TRATSEDI moves to end air, traffic pollution

Transformative Transport Services Design Initiative (TRATSEDI), a collaboration of scholars, practitioners and policymakers, has hosted a researchers’ perspective seminar to bridge the gap between academic research and practitioners’ involvement in enhancing urban air quality.

The session was led by a principal research fellow at the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Dr Samuel Ajayi, who delved into the critical issues around sustainable transportation, specifically focusing on its role in enhancing air quality within urban cities.

Efforts in estimating emissions by integration of traffic simulation and emissions models have become a fast-evolving research area.

Ajayi explained how vehicular emissions pose a menace to public health, noting that with the rise of electric vehicles and strategic city planning using microsimulation models like PTV VISSIM and GIS, “we are on the brink of a cleaner and healthier future”.

An associate at TRATSEDI, Gift Orimolade, expanded on this issue noting: “Transportation, hailed as the lifeblood of nations, indeed plays a pivotal role in shaping economic, social and cultural landscapes.

“As vehicular traffic continues to surge, so does the shadow of air pollution it casts over our cities. Awareness of the dire consequences of traffic congestion and pollution is crucial. Yet, for many, the link between congested streets and respiratory ailments remains elusive. It is time to shine a spotlight on this silent killer, raising awareness and fostering a collective urgency to act.”

Associate Professor at Keele Business School, Dr Emmanuel Mogaji, said: “As researchers, we must ensure our work transcends the confines of academia and makes a tangible impact on society.

“By translating our practical research into actionable solutions, we pave the way for meaningful change. It is impressive to witness the recognition of these pressing issues, the dedication to researching them, and the potential for actionable outcomes. Let’s continue to strive towards a more sustainable environment, where our collective efforts benefit everyone.”

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