Özgür Soy, Managing Director of Metro Istanbul, has been appointed a member of the Policy Board of the International Union of Public Transport (UITP). Soy’s membership was approved at the UITP General Assembly, which has more than 100 members from 1,800 countries, held in Belgium.
Ozgur Soy, Managing Director of Metro Istanbul, one of the subsidiaries of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), Turkey’s largest urban rail system operator, has been appointed member of the Policy Board of the International Union of Public Transport (UITP), which has more than 100 members from 1,800 countries. This post of Director General Özgür Soy was approved at the UITP General Assembly held in Brussels, capital of Belgium, on June 18 and became official.
Özgür Soy, considered the most important platform in the public transport sector; He will be a member of the Policy Board of UITP, the global umbrella organization that ensures information sharing and dialogue between operators, administrations, universities, industrial organizations and decision-makers in the sector. General Manager Özgür Soy, who has significant experience in the transport and logistics industry, will be the voice of Istanbul and Turkey in this important organization which leads the global public transport sector with its experience in land areas. , maritime, air and rail. transport in Turkey and abroad.
“Istanbul’s great leap forward in transport over the past two years has caught the world’s attention”
Emphasizing that the increase in the use of public transport, especially the rail system in urban mobility, is considered one of the development indicators around the world, Managing Director Soy said: “We are doing our best. better to implement the “Fair, The green and creative vision of the city put forward by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in the field of transport on which we are working. Fast and economical transport is the fundamental right of every citizen. When comfort, punctuality and respect for the environment are added, rail systems take center stage. This is why our municipality has made huge investments in the area of rail systems over the past two years. However, rail systems alone do not make sense. A well-integrated system with all of its elements, from bicycles to vehicles with tires, that works seamlessly between modes of transport and extends to the most remote parts of the city, is essential for the sustainability of urban mobility. Among these elements in Istanbul, we should not count the City Lines ferries, which are part of the symbols of our city. The advancements in all these areas of transportation in Istanbul have attracted the attention of industry worldwide and we have received such an invitation. The UITP Policy Board is the most important body of this organization that determines public transport policies around the world. It is a great honor to be on this platform on behalf of our country. “
“The key to leaving a more livable urban legacy for our children is the clean and safe transit system that we will establish”
Stating that a strong backbone of rail systems is essential for the sustainability of cities, Soy said: “To reduce the number of vehicles in circulation and speed up transport in the city, public transport must be the priority of metropolises. Each city must develop unique solutions according to its geographical structure. We will do this for Istanbul with all its parts, from service providers of all types of public transport to transport artisans, suppliers to policymaking authorities. We carry out our work within the framework of long-term plans and strategies that we have created with a common mind. We support these studies and the investments made with analysis and data management systems installed with high technology in the background. We need clean, safe and efficient public transport systems, not only to reduce traffic and speed up journeys in the city, but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and to leave a city breathable to our children. “
“2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but a nightmare for public carriers”
With the pandemic, all sectors have focused on survival, albeit shrinking. But for public carriers, it was not an option. Despite the restrictions linked to the pandemic and the decrease in the number of passengers, it was our duty to ensure healthy and safe transport for citizens. This is why we continued our trips at full throttle despite all the financial difficulties. We have been able to adapt very quickly to closure decisions and constantly evolving measures. Istanbul’s entire transport system continued to function like a giant clock. Although we have experienced very difficult times, we believe that we have reached a more agile and flexible structure and that we will reflect this development as an increase in the quality of service to our passengers in the coming period.
“As a leading company in the railway systems sector, it is the responsibility of Metro Istanbul to contribute to the development of national technologies”
Stating that the railway systems industry is very dependent on overseas, Özgür Soy said she is leading the development of domestic technologies as an industry leader. Stating that 120 engineers and technicians work in the R&D center they have established on the Esenler campus, Soy continued his words: local business partners. We will be sharing our progress in R&D activities with the public very soon. “
“We are happy to see Metro Istanbul representing Turkey”
Kaan Yıldızgöz, Senior Director of Membership, Marketing and Services of UITP, said Turkey is of great importance to UITP and said: “Public transport administrations, operators and industry organizations many cities in Turkey have been actively involved in UITP for many years. We attach great importance to the contribution of the Turkish public transport sector in the projects developed by UITP. In this context, we are very happy to see Metro Istanbul representing Turkey in the UITP Policy Board, the most important decision-making body of UITP. Metro Istanbul has both the experience of operating a large rail network and at the same time is attracting great attention in this area around the world with the new investments in the metro that Istanbul has recently made.