May 18, 2018

Sustainable transport policy: Lessons from London and future challenges in the US

Time

1:40pm - 3:00pm

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

Andrea Broaddus, Future Mobility Research and Consulting

Abstract

With a global urbanization trend well underway, cities today are struggling to adapt 19th and 20th century transport systems to meet the needs of growing 21st century populations which are more mobile than ever before. This talk begins with consideration of the long-term policy, investment, and institutional changes in London, including congestion charging and regional networks of light rail, bus and bike lanes, helped the city adapt itself into a sustainable transport model. In the short term, congestion charging reduced traffic entering the charged area by 20%, and increased bus and Underground ridership by 10%. In the longer term, accessibility benefits extended well beyond the charged zone, leading to location and car ownership adjustments throughout Inner London. Car-free households grew 19%, with new residents settling in transit-rich inner suburbs. However the urbanization trend is playing out differently in the US context, and travel behavior is changing rapidly with the rise of tech-driven shared and on-demand mobility services. The talk concludes with a consideration of future mobility challenges for US metropolitan regions.

Biographical Sketch

Andrea Broaddus is a transportation policy expert focused on travel demand management through behavioral incentives and land use practices. Her current research focuses on the impacts of autonomous and connected vehicles on urban transport systems. She has published articles on road pricing and transit oriented development and has served as a lecturer at UC Berkeley and San Jose State since 2010. She has private sector experience as a researcher on future mobility topics for Robert Bosch LLC, and as a planning practitioner with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. She has also worked in non-profit advocacy on local and state transportation policy in Madison WI, and federal policy in Washington DC. Her research on European transportation policy and practice led to year-long fellowships in Hamburg, Germany and London, England. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Public Policy / Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and PhD in Transportation Planning from UC Berkeley.