the network.
“We are seeing the emergence of a number of innovative new transportation solutions,” DeMarcus said.
Sillitoes research assistant Michael Hwang told Al Jazeera that it’s also become harder to predict the impact of new public transportation systems on cities.
“We don’t know exactly what will happen, and that is why people have begun to talk about [new] urban infrastructure projects,” he said.
It will take a while to see the full effects of these innovations.
“A lot depends on what cities do, and how they are able to manage and manage costs,” Hwang added.
“What we are seeing now is the rise of a new generation of urban planners who are coming to the conclusion that we need to make our city more efficient and more flexible.”
“They are trying to build these kinds of systems so that they have the capacity to take on any type of public transport needs.”
“I think we are going to see more of this in the next few years.”
Sallito says he’s confident the infrastructure needs of cities will be met.
“I think they will be able do it, because they are already able to do it,” he told Aljazeera.
“They are not reinventing the wheel.”
“You’re not going to find any cities that have done this successfully in the last 20 years,” he added.
A new era has arrived for cities, and transit systems are no exception.Transportation expert and urban planner David Sillito of…