Urban Transport Challenge
As cities become the engines of economic growth, city officials and decision makers face a challenging task of developing and maintaining efficient urban transport systems. These systems must address the problems of severe congestion, deteriorating air quality, energy sustainability, and increasing numbers of road accidents.However, urban transport planning and management is complex. It is more than choosing technologies. It involves the consideration of a variety of factors such as affordability, local culture, environmental issues, financing, energy use, and impacts on special populations such as the young and the old.
The complexities of urban systems make choosing the right strategy for many transport professionals a difficult task. The strategy must be comprehensive, and multi-modal. It must encompass both supply side and demand side measures. It has to go beyond a mere building of facilities to understanding linkages with land use, human behavior, affordability, and the environment. It needs to incorporate institutional arrangements and also ensure financial sustainability.
The Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) program helps participants develop a structured way of decision making that considers the complexities of urban transport. The program uses a "hands on" learning approach that makes extensive use of case studies, group exercises, and site visits to highlight the linkages among the different components of the urban transport system.
The centerpiece of the program is a seven-day workshop sponsored by a local partnering institution. The workshop is preceded by a self-learning phase which involves about 24 hours of self-paced learning (about 1 hour of work each day over a period of 5 weeks), and covers topics ranging from land use and transport planning to environmental and social issues in urban transport planning.
Optionally, the program can provide individual mentoring and international study tours. More information about these program components is provided in Program Structure.
The LUTP program equips transport professionals with knowledge of integrated strategic planning and transport management. The program objectives are to build urban transport leadership that:
- Understands the complexities of urban transport problems and possible context-sensitive solutions.
- Recognizes the need for integrated mobility planning, what this planning involves, and how it should be undertaken.
- Uses lessons learned from cities and cases for better decision making.
The LUTP program is designed for senior and mid-level transport professionals. Policymakers and planners from national, state and city level governments who are responsible for "putting the pieces together" will find the program very useful. Participants from civil society, consultants and potential faculty from local training institutions are also encouraged to apply.
LUTP Sponsors and Partners
The LUTP program is managed by the World Bank. Financial support for LUTP is provided by the following sponsors:
- The World Bank
- Australian Agency for International Development Aid
- The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), and
- Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF).
For more information about these sponsors see Sponsors.
Each offering of the LUTP program is a joint effort of the World Bank and a local partnering organization. For more about past and current partners see Partners.