24 Oct. 2016
- Press release
The LTA (Land Transport Authority) and UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Singapore International Transport Congress & Exhibition (SITCE) concluded on Friday and reflected the need to harness the potential of public transport for more liveable cities in the Asia Pacific region. Asia is currently home to 17 megacities, which is expected to grow to an unprecedented 22 by 2030, creating a variety of urgent urban challenges, from congestion to road safety and pollution, with rising incomes leading to a doubling of motor fleets every five to seven years in Asian cities. What emerged from the SITCE event was that the Asia Pacific region is a hotbed not only of innovation but implementation of creative solutions when it comes to further increasing public transport’s energy efficiency; providing much-needed capacity boosts to bus and rail (like in Singapore, which is committed to building 1km of rail per month for the next 15 years) or concrete examples of ‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS) being rolled out.