Making a city smarter: Transportation and the built environment

Two developments becoming increasingly normal in the city transportation landscape are Bus Rapid Transit and Smart Parking technology. “Bus Rapid Transit is an efficient, high capacity and cost effective transit solution that many C40 Climate Leadership Group cities are using,” according to the C40 BRT Network. “Well-planned and delivered BRT systems with clean buses can provide ‘metro-quality’ service at a fraction of the cost.” BRT can be configured specifically for the physical environment in which it operates. C40 cities in Brazil and Colombia have published their own BRT lessons [PDF].
Smart Parking is a hot issue. IBM’s 2011 global parking survey “confirms what we know: parking matters,” says Shawn Conrad, executive director of the International Parking Institute.