Successful second UIC NARA (North America Regional Assembly) Meeting in Montreal, at the kind invitation of VIA Rail Canada

Towards an Action Plan and a series of actions of common interest for the North American Railway Community

The Regional assembly was held in conjunction with the International Level Crossings Awareness Day (ILCAD)

UIC successfully held its second meeting of the North America Regional Assembly (NARA), in Montreal, Canada, on June 1st, 2017 at the kind invitation of one of the members of the UIC North American Region, VIA Rail Canada. This Regional meeting was held in conjunction with the joint world event ILCAD, a UIC event organised for the 9th edition and aiming to attract attention to the need to develop awareness and prevention actions concerning the hot rail topic of level crossings.

This second Regional Assembly, following a first edition held last year in May in Washington at the World Bank HQ, brought together the six railways and railway authorities from the United States and Canada constituting the UIC North American region. The vocation of this kind of regional meetings is to develop the existence of a coherent group meeting around community values, exchanging best practices, to envisage collaborative actions and to promote rail in every part of the world, one of the fundamental roles of the UIC. The ambition is to establish a common vision for this continent and a series of actions of common interest.

Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada and Chairman of the UIC North American Region led the meeting and said: “Developing a Regional Strategic Vision is a real opportunity in order to develop the range of mobility solutions, through the topics of the interoperability, the improvement of passenger equipment, the signalling and telecom system. We have to move away from an historic and monopolistic system to a more universal and shared public transport”. He asked the Members of the region to work together in order to update the UIC Regional Strategic Vision and present it to the UIC General Assembly to be held in Paris on 6 December.

Representatives of North American Region members gave the meeting very interesting inputs from their company and held lively discussions with each other. VIA Rail Canada was represented by Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano and Marie-Anna Murat, Director of Communications; the Federal Railroad Administration / United States Department of Transportation was represented by Ms. Barbara Klein Barr, Director, International Programs Division as well as by Mr Robert Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer; the California High Speed Rail Authority represented by Mr Thierry Prate; KPMG, on behalf of Jeff Morales, CEO, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) represented by Mr. Byron Comati, Vice President of Corporate Planning. The Railway Association of Canada (RAC), which became a UIC Member last December, was participating for the first time through the presence of Mr Michael Bourque, President and Chief Executive Officer and Gérald Gauthier, VP Communications. The Association of American Railroads apologised for not being present but provided other Members with an interesting input. All the Members presented their priorities and current strategies. All the presentations will be available in the near future on the North American region webpage of

Mr Renato Mazzoncini, UIC Chairman, CEO of the Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane FSi, was very pleased to attend a north American region assembly for the first time by also participating in the meeting. He gave participants his priorities as Chairman: modal complementarity, sustainable development (the UIC Pledge, the Train to Paris action, the continuous involvement of UIC in Conferences of Parties COP, etc.), the promotion of corridors, the interregional collaboration and the digital input on railway business.

UIC’s Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, accompanied by several representatives of UIC, in the field of Safety-Level Crossings, Digital and Communication, highlighted several points by reminding to everyone the motto of UIC: “share-open-connect”. He also acknowledged the presence of APTA, the American Public Transportation Association, represented by Mrs Petra Mollet, Vice-President Strategic and international Programs, as well as UITP, the International Union of Public Transport, with which UIC is trying to develop common actions and vision of modal complementarity. UITP was represented by Andrew Bata, Regional Manager for North America.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, on the need to update the Strategic Regional Vision for North America, said: “We started to build a Strategic Vision two years ago. We then decided to wait a little bit to have more fresh inputs and today we need to establish an Action Plan to share a common vision and reach the steps further together”. He started by presenting one of the current major projects of UIC in the field of telecommunications FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System) and he called on the UIC North American members to join this project.

He focused also on the challenges of sustainable transportation, including weather resilience, during which he presented the projects RailAdapt (designed to assist UIC members by providing a strategic framework to help rail to adapt, with guidance on prioritising issues, locating existing knowledge and sourcing funding for their developing needs) and Herbie (herbicides using in the railway context, this project aims at developing guidelines for responsible use of herbicides) and encouraged UIC members to participate in the project. On the other hand, he reminded the audience that in the USA, the transport sector was responsible for emitting 5.2 billion tCO2 (35% of total CO2 emissions) in 2013, representing the largest source of CO2 emissions of the country. The USA transport sector has the largest contribution to its national total in terms of CO2 emissions of the countries and regions examined in the UIC-IEA Handbook. 2.2% of transport CO2 emissions were caused by the rail sector (about 40 million tCO2). 0.1% of passenger-km and 33% of goods (in tonne-km) were transported by rail in 2013. We can add concerning this USA case study that between 1975 and 2013, energy consumption per passenger-km decreased by 32% and energy consumption per freight tonne-km decreased by 58%.

He also presented the global challenge of the international corridors, and among others the challenge of OBOR (China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative is a strong driver for the growth of existing and new Eurasian rail routes) reiterating that it is supposed to boost the economy of more than 60 countries. These countries represent 70% of the global population, more than half of global GDP and 24% of global trade. China has invested over $100 billion and more than 100 countries have signed on with free trade, collaboration agreements etc. According to the World Economic Forum, when completed, OBOR could result in the creation of 70,000 new jobs vastly improving the economy. Corridors are a global topic in a worldwide economy. For this reason, UIC has made corridor developments one of its priorities for freight at European level as well as at regional level (Asia and Middle East). UIC’s key partnerships with CCTT, CIT, OTIF, UNECE, ADB, EAU are designed to support this development and current priorities focus on efficiency gains in operations, fostering broader differentiation in services and improving coordination of traffic flows. He also mentioned the results to come in a near future of the study asked by UIC to Roland Berger on corridors.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability, presented the UIC North American members some highlights concerning the Safety activities at UIC: the UIC Safety Unit, the System Safety Management Group (a common UIC/CER group). She also gave some information about the safety culture and the Human Factors issue managed at UIC. She informed also Members of the participation of UIC in a UN ECE Group of Experts on safety at level crossings. Concerning Safety at the rail/road interface, she also mentioned the participation of UIC in a European Commission project as “SAFER Level Crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure management and design” (SAFER-LC).

Finally, she presented the UIC initiative ILCAD, the International Level Crossing Awareness Day, organised this year on 2 June in Montreal, in close connection with the UIC Regional Assembly and with the support of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC). Each year, the ILCAD partners choose a different section of the public to target during their awareness campaign. As everywhere on the roads, but at this particular interface between the road and the rail, called level crossings, human error is the main factor that usually leads to an incident or an accident. Even if severe collisions happen less often than on the roads, collisions at level crossings are mostly very impressive and fatal. They may have severe consequences on the road vehicle driver involved but also on the transported persons and sometimes on the railway staff or railway customers. Those collisions have also financial, societal consequences: traffic disruption, damages on vehicles, costs to the society when someone is severely injured or killed (loss of a beloved person, colleague…). These human errors may be caused deliberately or by distraction caused by the use of electronic devices (i-phones, video games, headphones, GPS, …) but also because of fatigue, drugs, alcohol. Since the collisions caused by distraction are increasing also at level crossings in many countries around the globe ILCAD organisers decided this year to raise awareness again among the public on “Distraction”. More information on this worldwide campaign, involving this year more than 40 countries, can be found here:

Francis Bedel, UIC CDO, underlined the fact that Digital has an impact on our business, with a new disruptive thinking to integrate progressively. He reminded the audience of the necessary connection to make between UIC, railway companies, and the digital eco-system, with the need, within the UIC Digital Platform, to Discover-Design-Deliver new pragmatic solutions, thanks to the Collection-control-correction-connection-creativity related to the data, which has to be seen as the “new oil”. He also gave a report on the recent 1st UIC Digital Transformation Tour and a full immersion in Digital eco-system of the Silicon Valley, in the presence of around 20 UIC members. Among the main outputs and opportunities, UIC North American Members were informed of UIC’s wish to renew this initiative, to reinforce the connection with the digital eco-system. More information on these potentialities will be communicated further. Concerning this issue, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux encouraged the North American Region to join the UIC Digital Platform and to bring their Vision.

Marie Plaud, in charge of the UIC Communications activities and coordinating the relations with North American members, mentioned that UIC was their catalyst, that UIC was “listening to them”. She informed Members that UIC was ready to help to coordinate the preparation of an updated version of the Strategic Version in the months to come. She also informed Members that UIC has a range of communication tools allowing them to better cooperate. She also took the opportunity to present two concrete examples of cooperation: the current preparation of the UIC Book “Railway stations around the world” (VIA Rail and Amtrak are participating in this project) as well as the charity campaign UIC-USIC-Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) emphasising one of the UIC values, Solidarity, and set up in the context of the series of Memoranda of Understanding signed recently by UIC with other organisations. She encouraged Members to relay this information to their contacts and informed them of the possibility to be a sponsor of this campaign. To finish she invited North American members to join physically or virtually the re launch of the Communications Club. UIC will organise a first meeting in Lisbon on 27 November, in connection with the International Rail Festival CinéRail.

More information on the North American Members Community will be available on the UIC website in the near future.

For further information please contact Marie Plaud, Director of the UIC Communications Department, coordinator of UIC North american Region:

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Successful 9th edition of ILCAD, the International Level Crossing Awareness Day Conference on “How to improve safety at and around level crossings” June 2, 2017, Montréal, Québec, Canada

The 9th edition of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day ILCAD was a success: more than 40 countries participated worldwide and messages of prevention were disseminated around the world all day on 2 June.
On this occasion, the same day, a conference on “How to improve safety at and around level crossings” was jointly organised in Montreal by UIC and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

Michael Bourque, President & Chief Executive Officer, Railway Association of Canada (RAC) said: “I said this before, but it bears repeating: nothing is more important to railways than safety. Canada’s railway industry believes that rail safety is a shared responsibility. Crossing incidents affect everyone: train crews and first responders, their families, communities and more.” He continued by adding that “Investments on infrastructure will bring more connectivity-productivity-safety. Crossing and proximity issues are the top opportunity areas for rail-related public safety improvements. Canada’s railways have invested more than $24 billion in infrastructure since 1999 to maintain a safe and efficient network. Our industry’s sustainability depends on being able to grow safely and in harmony with the communities that we go through”.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer VIA Rail Canada, Chairman of UIC North America Region (NARA) highlighted: “Nothing is more important to us than ensuring that our passengers arrive safely at their destination and that all our VIA Rail colleagues safely return home to their families and loved ones at the end of the day. We are always striving to improve in this area. In 2016, VIA Rail invested 71.9 million dollars in safety and efficiency, including capital investments in the fleet, equipment and major infrastructure projects. We have continued to embed our safety culture through ongoing investments in safety training and on-the-job peer review and rules compliance observations. Hence, last year, we reported a 42 % reduction in the number of train incidents compared to 2015 as a result of our strengthened safety culture. […] We must continue our engagement with communities with the primary focus on increasing safety awareness and educating the public on the importance of prevention. I salute everyone’s accomplishments and invite us all to continue to come up with other innovating solutions that will enhance public awareness in rail safety and help us get to our ultimate goal of zero incidents”.

Renato Mazzoncini, Chairman of UIC, CEO of Italian Railways (FS), who was also in Montreal to attend the Regional Assembly of North America Members the day before, underlined: “The DNA of the UIC, since its origins: to make the transport offer more reliable, to make it more and more “seamless” thanks in particular to interoperability, while bringing all its technical expertise in order to globally improve advantages of this mode of transport, connected to others. This includes the smart management of the interfaces between different modes of transport, and all the work that has been going on for years with the road sector on crossings.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC mentioned that “The rail community that I represent as the UIC Director General is obviously proud to be the driving force behind the creation of this International campaign on Level Crossings, ILCAD. Thanks to its network of experts and its spirit of cooperation, UIC’s mission is also to be concretely at the service of lives. Lives saved thanks to this kind of awareness campaign. Human factors are the main cause of road collisions. This year, the theme of the awareness campaign concerns the possible negative effects of distraction. Motorists, bicycle drivers, cyclists and pedestrians use their smartphones, GPS, headphones, etc. often intensively and underestimate the dangers of using them when driving, walking, where all their attention should be required. The message of the ILCAD campaign this year is: “Make it safer together!” And it is addressed to everyone, even though special attention is therefore focused on young people this year. Within UIC, we have been involved in these issues in a global way and at various levels for many years. UIC is proud to have initiated the creation of a group of experts in 2014 on this topic of level crossings with the United Nations. Important work has also been carried out with the IRU on this theme (three flyers for truck drivers, buses, taxis available in 12 languages available on our websites). Finally, very recently, UIC was selected by the European Commission to coordinate the SAFER-LC (Level Crossings) project, which emphasises the exchange of information and data between the rail and road systems so that everyone can manage the disturbances or difficulties coming from the other. In France, the road killed 3,500 people in 2016, 25,500 in the EU in 2016, 31 people died in France in 2016 (according to SNCF) / 296 killed in the EU in 2015 at grade crossings.
I personally hope that the figures I have just quoted will only improve with time. Thanks to our coordinated actions, through exchanges”.

After the opening session, a first thematic session was dedicated to the topic “Behaviour, Distraction, Enforcement, Regulations”.
Rob Johnston, Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) gave a presentation on fatal distraction: the OC Transport-VIA RAIL collision. He reported on the analysis of the collision that happened on 18 September 2013 between a VIA Rail Passenger Train & an OC Transpo Double-Decker Bus. With dramatic consequences: derailment of the train, several fatalities on the bus. The cause main cause is distraction (visual…) of the bus driver and created great damages on the bus, and the locomotive. It led to recommendations.

Jocelyn Latulippe, Deputy Chief, CN Police Service, Canada, reported on CN Police mandates, competences and strategies. They organise Prevention and education sessions in schools surrounding level crossings and tracks at least every year and awareness actions to communities. They also conduct traffic enforcement at and around level crossings. They have partnerships with the local police and authorities. Round tables with police agents. Each incident is reported by the local police and give recommendations. Traffic enforcement on the road and on the tracks. 5000 tickets were given in a year by CN police to trespassers, they also explained that it is not only dangerous but also illegal.

A second session was dealing with “Trespassing and Suicide prevention”.
Mr. Lauby, FRA’s Chief Safety Officer & Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety took the floor on “Trespassing – the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the US”. He reported on trespassing on the railway tracks in the USA that causes not only fatalities but also severe injuries. The number is increasing. There have been 450 killed persons by trespassing each year between 2012 and 2016. 25% of all fatalities (by trespassing) are suicides. The trespassing cases are mainly caused by photographs on tracks, walkers, hikers, people who use of their IPHONE and earphones. The number one US state for worst figures for trespassing is in California (many homeless cases). FRA is trying to focus actions on research, technology (detection systems, anti-trespass guards), collaboration, enforcement and community outreach making prevention, they organise trespass prevention workshops every two years, they collaborate in international projects (GRASP). They put suicide signage, use many other countermeasures.
There is a mapping of suicide and trespassing incidents and analysis.

Kurt Topel, Chairman, Chicagoland Rail Safety Team, USA presented a report on “Rail trespassing and suicide prevention”. He reported on suicides and trespassing in the USA but more from an advocate point of view. From 2012-2015 the US average annual railroad fatalities: 45% were trespassers, occupants in vehicles at LC 16%, pedestrians at LC 8%, suicides 26%.

The number of collisions and fatalities at LCs has been drastically reduced over the last decades but the trespassing cases have increased and he thinks they are underestimated. He informed on the causes of trespassing and suicides and some countermeasures:

He’d like to see more research, and more public funds, more detection.
Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger & Public Safety, Network Rail, spoke about "Influencing the public to make Britain’s railway safer together”. He presented first Network Rail and the LC safety situation on the UK network. They closed over 1000 LC, there are still 6300 LC (out of which three quarters are passive crossings), they have 100 dedicated LC Managers across the country, who make a risk assessment at each LC.

They had six deaths in 2016, one on a public road and the others on private crossings.

He reported on the users targeted in their campaigns: dog walkers, people being distracted, campaign “drinkaware” last year for people going out for a drink in bars close to level crossings with which they also targeted trespassers.
They conducted a campaign on trespassing this year with the BTP: “Jack played on the tracks”. He showed a video of a testimony of an ex-basket ball player Simon Munn, who trespassed and lost his leg.

He also reported on their actions related to suicide prevention. The won an award for the campaign “We listen” made at potential access points: railway stations and level crossings in cooperation with the Samaritans.

They have also trained 15000 people in the company to detect suicide behaviours and react accorrdinly: they saw a 18% reduction within 2 years. An app was developped SAVE A LIFE.

A third session during the morning made an Overview of level crossing safety in Europe and beyond.

Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor Safety, UIC presented “Safer-LC, UIC Coordinated EU project (within Horizon 2020): Safer Level Crossings by integrating and optimizing road-rail infrastructure management and design”. She informed on SAFER-LC project, for which UIC has been selected by the EU in January 2017, kick off meeting in May 2017, workshop 1 on the requirements of final users to take place at UIC HQ on 28 September 2017: Atelier and a mid-term conference in Madrid in October 2018. Website:; for more info contact: She also informed on ILCAD 2017 and the numerous participating countries and invited participants to visit

During the afternoon session, “Engineering, innovative solutions” were discussed.
Mr. Neil Ternowetsky, Product Manager and CTO, TRAINFO, Canada took the floor on “Improving road safety and public health with real time and predictive train crossing information”. To public road authorities and road users, there is very little transparency in the movement of trains over level crossings. The daily distributions, and crossing durations are typically left as a best guess that focus solely on through train movements. These best guesses are developed with little consideration into shunting and switching movements at crossings. TRAINFO provides this level of information to road authorities and road users. This information provides the basis of a range of applications; everything preventing delays at rail crossing by predicting when the crossing will be blocked, to in depth crossing safety studies. This presentation focuses on the work TRAINFO is doing with Canada’s National Research Council to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicle interactions at level crossings and with Transportation Canada to study pedestrian movement activities at crossings.

Mrs. Parinaz Bazeghi Kisomi (MSc Student) and Dr. Morteza Bagheri, School of railways, University of Science and Technology (IUST), Iran presented on “Use of smart watches to reduce train-pedestrian collisions”.

Train-pedestrian collisions and accidents have been shown to be the leading cause of fatality in rail accidents around the world. About every three hours, a person or a vehicle is hit by a train in the US and trespassing accident is an important challenge of railways worldwide. Beside technical, physical and behavioral measures to reduce accident occurrence, new technologies, innovative solutions and digital revolution can play an important role to prevent trespass collisions. The objective of this presentation is to introduce an idea to detect people adjacent to rail track by GPS sensors of smart watches and trains to inform person about coming train.

Smart vehicle, smart user and smart infrastructure will lead us to decrease number of pedestrian-train collision and to employ intelligent transportation systems to improve safety at level crossings and make them smarter. Smart phones and smart watches are increasingly used by people and they can be used to make them aware of danger of being hit and help to reduce collisions, death and injuries.

Mr. Enrico Vignozzi, Managing Director, Progress Rail, Italy presented “State of the art of the radar technology (76GHz) applied to detection of vehicles and pedestrians at level crossings”. In the railroad sector the crossings where trains, cars and trucks are using the same infrastructure, create risks for any safe railroad operation. Progress Rail has developed its first generation of Obstacle Detection Systems for level crossings (PAI-PL) based on a CENELEC SIL 4 Design, about 15 years ago. These systems were based on a 10GHz Microwave Radar and they have been used as a Fully Automated Safe Control of the level crossing area before the transit of the train. Those systems have avoided several accidents and they have saved many lives. Recently, given the rising awareness of the risks associated to level crossings’ operations and the request of railways to increase safety at their level crossings, Progress Rail has developed a new generation system for such an application called “MIRA” (Multi Inspection Radar Application). MIRA includes the best from Progress Rail previous generation systems but it also includes new enhancements in terms of Availability and Maintainability thanks to its new state of the art 76GHz Microwave Radar technology.

Mrs. Virginie Taillandier, Level Crossing Safety Manager, SNCF, France focused on “Anti collision Tech4rail project”. SNCF has recently launched a technological upgrade programme for example through the Tech4rail project. 8 projects were endorsed including a level crossing safety project aiming at preventing collisions at level crossings. Within the last few years we have been experiencing collisions between trains and heavy vehicles which could have been dramatic. SNCF has identified various safety barriers to prevent those risks: Protection measures through obstacle detectors and Prevention measures through the identification and improvement of the road profiles of certain level crossings. This project is included in a more global policy towards an intelligent level crossing connected to autonomous road vehicles and trains of the future.

A last session was dedicated to Education/Awareness/Community outreach.
Tamo Vahemets, CEO, Operation Lifesaver Estonia took the floor on “LC safety awareness activities in Estonia”. He informed on the origins of ILCAD, how the logo was created on a collaborative basis by OLE for UIC, how it was amended when the campaign that started European became global. He then presented OLE activities.
Danijela Baric, Head of Chair for Road Transport Technology, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences made a presentation on “Level crossing safety campaign in Croatia”. She gave an overview of activities carried out within the project “Implementation of measures to increase the safety of the most vulnerable road users at level crossings.” The project is part of the National Road Traffic Safety Program of the Republic of Croatia 2011-2020.

Level Crossing Safety Campaign in Croatia is a joint work of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences and HZ Infrastructure (Croatian Railways).

She also reminded the audience that they participate in ILCAD. She showed which activities they have carried out in Croatia: Distribution of safety flyers (including UIC/IRU flyers) as well as a Clip made by 2 students of 16-17 year-olds in a high school: testimony of a sportsman (participating in the Paralympic games) who lost his leg at the age of 14, the video is called “Railway tracks are not a playground”.
Isabelle Fonverne on behalf of PKP presented PKP activities to reach young people in the context of safe behavior on rail-road crossings and gave a summary of the 12th edition of the "Safe rail-road level crossing…” campaign.

PKP promote socially desirable attitudes, raise awareness of threats posed by inappropriate behavior whilst going through the railway area. We strive to reduce the number of accidents at level and railway crossings in Poland. Thus, it is important that our campaign message reaches all target groups and the entire cross-section of society. Evaluation studies carried out under the "Safe rail-road level crossing…” campaign have shown that we are the least recognizable among young people. In the age of mobile technology, the Internet and social media seem to be the best channel for reaching this specific target group.

Sarah Mayes, National Director (Interim), Operation Lifesaver Canada presented on “Look. Listen. Live. Re-Imagining Canada’s Rail Safety Public – Awareness Program”. She presented OL Canada and the activities carried out to improve safety at level crossings and also at and around tracks. She provided an overview of an innovative campaign, launched by Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada in April 2017, which harnesses cutting-edge technology to promote rail safety to OL’s target audience of 18 to 25-year-olds. She showed the video “Never game a train!” visit

They promoted their national campaign in the media. They made digital ads, social media and out-of-home ads.

She showed a video with Scott Sacanney’s story published on internet; he lost an arm and a leg in November 2012

She mentioned OL Rail safety week in the whole country:
Next steps: produce additional VR videos on winter sports, professional drivers, redesign their web platforms to support their new brand, etc.

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne:

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The International Transport Forum’s 2017 Summit successfully held in Leipzig was dedicated to Governance of Transport

UIC present at this Global Summit

The International Transport Forum’s 2017 Summit organised by ITF-OECD was successfully held in Leipzig from 31 May – 2 June 2017.

The event attracted over 1,400 participants from all continents (a record participation) and 57 Transport Ministers from all over the world.

The Summit was chaired by Sr. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Transportation and Communication of Mexico.
At the official opening session, Mr. Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, and Mr. José Viegas, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum ITF, also addressed the summit participants.

This Global Summit 2017 was dedicated to the theme ‘Governance of Transport’ and debates and exchanges focused on a number of subthemes such as ‘Infrastructure’, ‘Connectivity’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Urban Access’.

UIC, which is developing railway cooperation activities in nearly all domains addressed during this summit – in particular in the fields of infrastructure management, digitalisation and connectivity, technical innovation and research, education and training – was present with a UIC stand in the exhibition area where intensive discussions with conference participants could take place.

At Global Summit, Ministers called for improved governance of transport

Regulation should foster innovation, provide a framework for open data use and help to make mobility in cities more inclusive.

Transport Ministers from the 57 member countries of the International Transport Forum expressed their political will to improve the governance frameworks for transport in order to help achieve objectives agreed by the international community.
“Transport governance should consider the ambitious goals set [by] the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Successful implementation of these agreements calls for significant changes to transport systems, technologies and to the overall governance of the sector”, Ministers stated in the “2017 Ministerial Declaration of Governance of Transport”, agreed on 1 June at their Summit in Germany.

In their joint declaration, Ministers recognised that regulatory and fiscal frameworks may require adjustment to promote innovative mobility solutions and call for responsive regulation to foster innovation.

Specifically, Ministers expressed their will to create a sound framework for open mobility data and support new approaches to collaboration between the private and public sectors to share data. They welcomed initiatives to make all non-personal transport data collected by governments openly available and encourage transport companies to make their data available in open standard formats. Ministers will also promote measures to ensure cyber security and data protection in transport.

Taking note of on-going urbanisation, Ministers encouraged cooperation among all levels of authority to ensure that transport systems in urban areas provide inclusive access to services and sustainable mobility solutions for their rapidly expanding populations. Specifically, they called for better coordination of transport, land use, and fiscal policies.

The text of the 2017 Ministerial Declaration on Governance of Transport can be consulted here:

To watch the interview with Paul Véron, UIC Director, please click here:

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UIC participates in the launch of a series of sports challenges in the context of the UIC-USIC-Médecins du Monde charity action

Launch of the first championship in Varna, Bulgaria, dedicated to ten-pin bowling

The International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Railway Sports Association (USIC) organised their first sports challenge in Varna (Bulgaria) in the context of the UIC / USIC / Médecins du Monde charity action, with the USIC men’s and women’s Ten-Pin Bowling Championship. The competition, bringing together 100 participants, began on 29 May and will take place until 2 June 2017.

Following the agreement that was signed at the UIC General Assembly in Rome in July 2016 between UIC and USIC, a charity action has been jointly decided this year between UIC and USIC, in order to better reflect the values of solidarity that the railway community wishes to develop through sporting events. During 2017, both organisations will be pooling their strengths to organise four sports challenges across Europe. Following this first championship in Bulgaria, the next events will be held in Switzerland, the Czech Republic and France, with the organisation of a World Chess Challenge in December 2017 at UIC Headquarters. All the money collected during the USIC challenges will go directly to Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World).

On the occasion of the launch of this first sports challenge, UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said:

We are all very excited about this first event in 2017 regarding our collaboration between USIC & UIC, in the context of our charity programme with Médecins du Monde, to demonstrate the strong value of Solidarity in our international rail community with the suffering of the world.

USIC Chairman Mr Dominique Paget said:

As of today, sport and solidarity will combine in all forms with the start of the USIC Bowling Challenge in Varna within the framework of our 2017 charity programme: UIC/USIC/Médecins du Monde.

Beyond the wish of our organisations to underline the humanitarian aspect, our commitment can only give a positive image of solidarity among the international railway employees. Nowadays, this is essential considering problems that meet our worldwide railway companies.

UIC has already launched a call for corporate sponsorship to raise money for donations to Médecins du Monde. Sponsors are invited to raise money for charity by taking part in USIC/UIC sports challenges.

In parallel, the general public is invited to participate in this action for charity:
Please follow this link:


For further information please contact Florence Albert, Communications Advisor:

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CRITIS 2017 – Submissions Extended Deadline: 23 June 2017

The paper submission deadline for the International Conference on Critical (Information) Infrastructures Security (CRITIS 2017) has been extended to 23 June. Please note that the new date is strict and there will be no further changes.

This year the conference will take place in Lucca, a Renaissance city in Tuscany, between 9–11 October 2017.

We invite you to submit a contribution via EasyChair:; for poster contributions, submissions can be limited to an extended abstract. All accepted contributions will be included in full length in the pre-proceedings that will appear at the time of the conference; accepted papers are planned to be published in the LNCS Springer-Verlag series.

Special attention will be devoted to young talents. To this purpose, a prize (YCA: Young Critis Award) will be awarded to the best contribution presented by a young author.
On 12-13 October, the conference will be followed by two satellite workshops on Energy and Water. Three invited speakers have already confirmed their attendance: Robert Baldoni, Javier Larraneta and Igor Van Gemert.

For further information please contact Grigore Havârneanu:

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Night Trains and Non-Reservation Trains working group (NT/NRT) annual meeting in Rome, May 2017

Trenitalia hosted this year’s NT and NRT working group-meeting, chaired by Mrs. Selmeczi (MAV-START) and Mrs. Hooft (SNCB). Representatives from ATTICA, CD, CFF/SBB, CFL, CFR, DB, DSB, MAV-START, NS, ÖBB, PKP, SJ, SNCB, SZ, TCDD, Trainose, TI and ZSSK attended, with additional presence from UIC, CIT and CER. The baseline for this meeting was ‘cooperation is key for winning the challenge within a changing train-market’.

UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport.
The following subjects and topics were discussed:

The NT-group mainly focused on the SCIC NT that is being reviewed.

  • Mr. Guigon (UIC) briefly summarised the main decisions and evolutions within UIC.
  • Mr. Vavra (CD) initiated a discussion about the unclear definition of active/passive RU’s in the SCIC NRT. It would be preferable to define this as issuing/accepting. This has impact on several leaflets, e.g. leaflet 106. Mr. Svensson will examine impact.
  • Mr. Mariorenzi, new chairman of the Technical Group, stressed the importance of close contacts between technical and commercial groups for expansion of e-ticketing. The bilateral agreements that exist today could eventually lead to a collective leaflet. What e-ticketing is concerned, there is a strong will for further expansion.
  • Mr. Svensson presents major changes and news from CIT-side. The ‘hot’ Name-PNR-topic was discussed, as well as other topics such as upcoming revision of the Rail PRR, Multimodal PRR, and end-date of the 1996/2006 security background of tickets.
  • Mr. Volpi (CER) gave a clear introduction of his organisation, and stressed the fact that CER represents the voice of European Railways towards government and high-level decision makers. Mr. Volpi made it clear that attending this sort of practical working meetings is crucial to understand how NT and NRT actually works, in order to better defend the interests of the relevant working group.

The 2017-2018 SCIC NRT amendments were discussed in detail. Topics are:

    • The lowered reduction of Railplus (15%) will be maintained.
    • For Railplus, NRT plans to dematerialise the Railplus-card.
    • The reduction of validity of NRT-tickets, voted last year, is maintained without amendments. Exceptions for RUs will be clearly stated in the SCIC NRT.
    • PRM-related subjects were also discussed, with definition of the newly created ‘other PRM’ (supplementary to existing blind and wheelchair travellers) to be specified. There is a call for more participating carriers in the ‘other PRM’-category.
    • The complex and various age limits of children will be mentioned in a clear table in the next edition of the SCIC.
    • The counterfoil for bicycle tickets is to be cancelled.
    • The absence of the ‘normal’ fare name was corrected, as from next SCIC, the standard fare should figure on the ticket also (not only reduction fares).
      New point inserted in the SCIC for penalty-fare on international travels, proposed by DB.

The advance booking time within several RUs was discussed, to find out if the impact of further re-opening of sales could be determined. Mr. Sommer (SBB) pointed to a revenue increase without any negative impact. NRT as a whole stressed the fact that a further opening of pre-sales period is a hazardous process when timetable-information is available too late and too imprecise.

RIT guidelines (under supervision of Mr. Winkler, ÖBB) are revised and adapted to the new RIT-structure.

Diabolo-supplement for Brussels National Airport-stations was explained to NRT-members. The importance for customers as well as RUs was stressed. An extra PRIFIS-series is to be created, and a modification of ticket texts is to be foreseen. All attendants agreed with the proposition.

Mr. Guigon (UIC) gave a round-up of the MERITS/PRIFIS-status.

It was generally accepted that e-ticketing should be possible for dog and bicycle tickets.

CFL and ATTICA presented the new achievements within their RU, namely opening of a new line from Spain to Morocco, and a new funicular between Pfaffendal and Kirchberg, seamlessly connecting public transportation between both stations.

Finally, Mrs. Rizzo (TI) described the TSGA (TAP TSI Governance Association) with the main goal: improving possibility of integrated ticketing.

The group also made an educational trip to Castel Gandolfo, where the summer residence of the Pope is situated. Since there is good train connection between the city of Rome and Castel Gandolfo, there is a close collaboration between Trenitalia and the Vatican, offering special packages. A further collaboration with other RUs was discussed, as well as possible products such as Interrail/Eurail.

The next NT/NRT-working group meeting will be hosted by TRAINOSE, in Greece, and will take place from 5 to 7 June 2018.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

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Appointment: Hans Günther Kersten has become FIATA’s Deputy General Director

Hans Günther Kersten, formerly UIC freight director, has been selected as Deputy Director General of FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), and started his mission on 1 June 2017. Kersten will succeed Fiata’s director general and and CEO Marco Leonardo Sorgetti when he retires in September.

A true international personality, Kersten studied business administration, economics and law at the University of Cologne (Germany). Besides German he speaks fluent English and French and has a good understanding of Spanish and Dutch.

For the last 18 years Hans Günther worked for Deutsche Bahn in various senior management positions, four and a half years of which seconded to the international railway association UIC in Paris, where he held the position of director of the freight department. In this capacity he also had the opportunity to work together with FIATA, in its long standing cooperation with UIC, even before taking today’s central position in the association.


FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.

(Source: FIATA)

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MTA Announces Launch of “The MTA Genius Transit Challenge”

World-Class Panel of Engineers, Technology Experts and Thought Leaders will gather June 29th at City College Great Hall

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced on June 5 the launch of the “MTA Genius Transit Challenge,” an international competition seeking groundbreaking and innovative solutions to increase the capacity and improve the reliability of New York City’s subway service. The competition will challenge participants to find solutions for the system that can be implemented quickly and efficiently. The status quo and industry standards currently take too long to implement and cannot improve service as expeditiously as is needed.

The competition will begin June 29 with a conference at the City College of New York’s Great Hall. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his intention to give three $1 million “genius” awards, paid by New York State for the best ideas in each of three categories. Competitors will be presented with the issues, current solutions and best practices and will be judged by an expert panel of technology and transportation experts in each of three categories:

  • How to Improve the New York City Subway’s Signal System: To address the aging signal system in a faster and more efficient way to enable the MTA to expand the number of trains per hour during peak periods;
  • How to Bring Better Subway Cars to the System: To address the subway system’s aging cars. Strategies can include the refurbishment of current subway cars, upgrading existing systems, better maintenance programs/protocols, and faster delivery of new cars;
  • How to Increase Communications Connectivity in Subway Tunnels: To design communications technology for cellular and WiFi connectivity that can be installed throughout the entire subway system including tunnels.

“Governor Cuomo challenged the MTA to look far and wide for solutions to the systemic problems that have plagued our subway system for years and to reimagine traditional solutions to reduce delays and relieve overcrowding,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. “This challenge is accepted and wholly embraced by the MTA.”

The expert panel that will judge the competition and help guide participants including engineers, thought leaders, and experts who have developed significant expertise in wireless technology, manufacturing, business and railroad operation. Representatives from New York City and the surrounding region will also participate in judging the competition.

The MTA Genius Transit Challenge panelists will include:

Sarah Feinberg, Former Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration: Ms. Feinberg led the Federal Railroad Administration from January 2015 to January 2017. She previously served as Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, managing DOT’s ten modal organizations, and spearheading its legislative, policy and communications efforts. Prior to her service at USDOT, Ms. Feinberg served in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and worked in the tech industry.

Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech: Mr. Huttenlocher is the Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech, where he has overall responsibility for the new campus, including the academic quality and direction of the campus’ degree programs and research. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amazon Inc., Corning Inc. and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor; Former Co-President and Director, Oracle: Mr. Phillips is CEO of prominent NYC-based software company Infor. Prior to Infor, Mr. Phillips was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Philips previously served as Managing Director in Technology Group at Morgan Stanley.

Kristina Johnson, Chancellor-elect, SUNY: Dr. Kristina M. Johnson is the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States. Dr. Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur who holds 118 U.S. and international patents.

Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions: Mr. Brown is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Solutions, where he has led the company for a decade. He serves as chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, chair of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and chair of the committee on Immigration Reform of the Business Roundtable.

Nick Grossman, General Manager, Union Square Ventures: Mr. Grossman is General Manager at Union Square Ventures, where he explores new investments, works with USV’s portfolio companies on trust, safety and security issues, and leads USV’s efforts on public policy, regulatory and civic issues. Previously, he led an incubator for startups at the intersection of cities and data at OpenPlans. Nick has a degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University.

Eliot Horowitz, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, MongoDB: Mr. Horowitz is the CTO and Co-Founder of MongoDB. He wrote the core code base for MongoDB starting in 2007, and subsequently built the engineering and product teams. Prior to MongoDB, he co-founded and built ShopWiki, a groundbreaking online retail search engine.

Balaji Prabhakhar, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University: Mr. Prabhakhar is a professor in the departments of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University, where research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of data networks: both wireline and wireless. He has led the development of industry standards for computer network congestion management, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Future Urban Mobility Initiative of the World Economic Forum.

The Challenge
The New York City subway system operates 665 miles of track, 24 lines, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Demand for service is at historic levels with ridership of 6 million people per day. New York City Transit must innovate to accommodate a growing demand and to continue to be the economic engine of the city, state, and region.

The Signal System
The existing fixed-block signal system was designed over a century ago and now requires constant repair and is increasingly less reliable. The current $29.5 billion MTA Capital Plan includes more than $2.75 billion for signals, with more than $1 billion for installation of Communication Based Train Control. Other signalization investments include roughly $850 million to modernize six signal interlockings and $250 million to upgrade conventional signals.

The improvement in signalization is designed to increase the number of trains at peak periods. This competition is seeking to accelerate the implementation of these solutions to bring better and more reliable signal service to the system faster.

Subway Cars
Subway car doors open and close roughly 7 million times daily – and doors are the primary cause of car-related failures. Currently, the fastest a new car can be built is three years. The MTA is expediting the delivery of 300 new R179 subway cars with the first arriving fall 2017 and delivery to be completed by September 2018.

Additionally, New York City Transit will accelerate the delivery of 450 new R211 cars.
The car renovation project is looking for strategies to get more new subway cars faster, or refurbish existing cars to increase reliability, prevent breakdowns, and reduce delays.

The MTA’s recently announced six-point plan tackles frequent issues that cause disruption to service and discomfort to riders – including stuck doors, master controller systems, and heating and air conditioning. The transit system needs a more comprehensive, diagnostic data-driven approach that allows for predictive maintenance rather than corrective maintenance.

Communications and Connectivity in Subway Tunnels
The MTA succeeded in delivering cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to every station in the system by the end of last year. However, connectivity in subway tunnels is still unavailable. Subway tunnels are narrow, which presents challenges in running cable and other necessary Wi-Fi equipment. Standard industry strategies would require completely shutting down train service to install Wi-Fi in tunnels.

The development of an alternative plan is a key concern of this challenge. For information about how to participate, visit

(Source: NY MTA)

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France: Henriette Chaubon appointed new SNCF Ombudswoman

Henriette Chaubon, a trained judge, has just been appointed as SNCF Ombudswoman, to replace Bernard Cieutat, who has retired after 11 years in the position.
The role of the new Ombudswoman is to facilitate the search for just and amicable settlements in disputes between carriers and their customers.

In practical terms, disputes can be referred to Henriette Chaubon when no solution has been found by the carriers’ customer services departments. Referrals relate primarily to commercial claims (80% of cases in 2016), concerning the fulfilment of contracts of carriage (delays, train cancellations, etc.). They also involve infringements of rail transport police regulations (20% of referrals in 2016).

Establishing Dialogue
The scope of the Ombudswoman’s duties has recently been broadened to include disputes brought by Eurostar, Thalys and Corsican Railways passengers. Alongside SNCF Mobilités and national consumer organisations, these three operators were represented at the joint body which unanimously appointed Henriette Chaubon as SNCF Ombudswoman on 28 April. Her appointment is for a renewable term of three years. She may not receive instructions from any parties.
“I would like to emphasize the fact that the Ombudsman or woman is entirely impartial and independent, with a completely objective view of matters”, stressed the new Ombudswoman.
Henriette Chaubon has been a judge at the French Final Court of Appeal since 2013 and is also a member of the conflict resolution committee of the State Energy Regulatory Commission and chair of the State monitoring body on reoffending and desistance.
Previously she was a judge at the Paris Court of Appeal (1999-2005) and then head of the SNCF group legal department (2006-2013).

Backed by a fifteen-strong team, she sees her mission as one of establishing dialogue and mutual trust: “Having been head of the SNCF legal department, I know how much the company is committed to high quality service and customer retention. The position of mediator also provides a good vantage point. Through all the claims we deal with individually, on a case-by-case basis, we can make recommendations which will help all carriers improve their quality of service.”

A high-growth segment
The annual report by the SNCF Ombudsman in 2016 showed the number of complaints had risen by 44% to 8 588, compared with 5 984 in 2015. This increase reflects the large number of claims for refunds or compensation following the strikes in June. It is also a result of the increase in passenger awareness of the existence of the Ombudsman, thanks in part to the dedicated section of the SNCF website (65% of claims were made online in 2016).

(Source: SNCF)

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Russia: CIS railways agree on joint action against cyberattacks

The Interstate Information Network, which unites the national centres of the railways of the Commonwealth of Independent states, has successfully withstood the biggest virus attack in history, which just recently affected the whole world.

Anatoly Krasnoshchek, First Vice President of Russian Railways, made an announcement to this effect on 18 May 2017 during his address to the 66th Session of the Council for Railway Transport of the State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which was held in Moscow.

Krasnoshchek noted that the virus attack led to the disabling of electronic systems of several hundred thousand users around the world. Tens of thousands of computers were affected in Russia.

“Russian Railways also failed to avoid this global cyber attack. But due to the professionalism of our IT experts and our immediate administrative and management solutions, we suffered no serious failures in the technological process. The well-coordinated work of our employees on the traffic and information sides at the RZD Holding made it possible to prevent a potential stop to train movement and the operation of the Company’s information infrastructure,” said Anatoly Krasnoshchek.

The common information space covers all the national computer centres of the Commonwealth’s railways. The Information and Computing Centre of Railway Administrations (ICC RA) coordinates their activities. Data exchange allows the collection of operational and statistical reporting and ensures the operation of an automated databank of wagons and containers, the passenger transportation management system and the electronic seat reservation system Express-3.

Based on ICC RA data, mutual settlements are also made between the railways for the services they provide to each other.

“Considering that our railways work in direct contact, I consider it necessary to instruct the Council’s Commission on Informatisation to study the cooperation between our railways under conditions of possible massive cyber attacks,” said Anatoly Krasnoshchek.

(Source: RZD)

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United States: Amtrak Board designates Chicago Master Developer

Amtrak has designated a team lead by Riverside Investment & Development Co. as the Master Developer for commercial elements of Chicago Union Station (CUS) and neighboring Amtrak-owned properties. Amtrak President and CEO Wick Moorman made the announcement this morning at CUS with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, other stakeholders and civic leaders.

The initial conceptual design proposed by Riverside, in conjunction with co-developer and co-venture partner Convexity Properties – a DRW Company, includes three phases projected to be completed in about six years. Key project priorities include improved street entrances and pedestrian traffic flow entering and leaving Union Station, as well as improved pedestrian-friendly landscaping and open spaces.

The proposed commercial development will total approximately 3.1 million square feet at full build-out. The developer expects to create approximately 7,500 construction jobs over the life of the more than $1 billion project, as well as an additional 7,000 to 8,000 permanent jobs:

Phase One – Union Station Headhouse and Concourse Improvements:

  • 110,000 square feet of new and reconfigured retail with a new food hall
  • Street level retail to be added to enhance the pedestrian experience
  • Renovation of the Headhouse and Great Hall
  • 100,000 square feet of office space and a new proposed hotel above the Great Hall
  • Two new 12-story residential towers above the Headhouse

Phase Two – New Office Towers with Retail and Parking (currently parking garage)

  • Two new 750,000 square foot office towers with ground floor retail and approximately 800 parking spaces
  • Ample publicly-accessible green spaces including terraces and plazas, including above the current Union Station Transit Center

Phase Three – Plaza and Tower on Southeast Corner of Jackson and Canal

  • Approximately 500,000 square foot retail and residential tower developed over active rail lines with open space and plazas at street level

Today’s designation of Riverside to develop the commercial elements of Union Station follows the City’s commitment to modernize and transform the transportation infrastructure though the Amtrak Chicago Union Station Master Plan process.

The commercial aspects of the project do not require any Federal, state or local funding and are subject to further revision and consideration by the City of Chicago Plan Commission, Landmark Commission, Zoning Committee and City Council.

“This building was envisioned by Daniel Burnham in the 1909 Plan for Chicago as the city’s primary rail station. It is in that spirit, we have big plans for both this Headhouse building and nearby properties owned by Amtrak,” said Moorman. “We have initiated real estate developments such as this to create revenue streams to invest in our core business, to improve facilities, to provide amenities to all users of the station – and to attract new ones. We are certain we will do that here in Chicago.”

“This agreement will generate thousands of jobs and ensure a more vibrant future for Union Station and the entire city of Chicago,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The thorough planning process with Amtrak and the many partners involved in this historic endeavor will ensure this plan generates the greatest economic impact and benefit the entire region and nation.”

“We are honored to have been awarded the opportunity to revitalize the commercial aspects of Union Station,” said John O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Riverside Investment & Development Co. “Adapting such an iconic building and transportation hub that serves so many is a responsibility we take very seriously. We look forward to working with Amtrak and our partners to make Union Station and the blocks around it into assets that serve and excite Chicago residents and commuters alike.

“This will be a transformative project for the West Loop and the City,” O’Donnell added.

The Amtrak Board of Directors this week approved the designation of a master development team led by Riverside. This designation is based on a staff recommendation and follows a rigorous technical and financial review, assisted by KPMG, AECOM and Savills Studley.

The Board also approved finalizing financial negotiations with this developer by the end of the year.

In addition to a competitive review process, Riverside and its partners were selected due to their extensive experience in successfully developing complex, transportation-oriented, mixed-use properties. The team includes: Riverside Investment & Development; Convexity

Properties; Architect Goettsch Partners; Structural Engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Rail Operations Interface Manager & Civil Engineer WSP; Construction Manager Clark Construction Group; Operations, Maintenance and Retail Concession Manager CBRE Inc.; and Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Technology Engineer ESD Global. This team was chosen from a pre-qualified field of four following a Request for Qualification.

Previously, Amtrak, the City of Chicago, Metra commuter rail and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) were involved in reviewing teams considered capable of all aspects of project delivery. This group of agencies has been working on conceptual planning and design work for a series of projects at Chicago Union Station. That work follows a Master Plan that the City of Chicago completed in 2012.

The designated developer will harmonize commercial development with the need to address growing passenger volumes at CUS, and to successfully integrate the station into the surrounding West Loop neighborhood. The Master Developer will also engage the community and incorporate feedback from West Loop stakeholders into any development plan.

The Master Development process in Chicago is part of a larger corporate program to leverage the substantial Amtrak asset portfolio and also includes stations in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

(Source: Amtrak)

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FISAIC modellers held an exhibition in Hungary

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the railway modellers club HEX-VA-VE, a group of FISAIC modellers organised an international exhibition of a junior modular railway. The exhibition took place from 12 to 14 May 2017 in Debrecen, eastern Hungary, under the auspices of the International Association for Culture and Leisure of Railway Staff (FISAIC). With the participation of the Czech, German, French, Hungarian and (for the first time) Romanian modellers, they presented to the general public the interoperable network on a 1:87 scale (H0) consisting of a record number of 63 single and double- track junior modules with a total length of over 60 m. The interoperability of the modules enabled model trains of various European railway operators to travel through a various model landscape across Europe.

The name of the junior modules is usually associated with the meaning of “young” and “beginner”, and it must be said that FISAIC fully supports the work with young people and their engagement in railway communities. The initial cooperation of BSW, ČD and UAICF has been gradually extended and other countries like Hungary, Latvia, Spain and Romania have joined the activities of FISAIC with their own modules.

Taking into consideration that the group is focused on railway legacy and model railway, Hungarian railway workers prepared for their FISAIC colleagues a ride on the local steam-engine narrow-gauge forest railway of 760mm (Zsuzsi) - Another highlight of the trip was a historic tram tour and visit of new modern tram and trolleybus depot.

Further international exhibitions are supposed to take place in Zschopau (Erzgebirge) in November 2017 and in Wels, Austria in September 2018, where the largest festival in the history of the FISAIC covering all fields of international leisure and cultural cooperation of railwaymen will be held.

On the occasion of the international exhibition, the 17th FISAIC International Technical Commission for Railway Heritage and Model Railway was held. The commission was primarily concerned with the preparation of a summer seminar for young modellers in France, where in addition to learning and creating a model railway, there will also be a presentation of the project called “Role of the narrow gauge railway during the 1st World War in northern France and the subsequent period of peace”.

(Source: Czech Railways)

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Kazakhstan: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) launched its branch on the basis of KazATK

During the meeting on cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT, Great Britain) at JSC NC KTZ, approval was given to the opening of the branch of the Institute on the basis of the Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communications named after M. Tynyshpaev (KazATK).

“Cooperation of KazATK with CILT increases the competitiveness of future specialists in the transport services market, which will contribute to the implementation of the Company’s personnel policy,” said the president-rector of JSC KazatK B. Kuanyshev.

In the current year KazATK is accredited for the professional education under CILT programs. The opening of a branch of CILT Kazakhstan on the basis of KazATK will enable the introduction of training by the international educational programs of the British Institute.

Recruitment of students will begin on June 1. Training will be carried out by the faculty of KazATK, which has received CILT licenses, as well as teachers from the UK with competence in leading transport and logistics companies of the world, partners of the institute.

The branch offers training to young specialists, engineers, middle and senior managers to obtain professional education in the field of transport and logistics with the issuance of an international diploma.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is a professional body representing the transport and logistics industries worldwide. It is a membership based organisation with over 30,000 members in 35 countries. This international body is also known as CILT International to distinguish it from the National Councils, sections and branches.

(Source: KTZ)

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