The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works with cities worldwide to bring about transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life.
In India, ITDP, now known as Urban Works Institute (UWI), is a public charitable trust registered with the Government of Tamil Nadu under Article 64. ITDP engages with various cities in India to provide technical advice on improving their transport systems. ITDP uses its know-how to influence policy and raise awareness of the role sustainable transport can play in tackling traffic congestion, air pollution, poverty, social inequality, and greenhouse gas emissions. This combination of pragmatic delivery with influencing policy and public attitudes defines ITDP’s approach.
ITDP played an instrumental role in the planning and design of the Janmarg bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Ahmedabad, which set a new standard for bus-based public transport in India. In partnership with CEPT University, ITDP assisted the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation with physical designs, operational planning, and contracting for Janmarg, which is the first BRT system in India to achieve a Silver rating in the BRT Standard.
ITDP India focuses on the following program areas:
- Public transport: Investing in modern, attractive public transport systems, specifically BRT, to provide fast and reliable service
- Walking and cycling: Creating better and safer environments for cycling and walking
- Sustainable urban development: Encouraging pedestrian and transit-oriented planning and design to reduce air pollution and improve quality of life
- Traffic reduction: Reducing air pollution, congestion, and CO2 emissions through regulations and strategies that manage the use of personal motor vehicles
- Transport policy: Influencing national, state, and city level policies