Monday, January 21, 2013

Vehicle-miles traveled fee vs. fuel tax

Oregon is way ahead when it comes to electric vehicles, VMT fees, and sustainable urban planning.

See the recent article on The Atlantic Cities: In Oregon, Pushing Ahead With Road Use Fees

"The new usage charge pilot program, which began in November and runs through the end of this month, involves about 40 volunteers from state government. Participants chose the tracking plan that best fit their privacy tastes and will pay 1.56 cents for each mile driven — receiving a credit for any gas tax paid during the test period. The idea is to make sure each tracking option works in practice."

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Can the "generation of renters" change the traditional urban transportation patterns in large cities?

See the new article on Huff Post on "High Brooklyn Rent Encourages Residents To Move To Manhattan":
"New York City isn’t the only area of the country increasingly housing a generation of renters. More and more, Americans are getting over the notion that purchasing a home is part of the American Dream and are settling on renting instead, the Wall Street Journal reports."

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Connected Vehicles and Smart Mobility

"Basically, cars have become the ultimate mobile device and we, the people, are becoming connected drivers...This isn’t just an evolution of technology-enabled, connected vehicles. This goes beyond self-driving cars. And it’s more than a simple sensor-network: This is the era of smart mobility — an Internet of Cars." - Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the Internet of Cars

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Smart Cities

While I believe their list is not anything near efficient and complete, 25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have,a recent article on Mashable, is a good start to build on:
  • Open data initiatives
  • Parking apps
  • Apps for adopting city properties
  • High-tech waste management
  • High-tech parking payment systems
  • Apps for city guide
  • Touch screens around cities
  • WiFi in public transit stations
  • and many others.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Growing urbanization and need for city science

Al-Jazeera recently published an article on growing urbanization in China. The article is not about transportation systems but indirectly highlights a need for better understanding of large cities. Cities are in their roots physical systems and we do not yet know them well. With the growing urbanization throughout the entire world, cities keep growing in size. Satisfying mobility and accessibility needs in a large city is a challenging job and requires a good understanding of cities as complex systems.