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Accessibility Dynamics and Regional Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Perspectives in the Portuguese—Spanish Borderland

Ana Vulevic (), Rui Alexandre Castanho (), José Manuel Naranjo Gómez (), Luís Loures (), José Cabezas (), Luis Fernández-Pozo () and José Martín Gallardo ()
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Ana Vulevic: Institute of Transportation—CIP, Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Rui Alexandre Castanho: VALORIZA—Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
José Manuel Naranjo Gómez: VALORIZA—Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
Luís Loures: VALORIZA—Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
José Cabezas: VALORIZA—Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
Luis Fernández-Pozo: VALORIZA—Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
José Martín Gallardo: Functional Studies of Mediterranean Ecosystems, University of Extremadura, 06009 Badajoz, Spain

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 5, 1-20

Abstract: Accessibility plays a major role in achieving sustainable transport, and therefore urban and regional sustainability. The urban public transport system promotes mobility and realizes a large part of urban movements. Moreover, improving accessibility in order to promote sustainable transport requires the application of new concepts and indicators as a powerful tool in the process of creating a balanced urban transport system. In this regard, one of the main goals of this research is to present an overview of the relevant accessibility indicators and assessment of accessibility in regional Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) in order to transcendence challenges and obstacles for sustainable transportation in these regions along of Portuguese-Spanish border. This paper focuses on the accessibility of cross-border cooperation scenarios along the border regions of Alto Alentejo (Portugal) and Badajoz (Spain) where the Case Study Research Method (CSR) made it possible to recognize accessibility as a key factor in territorial success. Also, accessibility analysis can assess improvements as well as regional imbalances. In addition, this methodology can be used to identify missing links, which requires new investments enabling long-term sustainability.

Keywords: accessibility; border regions; cross-border public services; planning; sustainable transportation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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