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Residents of the European Union are more likely to use their own cars, rather than public transport. The program, on which the authorities of the largest European countries spent 6 years and 16.3 billion euros, did not help increase the popularity of public transport. This was reported by The Guardian.
- The European Court of Audit has visited 96 cities across Europe to evaluate 15 transport projects sponsored by the European Union. It turned out that residents have ignored the emergence of new modern buses and other public transport. An increase in traffic jams due to an increase in the number of cars was recorded in Madrid, Barcelona and Hamburg. The situation also worsened in Palermo, Warsaw, Naples and Leipzig.
- The main reasons for the failure of transport programs are the lack of paid entry to the central districts of cities, an insufficient number of bike paths and high prices for public transport. The Accounts Chamber also noted that local authorities often spent the allocated funds on unpromising projects, without coordinating them with the European Commission.
Due to traffic jams, the EU economy loses 270 billion euros annually. However, 96 percent of European urban dwellers are exposed to harmful substances produced by cars.
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