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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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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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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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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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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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Bus driving can be bad for your health

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in All news, Bus, Employment, North America, Occupational health and safety |

 Nearly half of all ‘passenger transit workers’ suffer from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack and stroke, according to a US federal agency’s recent research.Dr. Tim Bushnell of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied the medical records of 214,413 workers in 55 sectors. He found that 41.5% of ‘passenger transit workers’ —  which includes all types of bus drivers, as well as commuter rail, streetcar, subway, van pool,...

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