Testimonials

Jerzy Lejk, Chairman of the Board, Warsaw Metro: UITP membership gives us the possibility of direct contacts and exchange experiences with other subway operators in Europe and the world. At the annual meetings of committees and committees of UITP and conferences organized by the UITP obtain very valuable knowledge about the latest underground projects, modern technologies, methods of solving technical problems occurring during the operation and construction of the subway. Cooperation within the framework of the UITP can promote legislative solutions beneficial to the development of public transport, for example at the level of the European Union.

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Solange Olszewska, CEO, Solaris Bus & Coach: Thanks to the UITP’s diverse network of member companies from all over the world we can actively participate in the discussion about the future of public transport, exchanging experience and knowledge between members. UITP gives us unique opportunity to forge mutually beneficial relations aimed at promoting sustainable transport worldwide.

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Kalman Daboczi, CEO, Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK): Public transport governance in Budapest has come a long way since UITP held its 7th  and 48th World Congresses in the city in 1893 and 1989, respectively. Since its establishment in 2010, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport has developed from a fledgling municipal company to a full-grown, competent public transport organiser supported by UITP all along the way, for which we are enormously grateful.  BKK is now a member of UITP’s Organising Authorities Committee to share experience and to liaise with counterparts regarding hot issues and current trends. We have also gained invaluable insight through vibrant knowledge exchange at UITP-organised conferences and workshops on marketing, social media and, very importantly, in the arena of leveraging the Hungarian capital’s say at the EU decision-making level. At congresses, seminars and roundtable discussions, we are equally happy to share our own experience gathered throughout the successfully completed Budapest public transport governance reform and becoming an integrated PTA or the currently developed automated fare collection (AFC) scheme.

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Jan Kuźmiński, CEO, Municipal Bus Company (MZA) Warsaw: Development of any business depends on many factors. For us, the evaluation and benchmarking with other companies with a similar profile is of crucial importance, let it be in terms of technical solutions, organisation or employment. It is important to obtain such a relatively objective assessment. Where can you find such a possibility? The answer is UITP. MZA - Warsaw Municipal Bus Company - has been a member of UITP since 2006, actively engaging in various UITP working bodies. Thanks to the membership, we are able to get acquainted with solutions implemented by other operators, participate in various EU-funded projects or have the possibility of creating common European normative acts. And much more! Last but not least - lets' not forget about yet another very important aspect of our membership - very interesting, individual contacts, which are invaluable and irreplaceable.

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Martin Gillar, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Prague Public Transit Company: I see the UITP as the most important global association in public transport. From the position of the largest operator of urban public transport in the Czech Republic, the major benefit of membership lies particularly in the sectoral structures, such as the bus, light rail or metro commissions. Participation in these structures has allowed us in recent years to become involved in the SPUTNIC, EBSF, COST, Urban Track, 3iBS and other projects, and as a result we are able to follow the innovative global trends in urban public transport. I am convinced that our membership in the UITP is one of the reasons we are successful in achieving one of the long-term strategic goals of the PPT, which is improving the quality of services provided to our customers. The fact we are successful is also confirmed by the UITP, which praised two PPT projects within the PTx2 initiative.

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Valentina Basarić, Associate Professor, University of Novi Sad: Since we have become members of UITP, we can say that every day we see more and more benefits that we receive from membership in this prestigious international association. We have access to a modern platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of experiences between 1,300 member companies. This cooperation with the UITP opens a new phase in the development of our institution and also, this could be a possibility that our research will be recognized on the international level. Department of Transport, Faculty of Technical Sciences Novi Sad is main organizer of traditional international conference “Towards a Humane City”. The main topic traditionally refer to the sustainable mobility. After being supported by UITP, the Conference received international importance and credibility. Cooperation with the UITP has enabled organizers involvement of scientists and experts from abroad and networking of scientific institutions and international associations engaged in promoting alternative forms of transportation. We are educational institution, and as a UITP member, we share with our students benefit accessing UITP data base (information, best practices and statistics related to sustainable mobility worldwide). Great importance of our membership is the ability to access to UITP’s wide range of publications and to publish our works. They bring articles that cover the whole spectrum of mobility-related issues (technology, sustainable development, vehicles, equipment, world-leading best practices etc.). Also, tool such as MyUITP help us to connect and interact with other UITP members and gives us the opportunity to expand our network of professional contacts.

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Dusan Rafailovic, Transport Secretary, Belgrade Municipality: It is our great honor and pleasure to be a member of an international organization such as UITP, which is gathering numerous participants of different areas of activity in public transportation. Of great importance to us is the ability to share experiences with other members, which your organization offers. Belgrade City Government is looking forward collaboration with UITP and our teamwork in future projects.

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Pope Francis: The quality of life in cities has much to do with systems of transport, which are often a source of much suffering for those who use them. Many cars, used by one or more people, circulate in cities, causing traffic congestion, raising the level of pollution, and consuming enormous quantities of non-renewable energy. This makes it necessary to build more roads and parking areas which spoil the urban landscape. Many specialists agree on the need to give priority to public transportation. Yet some measures needed will not prove easily acceptable to society unless substantial improvements are made in the systems themselves, which in many cities force people to put up with undignified conditions due to crowding, inconvenience, infrequent service and lack of safety. {Encyclical Letter 'LAUDATO SI’, May 2015}