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Singapore: The Development of a World Class Transport System

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Singapore's Land Transport Authority, formed in 1995, set itself a mission of producing a world class transport system. This paper assesses the extent to which this goal is being achieved. It outlines the structure within which transport decisions are taken and indicates the freedom this gives to develop integrated transport and land-use strategies. It demonstrates the long-term stability in transport strategy from 1972 onwards, and the key contributions to that strategy of land-use controls and travel-demand management measures. The individual elements of the strategy are then reviewed and innovations identified in demand management, public transport service provision and information technology. Finally, the key attributes that have led to the success of the strategy are identified, and it is suggested that many of these are transferable to other cities of the developed world.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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