Smartphones Could Help Beat Traffic in Congested Cities

Public transit hasn’t kept pace with urban growth in India, but innovative apps and start-ups are filling in the gaps.

When it comes to transportation, India’s cities are synonymous with traffic-choked arteries and packed buses and rail cars. Government efforts, focused on widening highways and building massive interchanges, have done little to ease congestion or to stem the tide of a car culture that’s exploded in the wake of economic growth. Meanwhile, mass transit networks haven’t kept pace with the country’s rising urban population. Problems associated with the sector extend well beyond gridlock, such as poor air quality, staggering accident rates, and the safety of female transit passengers.

Yet there are bright spots. In Gujarat state’s largest city, Ahmadabad, the bus rapid transit (BRT) system—the country’s first— has been hailed for its innovative stations and its reach into

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