Urban Exchange Podcast Episode 12 – Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara and Visa – Innovation in the urban mobility sector
In the latest episode of the Urban Exchange, Paul Wilson, chair of the Advisory Board for Smart Cities World and Chief Business Officer at the Connected Places Catapult, is joined for a talk on all things urban mobility by Diego Marquez, the Planning Mobility Manager for the Metropolitan Institute of Planning and Development for the Metropolitan area of Guadalajara, and Jose Rodriguez, Head of Urban Mobility at Visa in Mexico.
This episode is part of the Future Ready Cities programme, a partnership between Visa and the Resilient Cities Network, and focuses on the city of Guadalajara, its sustainable mobility strategy, and the role that Visa and smarter, simpler payments have had in achieving it so far.
During the conversation, we discover what it’s like to live in Guadalajara, and the economic role that it plays within Mexico as the nation’s second-largest city. We also delve into the opportunities within urban mobility this presents, particularly for the State of Jalisco’s pubic transportation network – the westerly state where Guadalajara is located.
From here, we hear more about Guadalajara’s Comprehensive Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility (abbreviated in Spanish to PIMUS) – how it started, how it has been developed, and the critical role that stakeholder management has played in its success to date.
This leads into conversation on the benefits of new and sustainable mobility, plus to benefits of mobility innovation and technology to the city, Mexico, and the wider Latin American region. The discussion of technology also extends into Guadalajara’s recent work on payment systems, including its mobility card, and how it is improving services for citizens.
We also delve into the important role of the Future Ready Cities programme in this work and Visa’s role in it, including how it can extend into other cities in Mexico and across Latin America given the success of the work in Guadalajara. This includes conversation on the nature of the working relationship and collaboration between the city, Visa and the Resilient Cities Network, and the importance of being part of a network of cities which have common goals at heart.