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Transport Working Group

Transport Working Group

A LEDS GP Working Group



  • The Working Group is working with the Peruvian Ministries of Environment (MINAM), Transport (MTC), and Energy and Mines (MINEM) to provide capacity building support to assist the country in laying the foundations for a comprehensive, robust and streamlined approach to climate change mitigation in the transport sector.

Countries and cities facing significantly increasing demand for transport services over the coming decades have a unique opportunity to develop more sustainable transport systems that will meet this demand, and at the same time, enable economic growth and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These sustainable transport systems focus on avoiding the need for travel, shifting to more environmentally (as well as socially and economically) sustainable mobility, and improving transport technologies, fuels, and institutions.

The Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group provides technical assistance, tools, and trainings on transport strategies that support low emission development.

A team of international transport experts from EMBARQ, sustainable urban mobility by WRI, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the United Nations Environment Programme lead activities of the Transport Working Group.

Transport workinggroup revisedB.pdf
LEDS Transport Pamphlet

Transport CoP Flyer 8-7-14 Final.pdf
LEDS Transport CoP Pamphlet

LEDSGP Transport poster 21x27.pdf
LEDS Transport Poster 21x27

2015 Working Group Activities

The LEDS GP Transport Working Group is building a LEDS transport community, supporting champions and innovators, linking low-emission transport expert networks, and exploring opportunities for collaboration at local and regional levels. The working group supports developing transport systems of tomorrow by:

  1. Sharing approaches and tools for transport and land use planning
  2. Providing transport analysis methods and tools, including the Transportation Toolkit
  3. Providing peer-to-peer, transport-specific financial training and expert assistance

News and Events

Upcoming Webinars

The LEDS Global Partnership and The Transport Sector Working Group are hosting a webinar on How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides on Bus Rapid Transit presented by Erik Vergel-Tovar.

The BRT boom over the past 15 years has been a significant step toward achieving sustainable urban transport, particularly in rapidly growing cities. There’s been recent interest in assessing how the built environment—which includes factors like pedestrian infrastructure and density—affects ridership in different types of BRT corridors. However, little is known about the relationship between the built environment and BRT ridership, since existing studies have generally examined the impact of the built environment on transit ridership within metro and light rail systems. This leaves a serious gap in our understanding, as it’s often assumed that population density alone determines BRT ridership.

New research looks to fill this gap by exploring how the built environment influences BRT ridership at the station level. This webinar shows the results of the research project “Examining the relationship between BRT ridership and the built environment in Latin America” presented at Transforming Transportation 2015. This research suggests that a rich array of built environment factors affect BRT travel behavior. The study tested for associations between BRT ridership and built environment data around 120 BRT stations in seven Latin American cities, and concluded that the built environment plays a significant role explaining BRT ridership. Mixed land use and active transport infrastructure play an important but often overlooked role as well.

El boom de los sistemas integrados de transporte masivo de buses rápidos tipo BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) durante los últimos 15 años ha sido un paso significativo para alcanzar un transporte urbano sostenible, particularmente en ciudades de rápido crecimiento. Recientemente se ha generado un interés en evaluar como el espacio construido –el cual incluye factores como infraestructura para peatones y la densidad – afecta el número de pasajeros en diferentes tipos de corredores de sistemas tipo BRT. Sin embargo, poco se sabe acerca de la relación entre el espacio construido y el número de pasajeros en sistemas tipo BRT, considerando que los estudios existentes han examinado generalmente los impactos del espacio construido en el número de pasajeros en sistemas férreos como los trenes ligeros, tranvías y metros. Lo anterior plantea un vacío en cuanto al conocimiento de dicha relación, dado que usualmente se asume que únicamente la densidad poblacional determina el número de pasajeros en sistemas tipo BRT.

Recientes investigaciones buscan llenar dicho vacío al explorar cómo el espacio construido influye en el número de pasajeros que abordan sistemas tipo BRT a través del análisis de esta relación al nivel de estación. Este webinar presenta los resultados del proyecto de investigación “Examinando la relación entre el número de pasajeros en sistemas tipo BRT y el espacio construido en América Latina” presentado en Transforming Transportation 2015. Esta investigación sugiere que una serie de factores del espacio construido afectan el comportamiento de viajes en los sistemas tipo BRT. El estudio evaluó asociaciones entre el número de pasajeros en sistemas tipo BRT y datos del espacio construido alrededor de 120 estaciones en siete ciudades de América Latina. El estudio concluye que el espacio construido juega un papel significativo explicando el número de pasajeros en sistemas tipo BRT al nivel de estación. Aunque usualmente no son considerados, la mezcla de usos del suelo e infraestructura de transporte no motorizado también juegan un papel importante en esta relación.

Past Transport Webinar Series

  • 14 May, 2015: How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides on Bus Rapid Transit

English Presentation To view a recording of the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2761775663394491137

Spanish Presentation To view a recording of the webinarn: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4024498797487736065

  • June 18, 2014:Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Urban Development in Latin America and India

View video of presentation here: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Urban Development in Latin America and India

  • May 6, 2014: Mainstreaming Low Carbon Path in the Transport Sector in the National and Local Levels: Case of the Philippines Overview of Planning for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.

Video Presentation Here: Mainstreaming Low Carbon Path in the Transport Sector in the National and Local Levels: Case of the Philippines Overview of Planning for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport

  • March 18, 2014 The Low Emission Transport Toolkit

View Session 1 (Spanish Version) Video Presentation Here: Transport Toolkit Session 1 View Session 2 (English Version)Video Presentation Here: Transport Toolkit Session 2


Resources & Tools


For more information about the Transport Working Group, contact Benoit Lefevre (BLefevre@wri.org) or Angela Enriquez (aenriquez@wri.org)