I’m proud to have dedicated my career to advancing public transport. I know how important it is to society, but I also know how it can fall down the list of attention when it comes to political and financial incentive.
This year I was honoured to be selected as the association’s new President. I am looking forward to collaborating with the global membership, and the dedicated team at UITP, to make sure we grow beyond the pandemic.
Our messaging must remain strong in showcasing to everyone how public transport is about more than getting us from point a to point b. It should be a way of life for all of us. To go to work, to meet our loved ones, to explore cities, regions, and culture; public transport is ever present.
Public transport also plays an important role in the ongoing debate over climate action by contributing towards reducing pollution and bringing healthier and cleaner air to our cities.
As we go back to school, to sports clubs, cafés and to our workplaces, public transport is ready for us. Ready to link our society together, ready to innovate as mobility evolves, ready to foster our relationships, and ready to enhance the cities we live in.
But we need to keep investing, developing, and innovating. If we continue to nurture public transport, it will draw people into cities and create a better, more sustainable environment and economy. Only with commitment from policy makers, industries, and citizens, can public transport and its workers, continue to bring cities to life.
We will collaborate with the UITP membership and relevant external stakeholders to spread the message that public transport is here and ready to play its part.
Mobility links, innovates, fosters, and enhances life.
I hope that you will join UITP in making sure public transport thrives beyond the pandemic. Our cities depend on it and we must all be invested in its future. Mobility is for life.