UITP sets up shop in North America

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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UITP (International Association of Public Transport), which represents 1,400 member agencies in 96 countries, has opened a new office in New York City “to support the growth in urban transit projects across North America.”

“UITP will for the first time have a North American office to help support the development of public transit in the region,” organization said. “The present growth of North American cities is leading to major efforts to modernize existing transit systems, as well as build new integrated light rail transit, bus rapid transit and metro systems.”

UITP’s liaison office will be headed by Regional Manager for North America Andrew Bata, an urban transit professional with more than 30 years’ experience who was previously Chief of International Best Practice at MTA New York City Transit. Bata is charged with sharing international expertise with UITP’s North American members, working to connect bike- and car-sharing systems with public transit and supporting the organization of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit that will take place in Montreal in May 2017.

“I’m delighted to be joining UITP, the global center of knowledge on sustainable mobility, and representing the Association in North America,” said Bata. “I am very much looking forward to helping UITP members in North America tap in to some of the international expertise at UITP as well as showcase some best practices from the region.”

UITP member companies in North America include some of the region’s largest operators in rapid transit (NYCT, MBTA, WMATA, Société de transport de Montréal and TTC) and light rail systems (Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Edmonton and Vancouver). UITP now counts 13 liaison and regional offices across the globe in addition to its main office in Brussels.

Find out more about UITP’s activities in North America by clicking HERE.

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