Improving services and sustainability through better jobs and democracy

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 of them in cities.  An even larger number die prematurely die prematurely every year due to air pollution.

Those shocking statistics are rising as cities grow. The World Health Organisation reports that more than 90% of road traffic deaths occur in middle- and low-income countries, where urbanisation is happening most quickly.

For more on what is involved in creating quality public transport systems and services, go here.

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