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World Resources Institute Mexico (formerly known as Centro de Transporte Sustentable de México Asociación Civil)

WRI Mexico (formerly known as Center for Sustainable Transport Mexico, CTS-Mexico) is a non-profit Mexican civil association whose mission is to catalyze sustainable mobility solutions that improve the quality of life in Mexican cities. WRI Mexico is part of the Embarq Network (www.embarq.org), which the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched in 2002. Embarq has grown to include five centers -- Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey and Peru. WRI Mexico works to achieve three core outcomes:

• Sustainable Cities: Equitable, Competitive, and Attractive Mobility. Mexico’s metropolitan areas are composed of healthy communities, where people enjoy public spaces, walk and bike, and work, study and interact closer to their homes.

• Public Transport: Quality and Sustainability. All of Mexico’s metropolitan areas will have transportation systems that are efficient, attractive, safe, environmentally sound and financially sustainable.
• Clean Air and Less Carbon: Technology and Strategies for Mobility. Mexico is a global leader promoting clean air and carbon mitigation in the transportation sector.

Date of Establishment:

29-Sep, 2016

Purpose of Organization:

To catalyze sustainable mobility solutions that improve quality of life in Mexican cities and the global environment.

GEF/SGP involvement:

Climate Friendly Measures in Transport in Mexico City, one year


1)        Sustainable Cities: Equitable, Competitive, and Attractive Mobility
Our main line of work: To foster low carbon, competitive cities, with high quality of life.

This line of work supports projects and policies that encourage better public spaces, walking, biking and transit together with an efficient use of land to nurture public life and promote urban economic development with a low carbon footprint. CTS Mexico currently supports two major pilot projects where it has demonstrated how to apply these principles to affordable housing developments in rapidly growing mid-sized cities across Mexico. One of the first hands-on experiences took place in Aguascalientes in a 10,000-unit affordable housing development named Centenario de la Revolución. Here, the local government’s Housing Institute (IMUVI) invited CTS-Mexico to assemble a technical team that could change the development’s design to make it more sustainable. With the help of the U.S. based firm Alta Planning and Design, CTS Mexico conducted a workshop with a group of local technical experts and decision makers. Thanks to this workshop, several key changes were made to the design; the new design incorporates a holistic approach to urban and mobility issues, promoting well-connected public spaces and mixed land uses that promote walking and biking. Traffic speeds were reduced by 34% to increase road safety, while the number of shops and services will increase by four times to provide more and closer access to opportunities. With these changes, demand for public transportation is expected to increase from 30 to 60%, bike trips inside the development from 4 to 50%, and walking trips from 24 to 40%. The area dedicated to public space is also expected to increase from 5% to 30%, and social interaction is expected to quadruple through the addition of community centers and a 1.5 km pedestrian-cyclist road.

This pilot project has been adopted warmly by the local government in Aguascalientes. During the 2010 elections, one of the greatest challenges for CTS Mexico was to deal with the transition to an opposing political party, which could have put the project´s continuity in risk. Having convinced both the current and the elected Mayor that the proposed changes are advantageous, we will continue to work on improving the Aguascalientes housing development. We have already replicated this model in Culiacan, where the pilot project has been received with enthusiasm by the local government, largely due to the success achieved in Aguascalientes.

2)        Public Transport: Quality and Sustainability
Our main line of work: BRT System Expansion in Mexico

CTS Mexico proposed Mexico City’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, called Metrobus. Metrobus’ environmental, social, and health benefits are clear: it carries on average 460,000 passengers a day. Approximately 22,000 of them have left their cars to travel by bus because of the system’s convenience; on average, people using Metrobus take half the time to travel when compared to the microbuses that were replaced. Moreover, Metrobus system reduces an estimated annual average of 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, which are sold to the Spanish Carbon Fund. This number will be increased by 50,000 tons per year by 2012, when Lines 3 and 4 are working. Each year these emissions reductions prevent an average of 6,100 days of lost work, 12 new cases of chronic bronchitis, and 3 deaths. Traffic accidents were also reduced by 30%.

Building on our early success with Metrobus, we have assisted with the design, start-up and evaluation of BRT systems in Guadalajara and Leon. In 2009 the Federal Government launched the National Fund for Infrastructure (FONADIN), which provides municipal governments with grants and technical assistance to invest in mass public transport systems for the first time in Mexico. CTS was appointed by the Federal Government as a technical advisor; we now ensure that transport projects seeking Federal funding meet financial and socioeconomic feasibility. CTS currently assist eight local and state governments to design, conceptualize, and implement BRT systems.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Colombia
  • Mexico

Contact Details
Street Address:
Belisario Domínguez # 8, Villa Coyoacán, Coyoacàn Delegación, Coyoacan
Zip Code:
Mexico City
Telephone No.:
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Change - Transport/City
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Ms. Julia Martinez Key Contact Person
    Directora de Cambio Climático, Clima

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