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Title: Developing an equitable and sustainable mobility strategy for Havana
Authors: Warren, James P.
Morris, Emily
Enoch, Marcus P.
Magdaleno, Idalmis Padilla
Arias, Zunilda Parra
Guanche, Juilia
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: WARREN, J.P. ... et al, 2015. Developing an equitable and sustainable mobility strategy for Havana. Cities, 45, June 2015, pp. 133–141.
Abstract: The particular political, economic and social conditions of the state of Cuba, in the Caribbean, have created unique possibilities for the development of a sustainable transport system in its capital city, Havana. This paper reports on the outcomes of a project to identify the possibilities and priorities for a long-term strategy for equitable and sustainable mobility for Havana. This involved almost 100 participants from Cuba and the UK in the 12 months from June 2013. Overall, the study found a high degree of agreement amongst the transport policy community as to the three key transport issues facing Havana: • high level of unmet demand • lack of available financing • poor state of the transport system. Perhaps more surprisingly, it also produced a near consensus amongst the participants that any future policy should seek to increase the quality of the public transport system by: • increasing levels of investment • securing efficiency savings • working ‘smarter’. However, it also found that this unified view is challenged by a desire for the car market to be deregulated, which would engender a very different policy approach. A strategic choice is needed now, to determine whether Havana follows a North American-style trajectory of rapid growth in car use or a less car-dependent pathway.
Description: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Sponsor: Thanks are due to the British Embassy, Havana which provided seed funding through the Bilateral Partnership Fund; University College London (through the UCL Grand Challenges for Sustainable Cities; the Research Unit of the Cuban Ministry of Transport (CIMAB).
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16805
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.02.007
ISSN: 1873-6084
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