Poster: Transportation in Cuba: Mass and Alternative Transportation

The collapse of the Soviet Union had a dramatic impact on transportation in Cuba. Oil prices increased forcing many citizens to abandon auto-dependent transportation methods in favor of lower cost mass and alternative transportation. Along with the individual daily impact caused by changes in transportation methods, the increased oil prices have changed commerce and agriculture, and forced a returned focus to sustainable neighborhoods in Cuba. Cuba presents a unique opportunity to study transportation in various communities. Successfully implementing mass and alternative transportation methods in American communities is essential with projected urban population increases. Identifying benefits and challenges faced in Cuba will help planners implement strategies for altering America’s auto-dependent transportation systems. Changes in the built environment will help communities adapt to changes in transportation methods. Creating transportation networks that allow multiple transportation methods on existing streets will be explored and presented. Expected needs to zoning changes will be identified. My research will be condensed to a poster utilizing photos, charts, and comparisons to help participants identify key elements needed to begin modifying their community’s transportation planning. Research will be conducted in Cuba.