Manifest of the Tramway – City Conference

The tram keystone of the new urban model

“Vehicles come and go. Buildings go up and come down. Roads last forever”

Samuel I. Schwartz

Cities concentrate every day a higher percentage of the world population. Men and women come together attracted by the opportunities of coexistence, work, education, culture and leisure offer. But often these benefits are accompanied by significant challenges in housing, mobility, the air pollution and the health of people.

To meet this demand, in many cities in the world, urban policies are designed to improve the quality of life of people. One of these policies is related to mobility, key to ensuring citizens right to full access to the entire territory, and to restore air quality and contribute to the fight against climate change.

The promotion of non-motorized mobility is a fundamental tool of the new model, which involves a considerable effort to recover, in quantity and quality, urban space for the use of pedestrians and cyclists priority.

Another priority of the municipality lies in the implementation of integrated systems, efficient public transport, to ensure fairness and to become fully competitive with private vehicles, helping to accelerate the modal shift for achieving sustainable mobility. The new tramway system connecting the inner city with neighbourhoods and metropolitan populations, constitute a powerful instrument both with the recovery of the civic use of urban space and for having an efficient mode of transport, friendly and easy coordination with other modes, especially the network of bus and metro. The tram adds to their ability to transport low energy consumption. We have found very positive results of the introduction of new tramway network in many cities around the world, achieving a more sustainable mobility, creating urban spaces of high quality and successfully fighting against air pollution.

This requires a firm commitment to promote this mode of transport in the framework of the policies of city and continue exchanging experiences and learning processes in order to improve implementation of the new tram lines.