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IPC-IG’s contributor presents investigating Brasilia’s compromised transportation system

Kristy presenting her research,

“Beats and of Brasilia”.

Photo Credit: Kate Slingsby/IPC-IG

Brasilia, 28, 2013. IPC-IG’s contributor, Wright presented her research, “ and Paths of Brasilia ” investigating “ cost and inequality ” in Brasilia’s transportation development. She explored the web of overcrowded buses, highways and in the city that has recently widespread public protest . Her aim was to the origin of this unrest, the of public spending as well as solutions to Brasilia’s compromised system.

Wright’s research commenced a historical contextualization of Brasilia’s landscape. She exposed how the initial of the new capital city in 1956, by Niemeyer and Lucio Costa, catered to 500 000 people .  However Brasilia is home to more 2,5 million people . Furthermore the design of Brasilia’s ‘Pilot granted it recognition by the United Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) as a World Heritage This preservation order it from drastic architectural The logic of the design was originally on cultivating social equality and spaces. However due to overcrowding the design is defined by socio-spatial and congestion . Wright explained how the majority of people in Brasilia in the outskirts of the Pilot Plan in ‘ cities ’. Many commute distances daily to the center of where job opportunities lie.

Wright described how the 1960 auto boom . which at achieving “50 years of development in 5”, international investment from automobile companies like and Volkswagen thanks to exceptional incentives. This prompted the of roads to cater to Brazil’s new of drivers. She went on to discuss how the past 15 years Brazil has a second economic boom in further growth of the car-owning She exposed how this boom has not accompanied by a corresponding expansion of transportation networks . Brasilia’s highway experiences major representing a major demand for of the bus system and diversification of transportation at large. Wright noted how of Brasilia’s center and commuting constitute the major challenges for transportation system.

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Wright submitted that since the Brazilian government’s of the 2014 FIFA World Cup . has it initiatives to improve public in Brasilia. Having allocated billion to infrastructure development for the Cup, a Light Rail (LRV) was proposed to link the to the South Wing of Brasilia. this plan was embargoed due to The current plan entails of the bus and metro system. Wright how corruption has significantly impeded development. Wright also attention to how the urban bus fare structure, combined with inflation of bus fares has resulted in a gap between fares and peoples .

She concluded her presentation by providing of potential positive investments in urban transportation. This emulating Curitiba’s Bus Rapid ( BRT ) system as well as a return to the friendly LRV system. Her primary was to increase the number of buses on roads to ease congestion and to the far reaching satellite cities. Maclennan (IPC-IG research provided critical feedback “improving public transportation to the gap of socio-spatial segregation is indeed a otherwise protests will and that the “lessons of Brasilia can be to cities around the world urban influx”. Carlos Ribeiro de Carvalho ( Institute for Economic Research, Ipea ) provided critical feedback how the greatest transportation challenge for exists on the

Pilot Plan itself.

Author: Ashleigh Kate


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