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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest 13 Aug 2007

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  • Aurora Fe Ables
    Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 4 Issue 14 13 Aug 2007 SUMA News Digest is a free weekly e-mail publication that features news,
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      Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest

      Vol. 4 Issue 14
      13 Aug 2007

      SUMA News Digest is a free weekly e-mail publication that features
      news, information, and events related to sustainable urban
      transportation in Asia.

      To contribute articles, news items, or event announcements for the
      next issue, send an email with the complete details and URL source to
      au.ables@... with subject "FOR SUMA NEWS". mailto: suma-news-

      Past issues from Feb 2007 are found at http://groups.google.com/group/suma-news

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      MTC to try out GPS on two routes
      12 Aug 2007 By Karthik Subramanian, The Hindu (Front Page)
      CHENNAI: The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will begin trial
      run of a global positioning system for buses on two routes, 21G
      (Tambaram - Broadway) and 70 (Tambaram - Avadi).

      Bus lanes to spread over 20km this year
      09 Aug 2007 Xinhua
      Shanghai will build another 20 kilometers of bus-only traffic lanes
      this year to improve traffic management, the city government announced
      yesterday. It will also place electronic warning boards at the
      entrances of elevated roads to give drivers up to the minute traffic

      BEIJING, PR CHINA: Beijing to test effects of less cars
      09 Aug 2007 Xinhua
      The Chinese capital will ban the use of about 1.3 million automobiles
      for four days this month to test the effects of this move on
      environmental quality, the city's environmental protection bureau
      announced on Thursday.

      Traffic fee study needed
      08 Aug 2007 China Daily
      Shenzhen's municipal government is to finish its technical study on
      the congestion fee collecting system and plans to begin enforcement in
      downtown areas during peak hours. The city's traffic office recently
      held a press conference, drawing on Singapore's experience and
      announcing a plan of its own.

      MUMBAI, INDIA: Naik for making CNG must in public vehicles
      07 Aug 2007 By Swapnil Rawal, Indian Express Newspapers
      To control the rising pollution levels in the state, the environment
      minister, Ganesh Naik had proposed to make Compressed Natural Gas
      (CNG) mandatory for public transport vehicles in Navi Mumbai, Thane,
      Mira-Bhayander municipal corporation area, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik,
      Kalyan, Dombivali and Solapur in the recently concluded monsoon
      session of the assembly. Accordingly, talks are on with the transport
      department to implement the proposal.

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      The Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research
      Program (TCRP) Report 95: Traveler Response to Transportation System
      Changes, Chapter 17--Transit-Oriented Development explores the transit-
      oriented development (TOD) land use strategy and its transportation
      impacts in terms of regional context, land use mix, and primary
      transit mode.

      EPCA Report No. 31: Report on the urgent need to augment and
      restructure the Delhi bus transport system to help mitigate air
      pollution in the city (March 2007)
      Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (India)
      reviewed the capacity of the current public transportation system and
      recommended the integration of a restructured bus system to other
      public transport modes. http://www.cseindia.org/AboutUs/pdf/EPCA_bus_report.pdf

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      SAFE Annual Convention - Riding the Roads: To a Safer and Greener
      17 August 2007, Indore, India

      URBAN TRANSPORT 2007 - Thirteenth International Conference on Urban
      Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century
      3-5 September 2007, Coimbra, Portugal

      Urban Sustainability Conference (USC)
      12-13 September 2007 Berlin City Hall, Germany

      13th Small Engine Technology Conference: 'Sustainable Mobility, Energy
      Conserving for the Future
      30 October- 1 November 2007, Toki Messe, Niigata, Japan

      Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2007
      14-17 November 2007, Shanghai, China

      ANGVA 2007: 2nd Conference and Exhibition
      27-29 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand

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      THANKS to Bert Fabian, Li Shuang, and Sven Harpering for their inputs
      and Jaja Panopio for uploads. - Aurora Fe Ables, Editor, SUMA News;
      Transport Specialist, CAI-Asia Center

      * * * ABOUT SUMA * * *
      The Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) program of the Clean Air
      Initiative for Asian Cities (www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia), Asian
      Development Bank (www.adb.org), EMBARQ-the World Resources Institute
      Center for Sustainable Transport (http://embarq.wri.org ), GTZ
      Sustainable Urban Transport Project ( www.sutp.org), Interface for
      Cycling Expertise (www.cycling.nl), Institute for Transportation and
      Development Policy (www.itdp.org), and United Nations Center for
      Regional Development (www.uncrd.or.jp/est) is made possible through
      the generous support of the Swedish International Development
      Cooperation Agency (www.sida.se).

      SUMA works with Asian countries and cities to strengthen the
      formulation and implementation of sustainable urban transportation
      policies, specifically in (i) improving urban air quality by adopting
      AQM planning in sustainable transport policies, (ii) improving road
      safety by encouraging non-motorized transport and public transport,
      and (iii) reducing transport's contribution to climate change by
      adopting a co-benefits approach with urban air quality management.
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