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Metro Assembly 2021

30 Nov. > 2 Dec. 2021
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Two sessions over two days

30 November & 2 Decemeber

Deadline to register: 26 November
30 November 12:30-15:00 (CET)
Session 1 – Round tables: Covid-19 impact on operations, costs, and other longer-term effects

Session 1 is by invitation only

2 December 12:30-14:00 (CET)
Session 2 – Work programme of the Metro Division and results of selected studies
What is it?

In the Assembly, top level Metro Division members share their news and discuss problems at the highest level in a closed, non-commercial environment.


Session 1 – Covid-19 impact on operations, costs, and other longer-term effects

30 November 12:30-15:00 (CET)

By invitation only

Topic 1: Continuing effects of Covid-19 on costs and revenue (12:45-13:45)

More than 20 months after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, what is the impact on operations and maintenance expenses (cleaning and disinfection, corrosive effect of new cleaning products, measures for staff, etc.)? What changes has Covid-19 brought to the cost structure of metro operators? Ridership trends and forecasts will also be addressed in this round table.

  • Brieuc de Meeûs, CEO, STIB/MIVB, Brussels, and Chair of the Metro Division
  • Ester Litovsky, Manager of Strategic Planning, Management Control and Contract Administration, Metrovias S.A., Buenos Aires
  • Jude Hilay, CFO, Light Rail Manila Corporation, Manila
  • Andrei Koshelev, Deputy Head for Development, Moscow Metro
  • Marie-Claude Léonard, Executive Director Metro, Société de Transport de Montréal, Montreal
  • Hiba Farès, Director Client Experience, Marketing and Services, RATP, Paris

Speaking about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on contracting:

  • Emmanuel Dommergues, Senior Manager Organising Authorities, UITP

Topic 2: Will Covid-19 affect investments and business models? (14:00-15:00)

Metros are a key tool to make cities more liveable and to develop economies. They also play a significant role in the fight against global warming. With operator and public finances under pressure due to Covid-19, are future investments like network extensions and modernisation programmes being downscaled, are they staying on course or are there more new railway projects to boost economic recovery? Are new business models emerging for metros? – for example, adaptation of the offer to new mobility patterns, revenue diversification, changes to fares structures, etc.

Presenting the results of studies by the UITP Transport Economics Committee and changes to the fare structure in Singapore:

  • Angela Khoo, Deputy Director Policy & Regulation, Public Transport Council, Singapore, and Vice Chair of the Transport Economics Committee

Experience and outlook from operators:

  • George Clark, Director of TfL Engineering, Transport for London
  • Adi Lau, Mainland China Business & Global Operations Standards, MTR Corporation Ltd, Hong Kong, and Chairman UITP Metro Committee
  • Lisa Woodruff, Senior Vice President of Business Process Development for Operation, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington D.C.
  • André Costa, CEO, CCR Metro Bahia, Salvador
  • Oscar Playà, Director of the Barcelona Metro, Tranports Metropolitans de Barcelona
  • Datin Norlia Noah, Group Chief Operating Officer, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, Kuala Lumpur

Session 2 – Work programme of the Metro Division and results of selected studies

2 December 12:30-14:00 (CET)

This session will showcase the results of several technical studies completed by the metro subcommittees in the last 18 months and provide an update on the ongoing work topics of these working bodies of the Metro Division. The respective chairs of the Subcommittees will present the progress reports. This session will be moderated by Adi Lau, MTR, Chair of the UITP Metro Committee and Lisa Woodruff, WMATA, Vice-Chair of the Metro Committee for North America.

Electrical Installations and Safety Systems Subcommittee

Ignasi Oliver, Head of Digitalisation and Innovation of Metro, TMB, Barcelona

  • ‘Grounding system in DC railway’ study results
    • Jorge FERNÁNDEZ QUINTANA, Coordinator of Engineering in Energy Installations, Metro de Madrid


Rolling Stock Subcommittee

David Nanteuil, Technical Manager of the Rolling stock Design Unit, RATP, Paris

  • ‘Human Driver Awareness’ study results
    • Igor SHLENDOV, Deputy Head – Head of Rolling Stock Service, St Petersburg Metropoliten


Operations Subcommittee

Normen Wiegand, Deputy Metro Chief Operating Superintendent, Hamburger Hochbahn, Hamburg


    Fixed Installations Subcommittee

    Pedro Mateu, Projects Director, FGC, Barcelona


    Observatory of Automated Metros

    Carlo Bianco, Director of M5 Operations and Metro Safety, ATM, Milan


    Simultaneous interpretation for this session will be provided in: EN-FR-ES-RU

    Deadline for registrations is 26 November


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      Brieuc DE MEEÛS
      Chief Executive Officer STIB-MIVB
      Brussels, Belgium
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      Adi LAU
      Managing Director - Mainland China Business & Global Operations Standards MTR Corporation Limited
      Hong Kong sar, China
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