Advocating for public transport – and the continuity of a vital sector
Posted: 4 June 2020 | International Association for Public Transport (UITP) | No comments yet
The world is living through unprecedented times. As we all face the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, those working in the public transport sector are continuing to advocate for this vital and crucial service – UITP is helping to lead that charge.
Working remotely alongside more than 1800 members in 100 countries, UITP is sharing expertise, best practices and good examples, and also stories, to connect at the human level, as the public transport sector loses its usual opportunities to network face to face.
As operators and authorities work hard to maintain a minimum service, many vital workers in our society rely on public transport to get them to work, shop for groceries and care for the sick. With key sector workers in our cities relying on their local mobility options, UITP is continuing to advocate for the basic continuity and survival of our public transport services. It has also collaborated with several international associations to join forces for a global call to action on the need to continue passenger transport services.
No one is quite able to determine what the next steps will look like in terms of assessing the economic and financial impact of the pandemic on the urban and local mobility sector. When these decisions come to be made, however, financial aid for public transport must be on the table.