Links to relevant websites
As of January, 2018
WRI World TOD Resource
This database of more than 600 reports, studies, and other documents across all areas of transit-oriented development. They are organized into (1) Design and Urban Form, (2) Governance, (3) Finance, (4) Land), (5) Mobility, (6) Buildings & Efficiency, (7) Externalities, and (8) Monitoring & Evaluation.
GPSC TOD website
As part of the new Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, the new program website has been launched. It will be expanded, but for right now, it has pages on TOD, Integrated Urban Planning, and Municipal Finance/PPP.
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, editorials, book reviews, announcements, jobs, education, and more.
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ITDP (The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy )
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works with cities worldwide to bring about transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life.
Cities throughout the world, primarily in developing countries, engage ITDP to provide technical advice on improving their transport systems. ITDP uses its know-how to influence policy and raise awareness globally of the role sustainable transport plays in tackling green house gas emissions, poverty and social inequality. This combination of pragmatic delivery with influencing policy and public attitudes defines our approach. Most recently, ITDP has been instrumental in designing and building the best bus rapid transit systems in the world.
ITDP has offices in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States; employs more than 60 staff members; and supplements this team with leading architects, urban planners, transport experts, developers, and financiers.
EMBARQ World Resource Insitute/WRI Ross Center for SUSTAINABLE CITIES
EMBARQ catalyzes and helps implement environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable urban mobility solutions to improve quality of life in cities. Founded in 2002 with the help of Shell Foundation, EMBARQ is now part of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, focusing on sustainable urban mobility as part of WRI's broader sustainable cities program.
EMBARQ has 12+ years of history making sustainable transport a reality in cities through continuous on the ground presence in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States. Our sustainable urban mobility expertise lays in collaboration with local and national authorities, businesses, and civil society to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe, accessible, and attractive urban mobility solutions. Our EMBARQ brand symbolises the global transfer of best practices and implementation of mobility projects that lead to impact on the ground and at scale.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is the leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Lincoln Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy. As a private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Institute seeks to inform decision making through education, research, policy evaluation, demonstration projects, and the dissemination of information, policy analysis, and data through our publications, Web site, and other media. By bringing together scholars, practitioners, public officials, policy makers, journalists, and involved citizens, the Lincoln Institute integrates theory and practice and provides a nonpartisan forum for multidisciplinary perspectives on public policy concerning land, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Our work is organized into three areas of study:
*Land Value Capture
GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project (GIZ SUTP)
http://www.sutp.org/en-dn-th2 (Land Use Planning and Demand Management) Transit, Walking and Cycling
http://www.sutp.org/en-dn-th3 (Transit Walking and Cycling)
GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project - GIZ SUTP
Access to business, health, education and other basic services is becoming difficult in many developing cities due to a deteriorating transport environment. Also, worsening air and noise pollution, decreasing safety levels and overloaded transport systems are having a severe impact on the economic, social life and ecological conditions in a city. In many cases public transport systems and facilities for non-motorised transport users such as pedestrians and cyclists are particularly prone to negligence and under-funding. The urban poor who rely on these systems are seriously affected by this neglect and poor urban mobility management. Furthermore, transport problems are tending to worsen with economic development. Increasing motorisation is also leading to rising levels of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, severely affecting the global climate.
Still, many developing cities exhibit a high population density, low levels of motorisation, relatively high public transport and bicycle usage, and generally mixed land uses. Such characteristics, while increasingly under the threat of rapid motorisation and urban sprawl, constitute a solid potential basis for sustainable urban development. Policy decisions today need to ensure that these cities retain these characteristics and keep or increase the share of sustainable transport modes.
To steer urban transport policy in a more sustainable direction, several challenges have to be tackled. In many cases, these challenges include:
- Lack of appropriate information on good practice, innovative mobility solutions and data available to decision makers
- Lack of appropriate capacity of staff on the municipal and national level to plan and implement sustainable transport projects
- Lack of sufficient and sustainable funding to support the above
- Low level of public participation in the formulation of urban transport strategies and car-oriented lifestyle of decision makers
This situation has reinforced the need for diffusion of information, capacity building and city assessment, and the need to compliment political will with technical expertise and know-how. It is to respond to these needs, that GIZ developed the Sustainable Urban Transport Project- SUTP on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Our activities and services
SUTP’s main objective is to assist developing world cities achieve their sustainable transport goals, through the dissemination of information about international experience, policy advice, training and capacity building and targeted work on sustainable transport projects within cities. The project started on 24 March 2003. It is hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Its offices are located in Eschborn, Germany and Delhi, India.
The main activities of the project include:
- Resources: Developing and disseminating resources on all aspects of sustainable urban mobility, which includes the SUTP Sourcebook series, Case Studies and Technical Documents as well as photo and video galleries on urban mobility
- Capacity building: Designing and conducting training courses for organizations in developing cities, and providing an online guide to available training courses of partner organizations
- Policy advice and international exchange: Together with partners, GIZ-SUTP provides policy advice on sustainable urban transport and supports the international exchange on best practice and innovative solutions for urban mobility (e.g. by participating in conferences, workshops and other forms of international dialogue)
The guiding principles of SUTP are “Avoid, Shift, Improve” (A-S-I): Avoid the need to travel e.g. through smart land use planning, Shift to more sustainable modes of transport such as transit or cycling, and Improve the efficiency of vehicles and the transport system in general. The resources developed by SUTP are structured in the following six broad topics:
- Institutional and policy orientation (urban transport and urban policy, economic instruments, etc.)
- Land use planning and transport demand management
- Transit, walking and cycling (Public transport improvements, mass transit, bus rapid transit, non-motorised transport, car-free development, etc.)
- Vehicles and fuels (CNG, roadworthiness, etc.)
- Environmental and health impacts
- Social issues of urban transport
The SUTP webpage is available in three languages (English, Spanish, Chinese), while many documents prepared have been translated in as much as seven languages.
SUTP is working closely with other GIZ projects implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and others. An overview on partner projects implemented by GIZ can be found here.
In addition, SUTP is working with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners. A full list is available here.