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Brookings Mountain West


The traditional approach of urban transport planners has been to focus on the reduction of traffic congestion. More recently, with the growth of cities worldwide and the ever-present challenge of congestion, transport and urban planners have started to focus on the concept of access as the ultimate goal. How can we ensure and enhance access to jobs, education, commerce, and other services by all segments of the population? This requires a more complementary effort by transport planners and urban planners as well as finance and fiscal experts. The lecture will follow this shift in emphasis, the opportunities it poses, and the challenges in adapting and adopting solutions. It will be based on work being undertaken by the Metropolitan Policy and Global Economy and Development programs at Brookings.


City planning; Economic policy; Transportation--Planning; Urban transportation


Transportation | Urban Studies




Jeffrey Gutman is a 2016-2017 Brookings Scholar fellow.

This public lecture was delivered on March, 22 2017, in Greenspun Hall, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Downloadable files associated with this event are:

"Changing the Focus of Urban Transport from Congestion to Access," video; mp4 format; 1 hour, 1 minutes; 235 MB file size.

"Is The Current Urban Transport Model Broken?," powerpoint;; 13 MB file size.

Urban-Transportation.pptx (13410 kB)
Power Point