Metros: the backbone of cities and sustainable communities

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Public transport is an essential part of any city’s climate action plan to reduce emissions. This has been the core message of our ongoing ‘One Planet, One Plan’ campaign, launched on 16 September, which rolls out a four-step climate action plan for decision and policy makers.

Step 2 of this plan is to “strengthen the role of public transport as the backbone of all mobility services”. In particular, we refer to efficient mass transit systems at the centre of any city’s mobility system in order to reduce private car usage and emissions.

It is with this in mind that UITP and its members focus their daily efforts on innovating to improve the efficiency and expand the reach of mass transit modes all over the world.

In this context, UITP members have gathered together in Madrid (Spain) for the UITP Metro Assembly (16-19 October 2019). The location has been chosen in honour of the 100th anniversary of our member and local host of this event, Metro de Madrid.

In 2017, metros carried approximately 53 billion passengers in 178 cities. Considering an average occupancy of 1.3 passengers per car, metros remove the equivalent of 133 million cars from city streets every day.

Our latest UITP Knowledge Brief, Metros: the backbone of mobile cities and sustainable communities, dives even further into the benefits of building metros in cities. Divided into three stakeholder categories: decision makers, businesses and the travelling public, it is unquestionable that metros provide remarkable opportunities for everyone. 

With their many positive attributes, metros are good for people, business and society. They deliver technical, economic, political, social and environmental benefits. Yet, most advantages can be further amplified with fully automated metros.

Therefore, a second and complementary UITP Knowledge Brief on The benefits of full metro automation has also just been released to further highlight these advantages.

In the coming five years, full automation is expected to become the mainstream design for new metro lines. While full automation has often been approached as a technological solution to fulfil a specific need, often related to improving capacity performance, this brief demonstrates that there is a much wider array of benefits to full automation.

This Knowledge Brief sets out five key dimensions that need to be considered throughout the implementation of automated metros: mobility, safety, affordability, ecology and humanity. The benefits of these five strategic dimensions are delivered in 10 key areas, relevant to any metro network.

These benefits should not be viewed separately, but rather each dimension interlinks and complements the others. Such a synergy offers improved performance, safety, sustainability, affordability and attractiveness to both customers and staff.

UITP and the Observatory of Automated Metros invites you to broaden your assessment of automation projects to truly assess the full impact that automation can deliver to your metro network. Head to our Observatory of Automated Metros website to find out more!

The full Knowledge Briefs on both the benefits of metros and the benefits of fully automated metros are available on MyLibrary for members only.

Convinced, but would still like to learn more? Join us at our automated metros training programme in Istanbul (Turkey) on 20-22 November!

Read more about how to strengthen the role of public transport in cities to fight climate change!

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