Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 09/2013

Rethinking Urban Mobility: Sustainable Policies for the Century of the City

Shin-pei Tsay, Victoria Herrmann

September 2013

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Each week, more than 1 million people move from rural areas to cities around the world, placing huge demands on existing infrastructure—and especially on existing transport systems. Booming cities need contemporary mobility systems capable of transporting increasing numbers of people while doing the least possible harm to the natural environment. Multiple actors, including national and local governments, must work together to create environmentally and financially sustainable urban transport systems.