On January 9, Minister Yang Chuantang of the Ministry of Transportation of PRC chaired a special meeting to study, plan and promote the work concerning the priority development of urban public transport. He emphasized that efforts should be devoted to carrying out the important strategic deployment of prioritizing the development of urban public transport of the Party Central Committee and the State Council. Aimed at realizing the priority development of urban public transportation and equal access to public services of urban-rural passenger transport, endeavor should be made to raise the awareness, come up with innovative ideas, coordinately promote the implementation of the policies for the priority development of urban public transport, and effectively accomplish, safeguard and develop the fundamental interests of the public.
As Minister Yang pointed out, since 2008, under the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, the Ministry of Transportation, cooperating with other concerning departments, has done some active exploration in the priority development of urban public transportation and made great efforts in legislation, development and revision of rules and standard for urban public transportation, and in building transit metropolis. Rich experience has been accumulated, which contributes greatly to promoting the scientific development of urban public transport, with significant results achieved.
As Minister Yang stressed, urban public transport has now been ushered into a new historical stage, which is characterized with the higher demands and the greater challenges for serving the new-type urban construction and realizing the goal of building a well-off society. Presently and in the near future, seven tasks should be fulfilled with goal of meeting the increasing demand for transportation as the core driving force: first, correctly deal with the relationship between the government and the market; second, drive the issuance of the Regulations on Urban Public Transport and the supporting rules, and make initial achievement in urban passenger transport standard system meeting the development demand in this industry; third, speed up the research and formulation of the systems of public transport cost and pricing, public transport subsidy and compensation, public transport development performance evaluation, the government purchasing public transport service, etc.; fourth, strengthen the assessment on related policies and the effect, intensify the supervision and raise the policy executive ability; fifth, further strengthen the security management of urban public transportation and lift the safety protection ability; sixth, further integrate the carriers of priority development of public transport, carefully summarize and promote the “demonstration project of urban public transport construction” experience, and speed up studying and making the “urban and rural transportation integrated construction project; seven, make scientific goal, tasks and policies and measures for urban public transport development for the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, to realize the classified guidance for the development of different urban public transport. Liu Xiaoming, the member of the Ministry’s Party Group and Director of the Transportation Division, attended the meeting. And persons in charge of related divisions also attended the meeting.