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UN-Habitat in new partnership for sustainable urban mobility

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN–Habitat) and EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute’s centre for sustainable transport, have entered into a partnership to create more sustainable cities by working to provide universal access to safe, clean and affordable transport. The new initiative will focus on the needs of poor and vulnerable groups, and finding more ways to incorporate transport into broader land use planning and implementation. EMBARQ Director Holger Dalkmann said:...

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‘War on motorists’ is a ‘myth’, says new British report

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bicycle, Bus, Europe, Funding, Pedestrian, Services |

Public transport fares in Britain have risen in real terms over the last ten years, while private motoring costs have fallen, according to a new report new report from a leading British think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Concluding that the claims made by the private car lobby that there has been a ‘war on motorists’ are based on a myth, the report recommends increased government investment to improve public transport, cycling and walking facilities. “Over the...

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Collective bargaining to improve Chinese bus services

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, Occupational health and safety, Social inclusion, Uncategorized |

Bus companies in Shenyang have signed China’s first ever collective bargaining agreement for public transport workers in a bid to reduce staff turnover levels that are undermining service quality. Shenyang bus drivers work up to 14 hours a day, the Chinadaily website reports, and until the new deal was signed last month their pay had not increased for 10 years. Now they are receiving an immediate 15 per cent rise, and the deal also guarantees them at least one day off each week. Bus drivers...

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Minimum wage rise leads to fares dispute in Zambia

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, PPP, Precarious work, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa |

A dispute in Zambia has highlighted tensions between bus workers, their employers and passengers when public transport systems have insufficient resources to pay fair wages while keeping fares affordable. The southern African country’s government has recently increased the minimum wage, and in response private bus operators have raised fares by 600 Kwacha (about 12 US cents) for local journeys in the capital, Lusaka. Now the Commuters Rights Association of Zambia (CRAZ) has urged passengers...

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Development banks pledge $175 million investment in sustainable transport

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, PPP, Services, Sub-Saharan Africa, Systems, Uncategorized |

Eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced at the Rio+20 summit  that they would set earmark $175 billion to finance sustainable transport systems over the next decade. The pledge was made jointly by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Islamic Development Bank. “Rapid motorization is creating more...

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