Innovative bus technologies needed for sustainable urban mobility

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Recently, during the sixth edition of the Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA), an event billed the most important of its kind in Europe, the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, stated: “The most burning need for the European Union is to create a transport that is reliable, cost-effective and sustainable… We will not achieve these goals without investing in innovation.”

The event took place 18-21 April in Warsaw, and primarily focused on encouraging sustainable mobility solutions and served as a meeting place for major science and business experts in the transport industry.

UITP, in its mission to ensure the role of buses in tomorrow’s urban mobility landscape, was highly active at the TRA event, as a solar-panel bus from its European Bus System of the Future 2 (ESBF_2) project and a fully electric bus from its Zero Emission Urban Bus System (ZeEUS) project were on display.

Though both projects are a big step towards decarbonisation in mobility, UITP believes more work is needed to advocate this sort of clean transport mode on an international scale.

Last March, UITP also organised a special bus seminar in New Delhi, which focused on this important transport mode, which provides mobility to more than 22.5 million people per day in India. Despite these figures, UITP continues to stress the need for more innovative practices, such as the use of big data. Find out more information in the seminar report

Also from 15-18 May, UITP was a guest speaker at a dedicated session on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the US, as part of the Bus and Paratransit Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since 1960, UITP has helped shape the evolution and development of bus technologies, bringing together key industry players and encouraging the exploration of topics such as noise and air pollution challenges, the use of low-level floors for passenger access, and the development of  hybrid engines and other low- or zero-emission vehicles. 

The UITP Bus Committee recently held its 100th meeting this May in Prague. Have a look at the brochure of the UITP historical bus work

 Read more about the UITP bus division in the brochure

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