Urban City Transit
$1 MILLION (Prize amount to be confirmed. Announcement expected for next year)
Urban areas are the most complex settings in which the mobility of passengers and freight is taking place. In several instances, passengers and freight movements are complementary, but sometimes they may be competing for the usage of available land and transport infrastructures:
We must consider three systems:
– Collective transportation (public transit);
– Individual transportation;
– Freight transportation.
Rapid urban development occurring across much of the globe increased the mobility of passengers and freight within urban areas. Mobility also tends to involve longer distances, but evidence suggests that commuting times have remained relatively similar over the last hundred years; approximately 1 to 1.2 hours per day is spent on average commuting. This means that commuting has gradually shifted to faster transport modes, and consequently, greater distances could be traveled using the same amount of time.
Mobility, especially in urban áreas is one of the major challeneges facing our Society. We need answers at various levels, policies, infrastructures, Technologies, scenarios, strategies to improve our mobility system reducing its time, resource compsumtion, land utilization, complexity and inconvenience considering also long range and last kilometer mobility.