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Public transport – helping cities breathe

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In most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution, air quality fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems. In April 2014, WHO issued a new report that estimated that outdoor air pollution was responsible for the deaths of some 3.7 million people under the age of 60 in 2012.

Monthly focus: transport modes

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been concentrating on the topic of integration and how a well-designed integrated mobility plan contribute to creating seamless travel experiences for citizens. This month, we are going to concentrate on the next logical step: travel modes.

Over recent years, public transport has registered big ridership increases, not only in cities with sophisticated systems, but also in many large cities in developing or emerging countries. The question is, then: which modes should planners choose?

Pricing and Urban Mobility

The demand on road space continues to grow due to increased car ownership and demand for mobility. The supply of road space and space for parking within cities is however finite, while in-creased efficiency of the use of road space through traffic management can give only a temporary respite in the face of growing traffic.

 

Light Rail for Liveable Cities

In countries where tramways had survived the massive closures of the 50’s and 60’s, e.g. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, many remaining systems have been modernised and upgraded and may now be called “light rail systems”. In many other countries, where tramways had disappeared from the streets, completely new systems have been developed since the mid-70’s. This was the case in North America, in the Asia-Pacific area and in a few European countries such as the United Kingdom and France.

 

Access to Public Transport

UITP's vision statement clearly states that UITP works for better mobility worldwide. This means enabling mobility for ALL citizens. This is not only part of the public service role of companies, but also part of the general customer care that should be striven for.

 

Quality as a means of reconciling individual needs with the collective challenges of sustainable development

The only reasonable way in which to reconcile individual aspirations and the collective will, concepts which are basically contradictory, is to provide public transport services of the highest possible quality  in a way that will persuade a large number of inhabitants to resist the temptation to use individual modes, to give public transport a try and become regular public transport users. At the same time, politicians are more likely to take decisions in favour of high-quality public transport.

 

 

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