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Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid TransitAn international and interdisciplinary perspective$
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Juan Carlos Munoz and Laurel Paget-Seekins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326168

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326168.001.0001

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Conflict over public space

Conflict over public space

(p.163) Nine Conflict over public space
Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit

Laurel Paget-Seekins

Policy Press

There is a limited amount of physical public space in developing cities to meet the growing population’s mobility needs. What type of mobility is prioritized is in conflict in the design, implementation, and enforcement of transport projects. This chapter uses four bus corridor projects in cities with a high percent of non-motorized and public transit users in order to examine how conflicts shape projects and how governments respond to conflicts. In all cases people protested when they perceived space was being taken from them, but not all space users had equal ability to generate conflicts that resulted in changes to project plans or get their needs met. In addition to conflict between mobility users these projects highlight conflicts between travellers and residents and the importance of street space for livelihoods.

Keywords:   conflict, public space, developing cities

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