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American Public Transportation Association

 International 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 rapid transit, high-speed rail, and more.  Suggestions are always welcome!

Please check regularly for information on the next APTA study mission, or contact Petra Mollet at (202) 496-4852 or

New APTA Study Mission

  • 2019 International Study Mission - Integrated Mobility: Being Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Ready
    June 2-8, 2019
    Vienna, Hannover, Helsinki

    To apply for the 2019 study mission, please fill out the application found here​ by noon (PT) April 1, 2019.

    Join fellow public transportation decision-makers and practitioners to explore what it takes to build and maintain an integrated, customer-centric mobility service with public transportation as a backbone. The study mission will begin in Vienna on Sunday, June 2, and end in Helsinki on Saturday, June 8, with an option to continue to Stockholm to attend the Global Summit of the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) June 9-12.
    More information and the application process to be available in early March.

Past APTA Study Missions

  • 2018 International Study Mission - Innovative Infrastructure Development and Implementation - Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver - 22-27 July 2018 ​- Final Report Coming Soon
  • 2017 International Study Mission - Safety Culture, State of Good Repair, Innovative Operations – Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo
    Click here for the final report
  • 2015 International Study Mission - Innovative Funding & Financing - London, Stockholm and Munich
    Click here for the final report
  • 2008 International​ Study Mission Fare Collection​ 
    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.
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