Transportation management is a major part of urban planning and development. Urban areas worldwide are rapidly expanding and so is the urban population. Urban planning majorly impacts how much a city supports business growth, and of which transportation management has a key role to play. Development of railway transport systems is perceived as one of the most effective ways of shaping sustainable urban transportation. As an efficient mass transit system, rail transit system plays an important role for sustainability of mega-cities. Recent trend in many countries and the rest of the World is heavy investments into railways which is strategically a new approach to urban transportation management. Railways for urban transportation management generate public attention because railways are a mass transit system and hence it is more efficient than roadways in meeting higher land based traffic capacity demands. The principal advantages of the railway are energy-efficiency, significantly reduced emissions per person and a great ability to suit into the conditions of slope. Below are presented some elements that a sustainable urban transport system must include.
•Integrated land use and urban transportation planning: Urban transportation planning must consider land use planning and growth patterns of cities. Integrated transport master plans should be developed considering future growth and expansion. Short, medium, and long term transportation plan need to be developed and implemented.
•Use of new technology: Fuel-efficient, electric and hybrid cars that are emerging due to advances in vehicle technology. These can make greater contribution to lessening the problems associated with air pollution and fossil fuel use.
•Public transportation system: Once the various elements of urban transportation infrastructure are developed based on the integrated urban transportation plan, the public transportation services should be provided to urban population including the marginalized urban poor. There could be various forms of interconnected public transportation such as bus, LRT, BRT, subway and metro systems, etc. depending on size and economy of the city. Public transportation should be planned to be safe, secure, reliable, frequent, convenient, affordable, clean, comfortable and efficient.
•Energy consumption and emissions: Governments around the world are adopting different strategies to reduce energy consumption and emissions from transport operations. These include the use of alternate fuels, greater use of higher quality and efficient public transportation systems, use of innovative technology and efficient vehicle design, reducing trips or vehicle-kilometer traveled, and several forms of travel demand management.
In line with this, Trisakti Institute of Transportation and Logistics mission is to bring together researchers, practitioners and experts from all around the world in the fields of Transportation especially in railway and give them one more opportunity to present the results of their researches, findings and innovations. Those papers were selected through a strict peer-review process, and will be published in the conference proceedings.