UITP joins call to double EU public transport use by 2025

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European Citizens’ Mobility Forum, which includes UITP, has proposed an action programme to EU policy decision-makers on doubling the use of collective land passenger transport in the EU by 2025.

The European Citizens’ Mobility Forum (ECMF), to which UITP contributes, has published a blueprint for an EU Action Programme on doubling the use of collective land passenger transport in the European Union by 2025.

Framed around four principles, the action programme covers nine action areas, including governance, infrastructure, innovation, funding, sustainability, taxation, service quality, image, and monitoring the progress made in achieving the objective of doubling. It also advocates the creation of a dedicated EU funding instrument to enhance collective mobility across Europe.

UITP is one of several co-authors of this action programme.

Ismail Ertug, European Parliament Transport Coordinator and ECMF member, said, “Our challenge is to provide the highest possible level of mobility for all EU citizens and, at the same time, tackle resulting issues of congestion, road safety and pollution. A key factor in this will be the promotion of well-functioning, sustainable collective mobility. Therefore, I fully endorse the ECMF's Proposal for a European Action Programme 2015-2025 and look forward to our cooperation.”

Gesine Meissner, European Parliament Transport Coordinator and ECMF member, said, “Promoting collective public transport will be on the agenda of the new Transport Committee of the European Parliament. It is not only a major challenge for cities but also for rural areas where more and more elderly people rely on bus and coach services.”

Wim van de Camp, European Parliament Transport Coordinator and ECMF member, said, “I fully support this initiative because it not only helps to reduce traffic congestion in cities, but also provides safer and cleaner cities.”

Thomas Avanzata, Director of UITP’s European Department, confirmed that “Smart cities establish public transport as the backbone of urban mobility. Modal shift towards urban, suburban and regional public transport is the necessary strategy in order to achieve the European Union’s objective of making mobility in Europe more efficient, sustainable and therefore citizen-friendly.”

The action programme aims to improve the collective door-to-door mobility chain as a whole, while stressing the key role of customer satisfaction and choice. It also seeks to further improve the mobility chain’s environmental record and continue the industry’s focus on safety, while resolutely improving its image and attractiveness for both customers and those working in the industry.

 

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