Sustainable, safe, smart—three key elements of Singapore’s evolving transport policies

Haque, Md. Mazharul, Chin, Hoong Chor, & Debnath, Ashim Kumar (2013) Sustainable, safe, smart—three key elements of Singapore’s evolving transport policies. Transport Policy, 27, pp. 20-31.


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Sustainability, safety and smartness are three key elements of a modern transportation system. This study illustrates various policy directions and initiatives of Singapore to address how its transportation system is progressing in light of these three components. Sustainability targets economical efficiency, environmental justice and social equity by including policies for integrating land use and transport planning, ensuring adequate transport supply measures, managing travel demand efficiently, and incorporating environment-friendly strategies. Safety initiatives of its transportation system aim to minimize injuries and incidents of all users including motorists, public transport commuters, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Smartness incorporates qualities like real time sensing, fast processing and decision making, and automated action-taking into its control, monitoring, information management and revenue collection systems. Various policy implications and technology applications along these three directions reveal that smart technologies facilitate implementation of policies promoting sustainability and safety. The Singapore experience could serve as a good reference for other cities in promoting a transportation system that is sustainable, safe and smart.

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ID Code: 57940
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainability, Smartness, Safety, Urban Mobility, Singapore
DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.11.017
ISSN: 1879-310X (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2013 02:26
Last Modified: 01 May 2016 14:00

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