Comparative analysis of passenger transport sustainability in European cities

Alonso Ramos, Andrea and Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés and Cascajo Jiménez, Rocío (2015). Comparative analysis of passenger transport sustainability in European cities. "Ecological Indicators", v. 48 ; pp. 578-592. ISSN 1470-160X. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.09.022.

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Title: Comparative analysis of passenger transport sustainability in European cities
Author/s:
  • Alonso Ramos, Andrea
  • Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés
  • Cascajo Jiménez, Rocío
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Ecological Indicators
Date: January 2015
ISSN: 1470-160X
Volume: 48
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Urban transport; Sustainable management; Composite indicators
Faculty: Centro de Investigación del Transporte (TRANSyT) (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – has become a major concern on an international scale. The problem is global, but must be solved locally. Most of the world’s population lives in cities that act as centres of economic growth and productivity, but which – if they develop in the wrong direction – can cause social inequalities, or irreversibly harm the environment. Urban transport causes a number of negative impacts that can affect sustainability targets. The objective of this study is to propose an analysis of sustainability of urban passenger transport systems based on available indicators in most cities. This will serve to benchmark the practices of different cities and manage their transport systems. This work involves the creation of composite indicators (CI) to measure the sustainability of urban passenger transport systems. The methodology is applied to 23 European cities. The indicators are based on a benchmarking approach, and the evaluation of each aspect in each case therefore depends on the performance of the whole sample. The CI enabled us to identify which characteristics have the greatest influence on the sustainability of a city’s transport system, and to establish transport policies that could potentially improve its shortcomings. Finally, the cities are clustered according to the values obtained from the CIs, and thus according to the weaknesses and strengths of their transport systems.

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Item ID: 33348
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33348/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33348
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.09.022
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1470160X14004300
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Apr 2015 10:11
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 23:30
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