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Hong Kong tops Urban Mobility Index but cities struggle with transit challenges.

Posted by Luke Upton on Nov 18, 2014


  • Top 3: Hong Kong, Stockholm & Amsterdam.
  • Bottom 3: Baghdad, Hanoi & Atlanta.
  • 67% of the global population urbanised by 2050.
The recently published, Future of Urban Mobility 2.0 study, sees Hong Kong edge out Stockholm and Amsterdam to top its index comparing 84 cities around the world. The report written by Global consultancy Arthur D. Little, together with its partner the UITP – The International Association of Public Transport – also identifies three strategic directions and 25 imperatives for cities to consider to better shape the future of urban mobility. But in assessing the world’s cities in terms of mobility maturity and performance reveals that most cities are still struggling to cope with future mobility challenges. Assessment criteria includes financial attractiveness of public transport, smart card penetration and public transport frequency.

Urban mobility is one the toughest challenges that cities face today as existing mobility systems face increasing strain. The world’s population is increasingly urbanised, with 53% already living in cities but this number set to reach 67% by 2050. Today, 64% of all travel made is within urban environments and the total amount of urban kilometres travelled is expected to triple by 2050. Matching this growth are changing travel habits and increasing demand for services that increase convenience, speed and predictability.

(See also: No car required - access to public transport key for millennials when choosing where to live. )

Using 19 different criteria, Arthur D. Little assessed the mobile maturity and performance of 84 cities worldwide to create this index. “With its Future of Urban Mobility lab, Arthur D. Little aims to support cities and nations in shaping urban mobility ecosystems of tomorrow,” said François-Joseph Van Audenhove, Partner at Arthur D. Little. “The second edition of the Future of Urban Mobility study provides cities with guidelines, adapted to their development stages, to devise sustainable urban mobility policies and evolve towards networked mobility; thereby meeting mobility challenges of today and tomorrow.”  


(See full list here)

The overall results find most cities are still badly equipped to cope with the challenges ahead. The global average of 43.9 points, means that on average, the 84 cities achieve less than half of the potential that could be reached according to this measure. Even Hong Kong with the highest score of 58.2 points, followed closely by Stockholm (57.4 points) and Amsterdam (57.2 points) still indicate the potential for improvement. Continent by continent, Europe achieves the highest score. Africa and the Middle East are the lowest performing. The Iraqi capital Baghdad comes last beating Hanoi and Atlanta in the final three positions.

 To see where your city ranks and download the full report for free please here.

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Topics: Passenger Information Systems

Luke Upton

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