Future of Transportation in Cities


About the talk

Talk is about the future of public transportation in cities. The top three transport challenges are congestion, stretch, and cost. These complex issues require responses that are both strategic and creative. Low carbon modes of transport should be encouraged. Active provision and space for railway lines or bus routes, or cycle routes, is important from the start, as it becomes extremely difficult to weave them into the urban structure at a later stage. Flying cars may not be good for congested cities but will work well in remote areas where normal transport is unavailable. They can also be used for faster delivery. What is tending to happen is people are starting to think about moving away from city center locations into suburbs.


Mihir Benison, Senior Transport and City Planner at Arup

Mihir works for the global engineering and advisory firm Arup. He has a background in architecture, engineering and project management and an interest in transport, the value of public spaces and their role in driving regeneration. Mihir has vast experience in managing complex strategic, policy, infrastructure and built environment projects at a variety of scales and stages. He has recently been involved in the development of Euston High Speed 2 Station and the Road User Pricing Strategy to support the expansion of Heathrow Airport. Prior to joining Arup, he spent 4 years with Network Rail, the UK’s national rail infrastructure owner, where he was project manager for the Waterloo Station Upgrade and a business case exploring Better Management Models for Stations. Mihir additionally holds positions on panels with the Greater London Authority and Harrow Council, where he is helping to shape future infrastructure and regeneration within London.

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