Urban Transportation in Global Megacities
Highlights from Istanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul

Date: 12/05/2008
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Hosted by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management  and the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2


A number of global megacities face regional transportation challenges similar to those of the New York region. These challenges are, in part, defined or exacerbated by the size of the region, the density of the urban core, regional land use patterns, the age of transportation infrastructure, the current rate of population growth and demand for transit, as well as geographical constraints, jurisdictional complexity and layers of government, unionized workforces, and highly participatory civil societies. To facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas, experiences, and best practices – from techniques for improved decision-making and operations and the management of complex transportation systems to the adoption of new technologies – the NYU Wagner Rudin Center has launched the “Urban Transportation Benchmarking Partnership.” The purpose of the Partnership is to develop and promote a sustained relationship between the New York region’s transportation agencies and academics and their counterparts in lstanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul. This initial event will feature representatives from the transportation sectors of these megacities sharing with us recent innovations, plans and lessons learned in three key areas.


Seyma Ulucay and Esma Dilek, Engineers from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Traffic Control Center, will describe their office's customization of various Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for the purpose of revolutionizing traffic management in Istanbul.


Adriana de Almeida Lobo, Director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation in Mexico City, will discuss the role of microbuses and Bus Rapid Transit in meeting increasing demand in the face of capacity constraints, and will talk about the work of the Center to promote sustainable transportation.


Hyungun Sung, Associate Research Fellow, Department of Intermodal & Sustainable Transport Research, Korea Transport Institute, and Sang-Joo Lee, Senior Deputy Director of Urban Transportation Team, Office for Land Transportation & Vehicles, Korean Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs, will discuss meeting the emerging challenges of transport in the Seoul Metropolitan area through land use policy and rail and Bus Rapid Transit.


Please R.S.V.P. by December 4th, 2008.