Mass Transit : the future way of life
by François Pepin, eng.

The Toronto Protocol

Public Transport - a major contribution to liveable communities and sustainable development

All individuals need accessibility to employment, education, and recreation. Achieving environmentally sustainable mobility must include an expanded role for public transport and requires many kinds of action. Well managed, well utilised public transport will make a major contribution to the quality of life in global communities in the next century.

Economies can only prosper with efficient transportation systems and this requires a balanced use of all transportation modes including a strong public transport network. Transport and mobility have a direct impact on the social cohesion of our community life, benefiting all citizens including those with no access to other forms of transport. Public transport is safe, causes less pollution and is a better use of increasingly scarce land particularly in urban areas

Action must be taken now to counter the deteriorating conditions in our environment as well as increasing traffic congestion, to create a future of mobility and to provide access to facilities.

Increased commitment of governments and international agencies is essential. Public transport has to have a higher priority on the political agenda and must be supported on a long-term basis by public officials. It has to be included early in the allocation of land and in the development of integrated transportation plans.

Expansion of all the different modes of public transport is crucial to make it widely available and as attractive to use as other means of travel. More public and private funding must be invested to improve infrastructures and quality of service available.

Public transport professionals around the world have a major role to play in providing a convenient, safe and affordable service. The undersigned associations of public transport commit to work together, share ideas and best practises in order to further improve public transport.

These associations and their members join together to call on international agencies, governments and public officials, and all professionals working in urban and regional transport to join them in making a commitment to support the actions agreed in this protocol.

Signed at the 53rd Congress of UITP, the International Union of Public Transport in Toronto on the 27th day of May 1999, held in parallel with conferences of CUTA, the Canadian Urban Transit Association and APTA, the American Public Transit Association and in the presence of 5,000 transport professionals from 75 countries.

For UITP, the International Union of Public Transport
Jean-Paul Bailly
Hans Rat
Secretary General
For CUTA, the Canadian Urban Transit Association
Georges O. Gratton
Michael W. Roschlau
President & C.E.O.
For APTA, the American Public Transit Association
Shirley A. DeLibero
William W. Millar

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