4: Global case studies

4: Global case studies

InTraffic in Towns, Sir Colin Buchanan wrote accurately and with prescience of the potentially negative impact of increasing traffic levels on our towns and cities. Using contemporary case studies, this chapter explores what we have learned about urban mobility, and shows how hard-won experience and good practice can guide and inform cities around the world. The original Traffic in Towns revealed how transport and urban planning are locked in a complex network of interdependent effects. The issues faced by Buchanan in 1963 loom even larger today, particularly in the congestion-choked mega cities of the developing world. While car ownership and use may show signs of decline in some developed cities, emerging economies in China, Brazil, India and Africa are experiencing unprecedented traffic growth. Urgent and radical thinking is needed so that towns and cities can plan for and implement transport infrastructure to successfully support growth and aspiration. These key case studies bring together reflections and practical guidance from leading innovators, thinkers and strategists in the international urban transport field. Essential insight: A systematic overview and road map to must- have guidance and analytical toolkits that can improve appraisal, decision-making and policy formulation New policy directions: Radical thinking to inspire creativity and inform the difficult decisions that must be made about the long-term future of transport in affluent, post-industrial cities International focus: A collection of essential new case studies from major international cities to objectively explore how leading research and practice is being internationally applied


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4.1 Development status and trends of China’s urban rail transit

China’s rapid industrialisation, the rapid growth of its urban population and continually increasing levels of motor vehicle ownership have led to the rise of urban problems such as traffic jams, parking difficulties and environmental pollution across numerous megalopolis and big cities. In order to tackle these challenges the rapid development of urban public transport, especially urban rail transit, has become a top priority. This article summarises China’s urban rail transit development to date, and outlines future development plans for urban rail transit. By Derong Wang and Yuee Gao

by Derong Wang, and Yue’e Gao