Public transport – key to a sustainable transport system

30 June 2010  •  Author(s): Åsa Torstensson, Minister of Transport, Sweden

Public transport is an important element of society and it will be even more important tomorrow. It is a strategic tool to handle climate challenge and urbanisation. It contributes to wealth and growth through its provision of accessibility to everybody. It enables expanding regional labour markets through faster services.

In 2008, the Swedish Public Transport Association and the operator associations for trains and buses set up a joint goal to double the patronage on public transport to 2020. First being laughed at, the ‘doubling project’ has now become a driving force for people in the industry. Ambitious goals are important for motivation and activity levels.

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