Transforming Urban Transport- The Role of Political Leadership


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Tartu Public Transport 2030

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. The conference brought together transportation experts, academics, and urban planners with local political officials, interest groups, and citizens to help inform and shape a long-term public transport vision and agenda that would best serve the interests of city residents and visitors. 

Lily Song, Senior Researcher for TUT-POL and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Director of City Form Lab at the Harvard GSD, were among the conference presenters. Sevtsuk and Song also facilitated an urban design workshop (May 11th, 2017) on Vadaduse Alley, a major road that runs between the city's historic center and the Ema River. The workshop explored urban design and planning proposals to transform the street from its primary function of traffic throughput to a vibrant public space integrating cycling lanes, pedestrian pathways, ample seating, cafes, and cultural programs and well-serviced by public transit.