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David van Traa and Urban Transformation in Amsterdam

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. 

David van Traa is the incoming Director for the Zuidas Amsterdam Development Office (Amsterdam's prime business and residential real estate location). The office is working to create a high-quality living and working environment that is comfortable and dynamic, as well as safe, accessible and sustainable. The next decade of development will take place alongside a large infrastructure project that will result in the widening of the A10 orbital motorway and its encasement in an underground tunnel, much like the Big Dig in Boston, along with the expansion and modernization of the fastest growing train and subway station in the Netherlands. This infrastructure project in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will commence in 2017: Zuidasdok.

Zuidasdok is a project of Rijkswaterstaat, ProRail and the municipality of Amsterdam in order to improve the accessibility of the Amsterdam South Axis and the northern part of the Randstad, both by public transport and by road. This will be achieved by expanding the Amsterdam Zuid station, including integration of urban and regional public transport. A10 South between the nodes of the Nieuwe Meer and Amstel will be widened to 2 x 6 lanes, which are separated through traffic and local traffic. Additionally, it will extend the station and the widen the highway by the A10 South at the height of the center of Zuidas by building two tunnels. This will then provide a reduction of the noise level with the center of South Axis, also allowing the South Axis to be further developed into a sustainable mixed urban center for living, working and facilities.

 

The discussion covered tensions and challenges-- anticipated and unanticipated-accompanying Big Dig planning, construction, and stakeholder management. The discussion also pulled from TUT-POL case studies and research, for instance, highlighting the importance of policy framing and prototyping in Seoul's Cheonggyecheon stream restoration project and bus system overhaul in Seoul.

For more information on Zuidasdok be sure to check out their website: https://www.amsterdam.nl/zuidas/zuidasdok/

 

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