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Special Issue "Sustainable Transportation Systems in Urban Areas: Planning, Operation, and Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2023 | Viewed by 834

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Filomena Mauriello
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy
Interests: transportation; data analysis; transportation planning; traffic engineering; transport engineering
Dr. Maria Rella Riccardi
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: vulnerable road users; highway design; road safety; safety modelling; data mining techniques; econometric models

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sustainable transport is mainstreamed across several SDGs and targets, especially those related to affordability, infrastructures, cities and human settlements, as well as improving urban air quality and health, climate actions, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions coming from the transport system are projected to grow substantially in the years to come, hence the ever-growing need of sustainable transportation systems to achieve better integration of the economy and urban–rural linkages while respecting the environment. Recognizing that transportation and mobility are central to sustainable development, this Special Issue is focused on the sustainable design, operation, and management of urban transportation.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Sustainable mobility to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  2. Micro-mobility: demand, planning, management, and safety;
  3. Vulnerable road users;
  4. Crash severity prediction analyses;
  5. Accessibility and walkability;
  6. Public transport and shared mobility;
  7. Methodologies for diagnosis of existing urban infrastructures;
  8. Risk-based road safety management;
  9. Machine learning applications;
  10. Automated vehicles.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Filomena Mauriello
Dr. Maria Rella Riccardi
Guest Editors

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Econometric and Machine Learning Methods to Identify Pedestrian Crash Patterns
Sustainability 2022, 14(22), 15471; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142215471 - 21 Nov 2022
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Walking plays an important role in overcoming many challenges nowadays, and governments and local authorities are encouraging healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Nevertheless, pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users and crashes with pedestrian involvement are a serious concern. Thus, the identification of [...] Read more.
Walking plays an important role in overcoming many challenges nowadays, and governments and local authorities are encouraging healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Nevertheless, pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users and crashes with pedestrian involvement are a serious concern. Thus, the identification of pedestrian crash patterns is crucial to identify appropriate safety countermeasures. The aims of the study are (1) to identify the road infrastructure, environmental, vehicle, and driver-related patterns that are associated with an overrepresentation of pedestrian crashes, and (2) to identify safety countermeasures to mitigate the detected pedestrian crash patterns. The analysis carried out an econometric model, namely the mixed logit model, and the association rules and the classification tree algorithm, as machine learning tools, to analyse the patterns contributing to the overrepresentation of pedestrian crashes in Italy. The dataset consists of 874,847 crashes—including 101,032 pedestrian crashes—that occurred in Italy from 2014 to 2018. The methodological approach adopted in the study was effective in uncovering relations among road infrastructure, environmental, vehicle, and driver-related patterns, and the overrepresentation of pedestrian crashes. The mixed logit provided a clue on the impact of each pattern on the pedestrian crash occurrence, whereas the association rules and the classification tree detected the associations among the patterns with insights on how the co-occurrence of more factors could be detrimental to pedestrian safety. Drivers’ behaviour and psychophysical state turned out to be crucial patterns related to pedestrian crashes’ overrepresentation. Based on the identified crash patterns, safety countermeasures have been proposed. Full article
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Are We Taking Off? A Critical Review of Urban Aerial Cable Cars as an Integrated Part of Sustainable Transport
Sustainability 2022, 14(20), 13560; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142013560 - 20 Oct 2022
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The overall growth of the world’s population and urbanization lead to rethinking transport planning, further developing the conventional transport systems, and complementing new ones usefully, especially in urban environments. One way to cope with this challenge is to leave behind the already severely [...] Read more.
The overall growth of the world’s population and urbanization lead to rethinking transport planning, further developing the conventional transport systems, and complementing new ones usefully, especially in urban environments. One way to cope with this challenge is to leave behind the already severely saturated urban land use model and move to the third dimension. This includes the use of urban aerial cable cars, which can complement conventional public transport in certain transport relations. Accordingly, this paper aims to answer how the recent, past, or planned implementations of urban aerial cable cars are assessed in the scientific literature, what open research questions need to be answered to enhance the success of transport systems, and what the chances are of cable cars becoming a standard part of transport planners’ repertoires. Following systematic literature review methods, 54 studies from different databases were identified and processed in a multi-stage procedure to provide transparent insight into the relevant literature. The results, especially concerning urban and transport integration, are discussed in detail, emphasizing that cable cars have already partially found their niche, but their role in the urban environment has not yet been sufficiently studied. In conclusion, the study’s originality fills the gap in providing a review of urban aerial cable cars from a transport planning perspective by systematically considering today’s globally available literature. Full article
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Title: Assessing the Feasibility of MaaS: a Contribution from Three Italian Case Studies
Authors: Maria Vittoria Corazza; Valentina Costa; Ilaria Delponte; Claudia Caballini; Erika Olivari
Affiliation: 1. Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering, DICEA Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185, Rome, Italy 2. Italian Excellence Centre for Logistics, Transport and Infrastructures, CIELI University of Genoa, Via Vivaldi 5, 16126, Genoa, Italy 3. Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, DICCA University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145, Genoa, Italy 4. Department of Environmental, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, DIATI Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129, Turin, Italy
Abstract: Making all types of public and private transport services available to users through a single and integrated digital platform is the new urban mobility paradigm called Mobility as a Service (MaaS). This innovative scheme allows both a more sustainable urban transportation system and a more efficient transport service for users. For MaaS to be successful its implementation should adapt to the specific features of the location covered by the service. The city maturity level has to be considered in terms of multimodality, infrastructures, regulations, users target and their willingness to use and pay for MaaS services. This paper discusses and analyses the results of a survey on MaaS conducted in three Italian centres: Turin, Rome, and Genoa, which have very different and specific characteristics. The comparative analysis enables the definition of drivers, obstacles, and requisites for MaaS implementation to be successful. When it comes to cities with conservative mobility policies or cities that are new to MaaS experiences, resistance to adoption of the service can occur. The results of the research discussed in this paper can be a useful resource to enable decision makers to develop more effective and efficient transportation policies.

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