Sustainable urban transportation is an important element of a greener and more livable environment.
Singapore has invested heavily in public transport. Since 2018, Singapore has been implementing a zero-growth policy for the vehicle population.
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean said sustainable urban transportation is not just about replacing internal combustion engines in vehicles with electric vehicles.
The more fundamental system solution is to minimize the need for personal use cars, through well-integrated urban planning and a more comprehensive public transport system.
This was disclosed during the World Cities Summit 2022 Plenary with its theme Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Aug. 1.
“We aim to be a 45-minute city in 2040, nine out of ten trips between homes and workplaces will take less than 45 minutes on our public transport network, even during peak hours. Today, we are already two-thirds there,” he said.
Singapore government also aims to make cities more pandemic-resilient. He exemplified the design of Singapore Changi Airport’s new Terminal 5.
It has taken into how to let travelers enjoy a fully integrated and interactive experience in normal times, but be able to segment and separate traveler streams efficiently when needed.
Terminal 5 is expected to serve more than 30 million passengers a year.
“Achieving this for a city is many times more complex, especially if we have to retrofit this into existing cities, buildings, and transportation systems,” he said.