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Unit 4: your task

Unit 4: your task

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Identify all the transport system alternatives that your city offers.

  • Are the different transport alternatives managed by a common entity/institution?
  • How spread out are the transport and urban planning processes?
  • How clear is that for daily commuters?
  • Are the planning responsibilities divided in different levels of authority?

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1) Are the different transport alternatives managed by a common entity/institution? How spread out are the transport and urban planning processes? How clear is that for daily commuters?

There is not a single institution to manage the different transportation alternatives in Sao Paulo. 

Municipal bus and bike paths, for example, are managed by the municipality, while the subway and train systems as well as intercity buses, are managed by the state. 

As for the urban planning, there is a document called the Strategic Master Plan that guides the municipal urban planning.

The city of Sao Paulo attracts many day trips of people living in neighboring municipalities to Sao Paulo, more specifically in the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo. There is not an entity, the metropolitan level, to manage transportation issues, water and sewage, among others. The planning and transport are closely linked to the limits of the cities, and it is necessary to overcome these limits to offer users and the cities better management and planning.

The cities of the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo not have a single way to charge the tariff, for example, and this creates dissatisfaction and confusion for users who need but do not have an integrated system of price and management in general.

2) Are the planning responsibilities divided in different levels of authority?

Yes, the urban planning of the city is the responsibility of the municipality and the planning of transport is borne by the state in the surrounding Metro and train. Currently, the Urban Mobility Plan of the city of São Paulo is being run by the municipality.

It would be much better if there was an entity capable of managing the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo to offer a more suitable and consistent planning with urban reality.


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Re: Unit 4: your task

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Identify all the transport system alternatives that your city offers.


  • Are the different transport alternatives managed by a common entity/institution?

Transportes de Lisboa manages the 3 most important public transport services operating for the center of Lisbon: Transtejo (Boats and Ferries), Carris (Buses and Trams) and Metropolitano de Lisboa (Metro).

The rest of the services are all independently managed.


  • How spread out are the transport and urban planning processes?

Transport and urban planning processes are becoming closer than past years. The city has understood that one can only achieve a proper urban planning if transportation, especially sustainable transportation, is taken into high consideration. 

Also, the local municipality is making efforts to become the managers of Transportes de Lisboa so that urban planning and decisions regarding public transportation can be made in a more homogeneous and effective way. Lisbon's mayor Fernando Medina is highly against such fundamental services for the city being managed by the private sector.


  • How clear is that for daily commuters?

I think that is still not very clear. Every time suggestions or complaints appear they are always aimed at the municipality and not the companies. This is a good indicator that commuters also feel that the responsibility of transport management should be of the local governments.


  • Are the planning responsibilities divided in different levels of authority?
The local municipality is responsible for urban planning and the country government and public transport companies are responsible for transport planning. Lisbon is making efforts to become the manager of the public transport operating in the city center in order to effectively coordinate urban and transport planning.
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Re: Unit 4: your task

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1. ENTITIES IN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM LOCAL SITUATION


TAXI - Every city council gives the local license system to private unique license owners. No fleet system.

BUS - Island Authority "Cabildo de Tenerife" owns the public company  TITSA.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife City has its own local lines but pay TITSA to give the service

TRAM - Island Authority gave to a public-private consortium the system because of the cost of the system to be developed and they use and take fare incomes.

RENT A CAR - Very important here in a touristic island. Business Groups (about 8) that have some meetings a year with the Island Authority to review situation. 

OTHERS - Bicycle roads are now a local council effort. Car-Sharing an Car-Pooling in early development.

2.SPREAD OUT.

Our legal system give the people a time of oposition, complaint, suggestion, time.

But now the Island Authority makes an special effort in public user involvement

IDEAS CONTEST:  VISIONARIOS  (massive ideas request in a time)

IDEAS SUGGESTION SYSTEM:  HEY TENERIFE  (suggestion without deadline and public project expo)

For example, this week Cabildo (island authority) ended public time to suggestions or complaints to a big project. One of the 10 ideas to be developed is to enlarge the TRAM line 2 an effort to give this kind of transport system near my house here in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Some people wanted the line to be enlarged, others wanted to a microbus system to join the end of line. And after a public revision they voted in the local authority and they are going to build the TRAM grow.

3.HOW CLEAR IT IS ? 

Years ago, only the people who knew about this things where able to make a suggestion or a complaint. 

Now Internet give us a way to talk. BUT ITS NOT AN OFFICIAL WAY TO COMPLAINT. The classical system of legal complaint using forms in a personal way to the office of the local authority is working. Perhaps the new system gives more visibility but only to the people who use the internet.

4. LEVELS OF AUTHORITY ? 

First Level - Cabildo President and the decision council (where the politician voted by the people take resolutions)

Second Level - Development Area Chief - An área to develop roads, transports and so

Third Level - Mobility Area Chief - To develop the publi transport system and a team-colaborate effort with private

Fourth Level - Every City Council staff (with its owns three level as before described but to every village or city)

In our special island situation with many village with population fragmented the Cabildo is very important.but metropolitane zone has a special importance in numbers because of the public building here (main public activity)



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Public transport services in Kathmandu are provided by several thousand private operators, which are organized into mode-specific associations and operate along over 200 routes. So, there are no different transport alternatives managed by a common institution. 

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and also a heritage city. There are altogether seven UNESCO enlisted world heritages with in the Kathmandu Valley. Thus the city attracts people from all over Nepal for employment, education and lifestyle as well the people around the world for the heritage. So, the planning of the city is growing rapidly with the rise in population and rapid urbanization. Recently, there has been the project on widening of the roads in the ring road of Kathmandu in the word of Development and also for the reason of traffic congestion. The project started few years ago but is still not completed due to political situation.

There is a separate Ministry of Urban Development for urban planning and Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and transport for transport management in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Government of Nepal (GoN) has enacted several policies and regulations related to transportation to provide safer, efficient, and environmentally-friendly transport in Nepal through enhanced institutional capacity, better management, and improved coordination with urban development and environmental policies.