Six additional voluntary commitments were presented by members of the SLoCaT Partnership as part of the status report. “These new commitments will make it possible for the transport community and other development partners to better observe and track how the sector develops and what the impact of policies and measures will be on the sustainability of the transport sector at the global, national or local level”, says Michael Replogle, managing director for policy and founder of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
UITP’s PTx2 strategy to double the market share of public transport by 2025 was one of the voluntary commitments made at Rio+20 and the report acknowledges the public transport sectors contribution to sustainable development.
Upon the release of the report, Gunnar Heipp, chair of UITP’s Sustainable Development Commission, said “public transport connects people worldwide to education, jobs, services and means social inclusion at its very best. Access and connectivity at affordable prices is the basis of urban life for all. At the same time, only public transport can enable a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the sector at the same time reducing the amount of public space used for transportation. With public transport, cities and metropolitan regions can actively push towards a positive spiral of green growth, mobility for all and a reduction of the negative side effects of those. UITP’s Sustainable Development Commission is the exchange board of experts to co-operate between the world of professionals in public transportation worldwide with numerous other organisations dealing with questions of sustainable urban development and green growth”.