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The abrupt changes to our societies and economies introduced by the COVID-19 crisis have impacted the delivery and attractiveness of our public transport systems.
A key challenge is to make public transport more attractive and resilient through the design of effective Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Urban planners need to go beyond “business as usual” to achieve tangible modal shift away from private vehicles and towards public transportation. This is a necessary step in the fight to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.
To support urban planners and transport practitioners in this process, a SUMP Topic Guide on Planning for Attractive Public Transport has been developed by the Policy Support Group of the CIVITAS ELEVATE Coordination and Support Action. The Guide was created with the involvement of experts from select organisations (International Association of Public Transport, European Passengers Federation, Technical University of Berlin, the City of Gdynia, and the Gothenburg Transport Operator), as well as the chair of the CIVITAS Policy Advisory Committee, Trasporti e Territorio, and twelve stakeholders from the urban mobility sector. It provides guidance on public transport planning and implementation, in order to achieve more attractive public transport.
The Topic Guide is part of a compendium of EU guidance documents, complementing the revised second edition of the SUMP Guidelines. It proposes best practice and key messages for public transport planning, with the goal of supporting cities in the achievement of a shift towards increased public transport use.
Author: Vanessa Holve