Special Issue "The Current and Future Role of Public Transport in Delivering Sustainable Cities"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2016).
Interests: Infrastructures are key in the delivery of energy and mobility. It is clear that this has to be done in a far more sustainable way. Governance of these infrastructures, the way in which they are regulated and organised, is a key aspect in making the transition towards a more sustainable future. Contracting, cooperation, coordination in a specific institutional context condition and drive the change. Competitive analysis of governance between countries and infrastructures on how they can make the transition, both qualitative and quantitative, is the key research focus
Interests: governance of sustainability transitions; stakeholder and public engagement; responsible innovation
The world of public transport is changing rapidly. It has been a robust instrument for more sustainable mobility in cities. However, the role public transport plays is changing. This Special Issue includes papers that deal with the changing role of public transport, its relation to technological innovation enabling new modes of transport, and the implications for sustainable cities.
Technological innovation impacts the role of public transport in at least two ways. First, ICT technology has led to the emergence of hybrid modes of transport, such as car sharing, ride sharing, dial-a-ride and app-a-ride. In developed, as well as developing, countries, participation is becoming the new norm: citizens are more and more involved in organising their own mobility systems. This hybridization raises questions with regard to the traditionally relatively clear dichotomy of private car transport on one and public transport on the other, with public transport performing better on a wide range of public values, like sustainability, but also safety, liveability, and others. Additionally, bicycles have, more and more, become a hybrid mode, escaping its local character though electrification and its private character by sharing systems. Second, with innovation new forms of coordination between operators and travellers have emerged. Location and communication technology allows for on-the-fly coordination, putting pressure on the value of scheduled services and standard long-term coordination between supply-by-operator and demand-by-traveller. Third, traditional public transport holds the promise of large-step innovation, by moving fleets of buses to electricity, developing tram and metro systems, driving to improve the sustainability performance of the mobility system.
The Special Issue addresses the challenges and questions that come with these developments based on analyses and case studies from different continents. It want to give special attention to governance issues in this field.
Dr. Wijnand Veeneman
Dr. Eefje Cuppen
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- Environmental sustainability
- Economic sustainability
- Social sustainability
- Mobility policy
- Governance and sustainability
- Transport related development
- Governance of public transport