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Published on Jul 11, 2014
Seamless transport systems are highly interconnected. The degree of connectivity depends on physical, managerial and institutional characteristics of the system. At the modal level, efficient networks connect places and allocate transport flows with just enough capacity to ensure a balance between ensuring smooth flows and avoiding excessive outlays in infrastructure. Interconnections between modes require well-placed and well-designed switching points. Transport systems are also increasingly integrated with energy and communications systems, adding another layer of complexity to their design and management. Smart investment in connectivity strikes a balance between providing high-quality service and keeping investment and operational costs under control. This is a common goal, but the path to more connectivity depends on local circumstances, including the current state of the transport system, its governance structure, and framework conditions such as the level of economic development and funding options. In this session, the panel will provide their view on what investing in connectivity means, as well as debate strategic principles for investing in connectivity.