Transport revolution – the future of accessible public transport in urban areas
Public transport is crucial to the liveability of any city. But today public transport is still off-limits to some people and fails to fulfil the needs of others. The report “Transport revolution – the future of accessible public transport in urban areas” investigates how we can make public transport accessible and useful for everyone by applying modern mobility solutions.
Public transport has many benefits. It reduces pollution, helps foster a sense of community by making us travel together, encourages active lifestyles, reduces injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents and requires less land use than road infrastructure. As public transport is such a crucial part of any city it should be accessible for all irrespective of social group or physical ability. However, in many European cities the public transport is still off-limits for some of the citizens and visitors. Meanwhile, other groups are choosing not to use public transport as it does not fulfil their needs.
Providing access to efficient public transport for all types of users requires striking a balance between installing sufficient numbers of stops to reduce walking distances and reducing travel times on high capacity services. By using new solutions and technology access to mobility can be granted to people who have previously not been able to fully take advantage of the public transport system. Meanwhile the efficiency for the system can be increased.