international rail forum for north america

Transportation as a Business

In North America, the urban characteristics of each city are unique thanks to strong regional and municipal agencies that have shaped their history. Cities like Los Angeles, that have dismantled or never opted for dedicated public transportation infrastructure are now reestablishing light rail as an essential feature to the city-scape. In cities like New York, aging metro systems are struggling to modernize to handle record levels of ridership and are facing the daunting task of bringing connectivity to new neighborhoods.





The International Rail Forum for North America is a center for discussion amongst public transit agencies in North America that operate rail systems, and an opportunity to bring the region into a global discourse about best practices in the industry.

The primary objective of the Forum is to connect North America’s rail transit agencies to the broader international community that is rich with perspectives and experience, and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

First UITP International Rail Forum for North America

This last December, our North America Region had a very successful International Rail Forum in New York, graciously hosted and well organized by our member, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The specific aim of the Forum was to enrich the program with topics that are relevant to you in this large, multifaceted, complicated and dynamic Region. Of the 150 invitations sent we had an above expected attendance of 80 professionals, with a wide range of expertise and the great participation by our Canadian colleagues. Judging from the comments received it was a great success!

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