Chennai Sustainable Transportation Network, 2009–2011
In emerging economies, increased traffic congestion results in lost productivity and negative health impacts. In Chennai, India, Chennai City Connect is envisioning a regional transportation plan to ease congestion, designing pilot projects with the Madras Office of Architects and Designers (MOAD). They propose to link surrounding towns and villages to Chennai via a 5,000-square-km (1,900-square-mile) network of transportation corridors, optimizing local transport and not requiring governmental policy changes or “mega-sized plans” to streamline implementation. Aiming to reduce private vehicle use in Chennai’s central business district, the T Nagar Redevelopment Project will create new pedestrian zones and establish mobility hubs for easy transfer from different modes of transportation.