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Design & Culture

Next stop: Stations of the Future

  • Accessibility
  • Infrastructure
  • Urban development

Stations are an essential part of our cities, their character and people

Whether by bus, (shared) bike, or boat: nearly all public transport journeys pass through a station.

While one day mainly considered a spot to board a vehicle, stations today are an essential part of a city and its people. Stations harbour all types of travellers, serve many different purposes, and have vital implications to a city’s planning, functionality and character.

Moreover, station design and development can play a key role in making public transport more resilient in terms of sustainability, safety, and accessibility.

Stations of the Future helps to make stations future proof

To support the sector in keeping on track with station development and design, UITP is proud to launch its new project Stations of the Future.

Joining forces with KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, Stations of the Future will investigate how stations are changing and can be designed or adapted to best foster their central place in our society. A joint study will focus on how we can make our stations future-proof considering the many purposes that they serve. From connecting modes, people and places, to facilitating commercial and social activity, stations are complex and vibrant places, and Stations of the Future will investigate them as such.

The project will look at how stations should evolve in the short and mid-term future, while analysing current trends that influence stations’ development. UITP and KONE will provide guidelines on how the sector should conceive a Station of the Future in different contexts and city dimensions and at worldwide level.

Stations are vital places to attract more users towards public transport – they quite literally can be the starting point to more sustainable mobility. With Stations of the Future, UITP and KONE will provide important recommendations how stations can get ready for the future on multiple aspects such as accessibility, sustainability and urban planning and design, and why it is important to pay special attention to its design and governance.
Daria Kuzmina
Rail Manager at UITP

From passenger to planner: looking at stations from different angles

Stations of the Future will tackle station design from different perspectives. On the one hand, passengers will take a central stage: How do they experience stations, and how can we make their journeys more attractive, accessible and safe?

Another view will take place from behind the scenes. While hidden from passengers’ eyes, aspects important for operators, city planners and authorities are vital for making our stations future proof. The project will report on how PTAs and PTOs should and would consider stations, taking into account aspects such as integration of transport modes, people movement and guidance, energy and asset management, or resilience against climate change.

Improving the flow of urban life is our mission at KONE, and safe, efficient and accessible public transport stations are crucial elements of the smart and sustainable cities the world needs. We believe close collaboration between all stakeholders is the only way to improve the increasingly complex ecosystems public transport networks are becoming. Partnering with UITP for this project aims to identify the latest trends and surface the needs of PTOs and PTAs to develop even further their operations and services.
Cãlin Hera
Global Business Development Manager, Major Projects, KONE

Help shape the stations of the future

Are you a UITP member and do you want to help shape the Stations of the Future?

UITP and KONE are looking for Ambassadors to participate in the project’s Working Group. The group is open for those who want to contribute with their knowledge and expertise on station design and development. Ambassadors will be asked to participate in meetings and workshops, provide best practices, and review and endorse deliverables.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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