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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 | 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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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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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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PPPs and the London Underground: 150 years of development

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in All news, Funding, PPP, Rail, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

One hundred and fifty years ago today the world’s first underground railway opened to its first paying passengers when the London Metropolitan carried 30,000 people between Paddington and Kings Cross. “The 120 trains in both directions that day suffered no serious breakdowns and the only major delays were caused by the crush of people trying to get on the trains,” writes Christian Wolmar, in a new edition of his highly enjoyable history, The Subterranean Railway. There are still ‘no...

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Gold medals for South American cable cars

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Latin America and Caribbean, Social inclusion, Systems, Uncategorized |

The introduction of cable cars over the River Thames in London has been an eye-catching innovation during the Olympic Games there, but the 2016 host city, Rio de Janeiro, has taken the technology much further. While some have questioned the social value of investment in subway extensions in Rio, the construction of a cable car link to the Alemão favela has few critics. The idea of linking slum areas to the public transport network by cable car was pioneered in Medellin, Colombia, and then...

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