Running from June 14 to 17 in Paris, Transports Publics is showcasing 250 exhibitors on the floor, running conferences and presentations in parallel, and offering a new dedicated Rail Day.
For Passion4Transport, highlights so far include:
RATP Dev signs a partnership agreement with Pôle Emploi (French job centre) to promote and boost mobility by public transport for job seekers in six towns/cities and communes across France.
The megacity of Medellin is guest of honour. Acclaimed for its pioneering developments in public transport, Colombia’s second city (population of some 3.3 million) says it is now looking to implement sustainable mobility. During day one of Transports Publics, everyone wants to meet charismatic mayor Federico Gutierrez (photo above), elected in January 2016. “Our development plan for the next four years includes inclusive mobility through the integration of systems, and providing accessible, smooth, safe and high-quality transportation,” he says.
Roland Reiss, mayor of Strasbourg (above) enthuses about the future trials of Cristal, the autonomous micro-bus (capacity 16 to 20 riders) by Lohr, in his city. Set to run from September 2017, four vehicles will be put through their paces in both individual and shared modes. “I see this way of functioning as being ‘plastic’, meaning the way Cristal operates can be adapted according to the needs of its riders,” points out Mr Reiss. “The overall aim is to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and better adapt the use of those that remain.”
Alstom wins an innovation award for its SRS ground-based static charging system. On its stand the company is also showcasing the MP14 new generation metro train, as well as the predictive maintenance application HealthHub, in commercial use for Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line (U.K.) and testing in France.
The French CGT confederation of unions stages a surprise demonstration in the exhibition, around the time of its official opening by minister Alain Vidalies, French secretary of state for transport, in protest against the new ‘El Khomri’ labour law.
Van Hool unveils its 100% electric Exqui.City trambus – 18.61-metres long, capacity for up to 117 passengers, and a range of 120km. Two vehicles are on order for Hamburg.
Denis and Laurent Mercat (above) from French bike sharing business Smoove (yes, a direct competitor of the JCDecaux giant) talk about growth both at home and abroad – most recently 500 bikes in Helsinki. The Mobivia Group recently invested in the company.