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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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24-hour services with 750 fewer jobs: will London Underground be safe?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, New Technology, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion |

London Underground has announced plans to run services through the night at weekends but to close all ticket offices, with a net loss of 750 jobs. Staff unions have promised to fight the ticket office closure plans, which they say will compromise safety, especially for the most vulnerable passengers. There are also concerns about how maintenance will be carried out in a system that — unlike New York City’s Subway and the Copenhagen metro — was not designed for round-the-clock...

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British union launches campaign for Better London Transport

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, PPP, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability, Systems |

qpt | Quality Public TransportBritain’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has launched a Better London Transport campaign to improve services for passengers in ways that also protect staff jobs, terms and conditions. The union says it supports “change that means better customer experience, improved reliability, accessibility, environmental sustainability, safe transport hubs, increased capacity, integrated services and greater say for users and workers in how the service...

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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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Calls for overhaul of New York Subway after Sandy

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in All news, Management, New Technology, North America, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability |

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City last week it was the second time in just over a year – following Hurricane Irene in August 2011 — that the city’s Subway system had been shut down by flooding. ‘New York has a hundred-year flood every two years now’ said New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo to Barack Obama when the President halted his election campaign to tour areas devastated by Sandy. “Part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality....

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Union warns that London Underground staff cuts undermine passenger safety

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, Occupational health and safety, Rail, Safety, Services |

The British transport union RMT has praised a driver who rescued a 12-year-old boy from a dangerous situation in London Underground sidings, and warned that the boy would have remained in mortal danger if the train had been driverless. The news came as London Underground announced it would not be introducing driverless trains for the foreseeable future, although the idea has not been ruled out forever and remains part of its rolling stock procurement planning for the 2020s. London Underground...

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