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From Mobility to Access for All

Expanding Urban Transportation Choices in the Global South

This paper highlights priority actions and enabling conditions for improved urban mobility, which can lead to enhanced social equity and environmental quality.


Many cities are experiencing a decline in access to jobs, services and people due to a confluence of two trends: rapid urbanization and motorization. Lack of access afflicts both low-income communities scattered throughout the city and low- to medium-income people living in suburbs and peripheral settlements who use private cars and motorcycles on long, congested commutes.

This paper explores specific actions to address accessibility of urban transportation, emphasizing improved access for underserved groups. In improving access, cities stand the best chance of solving the problems of deteriorating environmental quality and economic competitiveness that result from traffic congestion and urban sprawl. This paper was produced by WRI.