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[Infographic] How many people take the metro?

The recent shutdown of the Washington, D.C. metro system due to safety concerns underscored the crucial role that public transportation plays in cities. Riders depend on public transport to reduce commute times and connect to jobs. Public transit eases congestion, contributes to economic development, improves air quality, and conserves energy and resources.

How many people take the metro in U.S. cities and how does ridership in the U.S. compare to the rest of the world?

Localizing the SDGs: How Cities Can Help Achieve the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, world leaders agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Many of the SDGs are interrelated and will require governments to develop integrated and cross-cutting approaches to make the goals a reality. Cities and local stakeholders will play a critical role in implementing the SDGs.