Representatives of the two primary North American associations and the chief international body of public transport professionals signed a document pledging to work together to further their interests. The so-called “Toronto Protocol” acknowledged that public transport around the world has “a major role to play in providing a convenient, safe and affordable service.” The associations further committed to “share ideas and best practices in order to further improve public transport.”
The protocol was unveiled at the UITP’s 53rd Congress in Toronto. The city also witnessed the first time that all three associations held major meetings at the same time and location. Combined attendance for the conferences (APTA’s was a combined Rapid Transit and Commuter Rail Conference, itself unprecedented) and the City Transport exhibition was estimated at more than 8,000 people from 75 countries. City Transport showcased the wares of more than 300 companies in 125,000 square feet of floor space.
Details for implementing the protocol will be worked out at a later date. Possibilities include more joint or coordinated meetings, joint position papers on the need for public transport to shape cities in a more environmentally friendly way and greater data sharing.