We need to give everyone access to public transport if we’re going to stop the climate crisis

Every person living in an urban area should have access to safe, frequent, affordable and accessible public transport within a 10 minute walk from their home.

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.

Join our roundtable

The future is public transport: acting locally, acting globally for public transport

10 November 2021 | 11:45-1:15pm GMT

Join us in a virtual roundtable where mayors, unions leaders, transport workers and civil society groups will discuss and exchange ideas on the future of public transport.

The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, will present a global call for long-term sustainable investment in safe, accessible and affordable public transport with decent jobs.

Hear the views of mayors, workers, activists and campaigners. Contribute your ideas and help us build a strong movement for an urgent modal shift to public transport.

The event will be moderated by Kamal Ahmed, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder The News Movement and former BBC and Guardian journalist

Speakers and interventions will include:

  • Anies Baswedan, Governor of Jakarta
  • Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary
  • Daehoon Kim, Seoul Metro Union
  • Jennifer McCarey, Glasgow TUC
  • And other city and labour leaders, public transport workers and campaign organisations

The event will be live interpreted into English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Bahasa and Tagalog. Thank you RLS Brussels for sponsoring the interpretation of four languages.

The Future of Public Transport is creating decent jobs

The Future of Public Transport and the importance of unions

The Future of Public Transport is cutting emissions

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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