Tallinn’s free public transport leads to sharp fall in city traffic | CitiesToday
Within four months of initiating free public transport, the city of Tallinn in Estonia has seen a fall of 15 percent in traffic, including 7,600 fewer cars entering the city, and an increase of 14 percent in public transport use.

Tallinn’s free public transport leads to sharp fall in city traffic | CitiesToday

Within four months of initiating free public transport, the city of Tallinn in Estonia has seen a fall of 15 percent in traffic, including 7,600 fewer cars entering the city, and an increase of 14 percent in public transport use.

How Ahmedabad Got Public Transport Right | ThisBigCity 
For anyone stuck in one of India’s interminable traffic jams, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system sounds like the answer to a prayer. Cheaper and easier to implement than a full scale underground metro, BRT has proved a striking success in cities such as Curitiba in Brazil and the Colombian capital, Bogotá. Its former mayor, Enrique Penalosa, together with EMBARQ, a non-profit specialising in transport solutions, is advising Indian cities on how to go down the same route.

How Ahmedabad Got Public Transport Right | ThisBigCity 

For anyone stuck in one of India’s interminable traffic jams, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system sounds like the answer to a prayer. Cheaper and easier to implement than a full scale underground metro, BRT has proved a striking success in cities such as Curitiba in Brazil and the Colombian capital, Bogotá. Its former mayor, Enrique Penalosa, together with EMBARQ, a non-profit specialising in transport solutions, is advising Indian cities on how to go down the same route.

Bikes and Buses Propel Mexico City to Prize in Sustainable Transport | National Geographic

Bicycles, pedestrian-friendly plazas and walkways, new bus lines, and parking meters are combining to transform parts of Mexico City from a traffic nightmare to a commuter’s paradise. The Mexican capital, one of the world’s most populated urban areas, has captured this year’s Sustainable Transport Award, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) 

Bikes and Buses Propel Mexico City to Prize in Sustainable Transport | National Geographic

Bicycles, pedestrian-friendly plazas and walkways, new bus lines, and parking meters are combining to transform parts of Mexico City from a traffic nightmare to a commuter’s paradise. The Mexican capital, one of the world’s most populated urban areas, has captured this year’s Sustainable Transport Award, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) 

‘The science of public transit is not too complicated’ | Grist

A Berkeley transportation scholar offers an appealingly simple rule in Adam Nagourney’s dispatch on the sizeable subway and light-rail expansion in Los Angeles:

Robert B. Cervero, the director of the University of California Transportation Center in Berkeley, said that if the subway expansion cut commuting time as promised, it would indeed change ridership habits. Transit officials said the ride from Koreatown to Westwood by subway would take 24 minutes, compared with 50 minutes during the rush in a car or on a bus.

"The science of public transit is not too complicated," Mr. Cervero said in an e-mail message. "It comes down to how time-competitive transit is with the private car. If it takes two to three times longer to get from Point A to Point B by transit, the vast majority of folks will drive. If it’s faster going by bus or train, then most will forsake their car and ride transit."

Is it that simple? Social-science research proves over and over again that people are less rational with their money than we’d like to believe — which has forced the field of economics to reconsider once-cherished assumptions. It’s hard to believe people are any more rational with how they allocate their time.

Don’t habit, social pressure, perceptions about what’s pleasant and safe all affect which mode of transport people choose?

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Comparing  the Country’s Largest Public Transit Systems - Cities, Rethought - GOOD
Taking public transportation is one of the best way to combat congestion in our cities. But to encourage individuals to take mass transit, cities must invest to keep their transportation systems running efficiently and serving citizens’ needs. See how the country’s largest subway and rapid transit systems stack up in terms of how many riders they serve and how well they serve those riders.

Comparing the Country’s Largest Public Transit Systems - Cities, Rethought - GOOD

Taking public transportation is one of the best way to combat congestion in our cities. But to encourage individuals to take mass transit, cities must invest to keep their transportation systems running efficiently and serving citizens’ needs. See how the country’s largest subway and rapid transit systems stack up in terms of how many riders they serve and how well they serve those riders.