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BRT+ Webinar: Urban mobility in Latin America – reflexions on the 2014 report of the OMU – Latin America Mobility Observatory, from CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina

This session of BRT webinar will be presented by Eduardo A. Vasconcellos, on Tuesday 26th September at 09:00 Chile Summer Time (CLST).

Latin America never had a mobility Observatory, making it very hard to public agencies, experts, scholars and society as a whole to know, analyse and debate urban mobility conditions in the region. Beginning with the organization of the Brazilian Observatory in 2003 and the Latin American Observatory in 2007 a large quantity of mobility data is now available to all people interested in the issue.

The session will analyse data from 2014, published by the Latin American Mobility Observatory ( It comprises information from 29 large cities, 14 from Spanish-speaking countries and 15 from Brazil (Portuguese-speaking). Data include, among others, daily modal share, time and space consumption per mode, transport costs for users, energy used, pollutant emissions and road fatalities. Changes between the two major reports (2007 and 2014) will be analysed in other to guide judgments on the probable future of urban mobility in the region. Among the challenges are the large increase in the number of automobiles and the exponential increase in the number of motorcycles - with severe impact on road fatalities –the unstable conditions of public transport services run mostly by the informal sector and the increasing congestion and pollutant impacts.

Eduardo A. Vasconcellos is an engineer and a sociologist, with master and doctoral degrees in Public Policy (University of Sao Paulo) and post-doctoral research and teaching at Cornell University, USA (1993-1995).  He worked as a transport engineer for ten years at the Sao Paulo Municipal Transport Authority and eventually in several Brazilian consultant enterprises and local government agencies. He also worked in Mozambique (National road safety program), South Africa (new BRT systems and state transport policies), Mexico (National Transport Policy) and Peru (National Transport Policy).

He is currently an advisor for ANTP – the Brazilian Public Transport Association – where he coordinates the Brazilian Urban Mobility Observatory, encompassing 530 cities over 60,000 inhabitants.  He is also an advisor for CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina –  where he is the coordinator of the OMU – Latin America Mobility Observatory that comprises 29 large urban areas in the region.


Event: BRT+ Webinar: Urban mobility in Latin America

When: Tuesday 26th September at 09:00 Chile SummerTime (CLST)

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