In Beijing, China, the first fully automated metro line in the city will start operations in December. This is just one example of the many other recently launched metro projects: with over 480km of new metro infrastructure put in service in 2016 - which represents over two thirds of global metro infrastructure growth - China is becoming a major player on the global metro scene.
In order to support this strong growth and promote excellence in the development of urban rail systems, UITP and the China Association of Metros (CAMET) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Sunday 18 June 2017 in Beijing, China, in presence of Pere Calvet, UITP President, and Zhou Xiaoqin, CAMET Executive vice Chairman.
CAMET is a non-profit, sectorial, social association nationwide that gathers urban rail related organisations throughout China. Its 455 member organisations focus on issues such as engineering consultancy, engineering construction, operation management, technical equipment, safety management and non-fare revenue resource management. CAMET also acts as a communication platform between the Chinese government and its members.
This Memorandum of Cooperation is the first step to a closer cooperation between UITP’s Metro Division, which gathers over 90 companies, combined together they operate two thirds of the world’s metro infrastructure, and CAMET. Together, both associations will organise joint activities like seminars, training, and research in order to strengthen the collaboration between their members.
During its visit in China, the UITP delegation also had the opportunity to meet executives from the following public transport operators: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Wuhan.