Accessible public transport


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Accessible public transport

Combined mobility solutions are on the rise. Shared mobility, autonomous vehicles and mobility services offer new solutions for improving mobility. These services are based on allowing citizens to access a variety of mobility solutions and select the vehicle that is relevant to the specific trip. Transportation needs to fit a flexible, modern lifestyle in urban areas.

The distance from a person’s home to the nearest public transport is a key factor in determining whether that person will use public transport. Access to vehicles is also vital; for example, ramps to trains and buses create accessibility for people with disabilities, parents with prams, and people unable to use the stairs. A transport system that is easy for users to understand is another factor to persuade more people to use public transport. Proximity, access to vehicles, and transport system complexity are key factors to increase accessibility.

This article consists of excerpts with highlights from the full Urban Insight report "Transport revolution – the future of accessible public transport in urban areas." The full report includes additional examples, conclusions and suggestions for future public transport solutions.

 

Urban structures are a result of available transport options

An urban structure is mainly a product of the dominant transportation system in place during the city's most important period of growth. This can be illustrated by looking at the size of urban areas that make up different cities.

 

Atlanta Vs. Barcelona and the effects of urban sprawl

Public transport is a cornerstone of sustainable urban development. The way a city is built influences the way people travel. The opposite is also true: citizens’ travel patterns influence the development of cities and their attractiveness as places to live and work.

An urban structure is mainly a product of the dominant transportation system in place during the city’s most important period of growth.

For example, Atlanta and Barcelona have similar-sized populations. But Atlanta's urban area is more than 26 times as large as Barcelona's, while emissions from public and private transport are more than 10 times higher.