Stock Markets, FDI and Challenges of Sustainability
Advances in Chinese Economic Studies series
Edited by Lilai Xu
Chapter 11: Urban Sustainability: The Case of the Transportation System in Big Cities
1 Jianling Li, Siamak Ardekani and Stephen Mattingly INTRODUCTION Transportation occupies a critical position in the economy and urban life of China. Since the beginning of the new century, the Chinese automobile industry has grown rapidly. In recent years, China has become the largest car market and the second largest automobile maker in the world (Hogg, 2009; RIA Novosti, 2009). The growth in automobile production, income and vehicle ownership, along with the increasing intensity of Chinese engagement in global economic activities, has resulted in a significant increase in travel demand, which in turn has put great pressure on China’s transportation infrastructure, especially in the urban areas. Traffic congestion and air pollution have affected production efficiency in the economy and the quality of life in Chinese cities. Meanwhile, there is a lack of resources for coping with these problems. Hence, how to develop and maintain a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructure has become a challenge facing transportation professionals in China. Previous experience has demonstrated that the success of building and maintaining a sustainable transportation system depends largely on the adopted transportation financing and operating/management (O&M) policies. In order to facilitate policy making, transportation professionals need tools that can assess policy impacts. The main objective of this chapter is to introduce a planning tool that can assess the impacts of transportation financing and operating policies, and has the potential to assist transportation planners and policy makers when making decisions in China. In the following section, we discuss the current...
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