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Consultation: People’s public transport policy

We need your contribution to the ITF’s People’s Public Transport Policy! The ITF is developing our alternative social model of public transport. These proposals are supported by detailed chapters with case studies, supporting materials and education resources. These proposals will be discussed at the urban transport committee meeting in June and presented to the women’s committee in April. We hope that these proposals will be useful for your unions to use, as a statement of our ideas and values and to engage with decision-makers (at all levels), including employers.

View a list of our proposals here.  

Please use ‘post new comment’ under each set of proposals to share your comments and feedback. 
Please use the ‘post new comment’ at the bottom of this page for any general comments on the policy.

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Joseph Ndiritu
2 years 6 months ago

Apart from the participants who were in the Washington meeting in 2017,can we escalate these proposals to persons with interest
in and or consumers of public transport,so that their views will also be analyzed by urban transport committee? For example in Nairobi,the academicians that we have been working with in research and surveys? Otherwise I'm going through the proposals and will forward comments to them,if any.

All India Railwaymens' Federation- India
2 years 5 months ago

While agreeing with all the policy proposals, let me put forward some points that can enrich the policy discussion. Commuters anywhere are looking for- point to point connectivity, Comfortable rides, speedy travel, Personal safety and security. Public transport shall replace private transport when it able to meet commuters' these demands. It is therefore required that we promote a multi-modal transport system that can connect commuters point to point. This multi-model should be in public hand; it is often found that government and big private players invest only on the big system i.e. bus & metro and small system i.e. rickshaw, minibuses left unregulated and in the case of India this small system is the first contact for any travel. These small systems employed many unregulated informal workers who work as drivers, helper, cleaner and so on; their working conditions is abysmally bad. Along with the big transport system, small transport system should also be publicly operated and owned. A better collective bargaining system should be evolved for the workers in a small transport system.

Employment in Urban public transport in India is dominated by young workers. These young workers are working in precarious conditions, and largely non-unionised. A sustained effort should be put in place to organise young workers in urban public transport and involve young workers in public transport decision-making.

Dan Mihadi
2 years 5 months ago

this is a well thought out proposal. Public transport ownership is important since it will bring about many gains to the workers. This will also bring about order in growing economies like Kenya which have chaotic transport sector which is purely informal and run privately.

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Joseph Ndiritu
2 years 5 months ago

I still don't believe public transport in Kenya is chaotic,I think government is chaotic at policy level. I believe informal transport is just innovative.

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Wilma Clement
2 years 5 months ago

After reading all the proposals, I am feeling more confident that the real issues are being raised. Let's go! We have lots of work to be done.

Vincent Menge MWU
2 years 5 months ago

All aspects have been covered, if possible we can also include,public transport vs economies, Public transportation helps move the economy for the benefit of all citizens iregardless of continent. In communities around the nations, transit systems ease traffic congestion, connect people with jobs and opportunities, and save consumers billions of dollars every year in commuting costs.However most are privately owned and managed, hence shifts the type and quality of service deliverd.
We need public transport, to ensure its citizens are not extorted.