The Challenges of Growth and Motorization: Transportation Policy in Rapidly Developing Cities

The project is the culmination of a larger effort by the principal investigator to understand the transportation challenges facing rapidly growing cities in developing countries. Urbanization is one of the defining trends of our time, and has been especially rapid in Asia and Africa. Over the last five years the principal investigator (PI) has studied the efforts of four megacities--Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Lagos, Mumbai--to cope with the challenges of rapid growth and the shift to individual motorized modes of transportation notably the motorcycle and car. This research was supported by the World Bank, the Ash Institute for Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and other sources, and has resulted in teaching cases on each of the four cities that are used in masters' courses and executive programs at the HKS, the World Bank and elsewhere. The current project would extend the research in two ways: by supporting the development of a case study of Bangkok, a city that has the reputation for having tamed the severe congestion it suffered from in the mid 1990s, and by supporting the drafting of a monograph or book manuscript that would draw together the lessons of the five cities' efforts to cope with growth and congestion. Matching funds would be drawn from the PI's sabbatical leave and other sources and no University Transportation Center (UTC) funds would be used for foreign travel.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project HVDR24-13 (no Final Report was issued for this project)


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $199392.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20130831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33372

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489797
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, HVDR24-13
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:02AM