Luis  A. Guzmán

Luis  A. Guzmán

Sidney Smith Hall, Room SS5016 | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)

Urban transformations, transport and health: The case of Transmicable in Bogotá

The way cities are designed affect the mobility of their populations. Specifically, urban transport planning can have direct and indirect effects on travel patterns, access to opportunities and wellbeing. The mobility sector, therefore, should advocate for integrated multisector city planning that prioritizes equity-related outcomes, particularly in rapidly urbanized low-to-middle-income countries. Cable cars, gondolas suspended and powered from an overhead cable, are among the many transport innovations that emerged from Latin America and that have spread rapidly. Since 2004, 19 cities in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe have implemented cable cars. The fastest expansion has occurred in Latin American cities, which account for 58% of the world’s cable cars. The newest cable car system in Latin America, TransmiCable, will open in late-2018 in Ciudad Bolivar. This locality is emblematic of city peripheries in Latin America, rapidly growing due to rural-to-urban migration, with steep hills and unstable terrain, high rates of poverty, violence, and informal housing and transport services. In conjunction with the TransmiCable infrastructure, other urban improvements will be implemented including the construction of parks, public library, outdoor gyms, sport courts, community centers, city administrative offices, a pubic market, and a tourism office, the paving of select streets and selected slum upgrading. Therefore, implementation of TransmiCable in Bogotá offers a unique opportunity to assess the mobility, equity and health impacts of a transport and urban development intervention through a natural experiment.

About the Speaker: Luis A. Guzman is a Professor at the School of Engineering at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). He holds an M.Sc from the Universidad de los Andes, and a Ph.D. cum laude in Systems of Civil Engineering, Urban and Transport Planning at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Currently he is the director of the Urban and Regional Sustainability Group (SUR) at the Universidad de los Andes. Dr. Guzman research interests include urban mobility, transport and land-use interaction and social, economic and spatial analysis of inequalities related to urban transport and policy evaluation in Latin America. Dr. Guzman is a committee member of the Social and Economic Factors of Transportation for The Transportation Research Board. He is currently a researcher of national studies including the development models and tools regarding land occupation and land-use changes and its implications on mobility, transport planning, social equity and urban sustainability. He is also consultant and adviser in different urban transport projects in Colombia. Consultant to the World Bank, adviser the Urban Development Institute of Bogotá on issues of value capture instruments for financing transport infrastructure. Adviser of the Bogotá Urban Planning Office in the reform of the Land-Use Planning Master Plan, in transport planning. Author of several articles published in international journals related to the evaluation of transport policies, poverty, equity and urban structure.