Every year, from coast to coast, more than 400 million passengers travel with us to work, study, shop or play. In the U.S. and Canada, we operate public transit and other transportation services for 200 cities and communities. We manage many modes of public transportation including bus, rail, paratransit, taxi and shuttle services.
In every mode, in both urban and regional areas, Transdev North America is committed to setting the standard for performance excellence. We are also committed to helping our clients find more efficiencies to provide service more economically. Our response to cities that have been affected by an economic downturn is to provide innovations that help increase productivity and deliver service that is more efficient and more cost-effective.
Our 20,000 transit professionals include employees with expertise in a variety of fields in our transit, rail and on-demand businesses. These include training, finance, commercial driving, human resources, facility management, customer service, environmental compliance, labor relations, business technology and IT, and many more.
We have national, regional and local safety teams who ensure safe operations and a safe work environment. In addition, there are unique opportunities in vehicle maintenance in our bus businesses, because much of the bus equipment we operate is sophisticated, highly computerized and environmentally friendly. The evolution of vehicle technology has opened new career paths for our maintenance teams.
We are always seeking new ways to enhance the commuter experience and do our part to bring more sustainable practices to all aspects of our operations. We try to find bright individuals who share our passion to make the world a better place through improved public transportation.
We strive to provide people opportunities to contribute their valuable ideas, ambition, and skills to meet the needs of our clients and the evolving needs of passengers. More than half of our senior management team began their careers with us as bus operators and were promoted into management positions, and then senior management positions.