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Sustainable urban transport in Central America - a future without the car?

  Is it conceivable to contemplate a future without the car as the center of an urban transportation system? Can emerging economies grow without concomitant growth in car usage? San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is one city at a critical decision point about the future of transportation and mobility. Will it be a sustainable transport future that balances economic, environmental and social needs or will it be the traditional “predict and provide” approach that attempts to expand the capacity of the road system to meet future travel demand. This paper provides some background into the issue for this Central American city by describing the current urban transport system, current plans for improvement and outlines a process for defining a vision for a sustainable transport future in San Pedro Sula. The paper concludes with a challenge to all cities that currently have low automobile ownership rates to consider a sustainable transport system in order to “thrive” with transport choices for all residents rather than “choke” on congestion and the negative side effects thereof.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    15 July 2010

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    388 Transportation; ground transportation


Schreffler, E., Umana, N. U., Garcia Moreno, P. S., Mattsson, C., Rye, T., & Carreno, M. (2010, July). Sustainable urban transport in Central America - a future without the car?. Paper presented at World Association of Transportation Research (WCTR)



Mobility management; sustainability; car-free environment;

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