The Congress programme for the 2015 UITP World Congress & Exhibition reflects the big public transport concerns of the moment.
Hyper-connectivity, climate change, the emergence of new mobility providers and the health and well-being of our cities and citizens have driven the content of the Congress programme. SMILE in the City is a reflection of our optimism, but it’s also a reminder of the importance of cities in our future. The statistics on urban growth are well-known (two-thirds of the world’s population – about six billion people - will be living in cities by 2050) and the programme reflects the coming challenges and our efforts to meet them.
Modal choice for fast-growing cities is one of the most pressing questions that will be addressed in Milan and the session on modal choice is a must for cities that are embarking on big infrastructural projects. While the UITP Congress programme in Geneva in 2013 featured a lot of discussion on integration between different modes, now the focus has shifted to integrating with non-traditional modes and other city services. It’s a natural evolution, thanks to the proliferation of smart devices and third party apps that are a result of public transport’s open data policy. Risk management will be addressed for the first time, as public transport looks for new ways to pay for itself. Also, health and public transport will be making its debut on the Congress programme.
The session on smart cities is set to be popular: UITP has recognised that non-traditional mobility players are edging onto the city mobility scene. Representatives from the energy and communications and sectors will be there to debate the factors required for integrating the smart city, while the Exhibition will feature many developers of mobile solutions that are driving the hyper-connectivity of city transport. The presence of Xerox Transportation at the exhibition, once known as a maker of office supplies, demonstrates the potential of new players to edge in to the traditional mobility market, while exhibits by bike and car-sharing organisations will be there representing the new modes that are filling the gaps in our cities.
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