The UITP Global Public Transport Summit (15-17 May 2017) in Montréal offered a tantalising glimpse at the future of a public transport market that is rapidly evolving and emphasised the importance of taking a leading role in navigating the change.
The theme of the biennial UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Global Public Transport Summit was ‘Lead the TRANSITion’ and served to highlight the need for public transport to take the lead faced with the numerous changes and challenges such as digitalisation, advances in green energy and the emergence of new players on the mobility market. The event also served to highlight the vast amount of innovation in the sector, from data wizards to autonomous vehicle pioneers.
UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit was indeed truly global: 2,500 participants from 84 countries around the world came to exchange best practice with international experts and explore the 330 companies from 30 countries displaying their very latest innovative products and solutions in the 25,000m2 Exhibition, attracting 13,000 visitors over the three days.
The Summit, hosted by local transport operators AMT and STM, put Montréal’s extensive integrated public transport system (which includes car- and bike-sharing) in the international spotlight and highlighted the major strides taking place in Canadian urban transport: “At this UITP Summit, the Canadian transit industry is having a real moment on the world stage,” explained Patrick Leclerc, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
Relive the 2017 Summit through the Summit Dispatch