Some say that Europe need to become fore runners in public transports. However, many cities in the world are moving rapidly now.
In February the Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, proclaimed the four commandments for future cities.
And yes, you probably guessed it – commandment #1 is to make the city environmentally friendly and green. Here is the condensed list.
A city of the future has to:
1. become environmentally friendly; green, green and green.
2. deal with transportation and mobility of the people
3. be socially integrated providing essential and public services to all parts of the city
4. use modern technology to control and govern the city, regarding traffic control, social welfare, power supply, adaptation to weather, etc.
Latin America is in many ways leading the way in the area of public transports in big cities. Spend some 20 minutes to watch Eduardo’s presentation at TED.
Recently Volvo Hybrid buses were taken into service by Metrobùs in line 4 in Mexico City. Attractiveness, accessibility and environment are the leading principles. Volvo is very proud to be a part of this success in one of the most challenging transport assignments in the world. Here is an updated excise in Español that I just got from Jorge Suarez, my colleague in Mexico.