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Quality mass transit will always be better for passengers and the environment than cars. But buses cannot go everywhere all the time, and for some journeys private transport is the only option.

But quality public transport systems can make a difference even then. Many local governments are now supporting imaginative alternatives to private car use by helping people to fill their own cars or get a ride in someone else’s, and by introducing shared car ownership schemes.

Public transport providers do not have to provide car pool services themselves. Dedicated lanes and parking spaces can encourage groups of citizens to organise their own car clubs or shared riding schemes.

For instance, Transport for London provides a dedicated webpag where Londoners can plan their journeys through car clubs, while in many American cities ride sharing has taken off thanks to dedicated lanes.