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Urban transport is increasingly becoming important in a country like India, where urbanization is on the rise, and the growth of urban areas is to some extent determined by the prevalence of good city transport. It is, therefore, necessary for cities to formulate urban transport strategies so that they can continue to provide support to the increasing population. The study reviews the experience of such strategic directions by Mumbai, one of the oldest and largest cities in India. The paper also reviews the past studies, and examines the strategic options and their use in terms of both current practices and critical shortcomings, so that other cities can benefit from such exercise. The study concludes that the best approach to city transport involves (a) using demand and traffic management; (b) integration of all major modes of transportation (c) establishing appropriate institutional mechanisms; (d) formulating policies that give priority to public transport and ensure its improvement; and (e) strengthening transport infrastructure.
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