Europeans refused to change to public transport and bicyclesMarch 8, 2020
Experts felt that over the past six years, the EU authorities have not been able to increase the popularity of public transport among residents. Drivers still prefer a personal car.
According to experts, 96 percent of Europeans are exposed to harmful substances produced by automobiles, and the EU economy loses 270 billion euros annually due to traffic jams. But despite this, over the past 6 years, having spent more than 16 billion euros, the authorities of the largest European countries have not been able to increase the popularity of public transport. Residents of the European Union continue to use private cars more often.
The main reasons for the failure of the transport program, experts call high prices for travel in public transport, the lack of paid entry into the central areas of cities, as well as an insufficient number of bike paths.
The European Court of Audit has visited 96 cities across Europe to evaluate 15 EU transport program projects. It turned out that residents ignored the emergence of new modern buses and other public transport. Traffic jams due to an increase in the number of cars were recorded in Madrid, Barcelona and Hamburg. The situation is similar in Palermo, Warsaw, Naples and Leipzig.
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