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  • As UITP AP OAP Chair City, Seoul Leads Post-COVID-19 Global Transportation Trend

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    • Seoul will host “the 8th Meeting of UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) Asia-Pacific Organising Authorities Platform (AP OAP)” on March 18
    • As the chair city, Seoul will lead the future visions of public transportation and reinforce the foundation for international cooperation
    • Participants will discuss major global issues, including decarbonization and recovery of public transportation amid rapidly changing global trend due to the pandemic

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 17, 2021 – To lead a prompt recovery of global public transportation and discuss sustainable development for the post-COVID-19 era, UITP AP OAP will host its eighth meeting. The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, March 18, will be hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), which chairs UITP AP OAP.

    Founded in 1885, the UITP is the largest international association in the public transportation sector with a network of 1,700 member organizations from more than 100 countries worldwide.

    Within the UITP, AP OAP is a platform dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region’s transportation authorities. Currently, government agencies from five Asian cities—Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Taipei, and Hong Kong—are working as active members of the platform.

    The SMG has initiated innovative public transportation reform as well as eco-friendly and sustainable transportation policies. Also, it has built networks for international cooperation. In recognition of these efforts, the city government was elected to lead the UITP AP OAP.

    The upcoming eighth meeting of the UITP AP OAP is the first event the SMG organizes as the chair city. Moving forward, Seoul will be at the forefront of setting major agendas for global public transportation and directing AP OAP operation for four years.

    The event is significant in that it will accurately analyze the current situation of global public transportation amid COVID-19 and in that it will suggest milestones for the sector. The occasion is expected to be a ground for ① establishing a resilient public transportation system, ②decarbonizing urban transportation, ③ constructing a smart urban transportation model, ④and redefining the role of public transport for the future.

    Department of Transportation Systems Research at the Seoul Institute will join the meeting to share its analysis of changes in Seoul’s public transportation brought about by the pandemic.

    The department will also present mid-to long-term visions for the capital’s transport, such as expanded green mobility aiming for the 2050 carbon neutrality and people-centered public transportation policies.

    “For the post-COVID-19 era, we should seek ways to restore and promote public transportation and cast light on its value as the driving force for eco-friendly and inclusive recovery,” said Boyoun Hwang, Chairman of UITP AP OAP (Deputy Mayor for City Transportation at Seoul Metropolitan Government). “I hope that participants will actively share visions for global urban transportation and lay the groundwork for cooperation for a better future at the meeting.”