Priority Working Programme

Approach and priority topics

The Integrated Global Work Programme 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 Integrated Global Work Programme 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 Integrated Global Work Programme reflects knowledge priorities from the operational/ managerial perspective of public transport professionals (UITP members) as well as policy/advocacy priorities with targets outside the public transport sector (political decision makers, city stakeholders, international organisations). The process of generating these working topics looks like this:

The Integrated Global Work Programme 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 Integrated Global Work Programme 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 organisation 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 organisation 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 published in January 2017) 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) are then decided for each priority topic with the leadership and/or involvement of the concerned working bodies.

Global topics

Based on the main trends affecting urban mobility and considering specific themes dealt with in UITP working bodies, it is proposed to articulate the Integrated Global Work Programme around the following four global topics:

1. Decarbonising urban transport

  • Leading knowledge and advocacy activities supporting the promotion of public transport and other sustainable urban transport modes 
  • Leading activities aimed at reducing the GHG emissions from public transport
  • Reducing use of fossil fuels with deployment of electric propulsion technology
  • Continuing efforts to improve energy efficiency of systems and operations as well as promoting less energy intensive modes
  • Choosing health and improved quality of life for those in cities

2. Excelling in customer service

  • Enhancing customer experience by developing new mobility solutions
  • Strengthening the integration of networks and services 
  • Employing talented staff around customer service delivery

3. Improving cost efficiency and funding

  • Researching new revenue streams
  • Advancing public support and finance
  • Anticipating shrinking public funding
  • Developing tools and exchange platforms to support our members meet financial objectives
  • Introducing new business models and innovative technologies

4. Making cities public transport oriented

  • Helping improve the implementation of sustainable urban mobility principles 
  • Striving to finance and deliver large and ambitious public transport projects more rapidly
  • Improving processes and attracting the necessary talents to answer the challenge of rapid urbanisation 

In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the public transport stakeholders will have to consider two main trends that are impacting our sector:

1. Making the most out of digitalisation 

  • Use of digital technologies to improve processes, lower costs and gain productivity (including operation and maintenance)
  • Establishes new business models that provide new revenue and opportunities 

It is the objective of UITP to support its members to make the most out of digitalisation and facilitate the emergence of the tools and references which help tackle the related challenges

2. Attracting talents and skills

  • Rapid development of public transport infrastructure and services and growing expectations of customer require the "right" people, in quantity and quality 
  • Need to develop positive and attractive image of public transport industry as a reputable "employer brand"

UITP will increase awareness of its members on this essential challenge, foster exchange between them in this field, provide them with relevant training programmes, partner with academic institutions and promote the needs of public transport stakeholders.


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 harmonise 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 optimise 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 customised on-demand programmes.


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