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Chicago bus workers campaign with passengers for better services

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in All news, Bus, Employment, Occupational health and safety, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion |

The city of Chicago in the United States has been cutting bus services and laying off bus workers. Now the Amalgamated Transit Union is aiming to mobilise with passengers to reverse the trend — starting with a campaign to get cockroaches off the buses! Watch the video.

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Investment in safe clean transport needed to reduce road crash deaths, says World Bank

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in All news, Asia, Bicycle, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Funding, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, North America, Occupational health and safety, Pedal, Pedestrian, Precarious work, Safety, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Urban planning |

A new report from the World Bank states there is a “a strong financial case for increasing investments in safe and clean road transport”. Transport for Health, published jointly with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, shows that deaths caused by motorised road transport globally now exceed those from HIV, TB or malaria, with crashes accounting for more than 90 per cent of them. In addition, injuries and illness are undermining economic...

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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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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Services, Systems, Urban planning |

The Indonesian capital Jakarta has given the go-ahead for construction of a long-awaited underground and elevated mass rapid transit system. The first phase will link Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to Central Jakarta and is due to be operational by 2018. A second phase will connect the centre to Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta and is scheduled to be in action in 2020. The whole system will consist of 13 stations, with seven elevated and six underground, and is intended to reduce traffic in the...

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Ghana needs quality public transport, says employers’ association leader

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in All news, Bus, Employment, Occupational health and safety, Safety, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

The developmental importance of quality public transport has been highlighted this week by the Ghana Employers Association (GEA), which has told the country’s government that a clear transport plan is urgently needed. Chronic traffic congestion in the main cities of Accra and Kumasi means that private business employees report for duty late and tired, and “cannot give of their best”,  according to Alex Frimpong, GEA’s chief executive officer, as reported in...

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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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