Metro Assembly 2019

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For its 96th edition, the UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly will be held in Madrid on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Metro de Madrid. Opened on 17 October 1919, the Spanish capital's network today has 302 stations and is 294km long. The Metro Assembly will be a chance to celebrate this anniversary with the hosts and to learn about the city's current challenges and strategy for the future. In addition to this, there will be sessions on the benefits of metro, the digital metro and presentations of the work of the UITP metro technical subcommittees, as well as a technical visit.


Wednesday 16 October

20:00 - 21:30      Welcome Reception at Nave de Motores Museum  


Thursday 17 October

09:00 - 10:30      Session 1 – Assembly Opening & Local host session

Madrid’s first metro line, with 8 stations and 4 kilometres, opened on 17 October 1919 between Cuatro Caminos and Sol. A hundred years later, the network reaches 12 municipalities in Madrid, where over 75% of the population has a metro station within 600 meters from home.  This session will take delegates through Metro de Madrid’s historic journey from inauguration to the 8th largest network in the world, highlighting its defining role in structuring Madrid’s urban space and dynamics and pointing to the challenges ahead, as the centenary network moves into the digitalisation paradigm and strives to adapt to the needs and expectations of today and tomorrow’s citizens.

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30      Session 2 – The Benefits of Metros I: Transforming the Spanish urban landscape

Originally designed to combat congestion in crowded cities, metro systems have demonstrated their remarkable ability to help accommodate population growth with minimum negative externalities, foster economic development and enhance quality of life – rendering this high capacity mode attractive for politicians, the business community and the travelling public. Metros are an effective long-term commitment and investment to deliver sustainable, resilient and smart cities. This session will present the latest UITP paper on the Benefits of Metros, and a close up on how metro networks have contributed positively to the socioeconomic development of Spanish cities. 12:30 – 14:00  Lunch  
14:00 - 15:30      Session 3 – The Benefits of Metros II: A global overview

Metro operators and authorities will present success stories on the transformative effect of metro projects in cities across the world. 

15:30 - 16:00      Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30      Session 4 – UITP Affairs & Metro Division reports & recommendations

This session will present relevant UITP Association developments & provide an executive overview on the work of the Metro Division and its Subcommittees in 2018- 2019, including the presentation of selected reports, highlighting good practices and recommendations for metro systems worldwide.
20:30 - 23:00      Official Dinner at Palacio de Fernán Núñez

Friday 18 October

09:00 - 10:30      S5 – The digital promise I: Zero incident in commercial operation - Myth or reality ?

Digitalisation is a game-changer for mobility –expectations are high with regards to its transformative potential to deliver better, more effective and adaptative solutions to the current and future challenges metro networks face.  
This first session will focus on the impact of digitalisation on metro asset maintenance, analysing expectations and experiences on the capacity of predictive maintenance to deliver a zero failure system.

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee Break 

11:00 - 12:30      S6 – The digital promise II: how close are we to an AI metro?

Building on UITP’s latest report on Artificial Intelligence in mass public transport, this session will analyse the gap between vision and reality, identifying barriers and success factors in the path to the digital transformation of metro networks.  12:30 – 13:00  Assembly closing & announcement 2020 edition

13:00 - 14:30      Lunch

14:30 - 17:30      Technical Visit(s)

Details to be confirmed



Saturday 19 October

Technical visit to Barcelona Metro: Day trip to Barcelona on high-speed rail (AVE), kindly hosted by FGC (operator of L6-8) & TMB (operator of L1-5 & L9-11), and with the support of Renfe. 



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The 94th UITP Metro Assembly is hosted by Metro de Madrid.

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