Author: Sandra Farrington

The biggest event in public transport

The biennial UITP World Congress and Exhibition offers participants a unique opportunity to discover the very latest public transport market developments and learn from industry leaders. The networking opportunities amongst like-minded professionals and the business opportunities available are unrivalled.

Based on a multiple-session congress and a major exhibition of industrial products and services, the World Congress and Exhibition is simply unmissable for public transport and sustainable mobility professionals from all over the world.…

COMMISSIONER BULC OFFERS SUPPORT AT UITP WORLD CONGRESS

“Public transport is part of Europe’s solution and as Commissioner for transport I am here to support you.”

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has offered her support to the public transport sectror through a video address screened at the EU session of the UITP World Congress & Exhibition in Milan. Here is a transcript of Ms. Bulc’s address:

“There can be no doubt that transport and public transport is vital to our economy, both as service provider, as an industry itself and as a job creator. Yet we are confronted with enormous challenges: tackling congestion, pollution, and CO2 emissions, ageing populations, changing lifestyles, structural changes in our industries, to name just a few. And I am sure that public transport actors themselves –  be they organizing authorities, operators or industry suppliers – are no less subject to these challenges. I am strongly committed to making sure that transport brings the right contribution to growth and jobs, competitiveness, and investment and to the Energy Union.

In my mandate I will focus on digitalisation, the transition to alternative fuels, notably electrification based on renewables, and the internationalisation of European transport solutions. We have motivating goals set in the transport White Paper – the overall goal of achieving 60% greenhouse gas reduction by 2050, but also specific urban goals. UITP in turn has the ambitious goal for the sector to double the market share of public transport worldwide by 2025. PTx2: This represents huge opportunities for the future; new business models for public transport, innovative technologies, electric or hydrogen buses on our streets, for example.

Our joint efforts are concentrated on making these opportunities work faster and better for our people.

We are getting the incentives on board and coordinating policies and funding at all levels we are getting our pipeline of projects right and scaling good solutions up more rapidly. We are supporting solutions that meet our citizens’ needs. That’s great news, ladies and gentlemen. Our common engagement is key to making European cities the most energy efficient well-connected, mobile and greenest cities in the world, driving prosperity, offering quality jobs …

UITP AWARDS 2015: INNOVATION IN ACTION

The winners of the UITP Awards 2015 have been announced at the 61st World Congress & Exhibition in Milan, Italy.

The UITP awards acknowledge ambitious and innovative mobility projects that contribute to the sector goal of doubling the market share of public transport by 2025. An international jury of public transport experts evaluated the projects and narrowed it down to a shortlist of finalists. The winners were announced during the Networking Dinner on 10 June. The projects, which must have been implemented in the past two years, covered strategy, customer experience, operational and technical excellence, design, as well as demand management and financing.

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Winners of the UITP Awards 2015, grouped by category:

Public Transport Strategy: FEDERACAO DAS EMPRESAS DE TRANSPORTES DE PASSAGEIROS DO ESTADO DO RIO DE JANEIRO (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), for the project “Reshaping mobility demand in Rio with a BRT network”

Customer Experience: WIENER STADTWERKER & CO. KG (Wien, Austria), for the project “SMILE – Smart Mobility Info & Ticketing System Leading the Way for Effective E-Mobility Services”

Operational and Technical Excellence: TRANSPORT FOR LONDON, BARCLAYCARD, CUBIC (London, UK), for the project “Acceptance of contactless payment cards for Pay as you go travel on London’s public transport network”

Design: SOLARIS BUS & COACH S.A. (Owinska, Poland), for the project “The new Solaris Urbino”

Mobility Demand Management: LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY (Singapore), for the project “Travel Smart Programme”

Smart Financing and Business Model: KAYSERY ULASIM (Kayseri, Turkey), for the project “Innovative Financing of Public Transport”

For more information, please visit: uitpmilan2015.org/content/uitp-awards-2015

Transportes de Lisboa selected as the winner of the 3rd Y4PT International Youth Awards

In the framework of the 10th Anniversary of Y4PT, the Y4PT Foundation is giving out Y4PT Youth Awards. The first time the awards were handed out was in Helsinki in 2007, followed by Vienna 2009. They reward the best youth-related projects/initiatives in the transport-related mobility sector worldwide, initiated and supported by public transport and/or youth actors.

Every two years, Y4PT settles a core topic based on current critical …

UITP MILAN 2015: A MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The 61st UITP World Congress & Exhibition came to a close last week and showed a buoyant public transport sector ready to affront the challenges facing it.

More than 2,200 delegates from 83 countries and 284 exhibitors from across the industry (attracting more than 15,000 single-entry visitors to the Exhibition) gathered in the Italian city of Milan and the mood was one of ambition faced with the challenges of: financing; the arrival of new mobility services; infrastructure needs in smart and growing cities; the impact on cities of new vehicle and IT technologies and focusing on customer service.

The plenary session meanwhile demonstrated the drive within the sector to continue developing the market share of public transport and shone a light on some of the successful urban policies that are already bearing fruit in some major cities, such as Vienna, Oslo, London, Paris and Geneva. Successful measures to control urban sprawl and reduce private car transport in these cities led to an increase in public transport modal share of more than 20%.

In a reflection of the increasing complementarity between public transport and other sectors CEOs from the likes of SNCF (Guillaume Pepy), Trenitalia (Vincenzo Soprano), Arriva (David Martin), Transdev (Jean-Marc Janaillac), Keolis (Jean-Pierre Farandou), RTA (Matter Al Tayer), LTA (Chew Men Leong), MTR (Lincoln Kwok Kuen Leong), TfL (Sir Peter Hendy), Jordanian Transport Minister (H.E. Dr. Lina Shbeeb), CasaTransports (Youseff Draiss), RATP (Elisabeth Borne), RATP Dev (François-Xavier Perin), Iveco Bus (Sylvain Blaise) and Evobus (Hartmut Schick) rubbed shoulders with the likes of policy watchers, bureaucrats and technology trendsetters including both Uber and Moovit not to mention, for the very first time, a selection of city leaders from the likes of Montreal, Brussels, Johannesburg, Milan and Turin.

With the closing of the event came other news: to reflect what is already the biggest event in public transport’s growth in stature, the World Congress & Exhibition will become the ‘Global Public Transport Summit’ in time for the next edition in 2017 in Montreal: the same event but with even larger ambitions.

“The diversity of the attendees at this World Congress &

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