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Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest 21 August 2007

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  • Aurora Fe Ables
    Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) News Digest Vol. 4 Issue 15 21 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 15
      21 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
      suma-news-owner@... with subject "FOR SUMA NEWS". mailto:
      suma-news-owner@...?subject=FOR_SUMA_NEWS .

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

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      BANGALORE, INDIA: Bangalore transport dept takes bus to share market
      21 Aug 2007 By Shweta Ganesh Kumar / CNN-IBN in Business section
      With over 4,500 buses doing close to 9.5 lakh kilometres every day,
      the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is one the
      most profitable government departments in Karnataka. However, the
      journey's only half done for the BMTC, which now plans to go public
      with the first ever IPO from a state-owned transport undertaking.

      KARACHI, PAKISTAN: Traffic mess cannot be cleared overnight, says
      17 Aug 2007 The News
      The city government cannot solve traffic problems alone; it requires
      the participation of the concerned agencies and the public as well.
      "The chaotic situation we see today is the result of mismanagement and
      negligence of six decades, therefore, this mess cannot be cleared
      overnight," said City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal.

      MUMBAI, INDIA: Mumbai Metro: State looks to Japanese bank for second,
      third corridors
      16 Aug 2007 By Kavitha Iyer, cities.expressindia.com
      AT Rs 5,600 crore and Rs 12,000 crore respectively, the second and
      third corridors of Mumbai's Metro Rail project will be among the
      biggest projects being lined up for possible financial assistance from
      the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation.

      MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Automated dispatch system for Metro buses
      15 Aug 2007 By DJ Yap, Inquirer
      A fully automated system of dispatching buses in the metropolis will
      be in effect by November, according to the Metropolitan Manila
      Development Authority.

      More air quality and sustainable mobility news at

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      Air Emissions Issues Related to Two and Three-Wheeled Motor Vehicles:
      An Initial Assessment of Current Conditions and Options for Control
      Dan Meszler's report for the International Council on Clean
      Transportation is intended to present a summary of the current
      regulatory environment, provide appropriate background information,
      and introduce potential control measures for consideration in future
      policy development. The July 2007 report is available at the ICCT
      website. http://www.theicct.org/documents/Meszler_2&3Wheelers_2007.pdf

      Strategic Urban Transport Policy Directions for Bangkok (2007)
      This World Bank report under the Urban Transport Development
      Partnership (UTDP) is an independent desk review and recommendations
      on urban transport policy in Bangkok based on recent authoritative
      studies, policy discussions, and existing data. (Editor's note:
      Notable sections are sections III-V and their recommendations that
      deal with mass transit services (rail/bus) and pedestrianization.) You
      may access the report at:

      The Worldwatch Institute's publication, in association with BMELV, FNR
      and GTZ, is a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks
      of large-scale production of biofuels. The book includes case studies
      for Brazil, PR China, Germany, India and Tanzania. The authors
      conclude that biofuels will play a significant role in our energy
      future, but warn that the large-scale use of biofuels carries risks
      that require focused and immediate policy initiatives.
      The summary is available at http://www.worldwatch.org/taxonomy/term/445.
      The book is for sale at Earthscan:

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      27-31 August 2007, ISTANBUL

      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

      The 10th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation
      Systems (ITSC '07)
      Seattle, Washington, USA
      Sep 30 - Oct 3, 2007
      13th Small Engine Technology Conference: 'Sustainable Mobility,
      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

      See the CAI-Asia events calendar at http://www.cleanairnet.org/caiasia/1412/propertyvalue-13577.html

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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
      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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