The 2017 UITP Latin America Assembly takes place from 5-6 October in Rosario, province of Sante Fe, Argentina. For the 15th year, UITP and its Latin American members come together to discuss the current challenges and opportunities for public transport in the region. The theme for this year is combined mobility, with discussions and seminars planned to address two key question areas: how does one become a provider of integrated mobility, and why should one implement a combined mobility system?
Due to socio-economic pressures and rising urbanisation in the region, as well as the ever-pressing threat of climate change, the urgency for a more reliable, accessible and efficient mobility system in Latin American cities demands an innovative and positive response. The needs of the population are evolving, and with it, so too must the service of public transport. The growth of technology and digitalisation in the sector, combined with new mobility players entering the market, offers us the opportunity to develop new business models and services to better meet the evolving needs of the people, the city, and the transport operators.
The time is now for planning and integration: authorities are taking their leadership role in mobility
said Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General
A Declaration has been drafted, the “Manifesto Rosario”, and signed by UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch, and Mónica Fein, Mayor of the city of Rosario, as well as 15 Latin American cities to signify a combined front in developing a sustainable, innovative and cost-efficient mobility system in Latin American countries.
“We are signing this important declaration (the so-called ‘Manifesto Rosario’) to show our decided commitment and leadership to support Latin American cities in the development and implementation of sustainable urban policies to ensure accessible, inclusive, resilient, and gender-balance development for present and future generations”, said Jurandir Fernandes, UITP President of Latin American Division.
Our youth has the answers
We have already seen new combined mobility systems emerging across the globe. In efforts to find and implement the perfect solution to the city of Rosario’s mobility needs, the Youth for Public Transport Foundation (Y4PT), supported by UITP, hosted a local Hackathon in the framework of the Assembly.
The aim of the Y4PT Hackathons is to encourage the creation of innovative solutions for mobility issues in general, but the specific challenge for the young participants in Rosario was to focus on “sustainable and accessible public transport as the centre of multimodal mobility solutions”. The top four finalists were selected at the end of this past weekend, and are now prepared to present their final projects to the Assembly on 5 October.
At the end of the Assembly, the winning team will be chosen and will win the opportunity to join us in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 20-25 April 2018 at the UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition.
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