Global Coalition Statement

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

 

Mayors, workers, unions, transport authorities, regulators and civil society partners all call on national governments to collectively double public transport journeys in cities by 2030 and advance a just transition to zero-emissions public transport, if they are to meet their climate goals and limit global heating to 1.5°C.

The joint statement call on world leaders to ensure that:

  • Everyone living in urban areas has safe, frequent, affordable and accessible public transport within a 10 minute walk from their home.

  • Investment in public transport is made a priority for national economic recovery plans, and for increasing public transport mode share to be made a key goal in climate plans.

  • $208 billion a year is invested every year this decade to deliver the transformation to improve, expand and electrify public transport for the nearly 100 C40 cities that together contribute to 25% of the global economy.

  • Emissions have to reduce drastically now. Transport is responsible for a quarter of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels.

  • The improvement, expansion and de-carbonisation of public transport is one of the most immediate and powerful levers we have to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable, long-term investment in public transport will also create and maintain decent jobs, access to work and a better health and quality of life for all in a post-pandemic world.

 

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