The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “strengthen their relationship and future cooperation … in recognition of the common interests of public transportation industries in the U.S. and internationally. Both APTA and UITP will strive to work together on areas of mutual benefit to their memberships and, in so doing, maximize the quality and value of their member services in a variety of ways,” the organizations said in a joint statement.
APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas and UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani signed the agreement in Nashville at the APTA Annual Meeting on Sept. 25.
UITP and APTA said they “will work together, where possible, to organize joint events on topics of common interest to the benefit of our respective and common members. The associations will also work towards the organization of Joint Training Programs by identifying topics of training and other educational programs of interest to the U.S. public transport sector.
“I am exceptionally pleased to reconfirm our commitment to collaboration between APTA and UITP,” said Skoutelas. “We have identified many areas for concrete exchange of best practices and know-how from electrification to addressing the evolving mobility environment. I look forward to developing shared activities that will be valuable to the U.S. and international transit community.”
“I am delighted to sign this new Memorandum of Understanding between UITP and APTA,” said Mezghani. “The agreement will strengthen the bond between our two member-led associations, further highlighting not only APTA’s vastly important presence in American urban life, but also UITP’s global reach. I look forward to developing shared aims.”
The next edition of the UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly will take place in conjunction with the third International Rail Forum for North America in Los Angeles (October 2018).
For more information on UITP’s activities in North America, visit the dedicated website.