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The rail ride you need in 2021: Join the APTA-UITP Rail Conference

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UITP and APTA are joining forces for our new rail event!

In many cities and countries around the world public transport is an important talking point when considering the future of urban living.

As the best way to move around when going about our daily lives, we know what kind of impact the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had on our sector.

From ridership to finances, our need to connect with fellow industry voices has never been more important.

Now, UITP and the American Public Transportation Association are joining forces for the APTA-UITP Rail Conference (Online, 8-9 June 2021) to make sure the rail sector can lead the discussion.

Rail plays a vital role in keeping our cities and regions alive and moving by providing a safe, smart and sustainable means of transport. Regional, suburban, urban and local rail transport is an essential and innovative component of the overall rail sector, helping citizens to connect with each other and move in and around regions and cities.

All modes of rail play a massively important part in the makeup of our cities, so what better way to discuss and debate what is happening right now than by bringing together two of the world’s leading member-led public transport associations.


So what happens when UITP and APTA come together to discuss the future of rail?

As the only international association of its kind to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes, it makes perfect sense for UITP to join forces with the only body in North America that represents all modes of public transportation.

Across our two-day virtual technical Conference, we will bring you an impressive selection of high-energy sessions on a wide variety of relevant topics.

The sessions will explore urban, commuter, high-speed, and intercity rail modes and take on board topics such as technology, operations, safety & security, planning, finance, capital projects, workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and more.

Roundtable and session topics already confirmed include content from across the spectrum, designed to cover all angles of rail and bring the conversation directly to you.

Real Estate Trends and What they Mean for Transit

Effects of Climate Change on Rail

Zero Emission Rail Innovations

Ridership and Revenue Recovery in a post-COVID World

Rail Service Planning

Cybersecurity Defense – Where to Start and What to Do

…and many more in ourdetailed two-day programme.

With recognisable industry voices due to be announced as our speakers – and UITP President Pere Calvet on board to open Day 2 of the event – our programme will be packed with those who will help deliver the future of rail in cities across the globe.

There will be live roundtables and panel discussions across both days alongside networking breaks and evening happy hours where you will find plenty of opportunity to connect in a virtual world with your industry peers.

The APTA-UITP Rail Conference is the second stop on UITP’S Digital World Tour for 2021…

Brought to you to help keep the public transport sector connected and promote sharing, knowledge, and innovation, our global tour our virtual events was a huge success in 2020 and is back for 2021 with another grouping of worldwide gatherings.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from industry leaders, participate in interactive live discussions, network with your peers, discover the latest products and services and gain a global perspective on the future of rail.

There are registration fee discounts for both UITP and APTA members. 

In the frame of the European Year of Rail, UITP and the European Passengers Federation (EPF) are organising a digital workshop on Rail passenger rights for all: EU legislation and beyond (19 May, 9.30-12.00).

At the workshop, UITP and EPF will present you what will change according to the revised EU regulation on rail passenger rights.

You will also have the opportunity to hear about good practices examples from UITP and EPF members’ strategies to make their services more attractive to passengers, notably in areas where such services are not covered by the EU Regulation on rail passenger rights.

January 2021 marks the debut of the European Year of Railan European Union initiative to highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. Keep in Rail!

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