Public transportation workers are keeping the world moving during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has taught the world we need to take the climate crisis seriously. We must invest in the future, in our people, and in public transport right now.

About the Campaign

The future is
public transport

Public transport connects us – to our loved ones, our communities, our jobs and our cities. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, public transport systems and workers have kept our cities moving for the millions of essential workers and city residents who rely on services every day.

But public transport is facing its own crisis: falling ridership has exacerbated already huge funding gaps.

The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear that we need urgent investments in public transport to deliver safe, reliable and affordable services for the millions of residents living in our cities.

Workers, mayors, union leaders and city residents across the globe are standing together to call on world leaders to make the transformative investments we need to drive a green and just economic recovery, create millions of jobs and confront the climate crisis.

Join workers, mayors, union leaders and city residents around the world who are taking action to protect livelihoods, create good green jobs, and confront the climate crisis.

What does this mean for you?

Public transport is at the heart of cities around the world – helping people get to and from work, connecting families, all while providing jobs and supporting livelihoods. Yet falling passenger numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to financial crises for public transport systems that are already facing neglect from governments. It is time to take urgent action to invest in public transport globally, to ensure that:

  • Green public transport creates decent work and powers the fight against the climate crisis
  • Affordable ticket prices allow lower income workers to access transportation
  • Reliable schedules provide quality, accessible services for workers and passengers
  • Women passengers and transport workers are provided with a safe environment free from violence and harassment
  • Cities around the world meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement 
  • Vulnerable communities can move freely throughout our cities

Together, we will build a brighter, more sustainable and more financially secure future for everyone, everywhere.

Share your story

Your public transport system needs you. Raise the volume on why we need to invest in it now.

COVID-19 has taught the world that we need to take the climate crisis seriously. We must invest in the future, in our people, and in public transport.

Right now, governments around the world are working towards a global recovery from the pandemic. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in our future – to drive economic stimulus that will create millions of decent, sustainable jobs and accelerate climate action.

Are you a transport worker? Are you a commuter? Do you rely on public transport to get to work, to get your kids to school or to access essential services? How will you use public transport after the pandemic? We want to hear from you! Tell us what investing in public transport would mean for you, for your job, and your community.

It will take you less than 2 minutes to add your details and record a video. Hit the record button below on your mobile phone or computer. Make sure you have bright lighting and minimal background noise – then press the submit button, and you’re all set.

Here are some questions to guide you as you share your story:

  • Introduce yourself! Tell us about you and your profession.
  • How has the pandemic impacted you and your job?
  • How important is public transport for your life now, or in the future?
  • What would affordable, green public transit mean for you and your community?
  • Why should public transport jobs be good, union jobs?

Newly-released research from C40 Cities reveals the importance of securing a green and just recovery which will:

  • Create 4.6 million new jobs by 2030
  • Cut urban transport emissions by more than half by 2030
  • Reduce air pollution from transport by up to 45%
  • Protect lower income & service sector workers
  • Connect city residents to work, education, and community
Read the report in full here
C40 Cities
United Cities and Local Governments
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
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