EMTA is a non-profit seeking association. Its purpose is to form a venue for meetings and exchange of information, research and experience between Authorities in charge of metropolitan transport of the main European cities. The emphasis is put on the technical character of the exchange and on a multimodal approach, covering aspects of an institutional, organisational, financial, technical and environmental nature, including transport policies and integration of transport systems into the city.
EMTA performs studies on subjects jointly requested by its members.
EMTA may make recommendations and requests and take initiatives with regard to European and international institutions, particularly in research and development fields. It may also participate in international events on behalf of its Members.