Dedicated Bus Provided for Officials
Transdev was pleased to lend a hand recently to support Melbourne’s bid for right to host the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in 2021. The bid is being led by Public Transport Victoria (PTV), together with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and Transport for Victoria (TfV).
The Summit is the largest public transport event in the world and is not-to-be-missed rendezvous for urban transport professionals. From its inception in 1886, it has served as a unique global platform for the international public transport community, transport ministers, mayors, industry CEOs and urban visionaries to gain insight into the latest solutions, innovations and products in public transport and urban mobility.
After a successful first round of bidding, Melbourne is now one of three cities (Hamburg, Germany and Moscow, Russia) in the running to host this significant event in 2021. If the bid is successful, it is estimated the Summit will generate $9.4 million in economic contribution to the State of Victoria.
Last month, Melbourne played host to seven UITP representatives as part of the official bid process, with Transdev also getting an opportunity to be involved. With the site visit imperative to Melbourne’s success, the representatives were collected from their hotel in a mini Transdev bus boasting a customised destination board welcoming the delegates, before travelling to Government House for dinner.
Transdev is the largest private-sector operator of multiple modes of transport in Australasia, including bus, train, light rail, ferry and on-demand shuttles. Globally, Transdev operates public transport in 19 countries. In Melbourne Transdev provides bus services for a third of the city’s bus network, with a workforce of more than 1100 employees and a fleet of 510 vehicles. More than 25 million customers travel on our public and school services each year.