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American Public Transportation Association

 Study Missions

APTA understands the importance for our members to experience and learn from public transportation entities abroad. It is our goal to offer opportunities overseas to increase awareness of best practices, new technologies, and lessons learned from other countries. 

These APTA-conducted missions are designed for both private and public sector members where they travel to certain regions of the globe to focus on a particular subject relevant to the transit industry, such as fare collection, bus tapid transit, high-speed rail, and more.  Suggestions are always welcome!

Please check regularly for information on the next APTA study mission, or contact Mariela Garcia-Colberg at (202) 496-4833 or

Upcoming Study Missions

APTA Study Missions

TCRP Study Missions

  • Two study missions are conducted each year—one in the spring, and one in the fall. Each mission focuses on a theme that is of great interest to public transport agencies in the United States.The cities to be visited are selected on the basis of their experience with the challenges posed by the mission theme and their ability to demonstrate new ideas or approaches to meeting those challenges.

    Past APTA Study Missions

    • Fare Collections - Asia (2008)
      Continuing a tradition of exploring and learning from public transportation systems around the globe, APTA conducted a study mission to Hong Kong, Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan in June 2008. Both public and private sector APTA members embarked on the ten-day trip focused on fare collection with an emphasis on electronic payment systems and innovations.
    • AREMA, IARO, and APTA Joint Study Mission (2010)
      The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), along with the International Air Rail Organization (IARO) and APTA sponsored this Asia Rail Technology Tour in conjunction with the UIC 7th World Congress in December 2010. Participants were able to see the latest in passenger rail technology including High Speed Rail, Airport Express, Commuter Rail, Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail, and Streetcars.
    • SMRT Study Mission to the U.S. and Canada (2008) 
      In May 2008, a delegation from Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit (SMRT) in Seoul, Korea, visited the U.S. and Canada on a reverse study mission. Participants visitited WMATA in Washington, D.C.; MTA in New York City; MBTA in Boston, Mass.; TTC in Toronto, Ontario; and CTA in Chicago, Ill.
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