Metro Istanbul, affiliated to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), will host the UITP Turkey Conference, organized by the International Union of Public Transporters (UITP) on the theme “Financial, commercial and operational continuity after the epidemic in the region Eurasian”.
Özgür Soy, General Manager of Metro Istanbul, Turkey’s largest urban rail system operator, and Kaan Yıldızgöz, UITP Senior Director of Marketing, Membership and Services, have signed a cooperation agreement for the UITP Turkey Conference , which will be held for the 10th time this year. Metro Istanbul will host the conference on June 15 with the theme “Financial, business and operational continuity after the pandemic in the Eurasia region”.
The conference, where experts from different countries will share their experiences, will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the present and future of public transport and to meet international industry leaders.
“Our goal is to be in the top 3 in Europe!”
Özgür Soy, Managing Director of Metro Istanbul, representing Turkey’s public transport sector on the UITP Policy Board, said that they operate one of the largest rail networks in Europe with their metro investments increasing rapidly in recent years, and that they cooperate with UITP. in many areas.
Stating that the Sustainable Transport Master Plan and Climate Action Plan, specially announced by IMM, are in line with UITP’s vision, Managing Director Soy said: “Istanbul is one of the cities with the largest public transport systems in the world. The problems and agendas of all metropolises are obvious. very similar. We have personally seen the importance of information sharing between rail system operators during the pandemic period. UITP is the world’s most important platform for communication between operators. That is why we will continue to strengthen our cooperation with UITP.
Stating that they have continued their investments without slowing down despite the economic bottleneck in our country and the world over the past two years, General Manager Özgür Soy said, “We have put the M2020 metro line into operation. Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey on October 7 and in January 2021, the tram line from the T5 Cibali-Alibeyköy bus station. Then, in May 2021, we put the Masko and Bahariye stations of the M9 Ataköy-Olympic metro line at the service of the inhabitants of Istanbul. In this process, we completed our investments for F4 Rumeli Hisarüstü. We will operate the Aşiyan funicular line and the M8 Bostancı-Dudullu metro line in the near future. As a large and exciting team, we work day and night to become one of the top 3 rail operators in Europe in a very short time, especially our metropolitan mayor. Ekrem İmamoğlu and our Deputy General Secretary Pelin Alpkökin.
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Kaan Yıldızgöz, Senior Director of Marketing, Membership and Services at UITP, who said he is one of the most powerful players and one of the important players in the international sector, highlighted the recent problems of the sector and the solutions to be provided. It will be discussed at the conference to be held in Istanbul.
UITP General Secretary Mohamed Mezghani will deliver the keynote speech at the conference, which will focus on post-pandemic public transport, funding resources in public transport, innovation for sustainable transport, structure legal, institutional and administrative. Besides representatives from Turkey, representatives from central government, local governments, public transport operators, industrial organizations, research centers from different countries, academics and consultants will attend the conference.