On Wednesday, October 28, the President of AC&A, Eng. Roberto Agosta, spoke on “Safe, affordable and sustainable transport”, within the framework of the Cycle of Virtual Conferences organized by the Instituto del Cemento Portland Argentino (ICPA) to celebrate its 80th anniversary.
After reviewing the basic principles of Transport Planning regarding the market and the transit system, he highlighted the importance of managing a comprehensive approach to the problem of transport sustainability, encompassing environmental, economic, financial and social aspects. “The intersection of these forms of sustainability enables a sustainable urban development,” he added.
For Engineer Agosta, it is necessary to develop public policies and guide private decisions about the system as a whole, both at the technological and institutional levels, which must be coordinated with the territorial system.
On the other hand, the president of our company placed special emphasis on Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), listing its different components: the supply of high quality mass and collective transport, accessibility and connectivity; urban densification (optimizing mass transit capacity to promote higher densities around its stations); compact development (minimizing transport distances); heterogeneity (promoting diversity of uses, services and the safe coexistence of different social groups); walkability (creating the conditions for a safe, pleasant and accessible walk for all); non-motorized transportation (through the construction of safe bicycle lanes); connectivity (pedestrian and bicycle lane networks must be highly accessible) and regulation, which restricts the use or parking of vehicles in those areas.
In addition, Eng. Agosta referred to mobility in the post-pandemic world. Although the phenomenon of working remotely has grown gradually since the 1980s, he explained that “we are facing a future in which the office is not going to be what it was before; this situation will lead to an impact on sustainability” and there will probably be reductions in trips to or from large city centers, an increase in mobility in residential areas and a marked decay in city centers.
To conclude, the President of AC&A stated: “The solution to the problem of urban transport consists in providing transport capacity at an adequate speed for the flow of people and not for the flow of vehicles.”