Mobility in the City

Mobility in the city
Rethinking problem-solving in urban transport
Ashwin Mahesh
Rapid urbanisation
10 million already live in
the city. An additional
300,000 people move
into the municipal area
each year.
Where do we begin?
Many levels of government
Urban Development
Foreign investment
Silos in government departments
Challenges in academia too
The usual practice
a regional view
identify who
should do what
must begin now
must have the force
of law
must deliver value to citizens
must measure progress regularly
Can we try something different?
4 types of problems
We cannot ‘see’ the problem
Information is held in many different departments
Officials alone are expected to do everything
Skill and manpower shortages in government
4 types of solutions
Visualise what is going on in the city
Bring all the information together
Give some responsibilities to the citizens also
Use the 70-30 principle to train more people quickly
Collect all the information
Bus, Metro routes and timings
Vehicle records
License records
Police cameras
GPS units on buses
Emergency announcements
Taxi services
Auto-rickshaw services
Safety information
Forms used by different departments
News reports about transports
Tele-density from mobile tower network
GPS units on city buses, other vehicles
Police traffic cameras at junctions
Integrated view of live traffic conditions
- Map based display of routes
- Digital tool for adding, changing, removing routes
Violation reports through SMS
Blackberry-powered enforcement
Asset management
Cameras, signals, modems monitored 24x7
Downtime leads to automatic SMS alert to crews
Resolution time monitored for performance
Escalation matrix for unresolved issues
Mapping accident hot-spots
Mapping accident hot-spots
Common complaint-tracking
tool for all departments.
Bangalore Transport Information System
India’s first Traffic Management Centre
Direction-based bus services
along with significant fleet expansion
Better designs for public infrastructure
Private development of public spaces
A dedicated budget for footpaths
Metro-Zone footpaths – 30km this year
Namma Cycle – A cycle-sharing program in IISc campus
Neighbourhood Improvement using standardized road designs
Priority for emergency vehicles
Simple tools for school buses
Technology for taxi companies
Helping companies to reduce
their carbon footprint
Regular traffic counting at key junctions
We now have a CONTINUOUS strategy
for improving mobility in the city.
Capacity building in government
… this ECOSYSTEM can intervene in any arena.
Bangalore Environment Portal
Air Quality
Solid Waste
Ground Water
Green Cover
Water Supply
Water Quality
Safe Bangalore
Bangalore Tourism and Heritage
Points of interest
Event alerts in your area
Industry cluster analysis
What is our city/region good at?
Information Technology
Health care
Machine Tools
A new public-private partnership
- Between officials and researchers
- Plenty of effective and re-useable technology
- New skills built within government departments
- Joint problem solving by many stakeholders
Easy to repeat in any city
Start collecting data and forms
Put data on top of maps
Use existing tools to strengthen government work
Running in 6 weeks, robust in 6 months