Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China
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Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China

Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang

Since 1978, when China embarked on a new period of economic reforms and introduced open door policies, it has experienced a great urban transformation. The role of transport has proved indispensable in this unprecedented rapid urbanisation and economic growth. As the first research-focused book dedicated to this important topic, the Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China offers new insight into the various opportunities and challenges brought by fast-paced motorization and urban development, and explores them in broad spatial-economic, environmental, social, and institutional dimensions.
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Chapter 10: Transport and air quality in China

Chao Liu and Zhong-Ren Peng

Abstract

China has been experiencing unprecedented economic growth, urbanization and motorization, which, at the same time has caused serious air pollution problems. To understand this complicated process and complex problems, this chapter provides an overview on China’s transportation and air quality related issues and ascertains associated health and economic consequences. The chapter first provides the context of urban transportation issues in China during the past several decades and associated traffic and air pollution problems. It then explores the intertwined urban transportation, land use and environment relationship in Chinese cities and assesses the impacts of transportation policies and planning practice. This chapter concludes with policy implications and recommendation for future practice and research.

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