An International Consultancy - The Americas
In recent years, ITP has undertaken a number of projects in both North and South America, working with local partners. In particular, we have worked in Mexico and Chile and have excellent links to the Colombian transport world. ITP also has a sister software company – Conveyal - based in Washington DC, with whom we work closely on cutting-edge intelligent mobility projects.
Freight emission reduction in Mexico
Freight transport makes a significant contribution to overall greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. ITP undertook a GIZ-funded review of international best practice in relation to measures to reduce the impact that the small carrier sector of the road freight industry has on emission levels. This led to recommendations to the Mexican Government on policy measures which may be expected to have the maximum impact in the local context. This study included consideration of 29 possible interventions and assessment of their:
- Applicability to the Mexico context;
- Scale of potential GHG mitigation achievable by the intervention; and
- Cost/value for money of intervention.
Intelligent mobility for Mexico City
ITP worked with the World Bank and local stakeholders to develop a digital public transport (transit) database (based on the general transit feed specification – GTFS) for Mexico City’s transportation system. We worked closely with SETRAVI staff of Mexico City Government and with regional transport operators to help build institutional knowledge, as well as delivering high quality open source software tools that benefit the city.
In a separate project, we also led the development, tailoring and demonstration of an open source accessibility modelling tool that feeds off the GTFS public transport information and OpenStreetMap mapping data. OpenTripPlannerAnalyst (OTPA) was developed by our sister company Conveyal, who undertook the software development aspects of the project. ITP fostered and worked with a community of potential developers and practitioners in the field to help decide key accessibility indicators the tool should address.
Making Santiago greener
We participated (with Sistemas Sustentables) in a ‘Green Zone’ feasibility study in the Chilean capital. This included providing advice and input on international experience with demand management for a project workshop. We also worked with the same partner on a project to develop a programme to improve the emission characteristics of buses in Santiago. This involved a review of experiences in three cities (London, Bogota and Curitiba) with zero or low emission vehicle (ZLEV) technologies in bus fleets, with a view to developing a programme to introduce such technologies in Santiago. Our particular role was to review and report on London's experiences through review of published information and in-depth interviews with Transport for London, bus operators and manufacturers.