Estonia will soon offer free public transportation

June 8, 2018 by  
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Estonia started providing free public transportation for local residents in 2013 in the capital city, Tallinn, but now  CityLab has reported that the nation has set its sights even higher: it plans to offer free state-run bus travel around the country starting on July 1. According to HuffPost, this move will be the biggest national free public transportation plan in the entire world. The plan doesn’t mean Estonians won’t ever have to buy bus tickets again, but rather that state-run bus travel in rural municipalities will be free. Citizens will also have to pay for  train travel, but tickets for the state-owned rail network will be less expensive thanks to enhanced subsidies. Tallinn’s free public transit policies — there city residents can ride buses, trains, trolleys, and trams fare-free — will not extend to other cities, and the offer will only be good for Estonians, not tourists. The Estonian government will devote around $15 million in taxpayer money to the bus system. Related: Cities in Germany to offer free public transit in fight against pollution The move could offer democratization of mobility for people in Estonia. Tallinn European Union office head Allan Alaküla told HuffPost that free public transportation enables low-income groups “to look for and take jobs in a wider area than they would be able to access by walking.” Delft University of Technology assistant professor of transport and planning Oded Cats studied Tallinn’s fareless plan in its first year. His study uncovered mixed evidence of free trips helping low-income locals. Those people did become more mobile, but the study didn’t find an indication job opportunities improved. The study uncovered a 14 percent increase in public transit use and a 10 percent drop in car trips , although the average distance traveled in a car went up. The study discovered the increase in public transportation use was mainly due to extra trips from people who were already riding the system or people who walked in the past. Alaküla told HuffPost, “We hope it gives people a reason to use their car less, or not use their car at all on working days. In Tallinn we have taken several measures to reduce car usage along with free public transport — special bus lanes, more bike racks to encourage cycling , and we have also raised on-street parking fees and reduced parking places.” Via CityLab and HuffPost Images via Depositphotos

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Zaha Hadid Architects wins bid for the Port of Tallinn Masterplan

September 4, 2017 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects just won an international competition to redevelop one of Europe’s fastest growing ports in Estonia’s bustling capital of Tallinn. The Masterplan 2030 will oversee a comprehensive and long-term redevelopment strategy for the Old City Harbor and reconnect disparate parts of the city into a more cohesive whole. Pedestrian friendly design, improved public transit access, and increased public space are part of ZHA’s redevelopment plans, as is sensitivity to the city’s historic fabric. An uptick of cruise ships and ferries to the Port of Tallinn has accelerated the demand for better passenger services as the port moves beyond just cargo needs. ZHA’s aim is to redevelop the port into a more attractive and easy-to-traverse urban space. The design will combine Tallinn’s innovative digital information technology with the charms of Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. “We’re honoured to work with the Port of Tallinn, developing unique solutions to create these important connections for the Old City Harbour’s long-term vision,” said Ginaluca Racana, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects. “Supported by its network of new pedestrian routes and public transport links, the masterplan reinvents a familiar space in Tallinn and reconnects the city with its harbour, enabling residents to reclaim a part of the city that is currently difficult to access and designed only for transit.” Related: Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp The new masterplan is centered on a central pedestrian promenade with branching pedestrian footpaths that connect disparate parts of the city and link the ferry and cruise terminals to the city center. In addition to the emphasis on connectivity, the design preserves the city’s urban fabric from existing vistas to the sizing of new city blocks. The flexible and mixed-use civic spaces will provide cultural, entertainment, shopping, and hotel amenities to the over 5 million visitors to the port every year. The masterplan for the Old City Harbour is expected for completion by the end of 2017. + Zaha Hadid Architects Renders by VA

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Hackers just attacked a major public transit system and demanded $70,000

November 29, 2016 by  
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On Friday, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation System was attacked by hackers who left a message reading “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted” on the system’s computers throughout the city. Their demand? A payment of $70,000 from the city – or they would release the system’s data on the web. So-called “ransomware” attacks have become more and more common in recent years. Hackers will encrypt a computer’s data, demanding a payment from the user in an untraceable cryptocurrency like Bitcoin with threats to permanently erase the computer’s files if their conditions aren’t met. Antivirus and security professionals recommend taking the exact approach that Muni seems to be embracing: keep frequent backups of your system and refuse to pay. Related: Lava Mae’s big blue bus brings mobile showers to San Francisco’s homeless population As of Sunday, the system appeared to be restored and gates to Muni stations were once again operational. The agency is declining to address further questions about the hack or how its systems were restored, saying simply that the situation is subject to an ongoing investigation, but that “Neither customer privacy nor transaction information were compromised.” The incident did result in one unexpected benefit for passengers: rides on the trains were free throughout the day on Saturday. Via Mashable Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Transforming transportation from the ground up in Austin

March 14, 2016 by  
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A combination of electric vehicles, shared transportation, public transit and planning for self-driving cars are crucial to efforts underway in the Texas capital.

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The London Underground completely shuts down for the first time in 13 years

July 9, 2015 by  
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At 18.30 BST on Wednesday, the entire staff of the London Underground went on strike, and thus the city erupted into a distinctly organized form of chaos which is expected to last until around 21.30 on Thursday. With the tube network shut down, Transport for London has added extra cycles to its bike share program and around 200 extra buses on major routes—wheeling out vehicles that were first put into use over fifty years ago. And yet, lines for buses stretch for several blocks, Uber prices are surging and spectators have been forced to leave Wimbledon early . Read the rest of The London Underground completely shuts down for the first time in 13 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: #tubestrike , bike share , Boris Johnson , Green Transportation , London Underground , public transit , transit strike , transport for london , tube london , tube strike

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Bjarke Ingels defies gravity with new office building for Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

July 9, 2015 by  
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Philadelphia ’s historic Navy Yard office park is home to a new project designed by starchitect Bjarke Ingels . The 1200 Intrepid office building will be the latest in a string of American projects for the Danish architect. With a $35 million pricetag, the office building design will result in an optical illusion that makes this four-story structure appear to be leaning or, as the design firm says, “defying gravity.” Read the rest of Bjarke Ingels defies gravity with new office building for Philadelphia’s Navy Yard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big , bjarke ingels , Bjarke Ingels Group , pennsylvania office building , philadelphia , philadelphia navy yard , philadelphia office building

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SOM Unveils Miami Multimodal Hub for All Aboard Florida’s New Rail Network

May 30, 2014 by  
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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

May 23, 2014 by  
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Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city’s public transit system. Called Waterway 365 , their project follows the principle that “across is always closer than around.” They propose incorporating water buses into the existing public transport service, and their system design involves a water bus unlike any other you have seen before. Read the rest of New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boats , ferries , Karl Garme , KTH , KTH Royal Institute of Technology , mass transit , public transit , public transport , Stockholm , Sweden , system design , transport , water buses , water taxis

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SOM Unveils Sweeping Bus Concourse for Denver’s Redeveloped Union Station

May 13, 2014 by  
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Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Pozna?

May 13, 2014 by  
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