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2014 looks set to be a busy and exciting year for UITP and for public transport in general. Over the coming months, we will be exploring some of the major issues affecting you, starting with pricing and fares, business models, ticketing, new technologies, open data, integration and more.

In these tough economic times, and with public budgets coming under increasing pressure, it is essential for our sector to secure more dependable resources on a structural basis. The question of fare policy is a key component of a healthy business model for public transport, and we will soon be releasing a Policy Brief looking at this issue in detail, along with some interesting case studies to provide inspiration for our members.

Another key topic is technical innovation; indeed this will be the focus of our IT-TRANS Conference and Exhibition, which is coming up in just a few weeks’ time. We need to adapt to the changing needs of our customers, who expect ticketing and travel information that is accessible, in real time and integrated. And they also want seamless mobility solutions that fit with their changing lifestyle values. Existing and emerging technologies have a major role to play in helping us meet their expectations.

UITP is embracing change too, and as you can see, we have unveiled a new corporate identity and logo, which reflect our role as the only worldwide network bringing together all public transport stakeholders and our core aim of ‘Advancing public transport’.

Take a look at our revamped website, browse the pages of our regional offices and discover MyUITP, our brand-new online networking tool exclusive for UITP members. All of these developments have been designed to better serve you, our members, and we will soon be launching a range of topical newsletters to keep you updated on key issues affecting you. We hope you appreciate the changes we have made.

Why not log on to MyUITP and let us know what you think?

Alain Flausch

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