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Fares up, passenger numbers down: the sorry trends of British buses

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Europe, Finance, Funding, Services, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

Britain’s Department for Transport published the  annual bus statistics for England yesterday — and they tell a sorry tale of fares rising above inflation and falling passenger numbers. Just when the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is issuing its starkest warnings yet, the signs in Britain are that the people who need public transport most are being priced out, while motorists are given insufficient incentive to get out of their cars. The statistics show that...

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New drive for quality 28 years after English bus deregulation

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in All news, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Europe, PPP, Services, Social inclusion, Systems |

www.nationalrail.co.ukTyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) is planning to hold the private operators that run bus services in and around the English city of Newcastle to higher standards as set out in proposed quality contracts. It is the first initiative of its kind in Britain since local bus services became one of the first examples of privatisation and deregulation introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1985. But the private bus companies are bitterly opposed,...

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Paying for public transport — the tensions are rising

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Funding, North America, Rail, Services, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems |

If you thought only big Brazilian cities are facing rebellions about public transport fare increases, think again. A couple of years after the Occupy movement stopped occupying Wall Street, a new focus of community action in New York City concerns above-inflation bus and subway fare hikes. The comparison with Occupy is relevant for another reason: that some campaigners are blaming Wall Street financiers for leeching public money from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority under the terms...

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Quality public transport starts with pedestrians!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bicycle, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Pedal, Pedestrian, Safety, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

Quality transport services need to be part of quality public transport systems if they are to provide for the needs of all. And a quality transport system starts from the fact that every journey begins on foot (or the equivalent, in the case of people with walking disabilities). So it’s great news that a city as closely identified with motorised transport as Mumbai is including Road Safety Audits in its transport planning. The Sustainable Cities Collective website reports: “As part...

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The Edible Bus Stop

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in All news, Bus, Europe, Informal Economy, Security, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Urban planning |

Did you know there are bus stops in London that are good enough to eat? It’s true — take a look! The Edible Bus Stop

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Women and girls need safer public transport

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

Women’s fear of violence restricts their movement, limiting their use of public spaces and movement from their homes to public or other private spaces, says a new report from ActionAid International. Calling for more investment in public transport and other services, the report says public transport workers’ training should include gender-related aspects. Based on research in six developing country cities, the report recommends: “The focus must be on right to mobility rather than...

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