Public transport fosters social inclusion, as it helps all sectors of the community to access education, work, health services and leisure activities.
Using public transport can improve people’s health. By ditching the car and combining walking, cycling and public transport, daily mobility alone can provide the 30 minutes of physical exercise recommended by the World Health Organization. This can help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and other conditions associated with lack of physical exercise.
Public transport is a safer mobility option. Per passenger-mile, the traffic fatality rate for public transport is approximately one tenth that of automobile travel.
Doubling the market share of public transport would create a more balanced mobility mix and this could save 180,000 lives in 2025 thanks to fewer traffic casualties (compared to business-as- usual projections).
For the People
In 2009, the public transport sector provided 13 million green, local jobs around the world.
Public transport operators could create green jobs for a further 7 million people if the market share of public transport were to double by 2025.
A car commuter takes up 90 times more urban space and community-financed infrastructure than a rail commuter.
In cities with a high share of public transport, walking and cycling, the cost of transport for the community can be as much as 50% lower than in cities where the private car dominates.
Capital investment in public transport projects sparks a chain reaction in business activity and generates value that can be 3 to 4 times higher than the initial investment, according to some estimates.
For the Environment
Public transit is critical to healthy cities
On a worldwide basis, 170 million tonnes of oil equivalent could be saved in the year 2025 if the market share of public transport were to double.
For every kilometre travelled, private motorised transport modes like cars and mopeds emit 3.5 times more greenhouse gasper passenger than public transport.
Doubling the market share of public transport would prevent the emission of half a billion tonnes of CO 2 equivalent in the year 2025.
On a busy route, an increase of 5 km/h in a bus’ commercial speed can lower energy consumption, and therefore greenhouse gas emissions, by 20%.