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01 October 2015

ITF promotes intelligent mobility at ITS World Congress

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The share of private cars in urban mobility remains stubbornly high, despite heavy investment into public transport systems over the past decades. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) can become the game changer by making public transport responsive to the mobility demands of citizens in real time.

This is the message the International Transport Forum (ITF), an intergovernmental organisation for the transport sector with 57 member countries, is taking to the ITS World Congress meeting in Bordeaux, France, next week from 5-9 October.

“Our modelling shows that it is possible to take 9 out of 10 cars off city streets if private cars are replaced by shared vehicles. ITS technologies empower us to provide shared mobility with similar levels of flexibility and travel times as private cars”, said ITF Secretary-General José Viegas. “If we can organise mobility more efficiently, that will greatly reduce emissions, air pollution, congestion, accidents and noise. That is why ITS tops the policy agenda for ITF member countries, and why we are in Bordeaux for the ITS World Congress.”

Viegas will present ITF work on upgrading urban mobility systems to Ministers from around the world at the Ministerial Roundtable on “ITS addressing Climate Change” chaired by the French Minister of Transport and the European Commissioner for Transport on the opening day of the ITS World Congress, Monday, 5 October. The key results of this Roundtable will be communicated in a Manifesto to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December.

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