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Parliamentary questions
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27 January 2021
Question for written answer  E-000490/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jan-Christoph Oetjen (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The role of public transport in the Commission’s strategy on sustainable and smart mobility

The modal shift towards public transport solutions is a key element of any efficient sustainable transport policy.

This shift brings considerable environmental benefits (reduction in CO2 emissions and congestion). Most of the emissions in the transport sector come from local, urban daily mobility. In 2016, passenger cars accounted for 71 % of passenger transport, representing only a very slight decrease compared to their modal share in 1996 (73.2 %)(1). Yet the role and place of modal shift and public transport within the strategy seems insufficient. Our ambitious climate objectives will never be achieved without a proper role being accorded to modal shift and massive action and support for the development of mass transit solutions.

1. What role does the Commission intend to give to public transport in future legislation on sustainable mobility?

2. Is the Commission planning to increase investments in public transport and daily mobility?

3. What instruments does the Commission intend to concretely use in order to induce a modal shift towards public transport?

(1)Pastori, E., Brambilla, M., Maffii, S., Vergnani, R., Gualandi, E., Skinner, I., Study – ‘Modal shift in European transport: a way forward’, European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B – Structural and Cohesion Policies, 29 November 2018.
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