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10 facets of the Summit

Only 4 days left until the Summit begins! In the meantime, discover 10 facets of the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable mobility, brought to you by the Summit Insider.



  1. Showcasing Stockholm

Stockholm is one of Europe’s fastest growing capital cities. An impressive number of infrastructure projects are scheduled to keep up with the city’s growth, totalling €95bn. The metro system will be expanded and the New East Coast Line railway aims to revolutionise Sweden’s rail links with high-speed trains. Terminals at Arlanda Airport are also to be extended, and work on the Stockholm Bypass motorway link is underway. Always environmentally aware, the public transport system has been overhauled to run on renewable energy – only fitting for a city named the first Green Capital of Europe in 2010.


  1. Diversity in numbers

Over 80 countries will be represented at this year’s Summit, with public transport professionals from the world’s leading companies, institutions and organisations in attendance. The last UITP Summit in Montreal proved a great success, showing a growing interest from the transport sector. With a rise in attendees since the previous Summit, the 2019 edition already looks set to hit the target in further mobilising the world.


  1. One Summit, 7 Themes

This year’s theme focuses on excellence in creating and delivering public transport services, with seven topics to be explored over the duration of the Summit. Mobility as a Service and quality of life in cities will be at the forefront of discussions, as well as harvesting innovation and customer service excellence. Knowledge will be shared through a series of plenaries, workshops and sessions.


  1. People power

No matter your sector, there’s a focus for everyone in this year’s programme. Connecting people with places is a real highlight at this Summit, which also looks at the many faces of public transport and the importance of understanding the human factor. Special emphasis will be given to the people at the heart of public transport, the employees, and how their work will evolve.


  1. A meeting point

By joining forces at all levels of influence and across sectors, UITP is able to tackle global issues head on. The UITP Global Summit will gather together international, regional, and local public transport agents – our partners all around the world, from the OECD and the European Commission to the WHO and the World Bank, with many more in between.


  1. Mission: Exhibition

This is the ideal meeting place to interact, exchange ideas, and discover the industry’s latest innovations, products and solutions. During the last edition in 2017, over 320 exhibitors took part and this year shows a major increase with 40,000 m2 of displays. There will also be a dedicated space for start-ups and non-traditional transport players to showcase what they bring to the urban public transport sector.

It will also provide a unique opportunity to test-drive electric buses and autonomous vehicles in a dedicated outdoor parking area. Finally, visitors will experience alternative mobility solutions on the Cycling Circuit on the Exhibition floor and explore the impact of design on the travel experience in the Design Zone.


  1. Informal formats

Besides traditional session formats, this Summit will also bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners by providing interactive poster sessions and allowing for a personalised approach. Participants can learn about new trends in research from a wide range of stakeholders. The Innovation guided tours will cover a wide range of exciting topics in urban mobility, while Summit participants will also have the opportunity to meet our cutting-edge exhibitors and encounter the latest developments in public transport.


  1. Hacking mobility!

The UITP Summit will once again feature the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon.  Participants will work together, using technology to solve transport-related challenges. Winners from each local hackathon across the globe will convene in Stockholm to compete in a final round and unveil the world’s best transport solutions. After the Hackathon, the best projects will be showcased!


  1. Technical Visits

This year you will be spoiled for choice with sixteen Technical Visits. Boat services, tram depot tours and a ride with MTR Express are just some of the learning experiences on offer. There will also be four Post Summit Tours taking place in cities around Scandinavia to look at the latest developments in the region – Oslo, Helsinki, Barkarby or Gothenburg – take your pick!


  1. Network in style!

The UITP Summit will offer unparalleled networking opportunities for each participant to meet and chat with peers, potential business partners and high-level speakers.  Socialising will commence at the Welcome Reception on 9 June, continuing through until the final Networking Dinner on Wednesday 12 June at Stockholm City Hall, home of the famous Nobel banquet. A fitting end to a great Summit!


This article is an extract from our PTI Magazine 2/2019. Find out more about the full version here! (for members only)

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