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UITP Recognition for the best in Eurasia

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The UITP Awards

The UITP Global Transport Summit has a tradition of shining a spotlight on the achievements and best practices within the realm of public transport. These exceptional initiatives serve as models and inspire others to follow suit.

During our latest Summit, the highly anticipated 7th edition of the UITP Awards and Special Region Recognition Awards was unveiled, recognising projects that have made remarkable regional impacts. With over 330 projects submitted, a rigorous evaluation process was undertaken by a panel of 22 esteemed members of the International Jury. These projects were evaluated based on three key criteria: Innovation, Contribution, and Transferability.

The UITP Awards serve as a platform to acknowledge and celebrate the innovative and transformative endeavors that push the boundaries of public transport, driving progress and enhancing the overall passenger experience.

Celebrating Eurasian Excellence: Winners of the UITP Awards

The vibrant and dynamic region of Eurasia showcased its expertise in the UITP Awards, with a total of 25 projects submitted by companies primarily from Israel and Turkey. These submissions underwent rigorous evaluation and ranking by the international jury. Based on the number of exceptional applications received, two awards were bestowed upon Turkish participants, while Israel secured one prestigious award.

Both countries have demonstrated a strong commitment to public transport, investing in ambitious projects that shape the future of mobility. Israel is eagerly preparing to inaugurate its first light rail transit (LRT) line, marking a significant milestone in its transportation landscape. Meanwhile, Istanbul is making remarkable strides by simultaneously constructing 10 metro lines, a testament to the city’s dedication to enhancing its public transport network.

The awards were presented by Mr. Brieuc De Meeus, Deputy President of UITP and Chairman of the STIB Management Committee, alongside Mrs. Thea Fisher, Global Senior Director for Urban Mobility at VISA, who sponsored the UITP Awards.

The distinguished recipients of the Special Recognition Awards for Eurasia in 2023 are as follows:

  1. IETT, Istanbul operator of public transport (award received by Zeynep Pinar Mutlu, Deputy General Manager of IETT, Vice president of UITP Bus Committee for 2023-2025 term).
  2. Karsan, Turkish commercial vehicles manufacturer, based in Bursa Province (award received by Deniz Çetin, Chief Commercial Officer Karsan),
  3. Ministry of Transport and Road Safety of Israel (award received by Tali Arkushin, Head of Measurement of Ministry).


Spotlight on our winners


IETT, a subsidiary of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, has been recognised for their exceptional achievement in integrating the M4 metro line with bus lines seamlessly. This integration encompasses elements such as synchronized schedules, coordinated routes, unified fare systems, and digital information sharing. The integration provides passengers with a free and convenient transfer experience between the metro and bus lines, making public transport more accessible and appealing.



Karsan has achieved a groundbreaking milestone by pioneering the production of the first real bus-sized, level 4 autonomous vehicle in Europe. Their Autonomous e-ATAK, launched in 2021, represents a significant leap forward in future technology for public transport. With this revolutionary development, Karsan is shaping the future of public transport and providing their customers with cutting-edge autonomous solutions. The Autonomous e-ATAK marks a transformative step towards driverless public transport, opening up new possibilities and enhancing the passenger experience.

Ministry of Transport and Road Safety of Israel

The Ministry of Transport and Road Safety of Israel has successfully implemented a strategic bus network in Tel Aviv. This ambitious plan aims to create an attractive, safe, and sustainable bus system. By prioritising the bus as the preferred mode of travel, the initiative sets a goal of making it the most popular transportation choice in Israel by 2040, starting with the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The strategic plan encompasses key steps to enhance the bus network, revolutionising public transport and offering an improved travel experience for residents and visitors alike.

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