94th UITP METROPOLITAN RAILWAYS ASSEMBLY

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27/09/2017
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94th UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly –  'Growing cities, growing networks'

The  Metro  Assembly  gathers,  once  a  year,  the top-level managers of UITP Metro Division member companies to share news and discuss key issues and challenges at the highest level. Participant members also receive an update on the technical activities developed by the Metro Division in the course of the year and a preview of upcoming working topics.

Under the banner ‘Growing networks, growing cities’, this edition in Vienna will include sessions dedicated to digitalisation.

The Metro Assembly meeting is reserved for the representatives of metro operator companies member of UITP and selected guests (upon invitation by the Metro Assembly Chairman). If you would like to check your eligibility to attend, please contact the UITP secretariat at corentin.wauters@uitp.org.

Programme: 

 

OVERVIEW

 
Wednesday 27 September
Thursday 28 September
Friday 29 September
Saturday 30 September
Morning
 
Session 1
Opening & Local host session
Session 5
Digitalisation – digitalisation for better quality of service
Optional side programme:
Day visit to Schloss Hof in Lower Austria
Session 2
Metro Division work programme (I)
Session 6
Digitalisation – vision, barriers and impact for metro networks
Afternoon
Session 3
Metro Division work programme (II)
Technical Visits
Session 4
World metros review
Evening
Welcome Reception
Official Dinner
End of programme
 

 

WEDNESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

Welcome Reception at the Remise Transport Museum of Wiener Linien (18:30 - 20:30)

THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

Session 1 – Assembly Opening &  Local host session (9:00 - 10:30)

  • Opening
    Pere CALVET, Director General, FGC, Barcelona, Spain, UITP President & outgoing Chairman, UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly
    Philippe MARTIN, Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris, France & incoming Chairman, UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly
  • Welcome address
    • Günter STEINBAUER, CEO, Wiener Linien, Vienna
  • Vienna: preparing for the future
    • Vienna 2 billion – network extensions
      Markus OSSBERGER, Head of Staff Department Infrastructure, Wiener Linien, Vienna
    • A network for 2050 – roadmap automatisation
      Nikolaus PANZERA, Division Metro Operations, Wiener Linien, Vienna

Session 2: Metro Division work programme & Subcommittee reports & recommendations (11:00 - 12:30)

Executive overview on the work of UITP Metro Subcommittees in 2016 and 2017, including the presentation of selected reports, highlighting good practices and recommendations for metro systems worldwide.Chair: Luc BIOUL, Senior Vice President Operations, Director SSE, STIB, Brussels, Belgium & Chairman of the Metropolitan Railways Committee, UITP

  • Electrical Installations and Safety Systems Subcommittee work programme & report: (report topic tbc)
    Claude ANDLAUER, Responsable Unité du Département ING, RATP Group, Paris
  • Fixed Installations Subcommittee work programme & report (report topic tbc)
    Edgar FISCHMEISTER, Head of Department Track Construction, Wiener Linien, Vienna

Session 3: Metro Division work programme (II) (14:00 - 15:30) 

Executive overview on the work of UITP Metro Subcommittees in 2016 and 2017, including the presentation of selected reports, highlighting good practices and recommendations for metro systems worldwide.
Chair: Luc BIOUL, Senior Vice President Operations, Director SSE, STIB, Brussels, Belgium & Chairman of the Metropolitan Railways Committee, UITP

  • Rolling Stock Subcommittee work programme & report (report topic tbc)
    François CHAMBERLAND, Executive Director, STM, Montreal, Canada
  • Operations Subcommittee work programme & report (report topic tbc)
    Karl BERGNER, Division Manager Metro Operations, Wiener Linien, Vienna
  • Observatory of Automated Metros work programme
    Ramon MALLA, Director of Strategic Projects, TMB, Barcelona
  • Observatory Report: Singularities of project management for automated metro lines
    Invited speaker: Mr. MENG Sim Wee, Senior Group Director – Rail, Land Transport Authority, Singapore

Session 4 – Growing cities – Growing networks; metro development around the world (16:00 - 17:30)

This session will open the stage to the latest news from Metro Division members around the world, offering an overview of key metro developments and their impact in the cities they serve.

Chair: Philippe MARTIN, Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris, France & Chairman, Metropolitan Railways Assembly, UITP

Official Dinner at the Museum of Military History - Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame) (19:30 - 22:30)

Shuttle bus transfer will be available from and to the official Assembly hotel.

FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Strategic workshop: Digitalisation in metro networks

Digitalisation brings many opportunities for public transport: increasing efficiency, improving quality & customer experience, lowering costs and opening new services and revenue streams. However, it also brings significant challenges. As digitalisation enters every aspect of the public transport business, clarifying where and how digitalisation is affecting the sector and how metro networks can seize on it is a complex exercise. Two sessions explore this question, with examples of pilot programmes and good practices, and a strategic discussion on the vision, challenges and barriers for its implementation in metro systems.

Session 5 - Digitalisation for better quality of service (9:00-10:30)

Chair: Philippe MARTIN, Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris, France & Chairman, Metropolitan Railways Assembly, UITP

  • UITP Framework paper: Digitalisation in public transport
    Invited speaker: Information Technology and Innovation Commission Chairman (tbc)
  • Digitalisation for improved customer service: WienMobil App
    Klaus BAMBERGER, Division Manager Market/Customer, Wiener Linien, Vienna
  • Digitalisation for improved safety, operation & maintenance: Seoul Metro Line 2 modernisation programme
    Invited speaker: Mr KIM Tae Ho, CEO, Seoul Metro, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Digitalisation for improved operation & maintenance : Wiener Linien’s Infrastructure database
    Thomas HAMMER, Department Track Construction, Wiener Linien, Vienna

Session 6 – Vision, barriers and impact of digitalisation for metro networks (11:00 - 12:30)

Chair: Philippe MARTIN, Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris, France & Chairman, Metropolitan Railways Assembly, UITP

  • Panel discussion: Vision, barriers and impact of digitalisation for metro systems

Assembly closing (12:30 - 13:00)

  • Signature of Letter of Intent TMB/Wiener Linien (strategic partnership – automation)

Technical Visits (14:00 - 17:30)

Participants have the choice between two options for the Technical Visit. The selection should be made when registering online for the Assembly.
Places on the individual Technical Visits are limited and will be assigned on a first-come- first-served basis.

OPTION 1: U1 Line extension

U1 line extension (Reumannplatz – Oberlaa) opening on 2 September: 5 new stations (underground and overground), plus 4.6 km length, new storage hall, investment of approx. € 600 million
  
OPTION 2: Infocenter U2/U5

The Infocenter U2/U5, at the future Volkstheater U5 station, is the first point of contact for all matters relating to the planning, construction and operation of new underground lines. An interactive and multimedia exhibition, spanning over 700 m², provides an exciting insight into the construction of Vienna’s underground network.

ACCOMPANYING PERSONS PROGRAMME

A programme has been established for accompanying persons. Information is available upon request (contact corentin.wauters@uitp.org).

OPTIONAL PROGRAMME - SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Guided Tour to Schloss Hof

The grounds of Schloss Hof (Baroque country estate) extend across fifty hectares in eastern Lower Austria. A major new exhibition marking the third centenary of the birth of Maria Theresa explores the life and work of this monarch and empress-consort. As one of the outstanding personalities from the House of Habsburg, she assumed an almost mythical status a short time after her death in 1780. The exhibition Maria Theresa: Strategist – Mother – Reformer presents a nuanced exploration of the bright and dark sides of the ruler, examining her life, family, political achievements and legacy.

Transfer from Le Méridien Vienna to Schloss Hof (10:00 - 11:00)
Visit of the palace and guided exhibition tour “Maria Theresia: Strategist – Mother – Reformer” (11:00 - 13:00)
Lunch break (13:00 - 15:00)   
Guided Paradise Garden tour (15:00 - 16:00)  
Transfer from Schloss Hof to Le Méridien Vienna (16:00 - 17:00)

The participation fee for this tour is €85 per person. Participants should pre-book using the online form when registering for the Assembly. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The tour will take place if a minimum of 10 participants have pre-registered – final confirmation of the tour will be sent to pre-registered participants at the latest by 8 September. Payment instructions will be included as well in this communication.
 

Registration: 

 

The Metro Assembly meeting is reserved for the representatives of metro operator companies member of UITP and selected guests (upon invitation by the Metro Assembly Chairman). If you would like to check your eligibility to attend, please contact the UITP secretariat at corentin.wauters@uitp.org.

Official Assembly representatives may appoint a substitute and/or be accompanied by other staff members of their company. Note that the number of extra seats per company is limited; should your company wish to register more than 2 representatives, please contact the UITP Secretariat to confirm seat availability.

Participation at the Metro Assembly is free of charge.

Registration is open until 4 September

For more information, please contact the UITP secretariat at corentin.wauters@uitp.org

Practical information: 

 

Assembly venue

The Assembly will be held at:

Le Méridien Vienna
Robert-Stolz-Platz 1
1010 Vienna, Austria
http://www.lemeridienvienna.com/en

Languages

The languages foreseen for the Assembly are English, German, French, Spanish and Russian - Please indicate your preference when you register. If there is no request for a particular language by 4 September, interpretation in this language will not be provided.

Accommodation in Vienna

The local host has negotiated preferential rates for delegates at the official Assembly venue, Le Méridien Vienna, as well as at another hotel, Motel One Staatsoper, located just a few steps away. The table below provides an overview of rates, deadlines and additional information for your booking.

Le Méridien Vienna****

Robert-Stolz-Platz 1
1010 Vienna
http://www.lemeridienvienna.com/en
(Metro: U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz)
    
Single room / night: € 245
Double room / night: € 265
    
Book using the following link: click here to book

Deadline: 18 August

Motel One Staatsoper***

Elisabethstraße 5
1010 Vienna
http://www.motel-one.com/en/hotels/vienna/wien-staatsoper/
(Metro: U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz)

Single room / night: € 91,24
Double room / night: € 106,62

Book by completing and sending the form: download form here

Deadline: 16 August

Cancellation conditions are indicated on the booking forms. To cancel/change your booking: please directly contact the hotel of your choice. The UITP Secretariat will not process hotel cancellation/change requests.

Visas for Austria

It is the responsibility of every delegate to check and fulfil visa requirements for entering Austria. Participants who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the visa application procedure. The organisers will not directly contact embassies and consulates on behalf of visa applicants.

Should you need an invitation letter for the Metro Assembly, please contact Rui Ribeiro (rui.ribeiro@uitp.org). The local host will grant visa invitation letters until 27 August. After this date, the issuing of visa invitation letters cannot be guaranteed.

 

Partners: 

The 94th Metro Assembly is kindly hosted by:

Wiener Linien is Vienna’s public transport operator and is responsible for operation and maintenance of 161 underground, tram and bus lines. The underground network extends to 78.5 kilometres and comprises 5 lines, 3 major train depots and 104 stops (all figures calculated before the U1 line extension in September).

Public transport is the preferred mode of transport in Vienna. Wiener Linien is committed to providing the best possible service, and to thereby steadily increasing the public transport share of city traffic. Some 8,700 Wiener Linien employees work 24/7 year-round to provide reliable and timely transportation for the passengers. The Viennese appreciate this effort: 39% of all passenger trips in Vienna are made using public transport. Public transport lines annually carry a higher share of the city’s passenger traffic than cars (27%).

In 2016, Wiener Linien ridership stood at 954 million passengers. On average, some 2.6 million passengers per day use the Wiener Linien network, for which public transport vehicles cover a distance of 212,000 kilometres – roughly the same distance as orbiting the earth 5 times.

At the end of 2015, the number of Wiener Linien annual pass holders (approx. 700,000) surpassed the number of registered vehicles in the city (approx. 685,000) for the first time. Since then, it has steadily been rising, reaching the record number of 733,000 annual passes sold in January 2017.

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