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Women and girls need safer public transport

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

Women’s fear of violence restricts their movement, limiting their use of public spaces and movement from their homes to public or other private spaces, says a new report from ActionAid International. Calling for more investment in public transport and other services, the report says public transport workers’ training should include gender-related aspects. Based on research in six developing country cities, the report recommends: “The focus must be on right to mobility rather than...

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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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Australian bus drivers “fear for their lives”

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in All news, Bus, Employment, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Safety, Security, Services |

Public bus drivers in Queensland and New South Wales are facing so many threats to their safety on night shifts that many are in fear of their lives. So says an ABC News report, citing the Australian Transport Workers Union. The report quotes the union’s passenger transport co-ordinator, Bob Giddens, as saying: “It’s getting to the stage now where drivers are sort of leaving in the morning, wondering if they’re going to be next. “When you return into the depot and...

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