2013: Mexico City

Mexico City, the largest city in North America, won the 2013 Sustainable Transport Award for its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, cycling and walking infrastructure, parking program, and revitalization of public spaces.

The Sustainable Transport Award was presented to Mexico City  on January 15, 2013 at an awards ceremony during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, one of six major divisions of the U.S. National Research Council.  ITDP board president Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Botogá, Colombia hosted the ceremony. Also in attendance were Rufino Leon, Mexico’s Minister of Transport, and Tanya Muller, the country’s Minister of Environment.  Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, delivered the keynote address.

Mexico City, Mexico implemented many projects in 2012 that have improved livability, mobility, and quality of life for its citizens, making the Mexican Capital a best practice for Latin America. The city expanded its BRT system, Metrobus, with Line 4, a corridor that extends from the historic center of the city to the airport. It also piloted a comprehensive on-street parking reform program (ecoParq), expanded its successful public bike system (Ecobici) and revitalized public spaces such as Alameda Central and Plaza Tlaxcoaque.

“Mexico City, the largest city in North America, has shown that with political will and dedication, significant improvements can be made to increase the quality of life to its citizens through sustainable transportation,” said Walter Hook, Chief Executive Officer of ITDP.  “All finalist cities have put into practice innovative transport strategies which fight pollution and climate change, enhance the sustainability and livability of communities, improve safety, and increase transport efficiency and accessibility for all.”