In 2009, UITP launched a vision for the sector that set out to double the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025. The strategy, called PTx2, is nearing its sixth anniversary, and on the occasion of the UITP World Congress and Exhibition in Milan in 2015 , UITP will present a strategy progress report to establish how far we’ve come, and how far we have still to go.
In the context of the upcoming UN Climate Summit, where public transport will be represented and actively partake in the discussion for the first time at such a high level (and where UITP Secretary General will take to the podium) here’s a reminder of what PTx2’s achievable, if ambitious, goals will mean for the environment:
Doubling the market share of public transport will mean:
- Savings of around 170m tonnes of oil
- Savings of around 550m tonnes of CO²
- A 15% reduction in urban traffic fatalities
- Double the number of jobs in public transport operator companies
- A 50 % reduction in the risk of obesity and heart disease
Low-carbon, energy-efficient mobility solution
Public transport is a vital weapon in the fight against climate change. With urban populations set to soar in the coming years, cities will need a transport system that benefits everyone and helps protect the environment..
Many cities have already taken up the challenges and are working towards these goals, with over 100 member organisations having recently pledged to take action to cut carbon in their cities and regions.
Green mobility provider
For every kilometre travelled, private motorised transport modes like cars and mopeds emit 3.5 times more greenhouse gas per passenger than public transport. More and better public transport can help protect our planet and play a significant role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions. On average, public transport consumes 3 to 4 times less energy per passenger than cars for every kilometre travelled. By choosing a mobility model based on public transport, walking and cycling, cities can therefore rationalise their overall energy use.
In urban areas, rail transport already runs almost exclusively on electricity. Whilst electric cars are in the process of becoming a mainstream transport solution, they will only serve to worsen congestion problems on our roads, potentially bringing cities around the globe to a standstill. Public transport provides green mobility and keeps cities moving.
Find out more about the 2025 scenarios and the ‘Grow with Public Transport' strategy: www.growpublictransport.org
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