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Beyond Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): moving towards sustainable cities

13:00 - 14:30 21 May 2013

Location: Room 101, 34 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EZ

BRT Transmilenio Bogota

Photo by Flickr member ©mariordo59

Despite their exemplary track record optimizing urban mobility, BRTs and other urban transport interventions in Colombia have lacked a progressive, integrated planning approach, and do not move far enough towards low-carbon, sustainable systems in cities. Nonetheless, innovative approaches are taking place at the local level, with better planning and design instruments, better coordination of land-use and transport systems and a closer alignment with a climate change mitigation strategy, and look promising to inform a new generation of public policy at the national level.

Felipe Targa was Deputy Minister of Transport of Colombia from 2010 to 2012. Currently, Mr. Targa works at Los Andes University as Associate Researcher and Director of the SEGC CityLab. He also manages the Green Corridor project in Cali, a highly innovative mass transit-urban renewal-open space project that incorporates state-of-the-art practices in green infrastructure, PPP financing, sustainable mobility and urban development. Prior to this, he worked on the Office of Private Participation in Infrastructure in Colombia’s National Planning Department, in a special task force responsible for structuring and implementing one of the most advanced national urban transport policies, conceptualizing the first group of Colombia’s worldwide recognized Bus Rapid Transit –BRT- systems. From 2004 to 2010, he worked on the Inter-American Development Bank as a Senior Transport Specialist, leading a variety of urban transit projects in Panama, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. He serves on the Board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Mr. Targa holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and he is Ph.D. candidate in Transport Systems at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Everyone is welcome to attend