Universal Accessibility for Public Transport

19 September 2005  •  Author(s): Jose Luis Ajuria, Virtual Engineering Manager, EUVE

Our society has committed itself to providing all citizens with equal opportunity. In this framework, the ability to use public transport can be critical for different purposes such as commuting to work, joining in entertainment activities or buying products and services.

As much as possible, people with different ways of moving (children, young people, the older, people with disabilities, people carrying babies or shopping, pregnant women, etc.) should be granted the same comfort, safety, speed and capacity when using public transport: it means the same dignity. The only way to guarantee this is to ensure that the whole chain of public transport (railways, buses, taxis, planes and supporting infrastructure) in the EU becomes universally accessible; not only accessible for all, but also part of a philosphy of universal design.

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