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More than half the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, when the world’s population is set to reach nine billion, three quarters are expected to be living in cities.

As soon as 2015 there will be 560 cities with populations of more than one million, and 10 years after that there will be 29 ‘megacities’ with populations of more than 10 million.

Cities already consume 75 per cent of the world’s energy and produce 80 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Transport is responsible for more than 25 per cent of that, and 25 per cent of transport’s share is due to urban passenger travel.

The growth of private motorized transport adds not only to pollution but also to congestion. It is also inequitable: the poorest city dwellers pay for it, with worse health and safety, even if it doesn’t bring them benefits.

Quality public transport, by contrast, provides access to jobs, markets and services in ways that improve road safety and reduce emissions. So its benefits are both immediate and long term, and no city can be sustainable without it.

Public Transport in Cities — Quality Public Transport Briefing No. 1

Trends in urban public transport, Quality Public Transport Briefing 4

Public-private partnerships — Quality Public Transport Briefing No. 16

International Association for Public Transport website

Transport unions campaign for quality public services

World Bank Urban Transport website

EMBARQ website — sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities

TheCityFix — online resources about sustainable urban transport

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