A few months ago, UITP was proud to announce the final three candidates in line to host the 2021 UITP Global Public Transport Summit. As the final decision has yet to be made, we would like to take this opportunity to put each candidate city in the spotlight and find out what makes each city an excellent location for the biggest international public transport event.
Our final three potential-host cities are Hamburg, Melbourne and Moscow. Here with us today is Jeroen Weimar, CEO of Public Transport Victoria (PTV) to present the case of Melbourne, Australia!
Can you use three words to qualify your city’s candidacy?
Diversity, opportunity and investment – we’re bidding to host the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit in Melbourne because it’s a chance to show Melbourne’s strong international connections, commitment to diversity and significant pipeline of investment for major public transport projects.
Why should UITP come to your city over the others? How does your city stand out?
The case for Melbourne is three-fold. Firstly we’re a new frontier for UITP with significant investment opportunity for global UITP members. Secondly our industry is a diverse mixture of government and private industry that connects on a global scale especially with the fast-growing Asian market. Finally Melbourne is a global leader in hosting international summits with strong delegate attendance in key UITP regions and world class facilities.
What makes your city’s public transport stand out over the others?
Melbourne’s public transport network boasts a unique operating model of public ownership and private operation including the world’s largest tram network and a metropolitan network with more than 800km of track. Our city is open for business with the global transport industry and openly engages with international expertise in Europe and Asia to deliver major projects, rolling stock and operate our network. Melbourne is also one of the few cities in the world that runs trains, trams and buses all night on weekends to boost the night-time economy and get passengers home safely.
What is the most recent public transport development in your city?
We are currently undergoing a once-in-a-generation transformation of our public transport network in Melbourne with $30 billion in transport projects in the pipeline. This including the construction of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro and the $6.9 billion project to remove 50 level crossings to boost capacity, safety and reduce congestion.
Melbourne is also one of the few cities in the world that runs trains, trams and buses all night on weekends to boost the night-time economy and get passengers home safely.
What is the must-see place in your city? And does your city’s public transport provide good access to the best spots for tourists?
With the biggest tram network in the world, and free travel in Melbourne’s city centre, our multicultural city has excellent connectivity and is easy to get around. Delegates and their partners visiting for a 2021 Summit in Melbourne will have the opportunity to experience Australia’s unrivalled capital of sport, culture, entertainment and style, and one of the world’s premier meeting and convention destinations.
Melbourne’s must-see place is the city itself – the best way to experience the city is to immerse oneself in its rich arts and culture scene, sample some of the best food and coffee in the world, take a walk down the city’s unique laneways or experience its bustling nightlife. Melbourne is also the perfect gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastline and alpine villages – all within a short drive from the city.
Why is hosting the UITP Summit so important for your city?
As a city with global industry participation, knowledge sharing and partnerships that have grown through our UITP networks are vital to the way we do business in Melbourne. Our bid to host the 2021 Global Public Transport Summit in Melbourne will provide an opportunity for global industry to connect with our city as a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region.
Thank you Mr Weimar for these excellent answers and for providing us with some detailed depictions of life in the city of Melbourne, and especially why it stands out as a public transport city!
The 2019 Global Public Transport Summit will take place in Stockholm! Find out more here!