The Region of Madrid and the City Council promote an initiative to reduce rush hour on public transport
The Region of Madrid and the City Council have today presented an initiative to promote sustainable mobility and reduce rush house on public transport by encouraging collaboration between public administrations and the private sector.
This morning, the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure of the Region of Madrid, Ángel Garrido, and the Deputy Mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís, met with business representatives, trade unions and various civil society organisations to promote joint measures that will help to make work start and finish times more flexible and thus avoid congestion on public transport.
The proposals have been summarised in a letter of endorsement entitled Moving forward together towards sustainable mobility, in which entities and organisations are invited to join public administrations in their commitment to flatten the public transport system demand curve and reduce pressure or the need for private vehicles use compared to pre-crisis levels.
Participants at the meeting included the President of CEIM, Miguel Garrido, the President of Cepyme, Gerardo Cuerva, representatives from majority trade unions, the Spanish Green Growth Group, the Business Forum for Madrid, the Conference of Public University Rectors of Madrid, and the Spanish Network for Sustainable Development.
"The health crisis caused by coronavirus and the distancing measures that will have to be maintained will significantly limit public transport network capacity in the Region of Madrid. Hence the importance of collaboration between public administrations, entities and the private sector to take joint action, so that public transport continues to be a key pillar in the safe and sustainable mobility of our region and is not stigmatised", said Garrido.
In this regard, the Minister recalled, as an example, the working group that the Region already has in place with Madrid's public universities to create sustainable mobility plans on campuses.
The initiative, promoted by Villacís with support from the El Día Después platform, seeks active short-term collaboration between administrations and the private sector during the de-escalation phases to reduce pressure on rush hour public transport and achieve at least a 30% reduction in employee commutes to work at their corporate headquarters compared to levels before the health crisis.
MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGY
In order to establish and consolidate healthy and sustainable mobility practices in Madrid, in the medium and long-term signatories to the initiative undertake to analyse the transport needs and alternatives of their employees. In this analysis, they will consider the possibility of collaboration between companies and neighbouring entities that will promote synergies in mobility.
Another objective to maintain a rational distribution of demand for urban mobility will be to advance in the application of flexible working hours and remote working, as well as in work-family-personal life balance. They will also promote the use of public transport and also other means of active mobility, such as walking or cycling.
Finally, the commitment includes setting quantitative targets to improve the comfort, safety and sustainability of mobility patterns, and regularly publishing the results of all actions undertaken.