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Bus: the most used mode of public transport around the world

According to UITP’s knowledge base, the bus is the most used mode of public transport around the world. With millions of journeys being taken daily, we know there really is no sustainable mobility within our cities without boarding the bus. The bus has a long and rich history within the sector, and UITP.

The image of the bus has been resurrected in recent years, with the creation of new services, innovative operations and the promotion of original policies bolstering the sector. New innovative policy and strong political drive has helped advance the bus to new heights, as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the electric bus have found great international success. The bus also plays a vital role in the discussion on climate change and automation as reducing emissions and road fatalities as well as curbing congestion in our cities. The innovative bus systems immensely contribute to achieve cleaner and cooperative, connected and automated urban mobility.

Understanding how the bus sector is progressing in the transition towards cleaner and zero-emission fleets is fundamental to identify best practices, but also gaps and needs. This survey will provide a clear picture of the plans and strategies of transport authorities and operators involved in this titanic effort to make our cities healthier and more sustainable.
Arno Kerkhof
Head of Bus Transport Unit, UITP

What do we do?

At UITP, bus operators work within the relevant Committee on important issues such as maintenance, operation and development. Knowledge exchange and knowledge generation for the entire sector is the main goal.

“If you want to have good public transport then you need to battle politically. The authorities and the city help improve the image of the bus by giving road space to buses, which in turn improves services. It is this kind of system approach that UITP advocates. Of course, once it is realised and it is running, you tend to only get positive feedback”
Arno Kerkhof
Head of Bus Transport Unit, UITP
UITP's latest bus fleet survey

A snapshot of Europe’s bus market

The bus market in Europe is changing. Across the continent, bus fleets are both growing and becoming cleaner. For many bus operators and authorities alike, improving sustainability is an enormous challenge. Ambition is great – but it must go together with realistic targets and feasible expectations of capacity. With that said, the results of our Bus Fleet Survey 2023 indicate that the bus sector is moving in the right direction.

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The Future of Buses in Europe: Results of Europe Bus Fleet Survey 2023

What are the trends in Europe's bus market? With big targets for sustainability set for 2025 and 2030, the bus sector must be aware of its successes and the potential pitfalls moving forward. Discover the future of Europe’s bus fleets in UITP’s Bus Fleet Survey 2023.

Contact

  • UITP

    Arno KERKHOF

    Head of Bus Transport Unit
    [email protected]
  • UITP

    Sarah LANGENAKENS

    Officer - Knowledge & Innovation
    [email protected]
  • Division Chair

    Maria ALBUQUERQUE

    Vice President - CARRIS
  • Committee Chair

    Antonio GARCÍA PASTOR

    Corporate Operations Director - Avanza by Mobility ADO
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