Planning for Transit in Latin America

What You'll Learn

  • How to understand the challenges facing rapidly urbanizing Latin American communities.
  • How to apply existing and emerging planning concepts to disadvantaged, multicultural, multilingual, and indigenous communities.
  • How to appreciate the opportunities and strength inherent in multinational, multidisciplinary teams of planning professionals addressing cross-border issues in partnership with governmental agencies and nonprofits.

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Bolivia is rapidly urbanizing. In 2015, the nation announced the construction of the Metropolitan Train with a network of 43 stations to address mass-transit needs, unify the municipalities of the Metropolitan Region, and strengthen the region's economic and social development.

In 2018, a multidisciplinary team of professionals from the U.S., Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, Bolivia, and Argentina worked to establish a model for transit oriented development using the La Tamborada station area in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Learn about the planning process, which included charrettes, economic and demographic analysis, and integration with existing Latin American initiatives. Creative tactical art engaged the indigenous Quechua-Mestizo residents to reimagine their neighborhood.

The cross-cultural, multilingual effort resulted in a plan that introduced complete streets, branding, visioning, social equity, and detailed implementation alternatives. The plan envisions diverse commercial opportunities, open space, social services, and recreation.