Informal public transport services – services provided without official sanction – can often be difficult to rationalize from a public policy perspective. While these systems provide benefits including on-demand mobility for the transit-dependent, jobs for low-skilled workers, and service coverage in areas devoid of formal transit supply, they also have costs, such as increased traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, and traffic accidents. In this presentation, Prof. Aaron Golub will discuss the range of informal sector experiences worldwide and the costs and benefits of the sector in general. Through the cases of Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Rio de Janeiro, he will explore different policy approaches to regulating them.
If you are interested in this topic, join the meeting at noon. All are welcome!
Dr. Golub is an associate professor and director of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His work focuses on the social equity impacts of current transportation planning practices – how people participate in planning, and who wins and loses from transportation plans and investments. Dr. Golub teaches courses on urban transportation policy, planning research methods, transportation finance and public transportation.
This seminar is hosted by the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.