Uber announced on Monday it was teaming up with Association of Public Transportation (UITP - L’Union internationale des transports publics) to connect more people to public transport.
The ride-hailing operator said it was joining the non-profit global advocacy network to improve mobility in the cities it operates in. Andrew Salzberg, Uber's head of transportation policy and research told Reuters, that aligning the company with public transport authorities was a good way to make the company a better partner for cities.
“Alone, these new players do not have the capacity or capability to meet every journey need or solve congestion issues,” noted IAPT secretary general Alain Flausch, in a press release. “They therefore need to operate to complement existing high-quality public transport.”
The California-based global cab operator said it would work on a series of training sessions with the global public transport association starting with the so-called first and last mile issue of public transport to connect people better at the start or end of their journeys.
“We recognize that our technology and approach can bring new tools to the table, but we also know we have a lot to learn from those who’ve been developing public transportation for more than a century,” Uber said in a blog post. “We’ve already been developing partnerships with different transport authorities and cities. By joining UITP, we want to further extend and deepen this the dialogue with public transport operators everywhere. We’re excited for the ride ahead”