A Research Agenda for Transport Policy
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A Research Agenda for Transport Policy

Edited by John Stanley and David A. Hensher

Everyone has an opinion on transport: it significantly affects daily lives. This book highlights key transport opportunities and challenges, and identifies research requirements to inform policy discussion and support better societal outcomes. It does this by scanning across modes, continents, technologies and socio-economic settings, looking for common threads, points of difference and opportunities to make a difference. The book should appeal to prospective post-graduate students, professionals in transport and related fields, and those interested in better places and good discussions.
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Chapter 14: South America: The challenge of transition

Alejandro Tirachini


Most South American cities face mobility challenges that are shaped by local characteristics: a continuous increase in car ownership and traffic congestion, lower quality of transport infrastructure and public transport, income inequality and income-related spatial segregation, and in some cases, the coexistence of formal higher-quality public transport (in the form of Metro, BRT lines and even cable cars) and poorly regulated less formal public services (like minibuses), that might be dangerous and a source of pollution and congestion themselves. In this chapter we briefly review these issues, in order to discuss research needs for present and future transport policy decisions. Topics included are the modernisation of public transport, sustainability, transport and social exclusion, city and mobility governance, the need to provide better infrastructure for walking and cycling and the effects of disrupting mobility technologies.

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