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Road deaths are a global epidemic. Quality Public Transport is one of the cures.

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, North America, Occupational health and safety, Pedestrian, Safety, Services, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

Quality public transport systems and services are vital not only to make cities of the future more liveable and sustainable, and to enable the poorest as well as the richest citizens to access the jobs, markets and services they need.  There is growing awareness that quality public transport is also literally a matter of life and death. As an article published today in The Guardian reminds us, 1.2 million people die and up to 50 million are injured in traffic accidents annually, nearly half...

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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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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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