Smart transportation: 7 cities getting it right

Wed, 2013-11-13 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Seoul subwayGetting people from point A to point B has gotten a lot more interesting with advanced technologies, whether you're talking WiFi on the subway or smart payment systems that make boarding the bus faster. We’ve highlighted a few of the seven cities lauded by Worldcrunch for making commuting easier and more enjoyable. Click to the Worldcrunch site to read about all seven.

San Francisco. You can still hear the clang of the city's fabled cable cars, but San Francisco has lots of other transport options and they're all made easier with the 60-plus apps the city has developed to help residents find the best routes, etc.

Seoul. If you've got to do the daily commute, at least the subway system in this city provide some nice touches, from 4G and WiFI accessible in both the subway cars and stations to contactless smart cards.

Medellin. This Columbian city's transport system includes a cable system that carries passengers up steep and challenge mountainsides, helping revitalize some communities. The system reportedly saves the city huge amounts in CO2, respiratory health costs and reduced traffic accidents and congestion.

Click to learn why the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Curitiba in Brazil, Lanzhou in China and Paris, France also get kudos for their smart transportation initiatives.

Read more about smart transportation…

Case study: Hong Kong's Octopus card encourages mass transit

Utah Transit launches FAREPAY – a contactless card that's cheaper than cash (for now)


Get SmartCitiesNow, a weekly newsletter highlighting smart city trends, technologies and techniques from the Smart Cities Council.