New UITP office to promote growth of urban transit projects across North America

8 October 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

UITP, the International Association of Public Transport, has announced the opening of its new office to promote the growth of urban transit projects across North America.

UITP North America office to promote growth of urban transit projects

The new UITP office, based in New York City, will be the Association’s first venture into North America. Present growth of North American cities is leading to major efforts to modernise existing transit systems, as well as build new integrated light rail transit, bus rapid transit and metro systems.  The New York office will help support the development of the growing cities through public transit in the region.

Growth of urban transit projects led by expansion of North American cities

UITP’s liaison office will be headed by Andrew Bata, an urban transit professional with more than 30 years’ experience. Mr. Bata will be charged with sharing international expertise with UITP’s North American members, working to connect bike-sharing and car-sharing systems with public transit and supporting the organisation of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit that will take place in Montreal in May 2017.  

Commenting on UITP’s growing presence, Andrew Bata, UITP Regional Manager for North America, said: “I’m delighted to be joining UITP and representing the Association in North America.  As the global centre of knowledge on sustainable mobility, 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 currently represents 1,400 members across 96 countries. The move into North America will include some of the region’s largest operators in metro, including New York, Boston, Washington, Montreal and Toronto and light rail systems such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Edmonton and Vancouver.

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