January 2010 Archives

The conference, "Innovation in Accessible Transport for All" was held at World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. on January 14, 2010. It took place in the margins of the annual Transportation Research Board meetings in Washington, D.C. and focused on the role of innovation in promoting effective solutions to the transport needs of disabled and older people in both developed and less-developed countries. The sessions in the one-day event covered innovation in policy and governance, planning, design and technology for improved accessibility. Special emphasis was placed on better understanding and overcoming the barriers to uptake of innovative accessibility initiatives.

The findings of this event will serve as input to the 2010 International Transport Forum on "Transport and Innovation: Unleashing the Potential" to be held 26-28 May in Leipzig ,Germany.


  • Jamal Saghir
    Director, Energy, Transport & Water, The World Bank
  • Arlene Turner
    Director General, International & Intergovernmental Relations, Transport Canada
  • Bassam Ramadan
    Sector manager, Human Development Network, Social Projection & Labor, The World Bank
  • Workshop Chairman
    Jack Short, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum

Overview of the Issues

  • Overview of the Issues [PPT 16MB]
    by Ann Frye
    Director, Ann Frye Ltd.
    Co-Chair, TRB Sub-Committee on International Activities in Accessible Transportation & Mobility

Policy & Governance

Design & Technology

  • Capturing technology to meet disabled people's needs
    by Dennis Cannon
    US Access Board
  • Key Topics [PPT 222KB] 
  • Universal Design: Bringing New Perspectives to Design for All [PPT 6.5MB]
    by Francesc Aragall
    President, Design for All Foundation, Spain
    and Edward Steinfeld
    Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA
  • Key Topics [PPT 222KB] 


  • Innovative approaches to land use & urban development: Creating livable communities

    Case Studies
    • Europe (Berlin) [PPT 5.6MB]
      by Manfred Rentzsch
      IAS Institute for Occupational and Social Hygiene, Foundation
    • Malaysia (Penang) [PPT 5.7MB] 
      by Kit Mitchell, Consultant, UK
    • USA (Rosslyn) [PPT 5.4MB]
      by Honorable Michael Winter
      Federal Transit Administration, International Accessibility Specialist
  • Key Topics [PPT 223KB] 


Working in Partnership

  • Promoting partnership & collaboration at international, national & local levels
    by Shomik Mehndiratta
    Senior Transport Specialist. East Asia, World Bank
    Tom Rickert
    Executive Director, Access Exchange International
    Bill Millar
    President, American Public Transportation Association, USA
  • Key Topics [PPT 222KB] 

Implementation and Barriers to Progress

Key Messages and Conclusions
by Moderator, Sandi Rosenbloom
Professor of Planning, University of Arizona in Tucson, USA

Please also check the International Transport Forum workshop pageLink to external site

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