Summary of the Advantages of Sustainable Transport

22nd April 2015

Graham Currie writes on Linked-In (19/4/15):

"Traffic congestion is now widely recognized as a major and growing urban transportation problem.  In Australia congestion costs $Aust 9.4 B p.a. and is expected to rise to $Aust 20.4 B by 2020.  Public transport can carry large volumes of passengers in a more efficient use of time and space in congested areas.   The car is also said to have significant negative social impacts on urban liveability including the separation of urban communities by busy roads and impacts on social disadvantage.  Public transport, if well designed, is said to create more liveable and inclusive communities.  Research has established strong links between physical activity and health with car travel acting to encourage less active lifestyles.  Public transport use involves more physical activity compared to car travel suggesting health benefits from increased ridership. 

"Transport, mainly private car travel, is the only sector of the UK economy for which environmental emissions in 2007 are higher than in 1990 . They are also increasing in Australia and remain a major focus of concerns for greenhouse gas and climate change.  Public transport, particularly rail transit,  is a much more efficient means of carrying large volumes of passenger with smaller environmental impacts.  Motorised transport is over 95% dependent on oil and accounts for almost half of world use of oil.  There is a growing consensus that oil reserves are falling and that the costs of transport will increase as a result.  These issues suggest significant risks associated with car dependent transport futures and much efficiency and sustainability about encouraging public transport use into the future."

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