Posts by Chuck Kooshian

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Colombia TOD NAMA: 4 Years Later (actually 9 years later)

CCAP drafted a first concept of a Transit Oriented Development NAMA in late 2011, with both capacity-building and financing components. CCAP led a group of Colombian stakeholders in the fall of 2012 on a study tour of the rapidly growing TOD neighbourhoods in the Washington, DC metropolitan area where they explored various models of public-private... continue reading »

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Colombia TOD NAMA Pilot Projects primed for implementation

Pilot projects are meant to inform and inspire replication. In the last two decades, Bogota’s TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit  system sparked interest in and demand for BRT systems across the country, and led to development of a national policy on urban public transport that funds 40-70% of local systems costs. Lessons from the TOD NAMA... continue reading »

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A New Model of Equitable and Sustainable TOD around Future Bogota Metro Stations

The Colombia TOD NAMA has finished an exciting new chapter. CCAP and our partner CIUDAT (hosted by Findeter) joined forces with the Metro de Bogotá Company to demonstrate a new model of transit oriented development around BRT and rail transit stations.  Bogota, Colombia has been a leader in innovative mass transit, ever since the first... continue reading »

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TOD NAMA Delivers National Policy Roadmap for Colombia

The technical phase of the Colombia TOD NAMA has come to a close, with CIUDAT firmly established to move forward on its own, providing technical and financial assistance for TOD projects. But projects need a context of supportive policy to prosper, and the legacy of CCAP’s involvement and the technical phase is setting a path... continue reading »

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Colombia TOD NAMA delivers comprehensive Measurement and Evaluation system

Every NAMA needs to track GHG mitigation effects through robust Monitoring, Reporting and Verification. The Colombian Transit Oriented Development NAMA went beyond this goal and created a system to Measure and Evaluate progress and performance from beginning to end. TOD can take decades to mature, and every neighborhood and project, while sharing basic principles, is... continue reading »

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Un nuevo modelo de Desarrollo Urbano equitativo y sostenible alrededor de Futuras estaciones de metro de Bogotá

El programa Colombia TOD NAMA está lanzando un nuevo y emocionante proyecto, CCAP y nuestro socio CIUDAT (Centro para Intervenciones Urbanas de Desarrollo Avanzado al Transporte, Instancia nacional alojada en Findeter) han unido fuerzas con la Compañía Metro de Bogotá para demostrar un nuevo modelo de Desarrollo Orientado al Transporte Sostenible en torno a sistema... continue reading »

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A New Model of Equitable and Sustainable TOD around Future Bogota Metro Stations

Future Bogota Metro Stations The Colombia TOD NAMA is launching an exciting new project. CCAP and our partner CIUDAT (hosted by Findeter) have joined forces with the Metro de Bogotá Company to demonstrate a new model of transit oriented development around BRT and rail transit stations.  Bogota, Colombia has been a leader in innovative mass... continue reading »

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The Start of an Urban Renaissance: Colombia TOD NAMA expands to Monteria

The Colombia transit-oriented development (TOD) NAMA has recently expanded to encompass a fourth city. Monteria, a city of 400,000, is located along the Sinú River near the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Ambitious plans to “re-inhabit” the city’s historic central area are being refined with the technical support of CIUDAT, the NAMA supported center for transit-oriented... continue reading »

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Transportation MRV: It’s complicated

In a recent webinar titled “How to MRV complex urban transport programmes or plans”, CCAP offered guidance on how to overcome the different challenges to measuring the impact of transportation mitigation measures. continue reading »

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Are Transport NAMAs the Key to NDCs?

Transport mitigation actions can be complicated, and their effects are notoriously hard to measure. Successful transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are programs that have overcome these challenges and offer valuable lessons about how to link on the ground actions with national GHG-reduction commitments. CCAP and GIZ hosted a session on November 13th that took... continue reading »

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Colombia Transit Oriented Development NAMA Selected for Funding

Today at the UNFCCC 19th Conference of Parties (COP) in Warsaw, the joint Germany-UK NAMA Facility announced the funding of the world’s first Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA in Colombia. CCAP will partner with Colombian Development bank FINDETER to deliver $20 million (USD) in technical and financial resources to catalyze the building of TOD neighborhoods in... continue reading »

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NAMA colombiana de Desarrollo Orientado al Transporte seleccionada para recibir financiamiento

El 15 de noviembre, en la décimo novena conferencia de las partes (COP) de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC) celebrada en Varsovia, el Fondo internacional para financiamiento NAMA de Alemania y el Reino Unido anunció que entregaría fondos a la primera Acción Nacionalmente Apropiada de Mitigación (NAMA, por su... continue reading »

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Smaller Mexican Cities Making Big Changes in Transportation Systems

Compared to Greater Mexico City’s population of more than 20 million, Zacatecas and Durango are small-time players. Yet these cities in the northern Chihuahuan desert region have big ideas when it comes to improving their transportation systems and solving transport problems similar to those faced by many cities around the country. In September, CCAP visited... continue reading »

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Implementing Vertical NAMAs to Reduce Transportation GHGs

As part of the second Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) dialogue in Asia, Transportation Policy Analyst Chuck Kooshian presented “A Vertical NAMA for Sustainable Urban Development.” He discussed the importance of urban form (i.e. the physical layout and design of a city) in reducing energy use from transportation and some of the possible hurdles involved... continue reading »

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CCAP Goes to Ciclovía

Bogotá, Colómbia is the birthplace of the Ciclovía (bike path in English), a weekly civic event in which streets ordinarily used by cars are turned over to non motorized forms of transportation.  A city of nearly 7 million people closes off 118 kilometers of road every Sunday morning so the public can enjoy a few hours... continue reading »

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Modern Models

In the environmental world, transportation models occasionally get a bad rap. However, if enough time is spent weighing the various factors that are incorporated in these models, the product can be extremely useful. Modern transportation models have a lot to offer in an environmental and economic context, as they depict much more than traffic and... continue reading »

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DC Region Growing Wealthier Thanks to Transit

WMATA recently released a summary of a study it commissioned to look at the benefits that transit has brought to the Washington metropolitan region.  I was a member of the (unpaid) steering committee that gave advice on how the study should go about doing this. When the study was getting started, CCAP had just released... continue reading »

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