For several generations, urban transportation policymakers and practitioners around the world favored a “mobility” approach, aimed at moving people and vehicles as fast as possible by reducing congestion. The limits of such an approach, however, have become more apparent over time, as residents struggle to reach workplaces, schools, hospitals, shopping, and numerous other destinations in an equitable and sustainable manner.
Researchers have been able to define this challenge more precisely and elevate the importance of “accessibility” over the past few decades, but the adoption of new policies, tools, and investments by practitioners remains slow and uneven across most regions.
At the CTS Spring Luncheon, Brookings Institution fellow Adie Tomer will explore how the Institution’s new Moving to Access initiative is looking at innovative policies, tools, and techniques that can help ensure that all people—regardless of income or demography—get where they need to go. Tomer will discuss challenges from the current mobility model, impediments to adopting an accessibility-focused approach, and where metro areas can go from here.
The luncheon will be held May 11 at the U of M’s McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. Event details and registration information are available on the CTS website.
Hope to see you there!