Metro Assembly 2018 and International Rail Forum meeting

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The 2018 edition of the METROPOLITAN RAILWAYS ASSEMBLY will be held in Los Angeles, USA, in conjunction with the INTERNATIONAL RAIL FORUM FOR NORTH AMERICA. Under the title, The Innovative Metro: A Foundation for New Mobility, focus topics will include infrastructure projects (greenfield and brownfield), which are key to preserve core capacity, and the interaction of IT innovation and new mobility players with metro systems.

This event, hosted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), will be an opportunity to get closer to the “Silicon Valley spirit” and collaborate with the “Office of Extraordinary Innovation” established by the Los Angeles Metro. Los Angeles is currently embarking on a very aggressive capital program to transform transit for a more sustainable and livable city.




Wednesday 10 October

18:30 – 20:30              Welcome Reception - at the Los Angeles Athletic Club

Thursday 11 October

Joint session IRFNA / Metro Assembly

09:00 – 10:30              S1 – Metro Assembly/ IRFNA Opening & Local host session

Opening and Welcome addresses 

-      Eric GARCETTI, Los Angeles Mayor (invited)

-      Pere CALVET, UITP President and CEO FGC, Barcelona, Spain

-      A world review of metro development and growth 

       Philippe MARTIN, Chairman, UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly and Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris

Keynote speeches and introduction to Los Angeles  

-      Los Angeles Metro: the challenge to serve America’s iconic car city

       Phillip WASHINGTON, CEO, LA Metro

-      Los Angeles – City as Start-up: The Mobility Tech Capital of the World

       Seleta REYNOLDS, CEO, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

-      Framing and getting your digital transformation right

       Jeffrey TUMLIN, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard, San Francisco

10:30 – 11:00             Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30              S2 Preserving Core Capacity to Enable Growth and Innovation 

Intro: Even as new mobility options expand in popularity, growing and bustling cities require more than ever a robust rail-based core public transportation network. Without core capacity, no amount of new technology can sustain passenger flows and the travel needs of regional economies. Projects to ensure state-of-good-repair of existing assets and to expand core networks are both time-consuming and capital intensive. How can agencies frame such capital projects in a different way? Can we change the rules of the game to overcome fiscal challenges? 

Chair: Philippe MARTIN, Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris & Chairman, UITP Metropolitan Railways Assembly

Montréal: Major capital program to keep the system at pace with mobility growth

François CHAMBERLAND, Executive Director, STM, Montréal

Expanding to underserved communities while designing for long-term uncertainties 

Catherine BARBE, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Société du Grand Paris

Hong Kong: modernizing and expanding simultaneously projects

Jacob KAM, Vice-Chairman, UITP Metropolitan Railways Committee and Managing Director - Operations & Mainland Business, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong

Innovation & Continuous Improvement on Commuter Rail

Speaker tbd, Keolis

Q&A - Discussion

12:30 – 14:00              Lunch (included, provided in the hotel)

14:00 – 15:30              S3 – Innovation, digitalisation, AI: how “silicon valley“ turns the system smarter

Intro:Rail systems may have been invented in the 19thcentury, but they continue to innovate in a context of fast-moving eco-systems with new players and pioneers. How can investment in classical rail technology be complemented by investents in new technology to create a more seamless urban user experience?Can new technologies like AI, machine learning, IoT, and drones help to support these goals? Efficient and successful strategic project implementation will also be addressed.

Chair: tbc

The Genius competition and Ultra-Wide Band Radio for Railway Signalling

Robert JAMES, Chief Engineer Emerging Mobility, HNTB Intelligent Transportation Group

LA’s approach to micro-transit partnership: innovative contracting for best customers’ deal

Rani NARULA-WOODS, Senior Director Special Projects, LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation, Los Angeles

LTA’s approach to regulated cooperation between transit and micro transit

Jeremy YAP, Deputy Chief Executive, Public Transport, Policy & Planning, LTA, Singapore

Moovel’s approach to rail – ride-hail partnership

Derek FRETHEIM, Director, Business Development - Moovel Group

Q&A - Discussion

15:30 – 16:00             Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30             S4 – Metro development in a new eco-system: governance, affordability…

Intro:In the new mobility eco-system, rail systems will have to be better integrated with other mobility systems, both public and private. Public private partnerhsips (P3), Lifecycle Costing (LCC), changing agencies‘ role in mobility value chain, outsourcing, and regional planning are all ways to keep an essential and robust transit system affordable and attractive with less dependancy on cars. What new approaches are being tested? How is integration tackled? And how are public and private providers working together in new ways to offer a mobility network that can offer the best of both worlds to urban officials and system users?

Kick-off Presentation: Innovative project delivery models worldwide Stephanie KAM, Nossaman LLP

Panellists from Europe (2), North America (APTA, L.A. Metro), Middle-East/North Africa (1), Asia (1), South America (1)

19:00 – 21:30              Official Dinner at hotel’s Gold room

Friday 12 October

Metro Assembly matters

09:00 – 10:30              S5 – Metro Division news, administration & Subcommittee reports

Metro Division news, administration and work program

Chair:Luc BIOUL,Chairman, UITP Metropolitan Railways Committee and Senior Vice President Operations - Director SSE, STIB, Brussels

Electrical Installations and Safety Systems Subcommittee overview
Claude ANDLAUER, Railway Systems Engineering Manager, RATP Group, Paris

focus presentation: New maintenance tools and techniques

Fixed Installations Subcommittee overview 
Pere MATEU I SOLER, Project Director, FGC, Barcelona

+ focus presentation of one Subcommittee report
Attracting and keeping talents in metro companies (tbc)

10:30 – 11:00              Coffee Break 

11:00 – 12:30             S6 – Metro Division work programme & Subcommittee reports

Rolling Stock Subcommittee overview

François CHAMBERLAND, Executive Director, STM, Montréal

+ focus presentation of one Subcommittee report 
Automatic condition monitoring of rolling stock

Operations Subcommittee overview 

Karl BERGNER, Division Manager Metro Operations, Wiener Linien, Vienna

+ focus presentation of one Subcommitteereport
Supporting services for metro operation

Observatory of Automated Metros overview 

Ramon MALLA, Director of Strategic Projects, TMB, Barcelona

+ focus presentation of the Observatory
The way to the first 1,000 km of fully automatic metros and perspective for the future

12:30 – 13:00             Assembly closing 

-       Philippe MARTIN, Executive Vice-President, RATP, Paris, France & Chairman, Metropolitan Railways Assembly, UITP

-      Phillip WASHINGTON, CEO, LA Metro


13:00 – 14:00             Lunch at Smeraldi's

14:00 – 17:30             Technical Tours: the tours will depart from the Hotel lobby

Participants are able to choose from one of the four available options below. Spaces on each of these technical tours are limited and will be attributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


OPTION 1 – Metro helping to Change Experiences at the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Blue and Green Line Station

·      LA Metro will provide the tour, along with the design team

·      Approximately 3 hours in length

·      Attendees will be provided TAP cards, safety vests, and water.


OPTION 2 – Understand the complexities of building public works projects underneath the City of Los Angeles at the Regional Connector project

·      LA Metro project staff will give briefing and tour briefing

·      Approximately 3 hours in length (length will depend on which station is being toured)

·      Participants will be required to complete a liability waiver, bring own socks and wear comfortable clothing.


OPTION 3 – Enjoy Expo Light Rail Line from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica

·      LA Metro will give the tour

·      Tour will include the length of the Expo Line with the option to stay in Santa Monica or return on the train.

·      Attendees with be provided TAP cards and safety vests.


OPTION 4 – Explore Transit Oriented Developments along the Metro Red Line

·      LA Metro partners with real estate developers to construct mixed use developments on Metro-owned property adjacent to its transit stations

·      Participants will get an insight into Metro’s innovative Joint Development program and process, and how it contributes to a holistic Transit Oriented Communities strategy aimed at increasing access to and utilisation of public transit. The tour will include visits to a number of completed and planned projects along the Metro Red Line spanning from Downtown LA to North Hollywood

·      Approximately 3 hours in length (length will depend on how many sites are toured)

·      Attendees with be provided TAP cards.


Participation on invitation only. Please send an e-mail to and for more information.

Practical information: 

Assembly venue and hotel

The Assembly will be held at:

Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles

506 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA, 90071 

United States of America


Preferential rate:

Deluxe room (1 king or 2 doubles): $205


Book a room

Booking deadline: 14 September 2018 (please note that rooms at the special rate are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis)

Online: Click here to book a room online

By telephone:

Call +1-213-612-1575 (Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00 Los Angeles time) – mention UITP block or the code: 1810UITPME



Event language: English. Interpretation in French and Russian depending on number of participants.


This event is kindly hosted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

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