Press Release: New C40 Network on ‘Compact and Connected’ Cities Funded by the Ford Foundation

October 14, 2014 (New York, NY) The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, with new funding from the Ford Foundation, has launched a network on transit oriented development, helping global cities become more compact and connected through increased access to public transportation and economic opportunity. The Network will share best practices from around the world and provide tools and access to technical expertise to reverse the trends of “urban sprawl” and reliance on private vehicle travel.

“Compact cities with strong public transit systems reduce reliance on motorized passenger vehicles, with positive impacts on the quality of life and economic opportunities for urban citizens. I am grateful to the Ford Foundation for supporting our work. We are witnessing concrete results on transit oriented development here in Rio with the seamless integration of the Transbrasil BRT system within the communities it will serve,” said C40 Chair, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes.

The C40 Transit Oriented Development Network will begin immediately working with C40 cities to develop and implement integrated land use and transportation policies representing global best practice. The Network will help cities advance
actions and policies to reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air-pollution, while also increasing economic prosperity by connecting housing to economic and employment opportunities.

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