SEDATU, SCT Improving Mobility EfficiencyBy Paloma Duran | Fri, 11/27/2020 - 12:43
During the virtual presentation, “Urban Distribution of 4S Goods: Training for Decision Makers in the Urban Territory,” the Ministry of Agricultural, Urban and Territorial Development (SEDATU) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) signed a partnership agreement to promote local level mobility actions through innovation and alliances with other sectors and the government.
The agreement is part of the 4S Mobility Plan, which was previously elaborated by SEDATU, the Ministry of Health, SCT and SEMARNAT, in partnership with WHO and PHO. According to MBN, the 4S Mobility Plan details "integral solutions" to raise the health status and well-being of the general population in the short term. Mariana Orozco Camacho, Director of Metropolitan Connection at SEDATU, said 50 municipal and state workers took a virtual course to increase the efficiency of mobility, the distribution of products and national economic recovery.
In an interview with MBN, María Fernanda Rivera Flores, General Director of Road Safety and Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems, said the present administration has an ambitious plan for mobility that will continue to integrate, improve and protect its transportation systems and users.
Román Meyer Falcon, Minister of SEDATU, said Congress approved the constitutional reform to consider mobility as a human right, which implies that the government has the obligation to guarantee its access.
Meyer emphasized that engineering and cargo mobility must be priorities when planning urban territories. This agreement allows SCT and SEDATU to expand their technical work and to deliver a more complete training to the state and municipal workers.
Meyer asked municipal and state authorities to integrate and apply these new methodologies and perspectives, which include the location of distribution centers and the process to exchange and distribute products and services.
Deputy Minister of Transportation, Cedric Ivan Escalante Sauri, said that an effective transport system allows social, economic and cultural development. In addition, it satisfies the basic needs of the population with lower costs and a decrease in environmental impact.
Escalante said this strategic partnership will facilitate the distribution of information, which will strengthen the economy and guarantee an efficient supply of resources and products. He added the agreement also aims to lower the risks of contracting COVID-19 among workers, drives and users.
Adriana Lobo, Executive Director of WRI Mexico, told MBN that Mexico needs to establish flexible objectives regarding demand management to flatten the contagion curve in public transportation and to guarantee the financial sustainability of the mobility sector. The government must also implement protocols and measures to protect users’ health.
A WRI report suggests investing in different mobility solutions that are not motorized by focusing on active mobility instead, which is based around physical activity. This can be done through the coordination and cooperation of the public and private sectors in Mexico, reported MBN.