“An imperative for the reduction of emissions in the city”
Mobility. The Mayor, Ada Colau, opened the second session of the international Tramway-City Conference today, which brings together mobility experts from all over the world for two days.
The connection of the city’s two tram systems is one of the most sustainable alternatives for cutting traffic which was approved at the Air Quality Improvement Summit. This was how the Mayor, Ada Colau, described the initiative at the Tramway-City Conference, a two day international meeting at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) bringing together mobility experts from all over the world.
Barcelona is a city with a tram system, but which has “a hole” in the middle of it, explained Colau before pointing out that the disconnection between the two trams limits the efficiency and effectiveness of this means of transport. “Barcelona needs the tram”, noted the Mayor, but so does “the real city”, namely, all the municipalities in the metropolitan area. “The tram will help us provide a backbone in the territory for nearby municipalities”, she asserted.
According to the Mayor, the tram is one of the most sustainable solutions for cutting cars which pollute the most, approved this week at the Air Quality Improvement Summit. A transport system, she added, which is complemented with other actions in line with mobility policy, such as boosting public transport and the use of bicycles, pacifying streets and making it easier for people to get around on foot.
The Mayor insisted that the connection of the tram systems must also be done thoroughly and with political, institutional and public consensus. “We’re not talking about a debate, but rather an imperative for the reduction of emissions in the city”, stated Colau, adding “it’s an urgent decision which can’t be put off any more”.
Colau pointed out that the tram is synonymous with sustainability, progress and welfare, as well as symbol in great European cities such as London, Berlin and Stockholm. “Barcelona has always been a brave and pioneering city, and it’s a moment when it should continue to be so in mobility policy, because our lives depend on it”, declared the Mayor.
Ada Colau also spoke in favour of the role and leadership of cities in prioritising public interests.
The Tramway-City Conference ends today after two days, during which experts from all over the world have been evaluating the role of this means of transport to achieve a more sustainable and egalitarian city.