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A little background

Metros are very often the fastest and most energy-efficient way to get around a city. They run on electricity and can easily be powered by renewable energy sources. With lines circulating on segregated infrastructure, metros avoid traffic jams and can transport large amounts of people, making them the backbone of many cities.

Some of the biggest and most well-known cities in the world are renowned for their metro lines. London’s “Tube”, New York City’s “Subway”, Hong Kong’s “MTR”: metros have a unique way of being woven into the fabric of a city’s culture, so much so that they often have a different nickname from city to city.

It’s no surprise that metros have a big role to play in many urban mobility networks worldwide: this is a mode with many benefits! In 2017, metros carried approximately 53 billion passengers in 178 cities. Considering an average occupancy of 1.3 passengers per private car, metros remove the equivalent of 133 million cars from city streets every day (Metros: the backbone of mobile cities and sustainable communities, UITP Knowledge Brief 2019).

Most advantages can be further amplified with fully automated metros. In the next five years, full automation is expected to become the mainstream design for new metro lines. The UITP Automated Metros Platform is a unique reference for the sector, and tracks developments in this field.

What do we do?

Gathering most of the metro operators from around the world, our dedicated UITP Metro Committee, technical and regional Platforms are the place for exchange and production of expertise on all issues related to metros.

The Metro Division meeting (Metro Assemby)

This meeting brings together top-level managers of metro operators around the world that are members of the Metro Division, in order to present the work of the Platforms, discuss priorities and hold thematic workshops.

How is the Metro Committee organised

The Metro Committee is a steering committee for the activities of the Metro Division. It guides the work of the technical Platforms and prepares the programme of conferences. It is composed of the chairs of the above-mentioned groups as well as having seats dedicated to the Metro Division Vice-Chairs representing the different UITP regions.

The Platforms

Electrical Installation and Safety Systems Platform
Fixed Installations Platform
Operations Platform
Rolling Stock Platform
Automated Metros Platform


  • UITP

    Corentin WAUTERS

    Head of Rail Unit
    [email protected]
  • UITP

    Salah REGAN

    Rail Officer - K&I
    [email protected]
  • Division Chair

    Brieuc DE MEEÛS

    Chief Executive Officer, STIB-MIVB
  • Committee Chair

    Adi LAU

    President of Global Operations Standards Institute, MTR Corporation Limited
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