| ||organisation: UITP - International Association of Public Transport |
country: Belgium & various regional offices
type of activity: worldwide association of urban and regional passenger transport
who: founded in 1885, UITP is the worldwide association of urban and regional passenger transport operators, their authorities and suppliers. Located in Brussels and with over 2,000 members from nearly 80 countries, UITP seeks to promote a better understanding of the potential of public transport.
what: UITP manages, participates in or supports projects and studies in many disciplines related to public transport with a view to encouraging innovation and good practices within the industry and to demonstrate the role of public transport in the development of modern society and economy.
why: the UITP aims to study all aspects of public transport and mobility in order to promote the development of more efficient and attractive public transport services and gain the maximum benefit from the latest available technology. The organisation represents the interests of its members through its dealings with international authorities, such as European institutions, the United Nations, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the World Bank, as well as giving its members opportunities to network with other international transport associations.
sustainability: UITP is persuaded that adequately addressing the highly complex challenges of sustainable mobility depends on the co-ordination of all stakeholders, as well as integrating environmental, societal and economic concerns in core decision-making supported by an enabling policy framework. UITP addresses this challenge with its advocacy programme, regional workshops and other actions.
Ticket to the Future - 3 stops to Sustainable Mobility is a 40 page brochure, with international examples, that sets out as 3 ‘stops’ the challenges for cities and regions to meet their mobility needs in a sustainable manner, the fundamental contribution public transport makes, and establishes actions required by all stakeholders to achieve these goals. The worldwide examples were chosen to demonstrate that every change, even small ones, add up to build more sustainable transport networks, bringing the benefits of mobility to all rather than just a few.
mobility for all: sustainable transport also means ‘mobility for all’. UITP has developed an International Initiative to Support Diversity in the Transport Profession that intends to promote new ways of thinking and working, new partnerships and a broader, more inter-disciplinary and customer-oriented approach. The mission of UITP's Diversity Initiative is to bring together transport professionals committed to supporting the diversification of the (public) transport profession to create a more inclusive workplace, and to reflect the diversity of public transport customers with the ultimate aim of improving mobility services overall.
getting involved: are you working/studying on sustainable mobility issues? Are you involved in local programmes to improve the use of public transport? The UITP website offers you plenty of interesting data and, moreover, interesting work and volunteer opportunities. It may simply be a link to another website that’s looking for that special person, but it can start you on your way. Keep in touch!