38% of urban public transport runs on natural gas, 37% uses diesel, while hybrid buses represent 11.4%, according to a study prepared by the Association of Urban and Metropolitan Public Transport (Atuc) of Spain. This, according to Atuc, shows a “notable improvement” in engine technology and in the type of fuel compared to previous years, in a “clear commitment” to cleaner energies.
In addition, according to the report, between 2013 and 2020 the length of bus lines in metropolitan areas increased by 19.2% and the length of the rail network grew by 13.1% in the same period. On the other hand, the broad support of citizens for truly sustainable modes (public transport, bicycle and walking) as opposed to private motorized modes (car and motorcycle) stands out.
Likewise, according to the Metropolitan Mobility Observatory, 756 million euros were invested in 2019, of which 72% was dedicated to infrastructure (new or improvement of the existing one) and 28% to the acquisition of new vehicles. Thus, there is an increase in investment compared to 2018 (114 million euros). Of this, 11% was allocated to infrastructure and 88% went to investment in the acquisition of new vehicles.
For this reason, Atuc calls for greater investment in infrastructure aimed at promoting true sustainable mobility, so that progress is made to design cities “with cleaner air, less noise and with better management of public space”. “Taking into account that the service provided by our companies is basic, a fundamental public service in charge of guaranteeing the mobility of people, we consider it necessary to maintain this commitment and continue increasing investment to achieve more sustainable cities,” said Jesús Herrero, Secretary General of Atuc.
Source: Europa Press