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The Future of Resilient Urban Transit Systems

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The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, supported by The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation, is working to promote a holistic understanding of resilience that is grounding in equity and sustainability. This one hour course features articles and video clips that deal with urban transportation issues and how they affect low income and disadvantaged groups.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
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Published on: December 05, 2016

Average: 3.8 (30 votes)


In an era rocked by climate change, our cities must be resilient in order to survive and thrive. But environmental changes are not the only large-scale disruptions facing urban areas. We are also experiencing the phenomenon of peak car use in many global cities at the same time that urban rail is thriving, central cities are revitalizing, and suburban sprawl is reversing.

The question today is how can practitioners, public officials, and concerned citizens capitalize on these environmental and societal transformations, while at the same time ensure that low-income and other disadvantaged communities are not left behind.

The Future of Resilient Urban Transit Systems is a one hour course by the Island Press Urban Resilience Project that features articles and video clips devoted to addressing real world transportation problems. Articles in this course have been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Medium, and Planning magazine. They can also be found on the Island Press Field Notes blog.

Readers may also use the Urban Resilience Project’s framing paper, Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change, as an additional resource. In addition, readers can visit to download a free resilience e-book.

To complete this course, read the three articles available under "Additional Resources", watch the two videos, and take the quiz.


  1. Learn why many of the qualities that define a resilient transportation system – robust infrastructure, multi-modal planning, access for all – would also make our cities better places to live in the era of climate change.
  2. Explore some of the ways China and England are taking the lead on resilient transportation systems – and the lessons the United States can learn from cities overseas.
  3. Understand how and why cities are moving beyond car-based planning.
  4. Learn how urban planners and decision makers should handle complex issues such as displacement and gentrification.

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CC Huang Hallie, Kennan, Laurie Mazur, Ben Plowden, and Peter Newman
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