CTLSnippets E3: Tackling contemporary urban challenges through public transport


Welcome to CTL Snippets! Let’s hear from our guest, Mr. Shashi Verma, Transport for London on the role of public transport in tackling contemporary urban challenges like climate change, air pollution, road safety and public health. Mr. Verma discussed the transformational work done by him in TfL, especially in building a business case for Elizabeth Line using agglomeration economics, and developing innovative funding mechanisms for public transport in London. He spoke about the significance of bringing multiple stakeholders and institutions together to create an integrated public transport system. He explained how the unplanned growth of Indian cities is acting as a barrier in enhancing productivity of our urban economies. He further discussed the importance of modal shift to public transport in decongesting our cities and improving air quality. He advised PhD students and aspiring researchers to understand the needs of the industry and policymakers in order to come up with high impact, actionable research output.

Mr. Shashi Verma is the Director of Strategy at TfL and is responsible for TfL’s overall corporate direction. Mr. Verma established the Technology and Data team in 2017 and has been Chief Technology Officer since then. Mr. Verma has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He taught at the Kennedy School for a year and received an award for excellence in teaching.


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