While India's cities continue to invest in road expansions, a handful of businesses are taking steps to reduce car dependence. The result is less car congestion and improved productivity.
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China nearly doubled its number of cars from 2008 to 2010. Beijing and Shanghai are pioneering new strategies to reduce vehicle travel and create safer, more sustainable cities.
Reducing traffic congestion is typically a responsibility that lies with local governments, transport agencies and other public sector actors. A pilot program in Sao Paulo, South America's most congested city, proves that it's also in companies' best interests to support carpools and public transit.
By 2050, cities will add more than 2.5 billion people and global car ownership is projected to nearly double. By focusing on what makes us drive in the first place, transport demand management (TDM) can improve mobility and quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.