The Future of Urban Transportation Infrastructure

In Conjunction with World Cities Day 
31 October 2022

In an urban city, efficient and reliable transportation is crucial for a thriving economy, fast-paced lifestyle and there is a rising need for sustainable development. As cities grow, the ease of transportation becomes significant and complex. Today, in conjunction with the global observance of World Cities Day, how do we navigate the future of urban transportation while battling congestion, air pollution and climate change?

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More than 4.3 billion people now live in urban areas

Past World Cities Day Themes

Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience

Valuing our Communities and Cities

Changing the World: Innovations and a Better Life for Future Generations

Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities

Together Beyond Habitat III

Designed to Live Together

Leading Urban Transformations

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Initiated in 2014, World Cities Day organised by United Nations is held on 31 October annually to raise awareness about global urbanisation and push for global cooperation in sustainable urban development. The global observance day is held in a different city each year and the day is dedicated to a specific theme. This year’s theme is: Act Local to go Global.

"We want to bring different partner and diverse stakeholders together to share their experiences and approaches to local action, what local action worked and what is needed to empower local and regional governments to create greener, more equitable and sustainable cities."

In China, RSP was responsible for the conceptual planning and urban design of Wenzhou Eastern Town. With an aim to be an integrated city centre, several transportation features were implemented such as an expressway work optimisation and integration of MRT network complete with a high-speed railway system.

The air-rail transit-oriented development (TOD) hub is built with sustainable green concept complex with lesser cars, forming a multi-level pedestrian network of underground, at-grade and elevated three-dimensional walking system to advocate a green lifestyle.

China’s ever-growing population stresses the need to implement a reliable public transport infrastructure. According to Statista, the highest public transport ridership in China was 49 billion commuters by bus in 2021. The Wenzhou Project is a step towards less pollution in China. 

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One of RSP’s local transportation projects include Singapore’s Canberra MRT Station. Completed in October 2019, this project implements several key green and accessibility features to cater to 17,000 households in the area.

Biophilic architecture, environmentally friendly products and sustainable construction materials were some of the implementations carried out for the station that eventually led it to become the first recipient of the BCA Green Mark Award (Platinum) for transit development in 2020.

Singapore aims to be a  car-lite city in the future. To ensure that Canberra MRT station supports the country’s vision, providing indoor thermal comfort and water efficient fittings are some examples carried out for commuters to keep taking public transportation.

RSP’s Senior Associate, Stephen Lim, will be giving a 15-minute presentation on Canberra MRT Station at the Watford Conference on Resilience and Adaptation: Transporting the Community of the Future. It is an annual gathering for rail architects and designers to exchange ideas and promote best practices in the future of rail transport. Organised by Land Transport Authority Singapore (LTA), the hybrid conference will run from 31 October to 2 November 2022.

For more information and to register for this year’s Watford Conference, click here

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