Priority Working Programme

Approach and priority topics

The Integrated Global Work Programme (IGWP) consists of the topics covered by UITP working bodies (Committees, Commissions, Platforms, Projects Teams, Centres of Transport Excellence, Secretariat) and the deliverables they produce.

The IGWP is approved by the Policy Board on behalf of the General Assembly. It is steered by the PresCom who gathers the chairpersons of Committees and Commissions, Platforms and representatives of Centres of Transport Excellence as well as the UITP Secretariat.

The IGWP reflects knowledge priorities from the operational/ managerial perspective of public transport professionals (e.g. UITP members) as well as policy/advocacy priorities with targets outside the public transport sector (e.g. political decision-makers, city stakeholders, international organizations).

The IGWP covers the period between two successive UITP Global Public Transport Summits and will pursue the following objectives:

  • Learn and strengthen the overall knowledge on public transport and local mobility
  • Serve UITP members and support them in their (day-to-day) public transport-related business
  • Engage with politicians and decision-makers for the defence of public transport

In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the IGWP will follow three working streams:

1. Business intelligence: collecting and analysing data and information related to mobility and public transport systems and market. It covers the production of statistics and benchmarking activities as well as the intelligence related to the market, its actors and systems.

2. Business-oriented management and technological excellence: generating and managing state-of-the-art knowledge related to the development and operation of public transport networks and services. It covers the organization of events and training programmes, the production of knowledge briefs, publications and manuals as well as targeted projects and initiatives.

3. Policy related activities: conveying a positive image of public transport and its contribution to city competitiveness, the environment, and citizens’ wellbeing and social welfare. It covers the definition of policy messages, the dissemination of policy briefs and official positions as well as the organization of advocacy events.

Priority working topics

The priority working topics result from the analysis of internal developments and external megatrends affecting the public transport market (cf. Public Transport Trends Report released in May 2015) supplemented by additional issues identified by the working bodies in relation with the day-to-day business operation.

The relevant deliverables (events, studies, publications, initiatives, projects, etc.) are then decided for each priority topic with the leadership and/or involvement of the concerned working bodies.

1. Demographic trends and mobility in urban areas

  • Addressing fast growing demand
  • Making informed modal choices and providing integration
  • Professionalising and formalising the public transport market
  • Developing new urban planning models (Transit-oriented communities)
  • Facing income inequalities in cities
  • Improving mobility in low density areas

2. Governing and providing mobility in connected cities

  • Governing mobility in a digital and connected market
  • Providing lifestyle services in the public transport system
  • Integrating the shared-use of cars into the public transport chain
  • Exploiting open/big data to improve customer relationship and service quality
  • Analysing the impacts of automated vehicles on conventional modes and demand for mobility
  • Leading the development of Smart cities

3. Public transport funding

  • Managing free/peak capacity in urban mobility
  • Providing regulatory framework for infrastructure investment
  • Informing modal choice
  • Defining resilient funding architecture
  • Securing contribution from indirect beneficiaries

4. Globalisation and emerging players

  • Identifying and monitoring market development
  • Understanding the changes and challenges related to the involvement of new players
  • Providing fair and transparent regulatory framework
  • Integrating new technologies and innovative business approaches
  • Rationalising production costs (incl. standardisation) and fostering operational excellence

5. Climate change, air pollution and energy

  • Reducing the carbon footprint and pricing carbon
  • Improving air quality
  • Enhancing resiliency of public transport infrastructure
  • Advocating the impact of public transport on health
  • Promoting active modes of transport

6. Human resources: succeeding the transition

  • Professionalising and formalizing employments (incl. capacity building)
  • Providing customer-focused and business-oriented services
  • Strengthening employer’s branding - Involving with social partners and improving social dialogue
  • Promoting diversity in jobs

Though not explicitly expressed, improving the customer experience remains the common objective pursued across the different thematic clusters. Whether they are focused on regulation, infrastructure, technologies, services or business management, all working topics put the traveller at the heart of the stakeholders’ concerns.


Research and Innovation

Thanks to the high number and variety of members, UITP actively supports the identification and the introduction of innovations capable to grow quality and market share of the sector. In this context, UITP leads or is involved in several projects and initiatives with the objective to harmonize research and innovation.

The 2015-2017 work programme includes the following EU funded projects:

  • NODES – Help European cities in the design and operation of new or upgraded interchanges
  • 3iBS – Stimulate research on bus systems to drive innovative solutions for better efficiency and improved image
  • OSIRIS – Simulate and optimize energy consumption in urban rail systems
  • FOSTER_RAIL – Enhance cooperation in the creation of rail-related plans for strategic research and innovation
  • FOSTER_ROAD – Create and implement the necessary research and innovation strategies for a sustainable and competitive European road transport system
  • VIAJEO+ – Implement innovative and efficient urban mobility solutions
  • EBSF_2 – Validate innovative solutions improving efficiency of urban and suburban bus systems 
  • ZeEUS – Bring electrification to the heart of the urban bus network, on high capacity buses
  • CAPITAL – Capitalize on CIVITAS measures for urban mobility innovation
  • OPTICITIES – Disseminate a set of urban mobility data for European cities
  • ELIPTIC – Develop new use concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock
  • SETRIS – Develop a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation for all transport modes
  • IT2RAIL – Provide seamless and multimodal travel experience including the first and last mile to long distance journeys
  • NGTC – Develop the next generation of train control systems to encourage modal shift

UITP will continue its involvement, together with several IT stakeholders, in the following initiatives:

  • ITxPT – Standards and practices for onboard plug-and-play of IT-systems for public transport
  • STA – Smart Ticketing Alliance: a trust scheme for global ticketing interoperability


UITP established two regional Centres for Transport Excellence in Dubai and Singapore to boost regional research and training. They develop activities integrating UITP priority working topics into a regional perspective and taking into account local specificities.


UITP recognises training as a strategic field given the amount of knowledge and expertise available among member companies throughout the world. UITP offers a training portfolio with a unique blend of knowledge, learning methodology and networking opportunities. Training activities cover UITP priority working topics in open calendar sessions or customized on-demand programmes.


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