The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) will film and broadcast a series of mini-documentaries that highlight just how vital public transport is to people – and how this goes beyond traditional modes.
Representing approximately 1,500 members, and 18,000 contacts from all fields of mobility in more than 96 countries worldwide, the UITP is a key, influential advocacy voice for public transport authorities, operators, bodies, decision makers and scientific institutes in the whole industry.
The mini-documentaries, “Redefining Public Transport: the changing faces of urban mobility” will shine a light on the belief that people are the most important part of the sector, while also chronicling just how travel is changing.
Businesses and commuters are changing their habits of travel; the likes of buses, trains, metros and trams are important across Europe.
However, the UITP will reveal through these documentaries that there are more mobility players entering the market.
The likes of bike sharing – which is hugely successful in London – car sharing, autonomous vehicles, driverless shuttles and new mobility players will all change the way people move around.
We’ve also seen the rise in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) throughout Europe, and this is making its way to Britain, with schemes in Scotland and the West Midlands proving successful.
The aim of the documentaries is to show to people and businesses what is happening and the evolving landscape of public transport, as well as its impact on society.
This knowledge will be the basis of the formation of new partnerships and ultimately, new ways of implementing public transport.
Mohamed Mezghani, UITP Secretary General, said: “Cities must offer citizens the best ways to move around – and above all else, public transport is for all people.
“We cannot wait to show the many ways it benefits our daily lives.”
The mini-documentaries will be a major part of the UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm in June – the largest ever for public transport and urban mobility.