Welcome to the SMART blog! It’s a dynamic counterpart to SMART’s website, posting-up-to-the-minute sustainable transportation news, events, jobs, and other opportunities from the U.S. and around the world. It also links to innovations, new research, policy updates, related newsletters, inspiring initiatives, and videos that come our way. You can contribute too! Please send relevant information to Kim Seelye. The blog will benefit and grow from your involvement. SMART is a project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. MANY THANKS to the FIA Foundation for their generous support of the development of SMART’s blog in the interests of advancing New Mobility implementation. Many thanks also to Ford Motor Company for supporting the development of this blog through its generous ongoing support of SMART.


MobiPrize 2015 winner WhereIsMyTransport launches open platform for integrated transport data in Africa!

The first open platform for integrated transport data in emerging cities launches in Africa.

The platform accepts unstructured (and structured) data on any mode and allows others to develop apps and other endpoints with transport information for South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, and beyond.

Launched by Grand MobiPrize winners WhereIsMyTransport, the platform provides multi-modal journey planning, fare calculator, and more. Developers can build this information into their products or create new ones to disseminate transport information.

Launching with data for eleven African cities, the company is adding more every day. They actively partner with others who have transport data to share or want to be part of a collection effort.

WhereIsMyTransport has also launched a new blog around technology, transportation, and urban innovation in emerging regions, Interchange.

Link to platform: www.developer.whereismytransport.com

Link to Interchange: www.whereismytransport.com/blog

Link to WhereIsMyTransport: www.whereismytransport.com


UMTRI Student Poster Competition – Our Transportation Future: Energy, Mobility, Safety

All U-M students and postdoctoral fellows are invited to participate in the poster session at the symposium. Posters may focus on any topic relevant to energy, mobility, and safety.

Apply by September 13 at https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejRlPiPnWjlygjxZ5UzukMFnyIgcYc4ak4c5bLfjuLJRWO4A/viewform?c=0&w=1.


Regional link inaugurated

SMART likes to share interesting news and innovations from newsletters we receive. This was published in Railway Gazette. See http://www.um-smart.org/blog/related-newsletters for more newsletters you may find interesting.

INDIA: South Central Railway’s 123 km broad-gauge line between Nandyal and Yerraguntla in Andhra Pradesh has opened for revenue operation, following a formal inauguration by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 23.

The first train was ‘flagged off’ by video link from the Railway Institute in Vijayawada during a ceremony attended by the state’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and the Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu.

Running south from Nandyal on the Vijayawada – Guntakal line to meet the Guntakal – Chennai route at Yerraguntla, the new line has eight stations at Madduru, Banaganapalli, Koilakuntla, Sanjanamala, Nossam, S Uppalapadu, Jammalamadugu and Prodduturu. These are served by two DEMUs in each direction per day calling at all stations between Nandyal and Kadapa.

For full story, see http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/regional-link-inaugurated.html.


Congratulations to Komal Anand-Doshi and her husband Aalap on their new baby girl, Adaa!

Our team here at SMART is small but growing! Our latest addition, Adaa, was born to SMART’s dynamite research associate and Mobi lead Komal Anand-Doshi on May 8, 2016. On behalf of the entire Mobi community, we continue to wish a hearty congratulations to Komal and her husband Aalap on their beautiful new family member! And we are so glad Komal is now back in full force so if inspired you can offer congratulations directly at kanand@umich.edu.


SMART’s MobiPrize award ceremony on Oct 17, 2016 at the HABITAT III International conference in Quito, Ecuador.

Join us at the HABITAT III International Conference to honor the winners of MobiPrize. 

We are delighted that this year the Mobi Prize award ceremony (and lively panel) will take place at the HABITAT III International conference in Quito, Ecuador (Oct 17-20).in conjunction with an exciting line-up of ICLEI EcoMobility Program activities (Oct 16-19)

Honoring entrepreneurial ventures as well as city, state, and national governments supporting New Mobility enterprise, the MobiPrize offers a global platform for showcasing the kind of disruptive mobility innovation that is driving investment throughout the global marketplace. For more information go to http://mobi-platform.com/mobiprize/

MobiPrize 2015 Winners:


KfW to Invest 85 Million Euros in CDIA-Supported Water Transport Project in Kochi City, India

SMART likes to share interesting news and innovations from newsletters we receive. This was published by CDIA. See http://www.um-smart.org/blog/related-newsletters for more newsletters you may find interesting.

German Development Bank KfW recently signed a partnership agreement with the Kerala Government and Kochi Metro Rail Limited, an agency implementing the Kochi Metro Transport System for the development and modernization of ferry services in Kochi City, India.

An investment of 85 million euros was allotted by KfW to deliver an environment-friendly and sustainable transport system for the residents of Kochi – a first of such level of investment in India for improving its urban water-borne passenger traffic.

Read the full story at http://cdia.asia/2016/08/12/kfw-to-invest-85-million-euros-in-cdia-supported-water-transport-project-in-kochi-city-india/.