Moscow has been shortlisted to host the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in 2021.The international jury accepted the Russian capital’s bid during the preliminary stage when presentations submitted by the participating cities were considered. Moscow’s rivals include Australia’s Melbourne, Germany’s Hamburg and Poland’s Poznan. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2018.
“Moscow’s contribution to urban transport development has been huge. Over recent years, an unparalleled number of rolling stock items has been purchased; public transit infrastructure and route networks have been developed; new metro stations have opened; and the Moscow Central Circle has been launched. Our work has been recognised by international experts who have subsequently chosen to place our bid at the top of the tender list. We hope our bid will be successful,” said Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Head of the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov.
The Global Public Transport Summit has been a major event of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). It has been held once every two years since 1886. The agenda of the upcoming summit will include the latest innovations in public transport, discussions on important issues with global experts and outlining new business opportunities.
The event benefits both the host city and country. It also offers the organiser an opportunity to strengthen both the potential of public transport and the commercial investment environment, while also offering an opportunity to expand the new markets and exchange entrepreneurial experiences.
The International Association of Public Transport is a major transport organisation, incorporating city and regional passenger carrier companies that operate in over 90 countries. UITP was established in 1885 as the European Association of Operators of Fast-Developing Tram Networks. Later it also became a provider of other types of city public transport services. It is currently headquartered in Brussels. The Moscow Metro and Mosgortrans (Moscow City Transport Authority) are UITP permanent members.