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International Transport Forum highlights best transport developments in Southern Hemisphere

Twelve case studies reveal great ideas on public transport, shared mobility services and other initiatives that increase the accessibility, connectivity and sustainability of transport systems.

The International Transport Forum has put together a new report that highlights innovations in transport happening in countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

The idea of the report is to show that innovative mobility solutions do not always originate in technologically advanced countries.

Poorer countries’ need to organise mobility with limited means has spawned many creative solutions to help citizens and to transport goods.

Many of these practices can inspire better transport solutions in the developed world - but the ITF says the Southern Hemisphere (or Global South) is often overlooked as a hub of good ideas.

The report presents 12 case studies that focus on public transport, shared mobility services and other ideas that increase the accessibility, connectivity and sustainability of transport systems.

The case studies include how a relay truck service in India reconciles fast delivery and driver well-being, an innovative mass public transport in Brazil, electrification of mobility in China, app-based mobility in Mexico, and how an Indonesian on-demand transport supplier grew into a full service provider for upwardly mobile urbanites.

The report was launched in Dublin to mark Ireland’s presidency of the International Transport Forum in 2019/20.

As the presidency country, Ireland will chair the Annual Summit of Transport Ministers in Leipzig, Germany, from May 27-29 2020.

The theme of the 2020 Summit will be “Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development”.

Ireland hosted the 60 member countries of the ITF in Dublin from last week to prepare the 2020 Summit and set policy for the organisation.

The full “Transport Innovations from the Global South: Case Studies, Insights, Recommendations” can be downloaded for free:

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  • Justin - 15/01/2020 13:42

    Great to see this, and promising to hear of the reftro-fit to LEZ standards for older buses. Do First know when this will spread to urban areas outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. For example, in Falkirk, First are often using 15+ year old buses transferred from other areas, with no particulate filters etc.

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