Access to transport services
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Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationTransport (Primary theme)
DPSIR: Driving force
- TERM 016
Policy issue: Provide access to quality transport services for all citizens and all modes
In general, access to transport services, particularly in non-urbanised areas, is increasing due to increasing car ownership and improvements of road infrastructure. At the same time, access to transport services decreased for small social groups with low car availability, particularly in non-urbanised areas.
In general, access to transport services, particularly in non-urbanised areas, is increasing due to increasing car ownership. Car ownership rates increased by a factor of 2.5 between 1970 and 1998, partly as a result of deteriorating accessibility to public transport services.
In 1996, 10.5 % of EU households did not have a car because they could not afford it and 16.2 % because they did not want one. A major challenge is to provide citizens with quality access to public transport.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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