“Transport is moving our societies forward”

Governance is the “style” in which institutional bodies are expressing themselves within our sector of interest, the transport and mobility sector.

Governments define the structure, institutions or organisations in charge of a determined portfolio, such as transport. This governance structure at national/federal level, which devolution is then made at regional and local levels, sets who is responsible for transport matters, whether Transport Ministries or Agencies, Transport Authorities, regions, municipalities, etc.

Within this landscape, Transport Authorities, or Mobility agencies have emerged from a need for tactical coordination between the strategic level (national or regional governments) and the operational level (transport Operators).

Transport Authorities have received from the government delegated powers for the management of the transport sector, with a clear definition of their work, functioning and responsibilities. Integration, coordination, promotion of modes, bidding or contracts management are the main tasks they will have to handle.

Besides this vertical (or top to bottom) hierarchy, institutional bodies also include a horizontal structure, making compulsory a direct collaboration between different institutional entities in order to create a consolidated scheme for public transport. This can sometimes become a challenge, if numerous institutional stakeholders with distinct viewpoints are involved.

Private actors or the civil society also represent essential stakeholders to be taken on board for these discussions, as they strongly contribute to the creation and advancement of transport and mobility in urban areas, providing the necessary tools, ideas, financing or support to institutional bodies.

All these stakeholders add up to create a complex structure, in which each entity should be taken into account in order to create a stable base for transport and mobility in a defined geographic area.

Interested in knowing more about Transport Authorities or collaborations between the civil society and public or private stakeholders? Ubiquity’s experts will be delighted to explain to you more in details those concepts.