Urban Mobility - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128114346

Urban Mobility

1st Edition

Planning, Finance, and Implemention

Authors: Om Prakash Agarwal Samuel Zimmerman Ajay Kumar
Paperback ISBN: 9780128114346
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 376
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Urban Mobility: Emerging Paradigms in Planning, Finance, and Implementation explains what new urban mobility planning paradigms are emerging throughout the world, with their potential to transform the urban transportation landscape.

Half of the world’s 7 billion people now live in cities, causing severe road congestion, increased air pollution and green-house gas emissions, and energy insecurity, threatening the sustainability of cities and the planet itself. New paradigms are emerging throughout the world that addresses these problems; however, they have yet to become the norm across all countries, especially developing ones. Urban Mobility increases the awareness and clarity of how effective these new approaches can be in differing socio-economic and political contexts around the globe.

Beginning with how urban mobility challenges are threatening the economic efficiency, health, and well-being of cities and its residents, Urban Mobility highlights the main approaches that have been adopted so far to deal with these problems. It then highlights the urban mobility transformations taking place due to emerging new information technologies, including how social media has become a way of forcefully championing needed initiatives. The book then examines the planning principles that emphasize better integration of land use and transport planning, how public transport is evolving, and the changing approaches to how successful transport investments and operations are financed around the world.

The book looks at Integrated Corridor Management that improves the people-moving performance of multi-modal transport systems in high demand urban corridors, and how countries balance the mobility benefits of motorcycles with the environmental and safety threats they pose. Urban Mobility looks at congestion, road accident fatalities, adverse environmental impacts, and the challenges of meeting the mobility needs of special needs populations. It examines the emerging ways to address the evolving role of women, which has impacted travel in fundamental ways globally. The book concludes with a summary of lessons learnt and the way forward in dealing with the problems under the emerging paradigms.

Key Features

  • Provides previously unpublished research on new approaches to integrating governance, the changing role of IT, and shared mobility initiatives
  • Links transportation and land use, climate change, poverty reduction, and gender, going well beyond the technical issues of transport planning to secure vastly improved outcomes
  • Highlights successful factors from initiatives that have worked in one context can be tailored to different contexts
  • Relevant for developing countries where urban mobility challenges are particularly serious and require novel solutions
  • Learning aids such as case studies, text boxes, and chapter openers and summaries


Urban Transportation Planning and Urban Planning researchers, academics, and graduate students, Urban Transportation policy makers, planners, and other practitioners in cities around the globe

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Governance
3. Planning Principles
4. The Changing Role of Public Transport
5. Transformational Potential of Information Technology
6. Changing Approaches to Transport Finance
7. Managing Roadways for Moving People and Goods
8. Opportunities and Challenges of Motorized Two-Wheelers
9. Beyond Congestion
10. Social Media as an Instrument of Change
11. Transport impact of the Changing Role of Women
12. Lessons for the Future


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About the Author

Om Prakash Agarwal

Senior Urban Transport Specialist and Urban Transport Advisor for the World Bank in Washington, DC. He chairs Transport Research Board’s Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries, and holds a Master’s degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Urban Transport Specialist and Urban Transport Advisor, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

Samuel Zimmerman

Ajay Kumar is the former Lead Transport Economist for the World Bank. He has more than 30 years of experience in transport and urban sector public policy, strategic planning, and finance. During his time at the World Bank, he worked in more than 40 countries across Central Asia, South and East Asia, and Africa. He holds a PhD in Urban Economics and Planning from UCLA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Lead Transport Economist, World Bank

Ajay Kumar

Samuel Zimmerman is the US Department of Transportation’s former Director of Planning and the World Bank’s former Senior Urban Transport Specialist. He spent 28 years at the US Department of Transportation and eight years as VP for Urban Transport Planning at AECOM, one of the world’s largest transport consulting firms, and spent 19 years as an Adjunct Professor at three Washington–area universities. He’s written numerous publications and has Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.

Affiliations and Expertise

US Department of Transportation’s former Director of Planning and former Senior Urban Transport Specialist, World Bank