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In a new policy paper, UITP presents its perspective on EU policy priorities for local public transport.
Heatwaves, floods and other unexpected weather events raging throughout Europe in the recent past leave no room for denial on severe consequences of the unfolding global warming. Yet, global warming is nowadays not the only crisis that wrecks the continent – inflation is rising, energy prices hit the record high, and the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. This is why we must collectively shift from declarations to implementations of solutions that are both effective and resilient.
These multiple crises have one thing in common – they set local public transport as one of the key mitigating solutions, aiming at being the backbone of the entire urban and local mobility ecosystem. In its new Urban Mobility Framework, the European Commission has already confirmed the critical role of public transport in ensuring the sustainability of the entire local mobility chain. Yet, this requires the European Commission to strengthen its position on modal shift from individual travel modes to collective passenger transport.