Public transportation: redevelopment of tram lines throughout Europe
Public transport is a huge part of cutting down the air pollution and provide citizens with healthier and cleaner life. Following the campaign The future is public transport, it is important to say that a lot of European cities invest in it and promotes the use of public transport instead of personal cars. For example, the year 2021 is Rail year and European Commission has announced the route and timetable of the Connecting Europe Express, Zaragoza’ buses go fully electric, while Lisbon, the capital city whose tram system is approximately 150 years old, is still known for this kind of transport. Trams in Lisbon connect areas distributed over the various hills of the city, and reach points that the buses could not reach due to the many slopes and narrow streets. Also, their trams do not exploit directly the fossil fuels.
Mayor of Lisbon Fernando Medina also announced that the city will spend 43 million euros to buy 15 new trams and that it will open a tender for the supply of 30 electric buses.
City of Milan was also known for its tram lines for many decades, however the number of lines got cut with time to, for example, make room for pedestrian areas. Recently, however, new tram lines have been introduced again in order to ease traffic in the ciry but also to cut down the air pollution.
Furthermore, Spain’s Deputy Minister of Environmental Transactions, Teresa Ribera recently announced that nearly € 20 million will be invested to expand the Seville tramway.
Transport consultant of Berlin Regine Günther also announced the launch of “unprecedented” tram expansion initiative aimed at boosting less-polluted public transport.
All in all, investments in tramway network throughout Europe is one of the ways to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and these decisions are largely supported both from governments but also citizens.
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