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Sustainable Urban Mobility, Transport Infrastructures and Services

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2025 | Viewed by 2127

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Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: ustainable development; solar radiation; energy efficiency; thermal comfort; urban transportation; energy conservation; energy utilization
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Department of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: nonlinear dynamics; stochastic mechanics; fractional calculus; experimental dynamics; structural health monitoring

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Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, urban cities are the epicenter of all human activities on the planet. In recent years, we have come to understand the importance of social living within urban contexts: COVID-19 has become dominant in strongly interconnected and interrelated urban systems, where the lack of adequate housing, adequate public health systems, and adequate urban infrastructure has generated and made evident the main vulnerabilities of the global urban system. Inequalities have been generated and are strongly rooted within the urban system. At the same time, cities have been able to respond to the conditions of crisis as engines of economic regeneration, innovation centers, and catalysts of economic and social transformation.

Urban cities and their communities can contribute to the pursuit of sustainability through many aspects. Mobility infrastructure and services, energy infrastructure, and the urban space project can make a disruptive contribution to innovation and change.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Planning methods of a consistent system of urban structure and smart mobility;
  2. Sustainable governance models;
  3. Quality of streets;
  4. Development, set-up, and implementation of a model of users’ behavior with respect to new mobility alternative modes;
  5. Innovation of the vehicle (design, onboard technology, materials, propulsion, etc.);
  6. Innovative and sustainable road pavement materials;
  7. Architectural and infrastructural solutions in mobility hub design;
  8. Life cycle assessment of infrastructure, materials, vehicles, and other components;
  9.  Structural health monitoring of infrastructures.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Clara Celauro
Dr. Daniele Ronsivalle
Prof. Dr. Marco Migliore
Dr. Maria La Gennusa
Dr. Alberto Di Matteo
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Keywords

  • urban planning and design
  • urban mobility
  • transport infrastructures
  • user behaviour
  • road pavements and materials
  • life cycle assessment
  • mobility as a service
  • multimodal corridors
  • connected and autonomous vehicle
  • structural health
  • architectural design
  • urban hubs
  • safety in innovative mobility systems

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Navigating the Landscape of Autonomous Buses: Insights in Ibaraki, Japan
by Kenichiro Chinen, Mitsutaka Matsumoto and Ai Chinen
Sustainability 2024, 16(8), 3351; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16083351 - 17 Apr 2024
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The integration of autonomous buses (ABs) in Japan offers a solution to the challenges posed by an aging society, promoting safe and convenient transportation for older adults. In Ibaraki, Japan, AB adoption exemplifies forward-thinking infrastructure development, addressing residents’ needs through partnerships and innovation. [...] Read more.
The integration of autonomous buses (ABs) in Japan offers a solution to the challenges posed by an aging society, promoting safe and convenient transportation for older adults. In Ibaraki, Japan, AB adoption exemplifies forward-thinking infrastructure development, addressing residents’ needs through partnerships and innovation. Positive perceptions, especially among females in their 60s and 70s, highlight ABs’ role in enhancing safety and trust. This study, based on our interviews in Sakai Town, underscores ABs’ significance in meeting practical needs, while fostering social inclusion. Despite challenges like technology and cost, collaborative efforts and policy interventions can maximize ABs’ potential, ensuring equal access to services and paving the way for a sustainable and inclusive transportation future, benefiting both aging populations and communities. Full article
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How Underlying Attitudes Affect the Well-Being of Travelling Pilgrims—A Case Study from Lhasa, China
by Gang Cheng and Jiayao Wang
Sustainability 2023, 15(14), 11268; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151411268 - 19 Jul 2023
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This study used structural equation modelling to analyse the relationship between the attitudes of a pilgrim group and their well-being when travelling. Using market segmentation theory, the travel market of the pilgrim group was segmented, and the travel preferences of different sub-markets were [...] Read more.
This study used structural equation modelling to analyse the relationship between the attitudes of a pilgrim group and their well-being when travelling. Using market segmentation theory, the travel market of the pilgrim group was segmented, and the travel preferences of different sub-markets were separated according to each pilgrim’s subjective feelings of travel quality. The results show that travel emotional value, travel expectancy perception, and perception of fairness impact the travel well-being of pilgrims. K-means clustering was used to segment the travellers into markets and to propose strategies to improve the travel well-being of travellers. To meet the attitudes of various people, this analysis was based on different travel sub-markets. The results show that, to improve travel well-being, the preferences of female and elderly groups should become the focus to ensure better comfort and convenience, moderate safety, and reliability. For younger age groups, the emotional value of the travel process should be considered, which may help to improve their well-being. Full article
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