Increasing Urban Mobility

Jan 27 • Articles, Transportation • 2285 Views • 34 Comments on Increasing Urban Mobility

SkyTrain in Vancouver

SkyTrain in Vancouver

Glenn Miller,  Vice President, Education & Research at the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), shares what cities need to do to improve urban mobility.

 

1. What are the best practices for improving the urban connectivity of cities? 

One bright spot is the potential for using high speed gondolas as urban transit (also known as ropeway technology).  We have been a supporter of taking a hard look at high speed gondolas for use in locations where topography might be an issue or where there isn’t enough present demand to justify a fixed rail solution.  For many years, Roosevelt Island in Manhattan has been connected by cable although a much older technology, it is integrated into the system. There are a few other examples in North America but probably the best known is in Medilin, Colombia.  The technology is fast, inexpensive and accessible to people in wheelchairs. It has the capacity of a well-run streetcar but at the moment is best suited to linear applications. The sustainable community under development at the top of Burnaby Mountain in BC (UniverCity) is looking to introduce high speed gondola to replace the bus routes that connect to the skytrain. This would cut the time from 17 minutes to six, and would allow dramatic savings in GHG emissions. UniverCity is a great story by the way.

 

2. What are the largest obstacles to these improvements?

The barriers are complex and it would take a novel to list them all. The key challenge is to have a policy process that respects the needs of the private sector and which is predicated on high expectations for a return on investment. We at the CUI are part of an initiative called Strategic Regional Research that is being funded by public sector and private sector partners to undertake evidence based research to further those goals. If you look at the reports of the Transit Panel (Anne Golden) that just reported, our colleague was a member of that (Iain Dobson) and the findings of the panel reflect our approach and thinking. Rather than develop a transit investment plan and then undertake another process to figure out how to pay for it, we advocate that each project proposed be developed with a business case that has clear expectations for timing and anticipated results. You can find our first report on this website (A Region in Transition).

 

 

Related Posts

34 Responses to Increasing Urban Mobility

  1. … [Trackback]

    […] Here you will find 42339 additional Info to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  2. … [Trackback]

    […] Info on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  3. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  4. … [Trackback]

    […] There you can find 11062 additional Info to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  5. … [Trackback]

    […] Info to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  6. PI News Wire says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  7. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  8. … [Trackback]

    […] Information on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  9. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  10. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Info here on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  11. UNICC SHOP says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] There you will find 39010 more Info to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  12. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  13. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  14. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  15. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  16. … [Trackback]

    […] There you will find 87496 more Information to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  17. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  18. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  19. movie4love says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Here you can find 88082 additional Information on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  20. Title

    […]that may be the end of this report. Here you will obtain some internet sites that we believe you will appreciate, just click the hyperlinks over[…]

  21. Title

    […]although internet sites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we really feel they may be basically worth a go by, so possess a look[…]

  22. Title

    […]Here are a number of the sites we advise for our visitors[…]

  23. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Information here on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  24. Title

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine some unrelated data, nonetheless actually worth taking a look, whoa did a single master about Mid East has got extra problerms also […]

  25. Title

    […]The information and facts mentioned within the post are a few of the ideal readily available […]

  26. cheap taxi says:

    Title

    […]here are some links to web sites that we link to mainly because we assume they are worth visiting[…]

  27. Title

    […]check below, are some entirely unrelated internet sites to ours, even so, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[…]

  28. Title

    […]here are some hyperlinks to sites that we link to mainly because we consider they’re worth visiting[…]

  29. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  30. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Info here on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  31. … [Trackback]

    […] There you will find 17533 additional Information on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  32. here. says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  33. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here to that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

  34. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on that Topic: sixty7architectureroad.ca/2014/01/27/increasing-urban-mobility/ […]

Leave a Reply

« »