10 Years of Enabling Quality Public Transport
More than ever before, cities and their surroundings are centers of opportunity and innovation. As humanity urbanizes in record numbers, challenges of enhancing access, mitigating congestion, elevating safety, and improving air quality become essential needs to provide access to opportunities.
For the past 10 years, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and FedEx have been working to help cities in Brazil, Mexico, India and China to overcome these challenges. By building on mutual expertise, the Mobility and Accessibility Program (MAP), sponsored by FedEx, delivers results that enhance the overall quality of transport systems. This focus on quality means faster journeys, more reliable systems, fewer emissions and safer practices. This all adds up to a program which has directly impacted over 10 million people to date, with even more on the horizon.
In 2019, MAP focused on building quality public transit. This is enabling a vision where transit is comfortable, reliable, safe, affordable, and convenient. To progress towards this vision we have worked in Brazil to benchmark and share best practices, in Mexico we enabled recovery planning for transit after earthquakes, in India we enabled route rationalization and innovation pilots, and in China we created decision tools to spur transit electrification programs.
The COVID-19 crisis, which struck at the end of this annual report period, is putting unprecedented strain on public transit. The cascading implications for cities will be many and we are only beginning to understand the full impact. But we do know that working with cities to reduce congestion and pollution, improve the quality of people’s lives, and make local economies more productive is just as valuable as ever. The Mobility and Accessibility Program will continue to find innovative ways to bring change to people’s lives and build resilience in public transport.
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