Announcing the 2014 Sustainable Transport Award finalists
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), in partnership with the Sustainable Transport Award Steering Committee, has announced four city finalists for the 2014 Sustainable Transport Award (STA): Buenos Aires, Argentina; Indore, India; Lanzhou, China; and Suwon, South Korea. EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport and urban planning program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), is a member of the STA Steering Committee.
Since 2005, the STA has been annually awarded to a city that has implemented outstanding innovative and sustainable transportation projects within the past year. The projects must improve mobility for all residents, reduce transportation greenhouse gases (GHG) and air pollution emissions, as well as improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians.
In 2013, Buenos Aires implemented two new Metrobus corridors, Metrobus Sur and 9 de Julio, which transformed the city center into a pedestrian-friendly environment that encourages walking and cycling. Indore launched iBus, the second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in India, and continued fighting to keep cars out of designated bus lanes. Lanzhou implemented the second-highest capacity BRT in Asia, and included several transit-oriented development reforms as part of the project. Fresh from hosting the month-long EcoMobility World Festival, Suwon is making some changes permanent, such as wider sidewalks, cycle lanes, and bike rental stations.
The STA finalists will be honored at a reception at the Washington Hilton International Ballroom East on January 14, 2014, during the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Interested participants can register for the reception here, and for the TRB Annual Meeting here.
Past winners of the Sustainable Transport Award include: Mexico City, Mexico (2013); Medellin, Colombia and San Francisco, United States (2012); Guangzhou, China (2011); Ahmedabad, India (2010); New York City, USA (2009); London, UK (2008); Paris, France (2008); Guayaquil, Ecuador (2007); Seoul, South Korea (2006), and Bogotá, Colombia (2005).