Smarter Travel - A Sustainable Transport Future: A New Transport Policy for Ireland 2009-2020
- To reduce overall travel demand
- To maximize the efficiency of the transport network
- To reduce reliance on fossil fuels
- To reduce transport emissions
- To improve accessibility to transport
In order to achieve these goals and ultimately ensure that sustainable travel and transport is in place by 2020, the following key targets are proposed:
- Future population and employment growth will take place predominantly in sustainable compact forms, which would reduce the need to travel for employment and services
- 500,000 more people will make alternative means to commute and total share of car commuting will drop from 65% to 45%
- Support and provide alternative methods such as walking, cycling and public transport, to rise the share to 55% of total commuter journeys to work
- Total kilometres travelled by the car fleets in 2020 will not increase significantly from current levels
- Reduction of GHG emission from transport sector will be achieved compared to the 2005 level
Following these objectives and targets, following key actions are proposed:
- Reduce distance travelled by private cars and encourage smarter travel (e.g. encourage people to live close to workplaces, use pricing mechanisms or fiscal measures to encourage behavioural changes)
- Ensure alternatives to the car are more widely available, mainly through radically improved public transport service and through investment in cycling and walking.
- Improve the fuel efficiency of motorised transport through improved fleet structure, energy efficient driving and alternative technologies.
- Strengthen institutional arrangements to deliver the targets.