The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy works with cities worldwide to bring about transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve the quality of urban life.
The UrbanWorks Institute (UWI), a public charitable trust registered in India under Article 64, is ITDP’s India network partner. UrbanWorks has a team of 25 staff based at its offices in Chennai, Ranchi, Pune, and Delhi. Its principle programme areas are public transport and shared mobility, complete streets and parking management, and transit-oriented development. Its team engages extensively with various stakeholders to create awareness about sustainable and equitable transport ideas and build support for their implementation, and provides in-depth technical support to public agencies in planning, design and implementation of sustainable transport initiatives.
The team has played an instrumental role in transforming urban mobility in various Indian cities. Here are some of its recent accomplishments:
- Ahmedabad created India’s first high-quality bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which informed the design of BRT in many other cities like Pune, Indore, and Chennai. Ahmedabad also developed the country’s first transit-oriented land use plan that encourages dense, affordable, and safe development integrated with rapid transit corridors, adopting ideas from ITDP’s TOD Standard.
- Chennai became the first Indian city to adopt a non-motorised transport (NMT) policy and is building complete streets across the city. It has inspired the state of Tamil Nadu to adopt the approach for all its cities. Pune, like Chennai, is also the forefront of developing high quality NMT infrastructure across the city based on street design guidelines developed by India Programme.
- Jharkhand Government is the first state to adopt a statewide transit-oriented development (TOD) policy to enable sustainable and inclusive growth in its urban areas. Maharashtra, the Indian state with most urban residents, has published a state urban transport policy that promotes the provision and use of low-carbon and equitable urban transport options and a TOD approach to urban planning.