Latin America has a population of more than 580 million inhabitants across 36 countries, representing 8% of the world population and 7.4% of the world’s GDP. More than 390 million people live in urban areas in Latin America, of which about 14% (65 million) live in megacities. It is estimated that 200 million inhabitants use public transport on a daily basis at an average of 1.5 trips per day.
There is an increasing need for sustainable, seamless and high quality mobility in cities to make them more liveable and public transport has a unique role in helping to meet these needs.
The main objective of the UITP Latin America Division is to promote best practices in public transport and develop cooperation to provide alternatives for mobility in cities. This is only possible thanks to the support of more than 75 local members in Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay. Working together with local authorities, bus and rail operators and suppliers in the region, the Latin America Division has the ability to identify and understand the particular needs of the region, including understanding the local culture. The Division identifies and works with the right partners to face the great challenges of the region.
The Latin American Division was created in 2003 at the UITP World Congress in Madrid, Spain, and the regional office was subsequently established in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2005.
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