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

Schreffler, Eric; Umana, Nydia Umana; Garcia Moreno, Pedro Slavador; Mattsson, Caroline; Rye, Tom; Carreno, Michael

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Eric Schreffler

Nydia Umana Umana

Pedro Slavador Garcia Moreno

Caroline Mattsson

Tom Rye

Michael Carreno



Abstract

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.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name World Association of Transportation Research (WCTR)
Start Date Jul 15, 2010
End Date Jul 18, 2010
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2011
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2011
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Mobility management; sustainability; car-free environment;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4253
Contract Date Mar 10, 2011

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