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Ending Gridlock with Smarter Transportation

For cities to remain the engines of economic growth, there has to be a technological revolution in the way their transport works.

Two years ago, Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motors, warned of “global gridlock” unless we developed a better connected, more intelligent transport system for our cities. Based on closer collaboration between carmakers, and greater use of technology, the system needed, he said, to link pedestrians, bicycles, cars and commercial and public transport as part of […]

Smart Roads Pave Way to Future Cities

Investing in roads could yield major benefits.

In a previous post, I discussed the need for a strong public transportation network and its freight equivalent in the shape of efficient, integrated networks in the rapidly expanding cities of the future. Public transit and optimized urban freight movement remains one of the most effective ways for urban areas to reduce congestion and pollution—both […]

How $7 Can Change U.S. Transportation

It’s time for a European-style gas tax in the U.S.

There is no easy way to present this idea, so I’ll go right ahead and state it plainly. If I could wave a magic wand, I’d impose a hefty gas tax on Americans. And by “hefty” I mean of the order of 50 percent to 70 percent. I would also require a different money allocation […]

The Key to Unclogging Urban Streets

Collaboration with city regulators may be the answer to traffic headaches

Picture a truck delivering product in a traffic-choked megacity and physical obstacles such as a maze of one-way streets come to mind. But hindrances like these are manifestations of a more fundamental problem: constantly changing traffic regulations. How do companies overcome regulatory speed bumps in sprawling urban areas where government is highly fragmented and the […]