How can public transportation contribute to resilient and sustainable cities and communities?
With a team of Public Transportation stakeholders and experts in the city region of Rotterdam we developed a vision on how this can be done. The vision came into being through several intense collaborative sessions, and is used to engage new stakeholders and move the agenda forward towards the most sustainable public transport system in the world.
Download the vision booklet below (sorry, only in Dutch).
"Self-driving busses, ever increasing flexworkers, and rapid changes in rainfall and climate are just a few developments facing our rigid and inflexible public transport system. It's rigid because of strict concession and tender regulations that leave little space for adaptation and innovation.
However, the public transport systems we have could be a key to economic and resilient development. The public transport system as a pivot point for sustainable development, that's what this is about. What do we need to change, what critical trends play a role, and how do we take first steps towards actionable results?"
Hugo de Bruin, City Region of Rotterdam
Our city landscapes are changing rapidly. Demographics are shifting, new technologies, and lifestyles meet with resource and management challenges. We see 13 major social trends that directly influence transport systems. Read the report to see the these 13 trends illustrated.
We have to make decisions now about our public transport systems that will affect our cities 30 years into the future. Right now we're not meeting our challenges, and in order to do so we need a new approach that considers effects beyond the systems we work on, and that are more effective in the long run. How do we do this? The vision sets out an example of a trajectory of a step-by-step adaptive roadmap, in which economic, ecologic, social and physical interventions combine to create a larger positive effect.
Now we need action. With this vision we've put the first dot on the horizon, and now it's time to engage all stakeholders and challenge them to contribute or take a position. In the next phase of this project we'll be doing just that, guiding the process to what we believe can be the most sustainable public transport system in the world.
Industrial Ecologist & Sustainable Storyteller