The challenge

The need for change across the urban environment is undeniable. By 2040, there will be an extra two billion people living in cities globally and assuming current transport models are scaled, this will mean another 500 million private vehicles on the roads. Already, vehicle emissions are responsible for 11% of global warming and local air pollution is now a bigger source of ill health and deaths than tobacco use - with nine out of 10 people breathing highly polluted air globally, which causes one-third of all heart attacks, stroke, lung cancer and asthma cases.

Making all new cars zero-emission electric or hydrogen vehicles would improve air quality, reduce global warming and climate change impacts, but does nothing to ease traffic congestion. In the U.S. alone, 5,000km2 of land would be needed by 2040 just to park approximately 300 million cars for the 95% of the time they are unused – creating an immense pressure on land that cannot be sustained. What’s more, the cost of electric vehicles means private ownership for low to middle-income families is out of reach.

So how can we create a more sustainable U.S. mobility system? City agencies have a key role to play through funding and regulation, but find it difficult to navigate an increasingly uncertain, dynamic and constantly evolving system. Alongside this, companies new to transport can find it difficult to work effectively with public authorities in what is a unique regulatory environment.

That’s why the Transit Center and Forum for the Future are working in partnership to improve public transit in ways that make U.S. cities more just, environmentally sustainable, and economically vibrant.

Our Solution

Together, the public and private sector will shape the future of urban mobility and the MOVING US project aims to enable key stakeholders across the system to identify their role in a changing landscape.

MOVING US will provide an understanding of how the system is changing, key roles and goals within that system, and how various stakeholders can best work both alone and alongside each other to create a more sustainable future.

The Transit Center and Forum for the Future will co-create a Collaboration Playbook, with guiding principles for 21st-century mobility. We will also produce a knowledge repository to help those working in transportation and mobility make sense of the increasingly complicated space by learning from existing practices and adapting them to their context.

Launching in August 2019.

Join Us

Contact our team member Rodrigo Bautista for more information.

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