Urban Mobility Trend Indicators
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Many refer to the future of transportation in major metropolitan areas as the "new urban mobility." But what exactly is new about it? The challenges faced by major cities today are not really new. Traffic congestion and smog have been common features for decades. An understanding of the increasingly urgent need to minimize private-vehicle traffic and expand the use of public transportation in cities is also not new. The genuinely new factor is the variety of viable technical solutions that make far-reaching implementation of more intelligently organized mobility in cities simpler and now easier to achieve.
A Sense of Urgency
Population density is on the rise in metropolitan areas throughout the world. According to a recent United Nations report, more than two-thirds of the world's population is expected to reside in cities by the year 2050. This presents a serious challenge, especially given the high levels of traffic-related particulate matter and nitrogen oxides along the main...