Jack Short - Articles and news items

City challenges

Issue 1 2009, Past issues  •  30 March 2009  •  Jack Short, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum

Today, almost three quarters of the world’s population resides in cities – and this share is increasing. By 2025, it is estimated that there will be 135 cities worldwide with more than four million people.

Cities that provide high quality access and efficient, environmentally and socially sustainable mobility are likely to be more economically successful and better at attracting investment and jobs. Inaccessible and congested cities will be less likely to profit from the benefits that agglomeration provides. There is now a growing realisation that successful cities are clean and accessible, and that a mobility policy is essential for economic and social success – but putting such a policy in place is complex.

Improving travel in cities

Issue 1 2005, Past issues  •  1 April 2005  •  Jack Short, Secretary General, European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT)

Policy-makers around the world more or less agree now that the best way to achieve sustainable urban travel is via a package of complementary measures that draw from regulatory, pricing and technological tools. And while recent experience from ECMT and OECD countries shows that while many countries and cities are developing these policy schemes to […]