Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Integrated Transport Development Experience in Global City Clusters Roundtable

City from above
This Roundtable investigated international experience and lessons learned from integrated transport development in large-scale urban regions and city clusters and discussed how these may be relevant, or not, to the Chinese and other emerging economy contexts. In particular, it addressed whether there are limits to the scaling-up of these lessons since plans for urban development in China are unprecedented in terms of size and complexity.

Increasing urban concentration and the development of city clusters will pose formidable challenges regarding governance, financing of infrastructure and the delivery of satisfactory life conditions. These challenges will be particularly acute in the realm of urban transport. Investments in improved access and better quality transport services can greatly improve economic and social conditions for city dwellers but how these investments are linked to overall agglomeration benefits is not always straightforward and is oftentimes highly context-dependent. One complicating factor in assessing the links between transport investments and wider economic and social benefits is that urban regions spanning several jurisdictions, rather than individual cities, are emerging as the most relevant spatial scale for measuring the economic productivity effects of transport investments. 


Chair's Summary

Zhi Liu, Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Peking University

Welcome from Honorary President

ZHANG Baosheng, Deputy Director-General, Transport Planning Research Institute

Welcome from Vice President

ZHANG Xiaojie, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Transport, China

Welcome from ITF Secretary-General

José Viegas, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum

Integrated Transport Development Experiences in Global City Clusters: Context and Definitions

Philippe Crist, ITF

Cities as Labor Markets: Relevance to China City Cluster Development

Alain Bertaud, NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management

Urban Planning and Transport Infrastructure Provision in the Randstad, Netherlands – a Global City Cluster

Dominic Stead, University of Technology, Delft

Integrated Transport Development Experiences of Global City Clusters - Urban and Suburban Transport in Mexico City

Sebastian Varela-Contador, World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Urban Development, Transport Investments and Connectivity in the Ile-de-France Region

Laurence Debrincat, Syndicat des Transports Region Ile de France

Integrated Transport Development in China’s Emerging Urban Agglomerations

Ma YANJUN, Transport Planning and Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, China