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International Association of Public Transport

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP, from the French: L’Union internationale des transports publics) is a non-profit advocacy organization for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. The association was founded on August 17, 1885 by King Leopold II in Brussels, Belgium to support the Belgian tram and steel industries.[1] UITP supports a holistic approach to urban mobility and advocates for public transport development and sustainable mobility.

International Association of Public Transport
French: Union Internationale des Transports Publics
Logo UITP.png
MottoAdvancing Public Transport
Formation17 August 1885 (133 years ago) (1885-08-17)
Legal statusNonprofit Organization
PurposeAdvocating Sustainable Transport
Rue Sainte-Marie 6, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, BRU, 1080, Belgium, Europe
1700 members
Official language
English, French, German, Spanish
Secretary General
Mohamed Mezghani
Pere Calvet Tordera
Main organ
General Assembly
SubsidiariesYouth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation (created on
25 November 2005 (13 years ago) (2005-11-25) by Policy Board)



Mohamed Mezghani, secretary-general of UITP since 2018.

UITP represents an international network of 1,600 member companies located in 96 countries and covers all modes of public transport – metro,[2] light rail,[3][4] regional and suburban railways, bus,[5] and waterborne transport.[6] It also represents collective transport in a broader sense.

UITP's network counts one main and EU office in Brussels and fifteen regional and liaison offices worldwide (Abidjan, Astana, Bangalore, Casablanca, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Moscow, New York, Rome, São Paulo, Shenzhen, Singapore and Tehran). The General Secretariat in Brussels is managed by Mohamed Mezghani, who has been working for more than 25 years in public transport and urban mobility related fields. He has been the Deputy Secretary General of the Association since January 2014 until his election in 2017; Pere Calvet Tordera is the association's President.


  • UITP gathers and analyses facts and figures to provide quantitative and qualitative information on key aspects of public transport and urban mobility.[7]
  • UITP manages an on-line information centre MyLibrary, which gives access to the full texts of UITP’s studies and conference papers, as well as references to books, articles and websites. A picture library and statistics on public transport operators are also available.
  • UITP publishes a magazine: Public Transport International (PTI)
  • UITP carries out studies, projects and surveys; the results are made available in brochures and reports.
  • UITP works on projects for international institutions, such as the European Commission. Under the framework of these projects UITP launches and participates in thematic networks of mobility experts on public transport policy and organisation.
  • UITP issues official positions on global mobility issues, representing the views of the sector.
  • UITP tries to engages a number of international bodies - such as the United Nations (UNEP, UNDESA, UNFCCC, UNHABITAT), the World Bank and European institutions.
  • UITP organises training courses, workshops and seminars for public transport experts
  • UITP collaborates in the Transports Public show, in Paris.
  • UITP empowers the youth for advocating sustainable transport through the Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation (created on 25 November 2005 (13 years ago) (2005-11-25) by UITP Policy Board).
  • UITP organises a biennial event, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit.
  • UITP is a member of the Group of Representative Bodies.

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  1. ^ European Conference of Ministers of Transport (2006). Improving Access to Public Transport: Guidelines for Transport Personnel. OECD Publishing. p. 2. ISBN 9789282113295.
  2. ^ "Metro, light rail and tram systems in Europe" (pdf). The European Rail Research Advisory Council and UITP (L’Union internationale des transports publics). 2009. p. 4. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  3. ^ "Metro, light rail and tram systems in Europe" (pdf). The European Rail Research Advisory Council and UITP (L’Union internationale des transports publics). 2009. p. 18. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  4. ^ "Light Rail for Liveable Cities" (pdf). UITP (L’Union internationale des transports publics). June 2001. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  5. ^ "A bright future in store for the bus". UITP (L’Union internationale des transports publics). 9 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  6. ^ "Waterborne transport, a unique contribution to enhancing mobility for cities on water" (pdf). UITP (L’Union internationale des transports publics). May 2012. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  7. ^ Light Rail in Figures (2014)

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