Advocating for public transport in the European Union
The new European Commission’s unveiling of key positions and policy direction for the next five years is driving the International Association of Public Transport’s (UITP) work at a European level. Thomas Avanzata, Senior Director of the UITP European Department, details the association’s work over the past year and outlines what can be expected in 2020 to advance mobility in European cities.
Having worked at a European level throughout my career, I know the importance of sharing knowledge and information in order to advance an important agenda. At UITP Europe, we bring together more than 450 urban, suburban and regional public transport operators and authorities from all member states and work with figures from across the EU on a number of issues to advance sustainable urban mobility in our cities.
We’re continually working to advocate for public transport and urban mobility in all EU member states. Significantly, 72 per cent of Europeans live in urban areas, and research tells us that this number will continue to grow. As millions of people use public transport in our cities every day, UITP works to bring together almost 500 public transport operators and authorities across Europe to move urban mobility forward. Through that dedication, we’re consequently recognised as a key interlocutor for the European institutions and other bodies.