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New global agreement to promote good jobs in public transport

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, New Technology, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Precarious work, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have agreed to work together to promote the development and expansion of public transport. The organisations represent global employers and workers in public transport respectively, and share the view that public transport is “a motor for sustainable growth and the creation of green jobs, as well as environmental protection in reducing congestion and pollution”. They...

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New quality standards scheme for bus rapid transit

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, New Technology, North America, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Safety, Security, Services |

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has released what it calls the first comprehensive standard for Bus Rapid Transit services. Describing it as a “defining and scoring designation for bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world”, the ITDP says it is “similar to the LEED designation for green buildings”. “Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, The BRT Standard is the centerpiece of a global effort by leaders in BRT design to establish...

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Australian bus drivers “fear for their lives”

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in All news, Bus, Employment, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Safety, Security, Services |

Public bus drivers in Queensland and New South Wales are facing so many threats to their safety on night shifts that many are in fear of their lives. So says an ABC News report, citing the Australian Transport Workers Union. The report quotes the union’s passenger transport co-ordinator, Bob Giddens, as saying: “It’s getting to the stage now where drivers are sort of leaving in the morning, wondering if they’re going to be next. “When you return into the depot and...

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UN-Habitat in new partnership for sustainable urban mobility

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN–Habitat) and EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute’s centre for sustainable transport, have entered into a partnership to create more sustainable cities by working to provide universal access to safe, clean and affordable transport. The new initiative will focus on the needs of poor and vulnerable groups, and finding more ways to incorporate transport into broader land use planning and implementation. EMBARQ Director Holger Dalkmann said:...

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Development banks pledge $175 million investment in sustainable transport

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, PPP, Services, Sub-Saharan Africa, Systems, Uncategorized |

Eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced at the Rio+20 summit  that they would set earmark $175 billion to finance sustainable transport systems over the next decade. The pledge was made jointly by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Islamic Development Bank. “Rapid motorization is creating more...

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