Doubling the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025
In June 2009, UITP set out an ambitious aim for the sector, namely to double the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025. This ambition goes by the name of 'PTx2'. Whilst this aim is undoubtedly bold, it is not unrealistic: many cities have already taken up the challenge and are working towards this goal, in line with their specific political, geographical and historical contexts.
Why such an ambition? With urban population due to reach more than half of the world population by 2025, cities will be stuck if we do nothing. The financial, economic and environmental crises are a stark reminder of the need for urgent action to guarantee the liveability of our cities. Public transport is a vital part of the solution. It:
* empowers the economy
* helps the planet breathe
* brings everyone everywhere
* alleviates congestion
How to achieve such an ambition? UITP's call for action is aimed at governments, local authorities, investors and stakeholders, as well as public transport actors themselves, be they organising authorities, operators or industry suppliers. Strong political will, intelligent urban planning, the right balance between private cars, public transport, walking and cycling, good operating conditions and a dynamic public transport sector: these are some of the essential ingredients needed to keep our cities moving.