Unveiling the winning projects of the UITP Awards 2019

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Innovative ideas from across the globe that contribute to advancing public transport were rewarded yesterday 12 June, during the closing ceremony of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit (9-12 June 2019) in Stockholm.

Every two years, the UITP Awards acknowledge ambitious and innovative projects that position public transport as the backbone of sustainable urban and local mobility solutions and can be transferred to other cities and regions.

Discover the winning projects of the UITP Awards 2019! 

Design Processes and Products

FAIRTIQ LTD. and TRANSPORTS PUBLICS FRIBOURGEOIS SA (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein) for the project "FAIRTIQ - Public Transport made easy"                                                             

Based on the principle of ‘Check In – Assisted Check Out’ principle (CIACO), FAIRTIQ is a mobile ticketing app that revolutionises public transport ticketing by drastically shortening and simplifying the purchase process for customers. This easily scalable product has reached full coverage of all public transport services in Switzerland within less than two years, and it is also the first ever proof of success of a hardwareless smart mobile ticketing system.

Diversity and Inclusion

INIT and LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE (Singapore) for the project "MAVIS (Mobility Assistance for the Visually Impaired and Selected Users)".

With MAVIS, INIT and Land Transport Authority of Singapore are making the most of assistive technologies to support wheelchair users, visually impaired and hard-of-hearing passengers travelling on public buses. The project features a smartphone app that provides personalised journey guidance and the ability to communicate to the driver, a T-loop broadcast and external speakers on buses. Among their key innovative features, these technologies enable passengers to "virtually hail" the bus from a smartphone and include a "text to speech" functionality for the benefit of visually impaired users.


METRO TRAINS MELBOURNE (Australia) for the project "Metro Trains Melbourne - Diversity & Inclusion x 10". 

Built around gender diversity, socially responsible employment and inclusive culture, the Metro Trains Melbourne’s Diversity & Inclusion Program provides a blueprint for building diversity across the rail industry. The programme includes Key Performance Indicators, training and employment opportunities to marginalised or disadvantaged groups, a Leader Support Guide to socially responsible employment and diversity and inclusion engagement sessions for all staff. Among its key successes, total female participation in the company's workforce has climbed from 13.7% to 25.1%, setting it on the right path to reach its gender target of 40% by 2024.

Multimodal Integration

WEEGO MOBILITY LAB (Morocco) for the project "Weego app".

With the Weego app, Weego Mobility Lab uses crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to bring real time information and mobile ticketing to developing and emerging countries. Aiming to bridge the first and last mile gap and provide easy commuting options, the team also analyses how people move on a daily basis in order to detect gaps in the present transport system and create adapted mobility solutions autonomously or in partnership with operators.

Operational and Technological Excellence

SEOUL METRO (South Korea) for the project "Introducing Observer Pattern-based system for failure prediction of railway facilities (SAMBA)".

SAMBA is an observer pattern-based system that predicts a failure of railway facilities. Observer pattern is a software design pattern that observes the patterns of objects and notifies a system automatically of any state changes, and SAMBA is the first application of this technology in the field of railway. Using IoT sensors and algorithms, this innovative project enables a radical change in the paradigm of railway maintenance, moving from time-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance.

Public and Urban Transport Strategy


BVG and ViaVan have joined forces to launch a dynamic ride pooling transit service, creating routes in real time in response to rider demand. This 4-year pilot launched in September, 2018 with a fleet of 50 state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz vehicles and has quickly expanded to more than 150 vehicles, making it the world’s largest on-demand offer by a public transport company. Among other features, Berlkönig owes its outstanding rate of customer satisfaction (97% on more than 500,000 shared rides) to intuitive apps that enable riders to track and identify designated vehicles and communicate with drivers if necessary.

Smart Funding, Financing and Business Models

METBUS (BUSES METROPOLITANA S.A), SANTIAGO CHILE and ENEL X (ENEL GROUP) (Chile) for the project "Private Business Model to implement electric mobility in public transport in the city of Santiago".

Working closely together, Metbus, Enel X and the city of Santiago achieved their aim of implementing a fully operational electric bus fleet in Santiago de Chile’s Public Transport System. Key to their success was the creation of a new business model, in which the supply chain is integrated and the operator becomes a coordinator, ensuring a more equitable risk distribution among the actors involved. As part of its achievements, this project has also awakened the interest of the Chilean government in supporting this technology through a public electromobility policy for public transport. 

Young Researchers

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND (United States of America) for the project "icenTrip".

IncenTrip is a multimodal travel planning tool on your smartphone empowered by predictive big data analytics, behavioural research and incentive optimisation. By providing the right combination of information and incentives to potential transit users, the app nudges them towards long-term adoption of public transit. Being deployed in the Washington-Baltimore region with a user pool of over 35,000 regular commuters, this project and its highly transferable backend technology will offer crucial insights for other major cities on how to better manage travel demand and design an effective incentive system to influence people’s travel behaviour. 


The 6 finalists with the best marketing campaigns have also been recognised for their outstanding work: 

Marketing Campaign

BERLINER VERKEHRSBETRIEBE (BVG) (Germany) for the project "The limited edition BVG x adidas Originals EQT 93/Berlin : the sneaker that’s a yearly ticket".

COMPANHIA CARRIS DE FERRO DE LISBOA, E.M., S.A. (Portugal) for the project "Campaign 'Little Cars - Less cars, more CARRIS'".

TRANSPORT FOR GREATER MANCHESTER (United Kingdom) for the project "Bee in the City".

VÄSTTRAFIK AB (Sweden) for the project "We use less space if we travel together".

MTR CORPORATION (Hong Kong SAR, China) for the project "Rail Gen 2.0 New Customer Experience – Digital Transformation".

MOSCOW METRO (MOSCOW DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT) (Russian Federation) for the project "Privet, Moskva! City storytelling from Moscow Transport".


Special Recognition

SHENZEN BUS GROUP CO., LTD (SZBG) (China) for the project "Bus Fleet Electrification"

Fully aware of the fact that full electrification of public transport comes with a systematic shift in the way both the organisation in charge and the city operate, SZGB developed an innovative model that enables a smooth transition from diesel to electric vehicles. Based on their collaboration with industries and the formulation of new technologies and operational procedures, the success of their project makes them the world's first bus company to achieve full electrification. 


We'll be publishing interviews with each winning team within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more insights into these exciting projects!

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