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Quality Public Transport

What does a quality urban public transport system look like, and how do transport workers contribute to it?

Those are the questions Public World is addressing in a project with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which links 779 unions representing nearly five million transport workers in 155 countries.

The project has its own website -- -- which houses resources produced by the project so far.

The materials there explore how quality public transport services contribute to quality transport systems, and how the employment relationships and terms and conditions of work in transport service providers contribute to quality services.

ITF Inland Transport Secretary Mac Urata said: “The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities, and there is growing recognition that they require well resourced and properly planned public transport. We have worked with Public World for many years, and their long experience of promoting quality public services makes them an ideal partner in this project.”

Alana Dave, ITF’s Education Officer, and co-ordinator of its climate change work, noted that its 2010 Congress committed ITF to supporting “transition to a green industry policy”. The aim would be to achieve the necessary carbon emission reductions while creating millions of new socially and environmentally sustainable jobs, she said, adding: “Quality public transport is at the heart of this challenge.”

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