The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) releases three Focus Papers in the frame of its 57th World Congress and Exhibition
In the frame of its 57th World Congress and Exhibition to take place in Helsinki, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) will highlight three issues closely related to the main theme of the Congress ‘Moving People, Moving Cities’ through the presentation of new position papers. These position papers illustrate UITP’s ability to identify and explore paths for the future of public transport.
· Tackling social exclusion - the role of public transport
Social exclusion is linked to a combination of unemployment, poor skills, low income, poor housing, high crime environment, bad health and family break down. An essential component of the social inclusion agenda, is to re-connect socially excluded citizens to the social and economic structures of society. Public transport is a key factor of social inclusion and this Focus Paper highlights good practices from around the world. It recommends actions to take at international, national and local level and puts forward a number of tools for the implementation of these actions.
· Urban mobility and congestion charging
A previous UITP Focus Paper on ‘Pricing and Urban Mobility’ recommends how best to charge for public transport, parking, company cars and road space. It also tackles the principles driving public transport investments and funding. In particular, it describes why transport fares and taxes should be calculated with reference to marginal social costs to maximise overall welfare. This new Focus Paper extends the analysis to look in more detail as to when charging for road space is appropriate compared to other pricing policies (such as parking policies) or wider transport policies. It also examines what decision-makers and transport professionals need to do to make such a policy acceptable to the public.
· Everybody local everywhere
Right now, in many regions and nations, high investments are being made for the implementation of electronic ticketing projects with the goal to contribute to customer convenience and efficiency of public transport operations. Like in other industries in a competitive environment (banking and telecoms sector), technical interoperability and organisational cooperation should be established to make effective use of developments and to serve the customer better. This UITP Focus Paper presents an overview of the issues and opportunities for electronic ticketing over the next decade in the light of current developments.
All the Focus papers will be made available on the UITP website: http://www.uitp.com/mediaroom/positions.cfm
These themes will also be addressed at several sessions during the week:
The role of pricing for a better urban mobility: Parallel session 2, 09:00-10:30 Tuesday 22 May 2007
Public transport and Social inclusion: Giving Society a chance: Workshop 12, 14:00-15:30 Wednesday 23 May 2007
How information technology changes our business: Parallel session, 6 Tuesday 22 May 2007
Please note that this is the last week to pre-register as press delegate to the 57th UITP Congress and Exhibition.
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