Day 365: Express Line

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December 30, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

Public transit: good.  Crowdsourced, crowdfunded public transit in the developing world, where infrastructure is critical and vulnerable: better.  Let’s make a difference.  Let’s do everything that makes crowdfunding so powerful and so important by backing Dhaka’s first public bus map before January 11.

photo-fullhttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/urbanlaunchpad/first-bus-map-of-dhaka

Since the alternatives like public transport are often much worse, when a family has enough money, the first thing they do is buy a car. In the US, there are 3 cars for every 4 people. This trend of motorisation is already underway in many places that can least afford it (dense megacities of the developing world), bringing with it not just gridlock (see traffic in Bangkok and Jakarta) but also pollution and a city where cars get more preference than people.

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