• The initiative will help the city, businesses, and employees improve productivity and save money

    The Santa Fe business district in the west of Mexico City is known as a “3D” area—distant, dispersed, and disconnected. Employees spend an average of 2.6 hours a day (26 days a year) stuck in traffic attempting to access the district. Intense traffic congestion affects other areas like Insurgentes Sur to the south of the Mexican capital, and Reforma-Centro in the center of the city. And in the Polanco-Lomas business center, average rush hour speeds reach a low of 7.5 km/h (4.66 mph), and traveling just 500 meters can take up to half an hour.

  • A seminar and workshop in São Paulo gathered experts to share ideas from the Latin American experience

    Transit-oriented development (TOD) brings together both urban and transport planning and has been proven a model for creating compact and connected urban communities. However, despite its economic benefits, TOD still faces financing barriers in many Brazilian cities.

  • The team conducted a road safety and accessibility inspection to prevent future BRT crashes

    Şanlıurfa, Turkey has a population of nearly two million—which may seem small compared to mega cities, like Beijing—but is still greatly suffering from congestion. As the city’s population rises, the capacity of Şanlıurfa’s public transport has been burdened, causing residents to turn to personal vehicles. To combat congestion and meet the needs of citizens, city officials created a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that is integrated with existing bus lines.

  • More than 1,100 participants convened in Mexico City to share best practices and learn about sustainable cities

    From October 12 – 14, 2015 our team in Mexico held the XI International Congress on Cities and Transport in Mexico City (XI Congreso Internacional de Ciudades y Transporte). Over the course of three days, more than 1,100 individuals participated in panel discussions, presentations and specialized workshops led by former presidents, transport experts and entrepreneurs.

  • Pai has helped bring sustainable urban mobility to cities across India

    Sustainability Outlook, a leading market access, insight and collaboration platform tracking actions related towards sustainability in India, has recognized Madhav Pai, Director of WRI Ross Center in India, as Parivartan Trailblazer of the Year 2015. The prestigious award is a recognition of Pai’s outstanding leadership establishing our Center’s EMBARQ sustainable urban mobility initiative in India.

  • New manual from WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities helps businesses develop corporate mobility plans step by step

    Commutes to and from work make up about half of all daily travel in Brazil. The majority of commuters travel at peak hours, which—coupled with low-quality public transport and sprawl—is harmful for governments, businesses and people. The current model of development centers on private vehicles, which has increasingly resulted in congestion, poor mobility and air pollution. However, both public and private employers can do a lot to encourage employees to commute in more sustainable ways.

  • Workshop brought together local officials and experts to share best practices on implementing new policies

    According to the Beijing Municipal Committee of Transport (BMCT), the number of vehicles in Beijing has reached 5.591 million, with 30.99 million daily trips within the sixth ring road at the end of 2014. As a result, air quality in the area has declined sharply. Latest data from the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) shows that among local pollutants, emissions from motor vehicles contributed to 31.31 percent of fine particular matter, for example.

  • Advisory Group will help guide our strategy for creating deep, long-term impact in cities worldwide

    On September 23, 2015 the Advisory Group to WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities convened for an inaugural meeting in New York City. The Advisory Group is comprised of globally recognized city leaders, prominent experts and academics in the field of sustainable cities, and business leaders who are making a difference in urban sustainability.


  • Established in memory of Dr. Lee Schipper, the scholarship has helped advance the field of sustainable mobility for four years

    EMBARQ, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ sustainable urban mobility initiative, and the Lee Schipper family are pleased to announce Gwen Kash has been selected to receive the fourth annual Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship.

    Established in 2012, the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship celebrates EMBARQ founder Dr. Lee Schipper’s vision and contributions to sustainable transport and energy. Last year’s recipients – Erik Vergel-Tovar and Madeline Brozen – studied the relationship between BRT ridership and the built environment and the design of complete streets, respectively.

  • Collaboration through the Transit Metropolis program to target private car use and support public transport

    Currently home 4.16 million people, the city of Suzhou in China is growing at such a rapid rate that its economic activity has nearly reached that of first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. However, rapid economic growth has also produced the same mobility challenges—major traffic congestion, pipe-tail emissions, and increased road incidents--that have plagued the first-tier cities.


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