• Rosario, Argentina

City Summary

Rosario, with a metropolitan population of 1.2 million citizens, is the third largest city in Argentina. Rosario is the heart of the major industrial corridor with a major railroad terminal and shipping center for Argentina. Rosario tackles the movement of people, vehicles, and loads. The city is leading on sustainable urban transport and promoting a better life for citizens through public transport investments and prioritizing non-motorized transport.

The city’s entire urban mobility is regulated, planned and evaluated by the Ente de la Movilidad de Rosario (EMR) which has h active mobility policies. The EMR highlights the need to develop collective behavior change, through activities with citizen participation and consensus that allow the implementation of technically sound policies that are legitimized by the community.

A two-time Sustainable Transport Award finalist, Rosario is an ecomobility front runner. Some of the interventions to improve sustainable urban mobility include the use of exclusive public transport lanes, investments in cycling infrastructure and integrated ticketing.

Targets/ Vision

Rosario has a long standing tradition of planning that makes the City a pioneer in diverse, strategic policies. The City’s main sustainable mobility vision is outlined in The Mobility Pact (2010) which has three main strategies: promoting mass public transport, promoting non-motorized transport, and discouraging the use of individual motorized transport.

The Integrated Mobility Plan (PIM) 2010 was a result of a participatory process including citizens, institutions, and local and international experts to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists. The PIM consists of a series of projects and actions that are already under way to achieve a mobility model that optimizes a fast, comfortable and safe mobility, improving the quality of life and favoring development. The PIM also promotes social inclusion and encourages sustainable modes of transport. Some of the objectives include:

  • Develop a quality and inclusive Integrated Transportation System, with rail transport, tramway and exclusive transportation corridors and electric transport;
  • Prioritize the bicycle through use and maintenance, expansion and renewal of infrastructure;
  • Include the pedestrian as the protagonist of mobility in the city, expanding the urban infrastructure;
  • Promote the balanced use of individual motorized transport;
  • Organize loading and unloading urban freight operations;
  • Promote the use of clean-renewable energies;
  • Strengthen the connection between urban planning and mobility planning;
  • Promote the development of technologies applied to mobility;
  • Improve information, awareness raising, education and road safety;
  • Strengthen the institutional mechanisms of mobility governance.

Achieved results


  • 20 km of streets available for car free Sundays with events.
  • Repaired 2,2 km of sidewalks to improve walkability
  • Reduced parking spaces near transit to discourage car use and create open space


  • Constructed 120 km of cycling lanes
  • Developed public bike sharing system with 280 bicycles in 18 stations
  • Added parking facilities for 2000 bicycles in the city

Public Transport:

  • Added 25 km of exclusive bus lanes to make transit more accessible
  • Constructed a BRT system of three corridors, which covers 10 km and benefits 200,000 passengers daily.
  • Created a Mobility Monitoring Centre, which enables monitoring of traffic flows, occupancy lanes and parking areas, traffic lights and compliance with routes and schedules.
  • Developed 63 lines of public transport including buses, trolley buses , and trams
  • A system of dynamic information for users, which includes the “Tarjeta sin Contacto”, helping the user with mobility planning.

City Statistics

Population (2010)
Area (in sq. kms)

Modal split (2008)

  • Walking 19.6%
  • Cycling 5.2%
  • Public transport 40.3%
  • Personal Car 34.8%


National NDC target reduction in GHG emissions (including actions related to transport modal shift) of 15% by 2030 below Business as Usual Scenario (BAU)

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