UITP History

On 17 August 1885, Europe’s 50 main tramway operators came together in Brussels to create the “Union Internationale de Tramways/Internationaler Permanenter Strassenbahn-Verein”. The association we know now as UITP (International Association of Public Transport) was thus born with 63 member companies from nine countries.

Over the years UITP has adapted its structure and broadened its focus to become more inclusive of the entire public transport sector. Deepening the dialogue between industry, transport companies and authorities, UITP allows the entire sustainable mobility sector to work together in a spirit of partnership within the association.

UITP has always been a knowledge hub, a place to collect and exchange best practices and benchmarks and now it is pooling its members’ collective strength and concentrating its energy on shaping the future and the exciting urban mobility challenges that lie ahead. It has kept its position as the undisputed leader of the sector in setting the agenda, innovating and speaking with a united voice as the advocate for public transport and sustainable development worldwide.

Today UITP represents 1,500 member companies giving access to over 18,000 contacts from the fields of urban, local, regional and national mobility from more than 96 countries on all continents. While UITP’s main office has always been located in Brussels, Belgium, over the last 15 years different regional divisions have been created worldwide, together with the establishment of 14 liaison and regional offices as well as two Centres for Transport Excellence.

History in Australia and New Zealand

UITP established a presence in the Australia New Zealand region in 1999. Since then, UITPANZ has continued to grow, increasing the range of trainings, events, publications and services on offer to members in the region. UITPANZ has been running Master Classes, Seminars and Forums for a number of year. In 2012, UITPANZ partnered with the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) to deliver the successful Australian Transport Summit in Sydney.  Since then, TTF and UITPANZ have partnered annually to deliver an Australian Transport Summit each year.

In 2016, UITPANZ held its first 3-day Public Transport Fundamentals training programme.