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British union launches campaign for Better London Transport

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, PPP, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability, Systems | Comments Off on British union launches campaign for Better London Transport

qpt | Quality Public TransportBritain’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has launched a Better London Transport campaign to improve services for passengers in ways that also protect staff jobs, terms and conditions. The union says it supports “change that means better customer experience, improved reliability, accessibility, environmental sustainability, safe transport hubs, increased capacity, integrated services and greater say for users and workers in how the service is delivered”. But TSSA also exposed what it...

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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 | Comments Off on Paying for public transport — the tensions are rising

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 on which it was saved from bankruptcy in recent...

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Quality public transport starts with pedestrians!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bicycle, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Pedal, Pedestrian, Safety, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning | Comments Off on Quality public transport starts with pedestrians!

Quality transport services need to be part of quality public transport systems if they are to provide for the needs of all. And a quality transport system starts from the fact that every journey begins on foot (or the equivalent, in the case of people with walking disabilities). So it’s great news that a city as closely identified with motorised transport as Mumbai is including Road Safety Audits in its transport planning. The Sustainable Cities Collective website reports: “As part of this redesign, EMBARQ India is spearheading a...

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The Edible Bus Stop

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in All news, Bus, Europe, Informal Economy, Security, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Urban planning | Comments Off on The Edible Bus Stop

Did you know there are bus stops in London that are good enough to eat? It’s true — take a look! The Edible Bus Stop

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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 | Comments Off on New quality standards scheme for bus rapid transit

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 a common definition for bus rapid transit and to...

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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 | Comments Off on Women and girls need safer public transport

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 restrictions on women. Public services including...

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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 | Comments Off on PPPs and the London Underground: 150 years of development

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 serious breakdowns’ on most days, and the system...

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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 | Comments Off on Free public transport? It’s more common than you’d think

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 opponents, some of whom see it as a populist political...

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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 | Comments Off on New commuter rail service in Nairobi

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 roads that one study showed to be the fourth most...

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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 | Comments Off on Calls for overhaul of New York Subway after Sandy

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. Extreme weather is a reality. It is a reality that we...

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