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Day 2: highlights of the day

We’re coming to you live from Stockholm where the biggest and brightest thought-leaders and professionals in the public transport sector have gathered together once again for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit!

With almost 100 sessions and over 2,500 potential business contacts to meet, it would be impossible to see it all. That’s why, over the next few days, we will be wrapping up the end of each day of our Summit with our top 10 highlights so that you don’t miss a thing!

If you’re onsite here in Stockholm, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the UITP Summit Daily News, brought to you by Cities Today, to complement these key highlights.



Monday, Day 2 – 10 highlights for an intense day of sessions, guided tours and networking opportunities!

  1. Exhibition opening and VIP tour 

By cutting the ribbon and officially declaring the UITP Summit exhibition open, our newly reelected President Pere Calvet opened the doors to 40000m2 of space dedicated to showcasing the products and ideas of more than 350 of the most recognised names and innovators from across the globe. Before being invited on an introductory tour of the exhibition, VIP guests witnessed the signing ceremony of the next 2020 Singapore Internationl Transport Congress & Exhibition (SITCE), one of our pillar events organised in partnership with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore.


  1. Happy leaders, happy staff… happy Congress

What better way to start a three-day Congress than by attending a session about staff and customer happiness? Moderated by Katy Taylor, Commercial & Customer Director, Go Ahead (London, UK), the panellists on this session shared best practices from KEOLIS, RATP, SMRT, and NS to properly engage and motivate staff, and ultimately, create better customer experiences.


  1. A data-driven business

How can authorities and operators make the most of data to harvest innovation in public transport? Taking planning, operational and customer-based approaches to the application of data, a diverse panel of experts discussed the remaining challenges associated with this essential question during a strategic session on the data driven business that public transport has become. “When it comes to what we can achieve with data, our only limit is our imagination”, concluded Enric Canas Alonso, Chief Executive Officer at Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.


  1. Efficient delivery of major railway projects

“The truth is,” said our panel session moderator, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, UITP Honorary President, and Chair Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (London, UK) at the opening of the ‘Efficient delivery of major railway projects’ session, “these projects can take a long time to become authorised, financed and implemented in many cities.” Indeed, our panellists agreed that major railway projects are necessary for the growing population density many cities are facing in order to offer highly connected and accessible mobility in cities, but these projects must be done as efficiently as possible, considering the impact of construction for those living in the city and its surrounding areas, as well as of course, the health and safety of all workers on the project.


  1. The latest technology and design for zero emission city buses

One of today’s innovation guided tours took its participants on a journey into the exciting world of zero-emissions buses. Hearing from leading bus manufacturers about their solutions to answer cities needs for higher energy efficiency, reduced emissions and enhanced travel experience, participants were introduced to an impressive range of innovative designs and features, each one as inspiring as the next. Have a look at the tour guide and take a stroll down the exhibition hall for more insights!


  1. Diversity & inclusion in public transport

Public transport, like many other sectors powered by engineering and science, is a male-dominated sector. What can we do to change that and, frankly, why should we change that? The panellists here insisted on the importance of creating a more gender-inclusive workforce to better reflect the needs of the people we serve, and shared concrete initiatives they were already implementing in their organisations to ensure this diversity and inclusion of all genders working in public transport can grow.


  1. Discussing the latest on automated vehicles

With automation being the new (and coolest!) kid on the block, today saw two sessions gathering experts to discuss the latest on automated vehicles (AVs). The session ‘How to integrate fleets of shared autonomous vehicles with public transport’ joined Transdev, Nobina, Uber, Daimler and Ruter on stage to address the same question UITP is seeking to answer with its SPACE project: how can we safely, successfully and realistically let AVs into our lives and onto our roads? Automation- aficionados could also enjoy the afternoon poster session ‘Dating VS Marrying: PT’s new relationship with automation’, where speakers discussed theoretical and pilot projects actually putting the AV-trend into practice.


  1. Urban transport policies for more liveable and competitive cities

From the diversity of approaches and experiences shared during this highly topical plenary, one clear message stood out: making our cities more liveable and competitive requires a stronger holistic approach to transport systems and more joined-up thinking across the public-private spectrum and the civil society. Looking into the question of economic sustainability in public transport projects, panellists also pointed out the need to take into account what Felicity Purchase, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport of City of Cape Town, called “the cost-benefit analysis of not investing in public transport”, which includes the cost of citizens’ health and well-being issues.


  1. The powerful voices of PT4ME

Following the momentum from the panel session ‘Diversity: improving the public transport workforce’, UITP hosted an incredibly moving side event on women’s employment in public transport as part of the #PT4ME campaign. Aside from speeches given on behalf of UITP and ITF on our recommendations, the event featured some impressive guest speakers including Alexandra van Huffelen, General Director, GVB (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Lizette Soria, Technical Specialist on Ending Violence against Women, UN Women; Ángela María Orozco, Minister of Transport of Colombia; and City Councillor of Montreal, Sophie Mauzerolle! Our own Lindsey Mancini, Head of the Secretary General’s Office at UITP, was the last speaker to take the podium—and certainly one of the most powerful—as she went off script and shared her personal account of why these messages are so important. Stay tuned for a full news article related to PT4ME and UITP’s Commitment to improve the gender balance at work! In the meantime, catch up on our latest PT4ME video.


  1. UITP welcomes you on its stand

Finishing the day on a festive note, visitors were invited to our stand to share a drink with UITP staff. “Since we are celebrating parties, we are celebrating people, and public transport is a public-intensive industry” said our Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani, who seized the opportunity of this gathering to introduce the Young Professionals Network attending the UITP Summit.


If you’re a UITP member or Congress delegate, check out the full presentations from our sessions today on MyLibrary!