Setting priorities for an exciting 2017

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New Year’s message from the UITP Secretary General

Happy New Year! On behalf of UITP, I wish everyone the best and I hope our work together in the public transport community will continue on in a year filled with excitement.

Here at UITP, we are tackling 2017 with enthusiasm, and have focused our priorities on supporting the much needed decarbonisation and digitalisation of our sector.

In the aftermath of COP22, it is becoming clear that public transport is an indispensable tool in helping countries reduce their carbon emissions. By increasing the modal share of public transport and by using more energy efficient vehicles, our sector has the ability to contribute towards global climate action targets.

In 2017, UITP will continue to support the innovative use of alternative energy sources and long-term measures that bring a larger shift from private car transport to collective and mass transport. UITP will also continue supporting greater collaboration between all who are active in the public transport sector to provide low or zero carbon mobility.

2017 will be a year of innovation and discovery for sustainable transport modes and services

Additionally this year, UITP will further promote the need to embrace digitalisation in public transport. The growing norm of incorporating connected data in our daily lives should also apply to urban mass mobility. Through the use of data exploitation and other computer-driven technologies, we can increasingly enhance customer service and better match the supply and demand of mobility services.

Finally, I believe 2017 will be a year of innovation and discovery for sustainable transport modes and services. The theme of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, taking place this year from 15 to 17 May in Montréal, Canada, is how the public transport sector must ‘Lead the TRANSITion’ amidst the many ongoing changes affecting today’s urban mobility. Accordingly, one of the key topics that will be covered at the summit is how autonomous vehicle technology and new transport services have the potential to completely redefine how authorities plan and improve public transport.

This, and other emerging trends, such as the tendency of vehicle manufacturers to also act as service providers, promises to make 2017 the beginning of an exciting journey. I’m looking forward to it and I hope you will join us.

Alain Flausch
UITP Secretary General

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