p>With financial support from FedEx, EMBARQ’s Fuels and Vehicles Program will aid governments, transit agencies and other stakeholders in making informed decisions about optimizing bus fleet performance and reducing cost and emissions. Bus-based public transport systems can be effective, low-cost, and low-carbon solutions to urgent transportation needs.
Transforming the City
As a result of CTSS-Andino's financial and technical support, Arequipa was granted nearly $1.2 million by the Andean Development Corporation to advance its System of Integrated Transport (SIT) project, a full restructuring of the city’s public transportation system, which currently serves more than 70% of all trips in the city.
In 2009, Brazil's Federal Government committed $6.6 billion to improve urban mobility, with a priority on bus rapid transit. The country's sustainable transport agenda gained significant international attention when it won the bid to host two of the world’s biggest sporting events: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
In Kocaeli, the historic center of Turkish industry, SUM-Türkiye and municipal transport planners plan to reorganize independent minibus routes into a formal bus rapid transit system to help relieve congestion and reduce emissions. Initially, the city’s minibus cooperatives saw the new BRT plan as a threat to their livelihood.
The People's Way
Ahmedabad launched South Asia’s first complete BRT in October 2009. Janmarg, which means “the people’s way” in Gujarati, focuses the city’s massive growth into sustainable, high-capacity bus corridors. By 2014, Janmarg will serve 90 kilometers and carry
175,000 daily passengers.
Growth Through Innovation
León, Mexico, a city of 1.3 million people, launched the second phase of its Integrated Transport System (ITS) in August 2010. The system’s operations were optimized with 10 new stations and 5 additional kilometers of bus-only lanes, plus 29 new high-quality articulated buses that are expected to remove more than 100 polluting buses from the road.
Top executives from Latin America’s most influential transit agencies made a binding commitment in Curitiba, Brazil on April 2010 to consolidate their industry and share best practices through the newly established Latin American Association for Integrated Transport Systems and Bus Rapid Transit (SIBRT).
Building Institutional Capacity
Indore is one of the fastest growing cities in India, faced with the daunting task of providing a modern and efficient public transit system to its 1.8 million residents. Rising to the challenge, Atal Indore City Transport Services Ltd. (AICTSL) established an effective and well-organized transit agency to operate and manage the city’s public transport system.
A New Urban Paradigm
The current pattern of urban development in Mexico too often promotes an unequal distribution of land: too many roads, not enough public spaces, and small homes in low-density areas.
But the pattern is fnally changing, thanks to new examples set by a partnership between CTS-México and Mexico’s biggest mortgage lender, the National Workers' Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT).
Mainstreaming Sustainable Mobility
In 2009, the Mexican federal government created the Public Transportation Federal Support Program (PROTRAM), which offers grants to sub-national governments to cover up to 100% of studies and 50% of infrastructure costs for public transport projects that meet certain criteria.