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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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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 | 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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