Roberto Cavalieri re-elected as President UITP

Brussels, Belgium – Roberto Cavalieri, President of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) since June 2005, has been re-elected 2007-05-20. The vote was cast during the Association biannual General Assembly which precedes its World Congress and Exhibition to take place from 21 to 24 of May 2007 in Helsinki, Finland.

Mr Cavalieri’s priorities for his term of office as UITP President include:

  • The reinforcement of the sector’s communication and lobbying, both to decision-makers and the general public;
  • Reaching out to the youth, as our clients of the future;
  • Innovating in financing public transport, and;
  • Promoting public transport as an efficient mean to mitigate climate change.

Mr Hans Rat, UITP Secretary General commented “This new election acknowledges Mr Cavalieri’s commitment to the extension of the UITP network and his dedication to foster innovation in the sector of public transport. He has made a decisive contribution to advocating and promoting public transport among international, national and local decision-makers. The ambitious youth programme that he launched during his first mandate has proven to be an efficient tool to raise awareness about the essential role that young people play for the future of public transport.”

Since March 2005 Roberto Cavalieri has been the Managing Director of Metropolitana di Roma (Met.Ro), the company which belongs to Rome City Council and operates Rome’s A and B metro lines, as well as the Rome-Lido, Rome-Pantano and Rome-Viterbo urban railways on behalf of the Lazio regional government.

Between 1997 and 2005 Mr Cavalieri was General Manager of ATAC, the Roman mobility agency. During the 2000-1 transition period while public transport was being reorganised in Rome and Lazio, he was also General Manager of LILA SpA and Managing Director of Metroferro SpA, the two companies formed by the split-up of the Lazio Transport Consortium.

In his functions in Rome he has been a leading light in the continuing development of the ‘Rome model’, in the renewal of fleet and in the city’s concrete commitment towards sustainable urban transport. Of other notable mention is the active role ATAC took in European and international affairs under his direction.

Since 1997 he has acted as Coordinator of the Advisory Committee of the Italian public transport association, ASSTRA (formerly Federtrasporti, on whose Advisory Committee he sat since 1992). Since 1994 he has also been a Director of AIP (Italian Car Parks Association), and coordinator of the ‘transport quality pool’ which brings together some 20 transport firms from Italy, Belgium and Spain.

Before his experience in Rome, Mr Cavalieri was General Manager of APAM (Mantua Auto Services Public Corporation), AVT (Varese and District Transport Corporation) and Head of the Dispatch and Traffic Department at ACT (Reggio Emilia Transport Consortium Co).

Mr Cavalieri has actively served UITP for many years, holding the position of Chair of the UITP European Union Committee between 2003 and 2005, and acting as representative of the Italian transport agencies on this Committee since 2000. Mr Cavalieri has also been a member of UITP’s Policy Board since 2002.

Born in Bolzano on 23 December 1946, Mr Cavalieri graduated from Bologna ’s Civil Engineering Faculty (Transport Department) in 1974, with a final thesis on ‘The restructuring of public road transport in the Mantua traffic catchment area’. Mr Cavalieri is married with two children.