Dr Mak has more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of transportation planning, modelling and engineering consultancy works for both public and private agencies/organisations in Singapore and overseas, including China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Iran and Qatar. In 2013, he was invited by Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island Development Co Ltd to sit on the expert panel for transport design proposals presented by design teams from Tongji University and Jiangsu Urban Planning & Design Institute. In Singapore, under the College of Fellows (CoF) of The Institution of Engineers Singapore, he also sat in Advisory Panel to lend his expertise on transportation planning and engineering for large development proposals. He also acted as an expert appointed to review the completed Forecast Ridership of Hanoi Rail Line 2 for Vietnam.
With his extensive experience in transportation master planning, Dr Mak talks about the development trends in Southeast Asia, the latest technologies, Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and the impacts of COVID-19 on transportation and infrastructure.
What are the current trends in urban transportation development in Southeast Asia?
In Southeast Asia, the urban transportation development for successful cities are currently focusing on trends towards safer roads; sustainable and resilient transport policies; prioritising active mobility; managing travel demand; applications in Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS; read more on the topic in the Commentary section); connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs); and consideration of environmental impact on transportation planning. We are seeing more of such advanced trends being worked into plans and implemented at different stages and scales across many cities.