Category Archives: 2.3 – public transports

The major of Rome is on Flickr!

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I just discovered that Mr. Gianni Alemanno, Major of Rome, is on Flickr.

Here we see his set about te opening of the new BRT in Rome.

Good to see that more and more politicians are entering the blogosphere!

New BRT under construction in Rome

Wandering around the web, I discovered today a good news from Rome: A brand new BRT opening in the south-east of the city. The new infrastructure will start from ANAGNINA subway station and extend further east, passing through Cinecittà Est and Tor Vergata. All details of this infrastructure are here (PDF).

ATV Map

(image: Roma Metropolitane)

Almost all the line will run along a highway, with the exception of the first kilometer, along Via Ciamarra. In this first kilometer, some interesting interventions will be made.

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(source photos: skyscrapercity)

Thanks to this intervention, a previously anonymous road turned into a sort of Spanish Rambla.

Will it become a new center for outdor activities, like similar projects in San Francisco or New York?

We’ll see. In the meantime you can give your opinion in the poll:

New Urbanism vs. Suburbanism

the whistle stop train tour

Following the same route that Abraham Lincoln rode 150 years ago, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden made their way to the inauguration on a whistle stop train tour that wove its way from Philadelphia through Delaware and Maryland on its way to Washington.

“To the children who hear the whistle of the train and dream of a better life — that’s who we’re fighting for. That’s who needs change,” President Obama said at one stop along the way. “And those are the stories that we will gather with us to Washington.”

After several years in which trains have been neglected in favour of cars and planes, Obama’s choice of trains as a symbol of the new hope for USA is indeed a good news!

(source: The White House)

Tysons Corner turns into a downtown

“From ancient times, what made a city a city was how it functioned, not how it looked. And this is especially true today, for we have not built a single old-style downtown from raw dirt in seventy-five years.”

(Joel Garreau, Edge City: Life on the New Frontier, Chapter 2)

This is how Joel Garreau described in 1991 the trend in urban planning in USA and in most developped countries. Downtowns were a thing of the past, office parks, shopping centers, single-family houses and motorways were the future. One of the symbols of this “Life on the New Frontier” was Tysons Corner, an area capable to attract offices and retail, but lacking public space. (the description of Tysons Corner by Joel Garreau, is here).

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A typical Tysons Corner road (image: Microsoft Virtual Earth)

18 ans later, Tysons Corner has become one of the symbol of post-war urbanism’s excesses: the lack of public spaces forces dwellers and workers to go everywhere by car, and traffic jams occur every day.

In order to solve the problem, Fairfax county approved a master plan which will thansform Tysons Corner in an “old-style downtown”:

  • A new metro line to Washington,
  • a new series of pedestrian spaces,
  • smaller blocks and more through roads.

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(image: Tysons Tomorrow)

After Brasilia, another 20th century city reinvents itself.

further readings:

New bus network in Lausanne

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(image: wikimedia commons)

From Sunday december 14,  the new bus network will be operational in Lausanne.  The main changes will be:

  • Lines 5,6 and 45 will be suppressed or re-routed in oder to avoid superopsitions with the metro,
  • Lines 4,6 and 15 will be merged into the new lines 4 and 6,
  • New line 21 will connect Blécherette and the railway station, passing through Beaulieu and Chauderon,
  • New line 22 will connect Clochatte and Flon, passing through  Rue Centrale and Rue Saint-Martin,
  • New line 25 will connect all the southern districts, from Pully to Bourdonnette,
  • Regional lines 60, 62 and 65 will terminate near metro station of Flon, Croisettes and Sallaz.

New network plans can be downloaded here and here.

(source: TL)

New shopping area opens in downtown Lausanne

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On November 26th, a new shopping area has opened in the Flon area in downtown Lausanne. The new complex includes a supermarket (Migros) and some smaller shops, and is located close to Lausanne-Flon subway station (lines M1, M2 and LEB), making it a perfect example of Transit-Oriented-Development.

With the opening of the new complex, Flon area turns into a major commercial-entertaining-business center at the scale of the entire Lausanne-Morges metro area.

(source: 24heures)

luxury trains come back to Italy

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(source image: flickr)

Luxury trains have come back to Italy. in 2005, SeaTrain has renewed some trains from italian companies FCU and Vesuviana and turned them into Roma Express and Napoli Express.

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(source image: flickr)

Rome Express runs from Civitavecchia Harbour to Rome S. Pietro Railway station, leaving passengers in the very heart of Rome, and avoiding them an unnecessary and potentially dangerous detour through Termini.

Napoli Express runs along Naples Metro lines 3 and 4, from Napoli Porta Nolana to Pompei, Ercolano and Sorrento. A shuttle bus is provided between Naples Harbour and Napoli Porta Nolana.

Lausanne Metro line 2, before the reconstruction works

For all who wonder how Lausanne Metro line 2 was before the works, here it is:

Lausanne metro line 2: finally open!

This morning, Lausanne Metro line 2 has finally open to the public. To celebrate the event, here are some photos of the line:


Lausanne-Flon: signs pointing to the platforms


Lausanne-Flon: altough they belong to different companies, all the lines converging in Lausanne-Flon are announced with similar signs.


Lausanne-Flon. Lausanne Metro’s colors scheme: Blue – Yellow – Magenta.


Lausanne-Flon: platform screen dors


train leaving from Lausanne-Flon


Lausanne-Gare: the entrance, with the new logo


Grancy: elevators


train leaving from Grancy


Ouchy: bike signs pointing to the station


Ouchy station, dating from 1906


Old and new in Ouchy


Ouchy: metro-bus-boat interchange


Ouchy: the port, seen from the station


Ouchy: trains ready to leave