Nine arguments for public transport
1. A MORE JUST SOCIETY
Without public transport, Sweden will stop.
One third of Sweden’s adult population has public transport as its only means of transport. More than 50% of the population over 10 years old is completely, or partly, dependant on public transport for journeys where they cannot walk or go by bike.
In many parts of the country, a better co-ordination of public transport, mobility services, school services and hospital journeys is being carried out. A better co-operation increases the mobility for school children, the elderly, and people with disabilities and all others that may not have access to, or the possibility of, driving a car. At the same time this will save money for the municipality and county council.
2. INCREASED GROWTH
Public transport gives increased tax revenue.
Public transport is a positive and important influence to the national economy – making it possible for people to commute to work. This is something that seldom shows in national financial estimates, which of course is a major deficiency when calculating the profitability of e g increased number of services, a new bus route, etc. A concentration on public transport is not a cost - it is an investment.
3. INCREASED WORK OPPORTUNITIES
Public transport increases the opportunity for unemployed people to find work.
If people can live where they want to, and still commute to work, school and leisure activities we will have a more dynamic society, where supply and demand on the labour- and educational market can be matched even better. A better match means lower unemployment and a better economic growth.
4. INCREASED EQUALITY
Public transport increases equality in society.
More women than men commute by public transport. 15% of the women travel by public transport, whereas the number for men is 10%. Better public transport increases the accessibility for both men and women to the labour- and educational market. This also creates opportunities for increased equality in society.
5. EXTENDED WORK MARKET
Public transport provides companies with better recruiting.
An enlarged region and extended regions of labour markets are important means of creating growth in Sweden. A larger reception area and a more flexible labour market make sure that the companies can recruit the staff they need.
6. BETTER HEALTH
To travel by public transport gives better, personal health.
Research shows that a person travelling by public transport on average exercises 4 times the distances of that of a motorist. Experts recommend 30 minutes (in total) physical activity during the day, spread over shorter periods. This will prevent widespread diseases like heart diseases, vascular disorders, diabetes II, high blood pressure, etc.
7. BETTER ENVIRONMENT
Public transport is good for the environment.
An important goal for Sweden is to create a sustainable transport system. To travel by public transport often decreases the environmental effect compared to travelling in your car. When comparing exhausts, possible to measure from a national financial perspective, the result is that the entire environmental effect per person travelling by bus is only 65% of the motorist in countryside traffic and 40% in town traffic.
8. BETTER TOWN PLANNING – WITH PEOPLE IN FOCUS
Public transport provides for less congestion.
Public transport demands far less space than car traffic, and thus gives less congestion and increased accessibility in major towns.
9. INCREASED TRAFFIC SECURITY
Public transport decreases the number of injuries in traffic.
For people travelling by public transport, the risk of getting killed is notably smaller than for people travelling in cars. The risks with going to and from the bus stop decrease the differences slightly, but all in all – this included – makes it considerably safer to travel by public transport. The risk of injuries is 8 times greater for a driver of a car, and 144 times greater for drivers of motorcycles and mopeds.