Public transport is often portrayed as a sector of heavy transport modes and high-end technologies, but much more importantly, public transport is a people’s industry. From front-line employees to engineers and high-level executives, our sector is driven by the passion and determination of individuals to provide the best services possible to passengers. Our new web series ‘A people’s industry’ aims at introducing the leaders that are driving public transport forward.
Our next leader to be interviewed is Joaquim Lopes, CEO, EMTU from Sao Paolo. EMTU is a public transport authority in Sao Paolo, called the Empresa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos de Sao Paulo (EMTU).
What is the most important change related to public transport you have witnessed since you started working in the sector?
The most important changes I've seen so far were the advent of electronic ticketing systems for paying fares and GPS navigation.
What is the leading force of innovation in your organisation?
The creativity to operate and provide services in different regions, to specific users and distinctive legislation, are leading sources of innovation.
What would be the most important challenge facing the industry in the years to come?
The industry will have to guarantee autonomy and cost efficiency for clean-emission vehicles.
What would you tell world leaders to encourage them in developing more public transport?
Private vehicles, as a mode of transport, have their days counted. Only quality public transport will be able to reverse the mobility chaos in big cities.
If you had one piece of advice to give to someone entering the sector, what would it be?
Believe in public transport as a solution!
What are you most proud of since working in public transport?
My greatest pride is having participated in the implementation of many medium and low-capacity systems infrastructures, like the first light rail of Brazil, in operation between Santos and Sao Vicente in the metropolitan region of Baixada Santista in the state of Sao Paulo, and the metropolitan corridors.
Stay tuned for our next Q&A in the "A People's Industry" series!