The Habitat III Conference will be looking for ways to take advantage of urbanisation as a driver of growth and prosperity while promoting equity among citizens and addressing the sustainability and resilience of urban environments. Better service provision, financial and governance frameworks for cooperation and coordination between national and local governments will be an integral part of the New Urban Agenda.
Why does this matter for the public transport sector?
Through concerted advocacy actions UITP has been highlighting the fundamental role public transport – as the backbone of a sustainable urban mobility system – plays in improving urban environments. We have been showing how public transport is an integral part of reaching the objectives set for the Habitat III Conference. By achieving this recognition, the public transport sector as a whole is set to benefit from a supportive policy environment.
Operating companies: When housing and activities within the city are planned in an integrated manner better use can be made of existing public transport lines. Furthermore, better public transport will be seen as a service adding value to the urban area, rather than a cost to the community. Finally, planning and policies at the level of metropolitan area, where better mobility is at the centre of the urban objectives, have the potential of expanding the range of funding streams for operators, while improving the relationship and engagement with local level stakeholders.
Transport Authorities: highlighting the role of mobility in achieving sustainable urban development will improve the institutional stature and clout of local authorities in charge of planning transport in the metropolitan area. The political focus on sustainable urban mobility will give the opportunity for transport authorities to plan, finance and maintain the transport infrastructure within the city. It is also likely to enable transport authorities to better plan and procure public transport services. The political focus is also expected to lead to better frameworks for the appraisal of the outcomes of mobility policies and projects. Additionally, regulatory frameworks which take into account metropolitan areas will allow better coordination, so that mobility planning can be done at the most administrative appropriate scale.
Industry: while transport is addressed primarily as a factor enabling a better quality of urban life, it is also a value generator in itself for the companies making up the supply chain. As public transport and urban mobility move to the centre of policies to improve the urban experience, investment in better equipment for public transport is also needed.