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About the Summit

A unique, global platform for public transport professionals to take the lead in urban mobility.

The Global Public Transport Summit is a unique event that covers all urban and regional transport modes. It combines a full programme of congress sessions with an exhibition of the latest solutions, innovations and products in public transport and urban mobility.
The Summit itself has a long history, dating back to 1886. Once known as the UITP World Congress & Exhibition, today the event is considered the not-to-miss occasion for the international public transport community, transport ministers, mayors, industry CEOs and urban visionaries to debate and explore the strategic vision and business activities of the sector.

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About the Theme

The theme for the 2017 Global Public Transport Summit is ‘LEAD the TRANSITion’, chosen because it reflects the evolution of the public transport sector.

In times of increasing digitalisation, advances in green energy and the related emergence of new players, our sector is witnessing rapid changes in urban mobility. As a whole, we cannot afford to let this evolution take place without our involvement.
Our community has to face these challenges and develop our role in the evolving world of public transport and urban mobility. We need to play an active part as leaders and innovators.

Montréal: the host city

Every two years, UITP chooses a new setting for the Global Public Transport Summit. The next summit occurs 15 – 17 May 2017, and will be held in Montréal due to the city’s recent achievements in public transport.

Over the last few years, public transport has enjoyed an historic success in the Montréal region, which saw an impressive 514.7m journeys made on public transport in 2015. The establishment of a new metropolitan governance structure and a federal government infrastructure programme will help usher in a new and vibrant era for public transport.


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UITP, The International Association of Public Transport, is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport modes. It has 1,400 member companies giving access to 18,000 contacts from 96 countries. The members are public transport operators and authorities, policy decision makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry.

Visit UITP website

Local hosts

Originally operating horse-drawn tramways from 1861, the Société de transport de Montréal, a public corporation, serves the mobility needs of residents and visitors in Montréal by operating four metro lines serving 68 stations and 219 bus lines covering the 500km² territory on the island of Montréal. The metro system alone provides more than 1.3 million passenger trips each day.

Visit STM website

The Agence métropolitaine de transport is responsible for the planning, coordination, integration and promotion of public transport in Greater Montréal. Its streamlining role centres particularly on the integration of fares and redistribution of metropolitan financing. It also oversees the operation of commuter trains and the metropolitan bus network and the planning of development projects.

Visit AMT website


In collaboration with

CUTA is a member-based association that supports public transit as the core of integrated mobility across Canada by providing its members with the resources, networking, training, events, data, research and advocacy needed to support their success in the industry. CUTA’s ongoing activities and services are divided into six programme areas, designed to serve the key requirements of the association’s membership: Communications and Public Affairs, Human Resources and Professional Development, Technical Services, Administration and Finance and Association Governance.

Visit CUTA website


Supporting organisation

Youth For Public Transport is an international non-governmental youth organisation (NGO) that promotes the active participation of young people in advocating sustainable mobility, by promoting the integrated use of public transport with other means of transport, to achieve greater well-being and a better quality of life of all people around the world.

Visit Y4PT website


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