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Stations today are an essential part of a city and its people. They 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.
To support the sector in keeping on track with station development and design, UITP is proud to launch its projectStations of the Future.
Joining forces withKONE, 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. 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 Futurein 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.
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.
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. 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.
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 Daria Kuzmina.