Public transport accessibility

21-09-2017

How to make transport accessible and cheap? Learn from Rennes

The European Accessibility Act was endorsed in the European Parliament's plenary last Thursday (14 September), with considerable focus on accessibility requirements for public transport, aiming to make getting around easier for the elderly and people with disabilities.

14-09-2017

MEPs approve Accessibility Act, ready for talks in Council

The European Parliament approved on Thursday 14 (September) the proposed European Accessibility Act, a major piece of legislation meant to make life easier for the elderly and people with disabilities, adding that it is ready for potentially tough member states negotiations.

07-09-2017

Digital and accessible, Tallinn’s public transport aims for more

The European Accessibility Act -- a landmark set of rules meant to facilitate the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities -- is going to the Parliament's plenary next week. A lot of focus has been placed on public transport and ways to make it more accessible.

28-04-2017

Disabled groups’ dismay at Parliament vote on accessibility

Disability groups have expressed dismay at this week’s vote in the European Parliament on the proposed EU Accessibility Act, saying it risks making the act “meaningless for millions of people.”

Automated vehicles 14-04-2017

Germans ready to ditch cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes

German motorists are ready, in theory at least, to abandon their cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes, according to a new study. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

17-03-2017

Battle hots up over details of Accessibilty Act for passengers with disabilities

Last week dozens of people with disabilities demonstrated outside the European Parliament in the hope that MEPs will honour promises they saw in a landmark new accessibility act.

Road safety 23-02-2017

Lisbon, Malmö and Skopje announced as sustainable mobility city finalists

Cities from Portugal, Sweden and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have made it through to become finalists for the European Mobility Award 2016.

Elections 13-01-2017

ECR candidate: EU needs dynamic debate and to officially recognise sign language

Belgian MEP Helga Stevens, who is the ECR group's pick for the European Parliament presidency race and who is also the first female MEP to identify herself as being deaf, told EURACTIV Spain that she wants to be “the institution's voice”.

Transport 09-12-2016

EU disability rights bill won’t fix public transport problems, campaigners fear

Public transport authorities in cities around Europe are expecting that they'll have to improve ticket machines to make them easier to read for people who are partially or totally blind, once an EU disability rights bill is passed.

Health 09-12-2016

Navracsics: New technologies are ‘unmatched vectors’ of integration

Technology can make "an enormous difference" for pupils with disabilities, offering them the same opportunities as other students, according to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.

Health 06-12-2016

European Accessibility Act ‘not future-proof enough’

The EU tech industry has criticised the European Commission’s draft Accessibility Act, saying it is too prescriptive and fails to provide incentives for innovative businesses to develop the solutions that will make life easier for people with disabilities.

Health 05-12-2016

EU turns up pressure on accessibility rights of people with disabilities

The draft European Accessibility Act seeks to bring together “fragmented” national laws while creating new rights enabling full access to services ranging from transport to cash dispensers.

Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they’ll have to wait

Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.

A not so ‘dolce vita’ for Romans

Romans are the least satisfied with their quality of life according to a recent survey that focused on the inhabitants of EU capitals. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Transport 13-10-2015

Direct subsidies can spur green transport innovation, regions told

Handing subsidies, including EU funding, directly to local governments - rather than to industry - can spur green innovation in public transport, regional leaders were told today (13 October).

EU Elections 2014 03-10-2014

‘Social’ transport: The Šef?ovi? hearing

During his hearing, Maroš Šef?ovi? leveraged his experience as Vice-President of the European Commission for inter-institutional relations, especially when it came to dealing with MEPs, and his familiarity with Commission policies. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Transport 10-04-2014

French union calls for EU to increase public transport funding

To cut greenhouse gases and improve quality of life, the French Union for Public Transport (UTP) is calling for a new European policy for public transportation. EURACTIV France reports.

Health 20-09-2013

Cities eye closer link between transport and health policies

City planners across Europe are increasingly looking at ways to promote cycling and walking as a way to reduce mortality rates resulting from sedentary lifestyles.

Transport 06-07-2012

EU divided over single liberalised railway system

The European Parliament has moved a step closer towards establishing a single, liberalised European rail network after a round of voting on the proposed competition rules.

Transport 13-03-2009

Transport: Better use of existing infrastructure essential

Building new road and rail infrastructure will not alone solve transport congestion - better use of existing capacity is needed to ensure smooth mobility of citizens, business and goods, stakeholders argued at a conference.

Transport 22-02-2008

UN launches public transport campaign

Public transport operators are teaming up with the United Nations in a campaign to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the bus, metro, train or tram instead.

Transport 26-09-2007

Commission unveils urban-mobility strategy

Presenting a new Green Paper on Urban Transport, Commissioner Jacques Barrot outlined a large range of potential solutions and areas where the EU could take action in order to tackle the growing congestion, pollution and safety problems in Europe's cities.

Transport 17-09-2007

Interview: ‘EU must give cities strong tools for sustainable mobility’

As the Commission prepares to present proposals for a European strategy on urban transport, Klaus Bondam, chairman of Eurocities' Mobility Forum and vice-mayor of Copenhagen, stresses the need for a "push from above" that would allow EU cities to finance more sustainable transport infrastructure and implement greener urban policies such as congestion charges.

Transport 27-07-2007

Europeans reluctant to give up cars despite environmental concerns

A majority of citizens believe that the use of less polluting vehicles and public transport should be promoted, but one in five would refuse to use their car less in exchange for better public transport, according to an EU opinion poll.

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UITP Europe

UITP is the international association representing public transport stakeholders. In the EU, UITP brings together more than 400 urban, suburban and regional public transport operators and authorities from all member states and is a key partner for the European institutions and other bodies.

UITP and its members aim to make public transport infrastructure and services more accessible to “the world’s largest minority” and, more broadly, to all people with reduced mobility and with disabilities.


Events

UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference | 23-24 October 2017 | Kortrijk, Belgium

The UITP International Bus Conference will take place in conjunction with the Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium. These unrivalled major bus events will bring together bus operators, authorities, and industry experts from across the world. This will be an unmissable opportunity for you to learn and exchange best practices on day-to-day bus operations, compare trends and see the opportunities that new technology can bring to your organisation.

UITP Workshop: Mobility as a Service: How to make an integrated mobility solution successful | 18 October 2017 | Paris, France

Join the UITP Combined Mobility Community for an interactive workshop day on Mobility as a Service (MaaS). MaaS or integrated mobility platforms are key to reduce car ownership as they provide registration, information, booking, payment, and ticketing/billing for the use of all available urban mobility services, but how can we get it right to offer an alternative to car ownership and guarantee freedom of mobility to our citizens?


Best practices

Find out more about ongoing efforts of UITP members to make travelling in cities accessible for everyone:

Bluebus
Vienna – Wiener Linien
Paris – RATP
Stuttgart – SSB (only in German)
London – Transport for London
Helsinki - HKL
Madrid - EMT / Metro
Madrid
Keolis
Handéo – French Association
TMB - Barcelona
Transdev Group
MyAid - Swiss Innovation Lab
Rimini
Movia Denmark (available only in Danish)
Stockholm
Västtrafik – Gothenburg


Publications

Accessibility Guide - UITP’s latest work in this field is a practical guide to help public transport staff deal with people with reduced mobility and with disabilities made together with the International Road Union (IRU) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).

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