UITP Global Public Transport Summit – the need to lead the transition

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EVENTS: The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is coming to Montreal on 15-17 May 2017, bringing the discussions of urbanisation, digitalisation, advances in green energy and the emergence of new mobility players.

The changing mobility world is seeing the emergence of various innovative transport services that offer the shared use of vehicles and which are becoming an increasingly common sight on today’s city streets. Together, with the rise of autonomous driving technology, these services have the potential to either dramatically reduce private car dependency and congestion, or encourage it.

One of the key topics that will be covered during the Global Public Transport Summit is how autonomous vehicle technology and new transport services have the potential to completely redefine how authorities plan and improve public transport, in both urban and intra-urban areas. The Summit will highlight how public transport is taking the lead in the deployment of autonomous mobility services and look in-depth at their exciting potential.

The arrival of driverless vehicles will significantly impact the way people travel to and from airports and bring new challenges for rail operators to increase their appeal for passengers and airport employees.

During the Summit a diverse range of industry leaders, including vehicle manufacturers and transport operators, will show how they are embracing these technologies and share cutting edge industry techniques.

The Summit will also focus on trends in digitalisation and the constant innovation that are driving the need for new skills in the entire mobility sector. In order to continue serving the needs of customers, as well as stay competitive, public transport operators and manufacturers must adapt to – and even take part in developing – these new technologies, whilst dealing with challenges in cybersecurity.

All of these discussions will take place in Montréal against the backdrop of unprecedented urbanisation: according to the 2014 UN World Urbanisation Prospects Report, around 66% of the world’s population will be living in cities by the year 2050. Though many socio-economic factors are driving this evolution, it is clear that cities must work harder to include people from all levels of society, to enable cities to take on a more prominent role in tomorrow’s world.

Presented during the closing ceremony at the Summit, the UITP Awards will recognise ambitious and innovative mobility projects contributing to UITP’s overarching goal of doubling the modal share of public transport worldwide by 2025. The Awards highlight successful projects that have been implemented around the world from 2015-2017 that place public transport at the heart of the urban and local mobility system and that are not only ambitious and innovative but also have the ability to be easily transferable to other cities and regions across the globe.

Visitors to Montréal will also have the opportunity to discover first-hand the results of the world’s first ever Global Transport Hackathon. Organised by Youth for Public Transport (Y4PT) with the support of UITP and its members, more than 20 cities across the globe are organising local hackathons to explore new technologies in sustainability, whilst encouraging young computer programmers to get positively involved with the sustainable mobility sector. The winners from each event will gather at the UITP Summit for a final hackathon as part of a huge worldwide effort to create ground-breaking transport solutions.

UITP Global Public Transport Summit, Montréal, 15-17 May 2017. Find out more: www.uitpsummit.org