Sustainable urban transport in Central America - a future without the car?

Schreffler, Eric, Umana, Nydia Umana, Garcia Moreno, Pedro Slavador, Mattsson, Caroline, Rye, Tom and Carreno, Michael (2010) Sustainable urban transport in Central America - a future without the car? In: World Association of Transportation Research (WCTR), 15th-18th July 2010, Lisbon. (Unpublished)

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Is it conceivable to contemplate a future without the car as the center of an urban transportation system? Can emerging economies grow without concomitant growth in car usage? San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is one city at a critical decision point about the future of transportation and mobility. Will it be a sustainable transport future that balances economic, environmental and social needs or will it be the traditional “predict and provide” approach that attempts to expand the capacity of the road system to meet future travel demand. This paper provides some background into the issue for this Central American city by describing the current urban transport system, current plans for improvement and outlines a process for defining a vision for a sustainable transport future in San Pedro Sula. The paper concludes with a challenge to all cities that currently have low automobile ownership rates to consider a sustainable transport system in order to “thrive” with transport choices for all residents rather than “choke” on congestion and the negative side effects thereof.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobility management; sustainability; car-free environment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: School of Engineering & the Built Environment (from 1st August 2015)
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Item ID: 4253
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 11:55
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 09:33

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