Essential to the sustainable development of cities, mobility was a central agenda item for the Second Meeting of Municipalities for Sustainable Development, held in Brasilia April 23-25.
The world, and Asia in particular, is heading in the wrong direction
Asia is rapidly urbanizing, creating localized stress on the transport system. In 2011, for the first time in history, more Chinese lived in urban centers than rural areas and a similar trend is underway in India.
On May 2 and 3, transport professionals and representatives from the cities of Leon, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Bogota, Columbia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, will convene in Lima, Peru, for the Forum on Integrated Transport Systems in Latin America, organized by the Transitemos Foundation.
div>National governments can play a crucial role in financing and supporting sustainable transport systems that help meet the key challenges of the 21st century. The primary need is to bridge the gap between the supply of international MDB financing and demand from national and local governments for sustainable transport projects.
After several months of negotiation between representatives of the City of Arequipa, the city’s Office of Road Traffic and Transportation, and the Integrated Transport System provider SIT-Arequipa, EMBARQ Andino was awarded a contract to provide technical assistance to make Arequipa’s bus system more functional, and more integrated.
In 2011, nearly 350 million people lived in Indian cities. More than 300 million new residents will join them over the next few decades to become part of the new urban India. This population boom will stress an already-pressured urban infrastructure system, especially with regard to transportation.
Advanced bus systems have the unique potential to provide innovative and efficient solutions to traffic congestion, vehicle emissions, and road safety at a much lower cost to cities than rail systems.
Guanabara Palace, the official address of State Governor Sergio Cabral, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the stage today of a meeting between the fifteen main institutions involved in urban transit in Brazil.