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Affordability: Affordable mobility for individuals and societies

Transport is critical for a well-functioning society; it facilitates production and distribution of goods as well as human mobility allowing people to take part in social and economic activities and access basic services, such as health and education. At the same time, it costs money and, thus, transport accessibility is controlled by the costs (and returns) of the passenger and freight transport services as well as by the sustainability of the investments associated with the upgrading and/or planning and construction of transportation infrastructure. This chapter takes a closer look at transport affordability—another crucial dimension of sustainable transport—provides an overview of factors that impact transport affordability for individuals and societies, discusses challenges and perspectives at the global and regional level, and highlights a number of best practice cases from different regions of the world.

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