UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) is a major international organisation bringing together over 2900 public transport authorities and operators from more than 90 countries of the world.
The organisation headquartered in Brussels was founded in 1885 as an association of European tramway companies. In the decades that followed, public transport companies from other European countries started joining the union. After the World War II UITP became a worldwide association representing all modes of public transport.
UITP is the only international association that is concerned with all modes of public transport and, in a broader sense, urban mobility:
- public transport operators – metros, rail transport (trams, light rail), buses, regional and suburban railways, waterborne transport etc.;
- local, regional and national authorities regulating the work of public transport;
- manufacturing, service and supply industry;
- research institutes, academics and consultants;
- technical schools and institutes, associations and unions, transport mass media.
UITP is structured into regional, modal and sectoral divisions. Thus, each member organization belongs to the regional division of its geographical location, and to one or more divisions according to its professional interests.
The UITP regional divisions group members in countries located in:
- North America;
- Latin America;
- Asia-Pacific region;
- Middle East and North Africa;
The UITP modal divisions are as follows:
- bus (including trolleybus);
- light rail;
- waterborne transport;
- regional transport.
The sectoral divisions are for
- organizing authorities.
Moreover, UITP structure includes a number of permanent thematic commissions:
- information technology and innovation;
- corporate management;
- human resources;
- marketing and product development;
- sustainable development;
- transport economics;
- transport and urban life,
and some working bodies:
- academic network;
- business forum and exhibitors’ commission;
- car-sharing platform;
- design and culture.
The International Union of Public Transport organizes training courses, benchmarking for public transport sector, provides up-to-date information on new technologies and current developments, gives recommendations on implementing new strategies, accepts declarations, manifestos and letters to policy-makers lobbying the interests of public transport, takes active part in the work of international institutes and associations helping to solve pressing problems that face the mankind, such as terrorism, global warming, ecological problems, social exclusion of certain groups of people etc.
A decision to make a separate Eurasia UITP division was made at the recent UITP world congress in Helsinki. D.Gaev, the Head of Moscow metro was appointed a chairman of the Eurasian Assembly and P.Ivanov, the General Director of Mosgortrans was appointed a chairman of the Eurasian division Executive committee.
UITP president - Roberto Cavalieri.