This month on uitp.org, we’ve decided to focus on the issue of security on public transport.
What do we talk about when we talk about security on public transport?
Good question. Often, when people think of security on public transport networks, they tend to think of terrorism, but that’s only one part of it. Here at UITP, when we talk about security on networks, a key focus is the day-to-day operation of service and the efforts to make public transport an attractive, pleasant and secure experience for everyone.
Big events inevitably mean large numbers of people congregating in a specific time and place, which is where public transport comes in, transporting spectators, sponsors and occasionally athletes between venues.
Given the fact that major events, such as the Olympic Games, are a potential target for terrorist or criminal acts, securing the event in general and the protection of passengers and transport infrastructure in particular is a priority.
Graffiti and vandalism are a growing concern for public transport operators besides causing economic damage, they strongly affect people's perceptions of crime and personal security. They give the impression that the area is unmanaged and out of control. The most effective integrated approaches are from prevention to repression through design, staff presence, technology, education and cooperation. A key issue addressing the problem is sharing data and information amongst stakeholders, both on a local and international level.
UITP has been organising training programmes worldwide on various public transport topics since 2012. Our flagship product remains the training programme for public transport managers organised every year in three different cities and targeting high potentials in the sector.
Besides this very comprehensive course, other programmes have been added to our portfolio: the training programme on public transport fundamentals for newcomers in the business; the Security Risk Assessment course; Contracting for better public transport and others, also at regional level.
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