Every day, people undertake more than 10.5 billion trips in urban areas around the globe and this number is growing as urban populations increase. Managing demand for travel remains a fundamental challenge for both cities and their inhabitants, especially as space devoted to everyday mobility is limited and networks are often crowded. Using provision of access, rather than mobility, as a basis for urban planning is showing promise as an approach to leading cities out of perpetual congestion.
Urban transport and mobility networks are becoming increasingly complex to manage; they are often overseen and served by diverse agencies reporting to different levels of authority responsible for different aspects of transport provision. Good governance of urban access and mobility is crucial to address these challenges and, ultimately, to improve the well-being of citizens.
Leading the way: Conversation with a political champion
This conversation will be organised in cooperation with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the project on Transforming Urban Transport: The Role of Political Leadership. The project seeks to advance the knowledge of how, when, and where political leadership has been critical to the successful implementation of path-breaking transportation policies. It features eight cities: Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, and Vienna.
Official closing of the Summit
Transforming Urban Transport-The Role of Political Leadership, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
President and Chief Executive Officer, Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP)
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Minister of Transportation, Argentina
Commissioner, Boston Transportation Department
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Moderator, Broadcaster, Journalist and Businesswoman