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June 22, 2009

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APTA’s Scott Addresses UITP World Congress in Vienna

APTA Chair Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., spoke on a multi-national panel devoted to workforce development issues during the International Association of Public Transport’s (UITP) 58th World Congress, June 7-11 in Vienna, Austria, with “Making the right mobility choices” its theme.  At the session, Scott called for transit operators to receive the same respect and consideration as airline pilots.

Other U.S. speakers were Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker; John Inglish, general manager of the Utah Transit Authority in Salt Lake City; and Andrew Bata, chief officer, strategic improvements, for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The UITP event highlighted sustainability and innovation in all areas of public transit. Keynote speaker Bruno Marzloff, a sociologist and author, called on the 2,200 attendees to use the current time of economic crisis as an opportunity to envision new standards for the industry. “The question is not how to travel,” said Marzloff, “but how to organize oneself to move less and travel in a more efficient way.”

During the congress, APTA joined the Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Commercial Services to host a special business program for U.S. companies. This event brought together APTA business members with commercial service representatives from several countries, including Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Serbia. Sharon Greene, chair of the APTA Business Member Board of Governors, addressed the group.

 

APTA Chair Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., right, speaks as part of a panel during the recent UITP World Congress in Vienna.



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