28 October

9:00-10:30  PLENARY SESSION 1 – OPENING
This session will provide the framework for the following 3 days of intense professional exchange and introduce you to the exceptional performance of rail transport in Munich and Bavaria. In addition to the introduction and welcome addresses by UITP, the city and the local hosts, we are striving to offer an exceptional and inspirational keynote speech. At the time of printing, this could not be finalised yet, but be sure that a surprise awaits you.

  • Welcome
    Dieter REITER, Mayor of Munich, and by Masaki OGATA, UITP President and Vice Chairman, East Japan Railway Company, Tokyo, Japan
  • Munich transport success story
    Herbert KÖNIG, CEO, MVG, Munich, Germany
  • Keynote speech: How digitalisation is transforming rail
    Dr Manfred RUDHART, CEO, DB-Regio AG, Frankfurt, Germany

11:00-12:30  PARALLEL SESSION 1 – METRO
This session will showcase flagship metro projects and initiatives addressing key challenges affecting the metro sector; from the renewal of mature systems, to the strategic implications of the deployment of smart technologies and the role of metros in shaping urban development and changing mobility habits.

Chair: Luc BIOUL, Chairman UITP Metro Committee and Senior Vice President Operations, STIB, Brussels, Belgium

  • Planning modernisation of metro stations smartly
    Gunnar HEIPP, Head of Strategic Planning, Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft, Munich, Germany
  • Radiofrequency spectrum for metro signaling: what is at stake?
    Claude ANDLAUER, Director Engineering Department, RATP Group, Paris, France
  • Key challenges for CBTC signalling in Asia – MTR’s experiences
    Dr Henry YU, Operations Planning Manager, MTR Corporation Ltd., Hong Kong, China

11:00-12:30  PARALLEL SESSION 2 – REGIONAL AND SUBURBAN RAILWAYS
Cities are not closed, autonomous places. To develop and thrive, they need good connectivity beyond the reach of traditional metros and trams: to the world, but especially to their hinterland and neighbours. Railways have always developed in narrow cooperation with city development and will continue to do so smartly in the 21st century.

Chair: Gradimir STEFANOVIC, Consultant, London, United Kingdom

  • Urban and regional rail transport in Bavaria – challenges and solutions
    Dr Johann NIGGL, Managing Director, Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH (BEG), Munich, Germany
  • Renaissance of three passenger railways in Brazil
    Flávio MOTA MONTEIRO, Coordinator of CBTU Projects in the Growth Acceleration Program - PAC, Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Crossborder commuter services between Munich and Salzburg
    Tobias HEINEMANN, Member of the board and CCO, Transdev, Berlin, Germany

14:00-15:30  PARALLEL SESSION 3 – MIXED MODE
Many rail systems are legacy built over decades. In the early 80s, the concept of LRT triggered a renaissance of tramways by giving it some attributes of metro; later, tram-trains were introduced, expanding the geographical outreach. Now metros and commuter railways mesh increasingly smartly, making the borders between modes increasingly blurred.

Chair: Laurent DAUBY, Director Rail Transport, UITP, Brussels, Belgium

  • Making rail and bus work together for the better: the FGC approach
    Oriol JUNCADELLA I FORTUNY, Director FGC Operadora, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
  • Smart mix of express & regular metro services
    Peter LUNDEN-WELDEN, President and CEO, Seoul Line 9 Operation Co. Ltd., Seoul, South Korea
  • Aspiration vs. reality on mixed operation rail networks
    Ian AMBROSE, Senior Engineer Light Rail, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd., Derby, United Kingdom

14:00-15:30  PARALLEL SESSION 4 – SAFETY
If railways can boast excellent safety records, it is only through dedication, professionalism and commitment of staff, efficient communication with the public and through innovation and reliability of equipments. Rail will never compromise on safety, but can approaches, processes and tools not be designed in a smarter way?

Chair: Stephan LEWISCH, Chairman UITP Light Rail Committee and Head of tramway operation, Wiener Linien, Vienna, Austria

  • Tramway safety in open public space
    Laetitia FONTAINE, Chargée d’Affaires Tramway, Service technique des remontées mécaniques et des transports guidés, Saint Martin d'Hères, France
  • Driver assistance systems to reduce tram collisions
    Michael RÜFFER, Head of Operations Rail, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF), Frankfurt, Germany
  • AGIL: an innovative decision support tool for incident management
    Carles CASAS ESPLUGAS, Executive Senior Advisor to the General Director, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

16:00-17:30  PLENARY SESSION 2 – CUSTOMERS AND LAST MILE
Customers require and deserve excellent service. After safety, service quality is one the most important items to keep in mind in railways, and it is not the case everywhere. In addition to service design, certification and staff training, smart IT provides an opportunity to improve, especially through interactive dialogue and facilitation of multiple last mile options.

Chair: Sylvain HAON, Director Knowledge and Membership Services, UITP, Brussels, Belgium

  • Service excellence and customer care delivered… every day
    Yow Wee SIU, Director, Station Operations, SMRT Trains Ltd, Singapore
  • SMART New York - Advanced interactive info kiosks
    Andrew BATA, Retired Chief, Strategic Improvements and Best Practices, MTA New York City Transit, New York, United States of America
  • Improving service quality with multi-modal synchronisation
    Alexandre SAVARD, Senior Account Manager, GIRO, Montreal, Canada

19:30  WELCOME RECEPTION AT MVG MUSEUM