TUT-POL seeks to advance our knowledge of how, when, and where political leadership has been critical to the successful implementation of path-breaking transportation policies.
We are investigation 8 democratically governed cities around the world:
Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, and Vienna.
By asking how, why, and under what conditions political leaders have been able to overcome obstacles whether in the form of bureaucratic inertia, citizen opposition, transport provider intransigence, or other such factors -- the research insights that will emerge from this project should have significant practical application.
For a recent online issue of Politico Magazine, leading mayors, urbanists, and other thinkers were asked to name the biggest threats that American cities currently face. Among the contributors, TUT-POL Project Director Diane Davis and Senior Researcher Lily Song reflect on issues of unequal mobility.
On June 28th-29th, 2017, The TUT-POL Team participated in Mobilize Santiago 2017, the annual sustainable transport summit of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Attended by urban transport and development researchers and practitioners from around the world, this year’s event took place in Santiago, Chile and focused on the theme of “Just and inclusive cities become the new normal.”
Last month on May 10th, 2017 the TUT-POL team participated in the conference, "Tartu Public Transport 2030," hosted by the mayor of Tartu, Estonia with the aim of promoting citizen friendly and sustainable public transportation. In recent months, the City of Tartu has been confronting questions of how to shape the urban public transport system to be consistent with the accelerating pace of life and development objectives of the city.
TUT-POL Advisory Board Member and CEO of Motivate Jay Walder talks with NextCity about Motivate and the CitiBike bike-share in New York City and the role of public-private-partnerships on transit and infrastructure in the next four years.
TUT-POL's Vienna case study writers, Ralph Buehler and John Pucher, have published two articles based on their research of the Vienna case study for TUT-POL. One article was written along with TUT-POL Advisory Board Chair Alan Altshuler in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (Taylor & Francis) titled, "Vienna's Path to Sustainable Transport." The second article, published in the Transport Reviews Journal is titled, "Reducing Car Dependence in the Heart of Europe: Lessons from Germany, Austria and Switzerland."
TUT-POL Senior Researcher Lily Song gave a presentation in Tallinn on "The future of sustainable transport and urban development in Tallinn," which were followed by a panel discussion with a member of parliament and someone from the city government.
In the most recent issue of the RICS's (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) publication Modus, TUT-POL Project Director Diane Davis sits down with Christopher Swope, Nicholas You, and Mark Watts to discuss what kind of leadership our cities require in this age of urbanization. Davis uses TUT-POL case study examples such as Stockholm, New York, Mexico City, and San Francisco in the article to answer questions like, "Where does good city leadership start? Is it always with a Mayor?" and "Why is continuity so important and where does it come from?" to name a few.
The TUT-POL team convened a group of transport and urban planning practitioners, professors and students with David van Traa on Tuesday, November 15th, to discuss implications from Boston's Big Dig and other pathbreaking urban transport policies and projects as he takes on a large infrastructure project in Amsterdam: Zuidasdok.
Yesterday TUT-POL Project Director Diane E. Davis and Senior Researcher Lily Song presented "Political Strategies for Constructive Change," findings from our research project, in a live webinar hosted by Meeting of the Minds.