Automated Metros

Metro Istanbul
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Participants recommend this programme

"The course is a true eye opener. So many in depth and so many perspectives."
(Pim Uijtdewilligen, Manager Railinfrastructure at Metropolitan Region Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands - Copenhagen Edition 2016)

"Great UTO training course! Definitely recommended for everyone who have thoughts to implement UTO." 
(Peter Hagelin, Project Manager at AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik ‑ Stockholm Public Transport, Sweden - Copenhagen Edition 2016)

Reach your objectives

  • Broaden your knowledge and understanding of the current situation and future trends in metro automation
  • Get an insight about implementation, operation and maintenance of automated metros
  • Learn from the experience of ATM in Milan in planning, building and running automated metro lines
  • Apply learnings during workshops using business and project management case scenarios

Target Audience

  • Professionals directly involved in metro automation projects and eager to learn more from international best practice
  • Staff from public transport operators or authorities which run, build or plan to build automated metro line(s)
  • Staff from the industry involved in the design and manufacturing of automated metro infrastructure, vehicles and technology
  • The course is also adapted to professionals seeking a first introduction to automated metros

Discover here which companies sent delegates to previous editions

A good level of English is a compulsory requirement to attend the training


  • Participate to interactive plenary sessions with introduction by course leaders, presentation by the trainer and open discussion with participants
  • Apply, through workshops, project management tools and business scenarios 
  • Share your knowledge and experience with other participants in smaller groups
  • Learn about ATM’s experience in building, running and converting automated metros in Milan and visit their control and maintenance centre

Inspiring Trainers

Our trainers are top-level transport and mobility professionals with extensive experience in automated metro management and operations. They are members of the UITP Observatory of Automated Metros; a unique group gathering the world’s leading operators with experience in Unattended Train Operation. This group, funded in 2007, exchanges best practices in key issues affecting automated metro operation and monitors the global evolution and trends on this field.

Some of our trainers:

"This training course provides an excellent opportunity to rapidly learn the fundamentals of GOA4 metro implementation and operation from experts who have real experience in this field. I would recommend attendance on this course to any Railway Engineer or Railway Operator who is considering GOA4 implementation on their railway network."
(G. Parris, Consultant Signaling Control Systems, London, UK - Copenhagen Edition 2016)


Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP, Brussels, Belgium



"The training provides a holistic view on automated metros trains and a good forum for exchange of experiences between authorities, operators and industry."
(Louis Waroquier, Bombardier Transportation Hennigsdorf, Product Management, Hennigsdorf, Germany - Copenhagen Edition 2016)



Session 1: Introduction – What is metro automation?

A real induction in the world of train automation. This session will take participants through the basic concepts in metro automation, present the history and state of the art in unattended train operation and address strategic considerations in the choice for automation:

  • Definition of metro automation
  • Grades of Automation – from driving on sight to running trains without staff onboard
  • Typologies of systems - APM, monorail, driverless light/heavy train, unattended train…
  • Overview of fully automated metro systems worldwide
  • Analysis on the historic evolution of automated metros
  • Future growth, trends and challenges
  • The choice for automation: What added-value and benefits for operators, authorities and customers?
  • What business model? From identifying the real costs of automation to defining ideal timing of automation projects
  • Basics on train control command concepts and automation technologies

Session 2: Project Management for automated metro lines from designing to running (Planning, Design, Tendering, Construction)

Approaching an automated metro line project requires thinking outside the box of conventional rail – What are the key elements to take into account? In which ways does it differ from a conventional metro project? What kind of expertise is needed in house and what can be outsourced? Which players need to be involved when?

This session will map the complexity of an automated metro line project, offering an overview of the key project phases, highlighting the specific areas in which automation projects differ from conventional ones.

Session 3: Group Work

Apply learnings during workshops using business and project management case scenarios.

Session 4: Operations and Maintenance of Automated Metros

Building on a selection of automated operation models and scenarios, this session will show participants the potential -and limits- of automation technologies, in order to make the most of automated operation.

It will also reflect on the impact of automation technologies in maintenance – identifying the key areas to consider and analyzing how to make best use of the technologies, smart tools and staffing model of an automated metro line.

Copenhagen case study:

Inaugurated in 2002, Copenhagen Metro is a fully automated metro system, two lines in unattended train operation mode (20 km) and a third automated line, the Cityringen, under construction and expected to open in 2019. This session will provide you a detailed overview of the system:

  • Rail transport in Copenhagen
  • Building the Copenhagen Metro
  • Operations
  • Capacity
  • Copenhagen Metro technical description
  • Stewards and maintenance
  • O&M contract

Session 5: The Human Factor & Customer Service

While technology usually takes the spotlight in metro automation projects, the human factor is in fact as central to the success of an automated metro line as the technology itself, and can even be more challenging in the case of a conventional system considering automation. The characteristics and operation model of an automated metro line require specific staffing models, with typically less staff, but more qualified and deployed in polyvalent roles along the line - What are their tasks and responsibilities? Is there an ideal staff profile and for an automated metro line? This session will present examples of staffing models for automated metro lines, highlighting some of the key challenges in finding, training, managing and keeping staff in automated metro lines.

In order to be successful, automation should also be approached as a customer-centered project. Systems and procedures need to be designed around the customer’s safety and experience and consider their view point and needs from the outset of the project. As such this session will also address some of the most frequently asked questions and concerns regarding customers in an automated metro line – from preparing the public and introducing automation to the future users of the system, to best practices in customer information and management during normal operation, and in different incident scenarios.

Session 6: Upgrade of conventional lines into Automated Metros - The Example of Paris

This session will analyze one of the most complex scenarios in metro automation projects: that of the conversion of a conventional line to fully automated operation. To date, only Nuremberg and Paris have taken this step – which many systems are considering. This session will offer a comprehensive overview of automated lines conversion, building on the successful experience of Line 1 conversion - from the project organization to the technical challenges faced and the human resources and social impact of a conversion.

Presentations by Metro Istanbul and Technical visit in Istanbul

Metro Istanbul is the local automated metro operator in Istanbul. After presentations by Metro Istanbul, participants will take the automated metro line 5 to visit the depot/maintenance area and the control room.



Until 28/09/2019

After 28/09/2019


1210 €

1690 €

Member « developing nations »*

885 €

1235 €


1635 €

2280 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

1095 €

1540 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +)

1130 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

830 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +)

1520 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

1020 €

* Participants from developing nations benefit from a special discount. Check here the list of eligible countries.

To register a group of 4 persons of more from the same organisation, please contact: yasin.basar(at)

Participation fees include:

  • Training instruction
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • All training documents: Binder including all presentations and supporting documents; Access to all training material via UITP's electronic library Mobi+ (after the training)

Groups generally consist of 25 participants and are limited to about 30 in order to increase the learning experience and interaction during the programme. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Terms and Conditions

Please download our Terms and Conditions here

Contact Person

Mr. Yasin Basar, UITP Turkey Office, yasin.basar(at)

Practical information: 

Training Venue:

Marmara Municipalities Union 

Marmara Belediyeler Birliği
Sarıdemir Mahallesi, Ragıp Gümüşpala Cad. 
No:10, 34134 Eminönü - Fatih/Istanbul

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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Hotels nearby the training venue:

Elite World İstanbul Hotel
Address: Şehit Muhtar Mh.
Şehit Muhtar Caddesi No:42
34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 313 83 83
The Green Park Hotel Taksim
Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, 
Abdülhak Hamit Cd. No:34, 
34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 238 05 05
Ramada Istanbul Taksim
Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, 
Recep Paşa Cd. No:15,
34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 238 54 60
Point Hotel Taksim
Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, 
Topçu Cd. No:2, 
34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 313 50 00
Nippon Hotel
Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, 
Topçu Cd. No:6,
34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 313 33 00
InterContinental İstanbul
Address: Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, 
Asker Ocağı Caddesi No:1, 
34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone: +90 212 368 44 44


Laurent Dauby, Director Rail Transport, UITP, Brussels, Belgium



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