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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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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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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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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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Free public transport? It’s more common than you’d think

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Europe, Funding, Social inclusion, Sustainability |

You don’t have to pay to use the buses and tube trains in London in the early hours of New Year’s Day. But that’s nothing compared to Tallinn: from 1 January, 2013, passengers in the Estonian capital will get free rides for the rest of the year too. As the British daily newspaper The Independent reports: “Tallinn’s bold step has reignited the debate about whether free public transport in cities is something we should aspire to.” The Tallinn plan has its...

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New commuter rail service in Nairobi

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Funding, Rail, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Urban planning |

Kenya has launched the first new commuter rail service since independence from British colonial rule – but there are worries that only better off people can afford to use it. Planned as the first stage of an eight-station commuter service in Nairobi, the 16.5 kilometre (ten mile) route between the Syokimau suburb and the central business district began taking passengers this week. The journey time is 20 minutes, much less than the equivalent road journey, which can take up to two hours on...

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