Results of Business Programme of the Fourth International Conference and Exhibition ExpoCityTrans-2016.
On November 29 - December 1, 2016, Moscow exhibition complex VDNKh hosted the Fourth International Exhibition of Public Transport ExpoCityTrans-2016.
ExpoCityTrans is the largest event devoted to public transportation in Russia and the CIS countries. This year, the conference was attended by more than 600 experts from 29 countries, and it confirms the international prestige of the event and a growing interest to public transport, which can be proved by the statistics of the exhibition. During three days, it was attended by over 7,000 people.
The first business day of the conference started with a plenary discussion Innovative Mobility. How to Find an Ideal Formula, a part of which was an address by Maksim Sokolov, Russian Minister of Transport. He noted that every year, the exhibition grew in popularity and pointed out its importance as a platform for discussion and making decisions, which establish priority areas for public transport companies.
The Minister also participated in the ExpoCityTrans-2016 official opening ceremony. Another speaker of the ceremony was Alan Flaush, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). It was followed by an official venue tour, which acquainted state officials and top-managers of companies with the latest developments in the field of transportation.
The discussions held on the first day were Overland Transport. How to Adapt to Rapidly-Growing Cities and Metro. How to Create a Perfect Model.
Within the framework of the discussion Overland Transport. How to Adapt to Rapidly-Growing Cities, Nikolay Asaul, Russian Deputy Minister of Transport elaborated on the legal framework for passenger transportation, while Yevgeny Mikhaylov, CEO of Mosgortrans, told about overland passenger transportation in Moscow and noted: “Today, 80% of all passengers’ complaints and proposals as to the public transport of Moscow relate to two interconnected issues. The first one is traffic intervals, for regularity is very important for people. The second one is waiting time; for people want to know how much time they have to spend at a stop”. These are the issues the Ministry is dealing with now. Moreover, according to Yevgeny Mikhaylov, Moscow public transport now performs 94% of the runs scheduled. “Four years ago, it was 89%. We fail to perform only 6% of runs, and it is mostly caused by delays”.
Dmitry Pegov, Head of Moscow Metro, held a speech at the panel discussion Metro. How to Create a Perfect Model on the future of Moscow metro. “The construction and development are going on now. According to our plans, by 2020, we will build 56 new stations”, he said. The head of Moscow metro also informed that the Moscow Central Circle, which had been opened in autumn, helped to reduce traffic congestion at central metro and railway stations of Moscow by 40%. “In fact, the Central Circle connected radial lines of Moscow metro, due to which metro stations adjacent to central railway stations were relieved by 20-40%. We managed to reduce passenger traffic at Koltsevaya, one of the busiest lines, by 15%”, Dmitry Pegov told.
Another serious issue discussed was underground transportation security and safety. Jan Politiek, Health, Safety & Security Advisor of Arriva NL, shared Europe’s experience in countering terrorist threat and passenger protection measures.
Vadim Izotov, Head of Product Development and Maintenance of Specialized Electronic Products of VTB Bank, presented a mobile application project “My Travel Pass”, which allows buying all kinds of travel tickets in a single click and synchronize them with the Troika card.
On the first business day of the 4th International Conference and Exhibition of Public Transport ExpoCityTrans-2016, several strategically important agreements were signed. The Agreement on Cooperation and Commissioning of an E433 Electric Bus for Operation Tests on Urban Ground Passenger Routes of Moscow between State Unitary Enterprise of the city of Moscow Mosgortrans and OJSC Holding Management Company Belkommunmash was signed by Yevgeniy Mikhaylov, Director of the State Unitary Enterprise Mosgortrans, and Vladimir Korol, CEO of OJSC Holding Management Company Belkommunmash.
Moreover, Yevgeniy Mikhaylov, Director of the State Unitary Enterprise Mosgortrans, and Vadim Sorokin, President of OJSC Holding Management Company GAZ Group, entered into an Agreement on Cooperation and Commissioning of GAZ Electric Bus for Operation Tests on Ground Urban Passenger Transport Routes of Moscow between State Unitary Enterprise of the city of Moscow Mosgortrans and OJSC Holding Management Company GAZ Group.
Another event held on the first day of the exhibition was the 7th International Congress ROAD TRAFFIC RUSSIA attended by Maksim Sokolov, Russian Transport Minister. Opening the session of the Congress, he noted that the only alternative to mass private car use is safe and efficient interaction of all means of public transport. Moreover, it is the key factor of reducing all negative effects of transportation activity, including road traffic accidents, environmental pollution and traffic congestion.
The key topic of the second day of the Conference was road passenger electric transport. ExpoCityTrans-2016 hosted the First International Conference Development Prospects of the Road Passenger Electric Transport held by Bauman Moscow State Technical University and State Unitary Enterprise of the city of Moscow Mosgortrans with the support of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The sponsor of the Conference was Management Company GAZ Group.
Representatives of the regional executive authorities of the Russian Federation, transportation operators, producers of electric and automotive components, which implement projects and programmes for the development of road passenger transport, and research organizations gathered to discuss the issues of management and operation of road passenger electric transport in urban agglomerations, the configuration baseline, design, development and production.
Over 70 media outlets reported ExpoCityTrans-2016. Strategic partners of the event were MosGorTrans and Moscow Metro. The exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Moscow City Government (Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development of Moscow) and International Association of Public Transport (UITP). The event was organized by Business Dialogue.
For the first time, the ExpoCityTrans Public Transportation Exhibition took place as part of the Transport Week. It is organised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) with the support of the Moscow City Government. The exhibition is run by Business Dialogue LLC.