Passenger Transport Archive
APTA's Strategies to Promote Sustainable Mobility
January 10, 2005
APTA firmly demonstrated its support for sustainable development by being one of the original signatories of the International Association of Public Transport's (UITP) Charter in Madrid during 2003, and pledging to inform and educate its members about the rapidly emerging developments in this area.
Sustainability is woven into APTA's Strategic Plan; is being featured at many of APTA's conferences this year; and will be the focus of a webinar offered by APTA this April. Information and articles on the topic will be provided throughout the year.
The centerpiece of APTA's plan is a workshop, titled "Sustainability in Public Transportation," that will be held July 20 to 22 in New York City. The event will be hosted by MTA Capital Construction Inc. and co-sponsored by UITP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon in Portland. More details on hotels and registration will be available shortly.
In addition to cutting-edge speakers and panel discussions on best practices, MTA New York City Transit is organizing field trips to showcase projects that have incorporated sustainable principles. Breakout sessions will also be held to solicit input about how to best proceed in the future.
Transit system general managers and senior officials, plus staff likely to implement sustainability in both operations and capital development, are strongly encouraged to attend. Suppliers and consultants interested in providing "green" services should also have strong interest.
APTA has also begun a working group on sustainability co-chaired by Fred Hansen, TriMet general manager, and Julie Hoover, PB senior vice president. APTA members interested in sustainability and becoming more involved in related APTA activities should contact APTA's Rich Weaver by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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