Strategy for public transport

Strategy for public transport

By 2025, almost 60% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, meaning people will want and need to make more journeys.  This presents the world with a choice: do nothing or act now to ensure that we liberate the cities of the future from the environmental, economic and social consequences of traffic congestion.

At its 2009 World Congress in Vienna, UITP launched a vision and strategy for the sector which sets out to double the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025 (PTx2) and highlights the areas where action is urgently needed.

In an increasingly urbanised world, inclusive green growth depends on efficient urban mobility and adequate public transport infrastructure and services. If current mobility habits prevail – marked by the dominance of private motorised modes – urban congestion will gridlock cities, rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

Doubling public transport’s market share worldwide (PTx2) would: save around 170m tons of oil and 550m tons of CO² equivalent; reduce urban traffic fatalities by 15%; double the number of jobs in public transport operators as well as reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease by 50% thanks to the greater role of walking, cycling and public transport.

Whilst this aim is undoubtedly bold, it is not unrealistic: many cities have already taken up the challenge and are working towards this goal. The future of our cities depends on it.  

In 2012, UITP translated the PTx2 vision into a communication campaign called ‘Grow with public transport’, which is not used anymore. 

In 2014, UITP, together with Arthur D. Little identified some key dimensions and 25 imperatives to be considered by mobility actors in cities seeking to put in place sustainable urban mobility systems. Read the more about the future of urban mobility here.


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