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Highlighting the key role of research and innovation for sustainable mobility: UITP heads to TRA in Lisbon

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  • European Research projects
  • Urban mobility
Spearheading Research & Innovation

to improve quality of life around the world

Research & Innovation (R&I) are key drivers in advancing public transport. To develop the integrated sustainable mobility systems of the future, our sector must continually invest in R&I projects.

By keeping the magnifying glass on R&I, UITP strives to provide its members and the wider urban mobility community with cutting-edge solutions and services, with a clear focus on sustainability and efficiency.

With total engagement in over 60 EU and third-party projects in the last 10 years, UITP is recognised worldwide as a leader in innovation for the public transport sector. From spearheading the uptake of electric buses through the Clean Bus Europe Platform to making way for more sustainable and inclusive cities with automated mobility projects such as SHOW: UITP plays a key role in improving quality of life around the world.

UITP has since long set an example for research and innovation in public transport. Our influence here is manifold: besides identifying innovation opportunities and anticipating the possible impact on public transport business, we support our members in the understanding and implementation. Their active involvement and the fact that they convert project outputs in large-scale solutions shows the success of our R&I efforts.
Umberto Guida
Head of Third Party Projects Strategy at UITP
Destination Lisbon..

to showcase the importance of R&I for sustainable mobility

From 14 to 17 November Lisbon will transform into the capital of transport research, when the TRA Conference will open its doors. TRA 2022 is an arena for researchers, companies and public authorities active in the field of transport, welcoming policy makers and all stakeholders framing research and transport policy.

UITP will be at TRA, where we will showcase our research projects and knowledge activities with a jam-packed itinerary of conference sessions, technical demonstrations, and stand exhibitions. Don’t forget to pen the below activities in your agenda!

Make the UITP Stand your home this TRA

From clean bus talks to technical demos: the UITP stand is where it’s at this TRA, with various EU projects presenting their progress and outcomes. On Monday (16.30) the TRIPS project will bring to the table how the sector can advance accessibility of public transport solutions, while on Tuesday (11.00) PREVENT PCP will discuss the procurement of technologies that will improve security in public transport.

On Wednesday morning the focus will be on clean buses with the JIVE/Clean Bus Europe Platform talk, while the rest of the day the stage will be reserved for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) applications and data with projects such as RIDE2RAIL and DATA4PT.

Keeping the passenger at centre stage

R&I in public transport is all about keeping the focus on the passenger and their journey. Also at TRA, many sessions will ultimately discuss how to make public transport as attractive as possible. On Monday 14 November, the conference session Mobility for all: fair, inclusive, affordable and accessible in all places’, wants to explore how we can make sure that the mobility of the future is inclusive and relevant for future users.

The invited session Data sharing as an enabler for multimodality’ on Wednesday gathers various of our multimodality projects (IP4MaaS, RIDE2RAIL and DATA4PT) to highlight how to overcome barriers to data sharing and enhance multimodal door-to-door seamless transport.

Talking about Automation

Considered one of the most disruptive innovations of the last years, it is no wonder automated mobility will take a centre stage at TRA. The UITP-led project SHOW, which is currently piloting automated vehicles across Europe, will be highlighted in various conference sessions, including the strategic session ‘CCAM in Europe – Paving the way to deployment’ (Monday 15.15).

SHOW will also organise various demos on the UITP stand where it will showcase its solutions such as the SHOW Dashboard, which provides a unified view of all AV pilot sites.

If that’s not enough, then UITP will be rounding off the week by gathering its members from the Research in Mobility Committee in Lisbon. Key contacts from research institutions, universities, operators and industry players will meet in Lisbon to discuss the latest developments in urban mobility. Find out here how the UITP Research in Mobility Committee supports the sector in developing the mobility of tomorrow.


If you’re attending TRA, we look forward to seeing to at the UITP stand events. Otherwise, follow all the action on our social media channels during the week!

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