Two UITP partners in rail research, OPEUS and IT2Rail, scooped up two prizes at the Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Awards. Awarded by Shift2Rail Executive Director Carlo Borghini and the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Violeta Bulc at InnoTrans 2018, the EU-funded projects were honoured for their major efforts in railway research and innovation.
Shift2Rail is the first European rail initiative to focus on research and innovation and market-driven solutions by accelerating the integration of new technologies into rail product solutions. The Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Awards aim to acknowledge the commitment and progress accomplished by the project teams working in Europe and beyond to deliver the S2R Research & Innovation Programme. This programme looks to create innovative solutions to deliver a dramatic transformation of the European railway systems.
• The EU-funded project OPEUS won the Decarbonisation Award for its work to develop a methodology and modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems. UITP’s role in OPEUS includes the identification of the urban rail energy requirements and the global vision for urban rail, and the support of developing the project simulation system from an urban rail perspective.
• IT2Rail bagged the Digitalisation Award, which was bestowed to the project showing the most innovative expected results utilising breakthrough technologies. This project has developed a crucial technical enabler that sets the foundations for further developments in rail research aiming at providing a new seamless travel experience, giving access to a complete multimodal travel offer which connects the first and last mile to long distance journeys.
Umberto Guida, UITP Research and Innovation Director: “UITP is proud to be a leading partner of OPEUS and IT2Rail, both groundbreaking and acknowledged projects in rail research. Research and innovation are key drivers of public transport: our newly released report ‘Urban Rail Research Priorities – Urban Operators’ needs’ underlines the important role urban rail plays to boost mobility in Europe and how we need to keep focusing on rail as the backbone of the transport system of the future.”
The Exploratory Report ‘Urban Rail Research Priorities – Urban operators’ needs’ is a first issue developed by UITP urban rail operators that has been handed over to S2R as sign of commitement to the topic. The report will be further developed by UITP in collaboration with other organisations, and soon will be discussed and enriched with urban rail industry members of UITP.
More rail research from UITP: this week UITP released the new Statistics Brief on metro systems around the world. For this report, UITP collected extensive data for a series of key indicators for all metros in the world including ridership, number of lines, network length, numbers of stations and fleet size.
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