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CIMNE Coffee Talk - "Transport engineering and urban planning: design of public transport networks in a concentric city", by Marcos Medina

Published: 05/07/2019

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. Time: 15h.

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona


PhD Student: Marcos Medina Tapia

Thesis director: Francesc Robusté Antón

Public transport is one of the main components of transport systems, which should not change in the future. The problem is that cities expand heterogeneously due to various factors. Therefore, public transport networks must adapt their spatial schemes to a heterogeneous demand pattern.

Transport engineering plays a fundamental role in urban planning. The objective of this presentation is to emphasize the role of transport engineering in urban planning. This analysis is based on the methodological development composed of continuous analytical functions for the optimal design of a public transport network in a circular city with heterogeneously distributed demand.

From the analysis of the results it is concluded that there are aspects and physical conditions of the city to maintain an adequate level of mobility, which also become conditioning factors. This means that the design and supply of infrastructure are decision variables of a transport problem, but at the same time they can become constraints of the problem to achieve efficiency in urban mobility.

Keywords: Urban planning, Public transport, Design of transport networks, Concentric cities.


Marcos Medina Tapia: Master's Degree in Transportation Engineering and Logistics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is currently an academic reader at the University of Santiago de Chile. At the UPC he is a CONICYT-Chile fellow from the Doctorate in Transport Engineering and Infrastructure belonging to the BIT research group, Barcelona Innovative Transportation Group Research.

IMPORTANT NOTE! From March 2019 registration is mandatory. The access is open and free, but it is necessary to register before attending. Please, fill in the following form if you want to attend the seminar.

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