Joint open letter to the EU institutions: European public transport sector calls for strong support for public transport

  • Updated7 May 2024
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In an open letter addressed to the EU Institutions, EMTA, EPTO, Eurocities, IRU, Polis and UITP argue that the indispensable role of public transport in shaping sustainable urban mobility deserves special attention during the next legislative term.

Moving over 50 billion passengers annually, public transport stands as the most sustainable, efficient, and inclusive mass transit option, providing citizens access to vital services such as jobs, education, care, and culture. It forms the backbone of livable cities, fostering cleaner air, reduced congestion, and enhanced quality of life.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the public transport sector continues to deliver high-quality and safe services, with advancements towards zero-emission mobility and improved customer experiences. However, the sector faces increased operating costs for new technologies and infrastructure, compounded by shortages in human resources.

Looking ahead to the legislative term 2024–2029, the six associations stress the need for renewed focus and support for local public transport to achieve Europe’s economic, social, and sustainability goals. The letter proposes several initiatives, including:

  • Recognition of Public Transport’s strategic importance
  • Publication of a European Declaration on Public Transport
  • Enhanced coordination between European institutions and with local stakeholders
  • Adequate funding for new technologies and infrastructure

Read the open letter here