Integrated Environmental Strategies for Enhancing Sustainable Urban Mobility in Bogota

The Clean Air Institute and the University of the Andes collaborated in the development of this project for Bogotá’s Mayoral Office, with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank and technical assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States. The project entailed an integral evaluation of the environmental benefits of the Intergrated Public Transport System (SITP), which is being implemented in Bogotá. The project focuses on analyzing the public health effects related to the impact of the SITP and the complementary measures regarding the air quality and noise levels, as well as the potential of reducing greenhouse gases.

The main objectives of this project were to evaluate and recommend measures to maximize the environmental benefits of the SITP, including the reduction of air pollution and lowering of noise levels. The project team identified the need to generate additional information, choose appropriate methodological approaches and to establish partnerships between various experts and institutions to provide guidance and advice to the project.

CAI and Uniandes developed a joint implementation plan, detailing the eleven components that comprised the scope of the project. Some key activities were: a) identifying and characterizing the complementary measures of the SITP, b) estimating the noise level and exposure to air pollutants in the corridors where the SITP will run, and c) quantifying and evaluating the monetary benefits of public health that are associated with both the SITP and the complementary measures. CAI’s team and Uniandes developed the project and finished it in December 2011.