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Feller: Urban Planning Should Encourage Efficient Transit

city.jpgGordon Feller of the Urban Age Institute says the current era is “eco-overshooting.” He offers a model for planned expansion, which integrates land use and bus transit to encourage high-efficiency transferring, Road & Track reports.

In the model, buses are chosen over light rail because they are some four times cheaper than rail and bus routes run local, express and orbital, with high-efficiency transferring. Feller says efficient transit encourages high-density corridors of business and residence. Cars are not a vital part of the corridors but they have access to the periphery. Curitiba, in southern Brazil, is hailed as a good example of this model.

Curitiba has the second highest car-ownership rate in Brazil, yet their per-capita use of gasoline is 30 percent below that of other comparable Brazilian cities. Feller says cars are in balance there.

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One thought on “Feller: Urban Planning Should Encourage Efficient Transit

  1. Feller is pointing out some crucial issues here…but i’m not sure national government leaders are listening very attentively. No fault of Feller’s, but the reality is that most politicians are narrowly focused.

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