September Webinar: “Urban mobility in Latin America –reflexions on the 2014 report of the OMU – Latin America Mobility Observatory, from CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina”

09 / 11 / 2017

BRT+ Centre of Excellence invites to its monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. Our September Webinar was:

“Urban mobility in Latin America –reflexions on the 2014 report of  the OMU – Latin America Mobility Observatory, from  CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina”

Presented by Eduardo Vasconcellos on September 26th, 9:00 Eastern Daylight Time (CLST, UTC -3:00). Eduardo A. Vasconcellos is advisor for CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina –  where he is the coordinator of the OMU – Latin America Mobility Observatory

For future webinars, you can register here to be noticed. Below you can find the Video and Slides from this webinar, and here from previous meetings.

Slides Video


Latin America never had a mobility Observatory, making it very hard to public agencies, experts, scholars and society as a whole to know, analyse and debate urban mobility conditions in the region. Beginning with the organization of the Brazilian Observatory in 2003 and the Latin American Observatory in 2007 a large quantity of mobility data is now available to all people interested in the issue.

The session will analyse data from 2014, published by the Latin American Mobility Observatory ( It comprises information from 29 large cities, 14 from Spanish-speaking countries and 15 from Brazil (Portuguese-speaking). Data include, among others, daily modal share, time and space consumption per mode, transport costs for users, energy used, pollutant emissions and road fatalities.  Changes between the two major reports (2007 and 2014) will be analysed in other to guide judgments on the probable future of urban mobility in the region. Among the challenges are the large increase in the number of automobiles and the exponential increase in the number of motorcycles – with severe impact on road fatalities –the unstable conditions of public transport services run mostly by the informal sector and the increasing congestion and pollutant impacts.


Eduardo A. Vasconcellos is an engineer and a sociologist, with master and doctoral degrees in Public Policy (University of Sao Paulo) and post-doctoral research and teaching at Cornell University, USA (1993-1995).  He worked as a transport engineer for ten years at the Sao Paulo Municipal Transport Authority and eventually in several Brazilian consultant enterprises and local government agencies. He also worked in Mozambique (National road safety program), South Africa (new BRT systems and state transport policies), Mexico (National Transport Policy) and Peru (National Transport Policy).

He is currently an advisor for ANTP – the Brazilian Public Transport Association – where he coordinates the Brazilian Urban Mobility Observatory, encompassing 530 cities over 60,000 inhabitants.  He is also an advisor for CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina –  where he is the coordinator of the OMU – Latin America Mobility Observatory that comprises 29 large urban areas in the region.


Selected papers in international publications:

  • The making of the middle class city: transportation policy in São Paulo, Environment and Planning A 29:293-310, 1997.
  • Transport metabolism, social diversity and equity: the case of São Paulo, Brazil. Journal of Transport Geography 13 (2005), p 329-339.
  • Urban change, mobility and transport in São Paulo: three decades, three cities, Transport Policy Journal vol. 12 (2): pp 91-104, 2005;
  • Equity evaluation of urban transport in Dimitriou H. and Gakenheimer R. Urban transport in the developing world – a handbook of policy and practice, Edward  Elgar, UK. 2011, pp 332-358.
  • “Road safety impacts of the motorcycle in Brazil”, International journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion 2012, DOI: 10.1080/ 17457300.2012. 696663
  •  “Public transport: the challenge of formal and informal systems” (2014), in Sclar, Lonnroth and Wolmar, Urban access for the 21st century – finance and governance models for transport infrastructure, pp 171-195, Routledge.
  • “Brazil”, in Pojani D. and Stead D. The urban transport crisis in emerging economies, Springer, 2016 pp 11-31.
  • “Urban transport policies in Brazil: The creation of a discriminatory mobility system” for publication in Journal of Transport Geography (recently available).

Book in English

Urban transport, environment and equity: the case for developing countries, Earthscan, UK, 2001.

Book in Spanish

Transporte urbano y movilidad: reflexiones y propuestas para países en desarrollo. Universidad de Buenos Aires in San Martin. Argentina, 2014.