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- [USA_MIC] Future Transportation Seoul, South Korea. Americans Should Pay Attenti..
- 등록일 2017-06-21 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 6 READS
- Future Transportation Seoul, South Korea. Americans Should Pay Attention Writer: Kelly Kasulis Published 10h ago on June 21, 2017 <Kelly Kasulis is a journalist covering tech and science for Mic. Follow her on Twitter: @KasulisK.> See the Original (Click Here) South Koreans have truly mastered the commute. Simply put, a typical Seoul subway station is equipped with amenities and an attention to detail unknown to most American cities. That's despite the challenge of shuffling an estimated 6.9 million passengers through its metro system every day, making it the third-busiest metro system in the world — right behind Tokyo and Moscow. "As a Seoulite and as someone working for the city government, I think it's world-class," Chang Yi, a transportation expert and research fellow at the Seoul Institute, said in a phone interview. "I would rate it as the highest in the world, maybe, but I'm biased." He's not far off. Seoul's transit has been called one of "the best public transportation systems in the world" on a number of occasions. South Korea takes pride in how its people get around: The country's Incheon International Airport has ranked as the best in the world for 12 years in a row now, for example. Here's why anyone in a major metropolis should be paying attention — especially New Yorkers, who live in a megacity somewhat similar in size, but with a subway that is "plagued by chronic delays" and crumbling infrastructure. And as the New York City subway tries to fit more people than ever, it's good to remember that cities don't have to be like this. Compared to the U.S., Seoul's transit looks downright futuristic In many Seoul subway stations, monitors line the walls as passengers descend underground on escalators. News crawls and advertisements for new films fill the few seconds of wait time. Once inside, passengers can browse an underground bazaar: flower stands, convenience stores, jewelry kiosks, shoe bins and people in aprons cooking hot street food, such as rice rolls or spicy fish cakes. There are electronics shops selling cheap earbuds and phone chargers for those who left home in a frenzy — and sometimes tailors or hairdressers taking walk-ins. Clothing shops line the area where Seoul passengers pay their fares to enter the subway terminal. Source: Kelly Kasulis/Mic.com Even the most exhausted and overworked commuter can get their quick fix on the way to work: By slipping a 500-won coin (about $0.50) into a slot, you can watch a shot of hot coffee brew and automatically spurt into a paper cup. A man standing inside a Seoul subway station pays 500 won (about 50 cents) and watches as a vending machine brews him a small cup of coffee. Source: Kelly Kasulis/Mic.com In Seoul, public transit is a way of life. Everything seems to be engineered meticulously: Public bathrooms sell tampons, pads and baby wipes. Fare machines coach tourists through reloading their transportation cards in multiple languages. The same map is often visualized in different ways, so that even the most hopeless navigator can find their path. And once on the train, passengers are still able to get cell service and Wi-Fi, in addition to enjoying an air-conditioned climate in the summer, heated seats in the winter and a lively jingle that comes on to announce transfer stations. A few seats are often reserved for elderly or pregnant passengers, showing the vast level of social organization created by Seoul metro engineers. Source: Kelly Kasulis/Mic.com It's the benefit of living in what Yi called a "transit-oriented city." "The majority of people live about 500 meters from a public station. They can walk from a subway to their homes in 10 minutes," Yi said, "So many people just want to take care of their needs — they don't want to go home, then go out again to buy a pack of milk. That's not convenient at all." It may be a matter of priorities (and money) Though it's true that the U.S. has some well-regarded transit systems, like in Seattle or Washington, D.C., America is still plagued with a reputation for unpleasant — if not broken — infrastructure. "In American cities, transit works in very few places," Yi said. "Even that" — the idea that transit "works" at all — "is controversial." But of course, Americans still rely on public transportation, even when it has room for improvements. The total number of passenger trips taken on U.S. transit — trains, subways and buses, for example — has increased by about 33% in the last two decades, according to the American Society of Civil Engineer's 2017 Infrastructure report card. Unfortunately, that uptick coincides with about a $90 billion backlog in needed maintenance and repairs, pointing to serious neglect. One cause may be that American transit tends to rely heavily on government subsidies, while passenger fares pay a much more sizable chunk of Seoul's transit. A man rides the bus in Seoul in June 2017. In front of him, a screen displays the upcoming bus station, along with the previous and next ones. In between stations, the screen also plays subtitled TV programming. Source: Kelly Kasulis/Mic "The difference between the Asian systems and the American system is that some of the Asian systems can pay for themselves. But in the U.S., the cities may need a subsidy," Norman Garrick, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Connecticut, said in a phone interview. "For the best-performing systems in America, it's less than 60% funded by fare. But most systems are probably around 30% to 35%." Basically, Seoul's transit costs less per ride and is used more often. The current base fare for an adult passenger is 1,250 won (about $1.10) per ride on a reusable card. That's significantly cheaper than the at least $2.25 fare in Boston or $2.75 fare in New York City, but it can add up to a lot of cash flow for Korean transportation. A 2016 report also suggests that on average a person in Seoul uses rail 0.67 times a day, compared to 0.54 in New York or 0.21 in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Seoul residents take the bus an average of 0.44 times a day, while the average New Yorker's number is just half of that — 0.22. This graph shows the average daily ridership per each resident of major world cities. Source: Pan Di/Key Transportation Statistics of World Cities "The problem with the U.S. is that the government is always quick to cut back on subsidies for transportation, because there's not a lot of appreciation for transit," Garrick said. "There's a lot of impressions in the U.S. that transit is just for poor people. ... Whereas the best performing cities, from a transit point of view — they realize that transit needs to be attractive for everybody. You have to be willing to pay for it." But American and Korean cities are very different A photo of Seoul at night Source: Hwan Hyeok Kim/Flickr Creative Commons Yi believes that Seoul's density alone makes it more conducive to affordable, well-funded metro and bus systems. It's a city that thrives on tall apartment buildings that house hundreds (if not thousands) of people — roughly 60% of Seoul residents live in an apartment building today, compared to just 1% about 40 years ago. This means that many Koreans living in Seoul likely can access a subway or bus station with relative ease — an estimated 19,000 people live within a single city block in Jamsil, for example, which is a neighborhood in the outskirts of Seoul. "The way cities are developed in the U.S., with suburbs and an urban city center far from each other — and people living in single, detached housing — that all makes public transit inconvenient," he said. "You need to have density — some kind of dense housing development around a public station for transportation. That works." Several screens, maps and signs give passengers of Seoul's subway system different access points to information. Source: Kelly Kasulis/Mic.com But it's no reason to give up hope. "You can have single-family neighborhoods that can be served sufficiently by transit," Garrick said, meaning that the U.S. really can have it all. There's just one caveat — it has to make a concerted effort to do so, first. "The issue is the willingness the government to realize that they're providing a service that is important for the sufficient functioning in the city," he said. In other words, transportation needs to be a priority — yet America's largest subway system, in New York City, remains inefficient in part because of funding issues. State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been accused of favoring cars over public transit, is spending more than $11 million on blue-and-yellow tiles for subway tunnels, for example. Meanwhile, the MTA gets hit with $65 million budget cuts and passengers are left with three quarters of their subway lines experiencing "chronic delays." Seoul's transportation is reliable, navigable and fun With or without its fancy underground marketplaces, Seoul city transit generally fulfills the needs of its passengers — and that's arguably what matters the most. Even if the U.S. can't perform a massive overhaul of its city and transit infrastructure, Seoul's transportation is arguably a model just for its small details. Stations in Seoul have an electronic sign that tells passengers how long they have to wait before their bus comes. Source: Kelly Kasulis/Mic.com "It's sort of embedded in Korean behavior people want to plan. They don't want to miss any time," Yi said. "It kind of reduces anxieties, and that's very important for Koreans." Even if it's a necessary tool to accommodate South Korea's "Balli balli!" ("Hurry, hurry!") culture, these signs would no doubt bring Americans similar benefits, like peace of mind and a better grasp of their schedule. And such additions wouldn't necessarily require anyone to tear up million-dollar train tracks, either. Ultimately, "it's about how you see transit," Garrick said. "If you see transit as part of the spectrum of tools that you're using to make sure that you have a viable, functioning city, then you do some of these things." But by the time Americans get around to enjoying this transportation of the future, it may already have become a relic of the past. At outdoor bus stops, for instance, an electronic sign tells passengers how long they have to wait before their bus arrives.
- [Seoul's News] SMG’s Car-Sharing Service is Universally Recognized
- 등록일 2017-06-16 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 3 READS
- SMG’s Car-Sharing Service is Universally Recognized The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Car-Sharing Service received a Certificate of Recognition at the world’s biggest public transport event. The 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit was held from May 15, 2017 to May 17, 2017. The SMG’s Car-Sharing Service was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in Ambitious & Innovative Mobility Projects at the Asia-Pacific Montreal Global Public Transport Summit 2017 along with five other cities and institutions. This is the fourth award the SMG has received since joining the International Association of Public Transport (Union internationale des transports publics, UITP) in 2005, with past awards being received in 2006, 2009, and 2011. The UITP rated SMG’s Car-Sharing Service highly because anyone can easily use this IT-based service using their transportation cards and the service was established with the private sector’s technology and the SMG’s administration. With the Car-Sharing Service, citizens of Seoul can use the sharing car to drive anywhere at anytime when needed. The service was launched in February 2013 and presently about 1,550,000 citizens are using the service. (Source: http://english.seoul.go.kr/smgs-car-sharing-service-universally-recognized/?cat=29)_
- [Seoul's News] 2017 The 4ths WeGO General Assembly on June 27-30
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- The 4th WeGO General Assembly is a triennial international assembly of high-level officials, from Mayors to Chief Information Officers, to celebrate their achievements in e-Government and Smart City initiatives as well as to convene on key agenda of WeGO. With the successful completion of the 1st WeGO General Assembly in Seoul, Korea(2010), the 2nd in Barcelona, Spain(2012), and the 3rd in Chengdu, China(2014), WeGO warmly invites members and non-member cities alike interested in e-Government, ICT, and Smart Cities to the 4th WeGO General Assembly in the Ulyanovsk Region, Russia! (http://www.wego2017.org) (Source: http://english.seoul.go.kr/4th-wego-general-assembly/?cat=29)
- [Seoul's News] Belgian Princess Crowned as Honorary Citizen of Seoul
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- On June 12, 2017, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium was crowned as an honorary citizen of Seoul. Seoul Metropolitan City confers the title of “honorary citizen” to foreigners who are credited with having contributed to the government administration or are distinguished foreign guests to the city. Prior to the Princess of Belgium, the President of Mongolia, the President of Indonesia, the President of Costa Rica and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands were named as honorary citizens of Seoul. HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium is on a tour of Korea from June 10 to June 17, 2017 leading an economic mission with a record number of approximately 250 delegates. She first visited the government of Seoul Metropolitan City during her tour in Korea. On June 12, 2017, Seoul Metropolitan City signed a partnership agreement with the Brussels-Capital Region and discussed plans for improving exchanges between the countries. The agreement is expected to lead to numerous exchanges in a wide range of fields including economic investment and growth, job creation, urban regeneration, e-government, social innovation and the MICE industry, such as culture and tourism. (Source: http://english.seoul.go.kr/belgian-princess-crowned-honorary-citizen-seoul/?cat=29)
- [Arirang TV News] The 'Hanging Garden' of Seoul, Seoullo 7017 opens
- 등록일 2017-05-23 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 45 READS
- South Korea's busy capital has a brand new tourist attraction. In some sense it's more like a successful transformation. Instead being discarded, a disused overpass, has been given a new lease in life.
- [The Mori Memorial Foundation] Seoul Ranking 6th place comprehensively on the Gl..
- 등록일 2017-04-18 글쓴이 scaadmin 조회수 20 READS
- Features of The Global Power City Index (GPCI) See the Original (Click Here) 1. As opposed to limiting the ranking to particular areas of research such as ��Finance�� and ��Livability, �� the GPCI focuses on a wide variety of functions in order to assess and rank the global potential and comprehensive power of a city. 2. 42 of the world��s leading cities were selected and their global comprehensive power evaluated based on the following viewpoints: six main functions representing city strength (Economy, Research and Development, Cultural Interaction, Livability, Environment, and Accessibility), and five global actors who lead the urban activities in their cities (Manager, Researcher, Artist, Visitor, and Resident), thus providing an all-encompassing view of the cities. 3. The GPCI reveals the strengths and weaknesses of each city and at the same time uncovers problems that need to be overcome. 4. This ranking has been produced with the involvement of the late Sir Peter Hall, a global authority in urban studies, as well as other academics in this field. It has been peer reviewed by third parties, all international experts from both the public and private sectors.
- [Singapore_Channel NewsAsia] City DNA - EP2 : Seoul
- 등록일 2017-04-15 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 30 READS
- City DNA - EP2 : Seoul By Channel NewsAsia Published: 11 Apr 2017 Audio: English See the Original Inspired by the utopian life with 8 hours of rest, 8 hours of work and 8 hours of play, we're headed to Seoul to find out how it fares in terms of liveability. From mock funeral directors and celebrity teachers to protestors, we'll be finding out the quality of life in this city.
- [UN Report] UNHABITAT_International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning..
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- Structure of Guidelines