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Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

Create Sustainable Urban Mobility Observatory in the DR

With the support of the French Development Agency through a donation, for the first time the country has an observatory that will be in charge of designing, generating, analyzing and sharing scientific data on urban mobility

Create Sustainable Urban Mobility Observatory in the DR

SANTO DOMINGO. El National Institute of Traffic and Land Transportation (INTRANT), today enabled the first Sustainable Urban Mobility Observatory (OMUS) in the country, whose purpose is design, generate, analyze y share scientific data on this key scenario for the development of transport and care for the environment.

The commissioning of the OMUS is due to the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Greater Santo Domingo, financed by the European Union and developed under the initiative of Mobilize Your City, where the actions that must be carried out to achieve a mobility system in which more attractive and sustainable cities can be counted on were established.

The Intrant press release explains that the mobility observatory comes to comply with monitoring indicators and measurement of variables, with shared execution from central government institutions, as part of the implementation of public policy at the national level, and coordination with the mayors.

Referring to the subject, the executive director of the Intrant, Raphael Arias He said that “the creation of the observatory is due to the fact that the inputs required to prepare the business Or perform Insights punctual of mobility, are dispersed and without a shared objective of data that can have beneficiary partners to manage their tasks, whether it be of operation, planning or even research design”.

Likewise, he pointed out that the need to have relevant information for the mobility in the country, such as the requirements that must be met so that public transport is inclusive and where women are taken into account for operations that, due to culture, remain a task only for men.

“Hence the importance of having a Sustainable Urban Mobility Observatory, through which it will be possible to evaluate public mobility policies, including gender and emission reduction, and which will also serve for territorial planning and as an instrument for evaluating and follow-up of the SUMP as well as the ongoing reform of the transport sector carried out by our Government with the support of the IDB and the AFD”, pointed out the head of the Intrant.

Arias stated that “we value the constant support of the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), in the promotion of research at the highest level and the strengthening of a scientific culture in the country, for the benefit of society, with attachment to innovation and excellence”.

On his side, the director of the French Development Agency (AFD), Sandra Kassab, highlighted that "The Dominican Republic was the first country in the Caribbean to join the international initiative Mobilize Your City, led by AFD with the support of the European Union. With the accession of Santo Domingo in 2017, the elaboration of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), within the framework of which the creation of the mobility observatory that we inaugurate today was proposed. In these years we have witnessed the evolution of the SUMP and its success, due to its quality, the participatory nature of its development and the consensus of the competent parties to implement it”.

Meanwhile, the rector of the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Julio Sanchez Marinez , specified that the trust placed in the academy for the launch and participation in the OMUS is an honor for the university. “INTEC is a strategic ally of the State, the business sector and international organizations in sustainable development projects, and especially in urban mobility, which is not only a problem of mobility but of environmental, socio-emotional and quality of life. economy for the entire urban population that represents more than 75% of our population”, he emphasized.   

In the act carried out in the Observatory of Social Security INTEC, with the participation of public sector y private, it was reported that, among issues that will be considered in the aforementioned observatory are mobility and social progress, mobility and land use, universal access, non-motorized transport and urban impact, environmental pollution, sustainability and safety as part of the quality of service. 

Similarly, the Intrant statement indicates that the research unit seeks to investigate the benefits of using other types of fuels and the implementation of non-motorized mobility as an alternative in favor of air quality.

Among the main functions proposed in the short term, the Mobility Observatory has the role of evaluating and monitoring ongoing plans and programs, gender-related problems, strengthening capacities in mobility issues, quality of service and use of technology, to manage large databases, value mobility surveys and update supply data in order to update the traveler information system.

Likewise, within the tasks established in the medium term, it will contribute to the national inventory of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for the transport sector, an evaluation framework for environmental and social impact will be formulated and as a mechanism for shared work and collaboration, it will be made available to entities and academies for inputs that support research.

The implementation of the Mobility Observatory is the result of the support of the French Development Agency (AFD), to INTRANT, through the international consulting firm SYSTRA, for which the preparatory bases have been laid more than a year ago with interviews, working focus groups, review exchange of good operating practices of observatories around the world and review of the best way to share data with the different actors representing the institutions and higher study houses.

The novelty of the observatory is that it was born with a technical structure and has been formed through an interactive process, establishing the importance of a data exchange protocol, the sensitivity of open data and the tools and indicators to use, given the concept of having a collaborative approach, which can be punctual and voluntary on the part of the partners.

In addition to Intrant, the initial structure of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Observatory is made up of the Ministries of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Economy, Planning and Development, Energy and Mines, Environment, Women, Public Health, as well as the National Council for Climate Change, the National Statistics Office, the National Land Transportation Network, the General Directorate of Planning Territorial, the Municipalities, OPRET, OMSA, the universities and private carriers.

Furthermore, they are part of USO, Mass Transportation Trust (FITRAM), the Mobility and Transportation Trust FIMOVIT, and from now on, other organizations such as the National Police, AUPORDOM, among others, will be incorporated.

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