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UIC gives third party access to MERITS Integrated Data

UIC, within its policy of openness, transparency and promotion of rail sector activities, is pleased to announce that the MERITS (Multiple East-West Railways Integrated Timetable Storage) Integrated Timetable Data are now available to all kinds of users, including non-UIC members.

UIC has developed a relevant set of purchasable MERITS products. Open access to MERITS Integrated Timetable Data to third parties was approved by the UIC members in April 2017 and is applicable as of 1 March 2019.

The commercialisation of MERITS represents a major evolution for the whole rail passenger sector. Opening MERITS integrated timetable data will enable to:

  • Show the railway sector’s willingness to be an active member of the multimodal transport system
  • Enable the railway sector to be a main actor of the digital revolution
  • Respond to the stakeholder and customer expectations in terms of sharing information by showing that conditions are in place for realising quick time-to-market solutions
  • Delivering the best possible quality integrated rail timetable data at an attractive price and under certain usage conditions, ensuring that the railway services are properly and neutrally presented in non-railway journey planners and websites, in compliance with EU legislation

The MERITS integrated timetable data consist of:

  • Schedules of trains, a significant number of (inter) regional and long-distance buses or trams and some ship services, including service brands (e.g. Eurostar), generic service mode (e.g. high-speed train, intercity, bus, ship etc.), and service attributes (first and second class, advised/mandatory reservation, restaurant car etc.). It contains about 600,000 services. Some RUs deliver the departure and arrival platform numbers with their timetable data.
  • Location database, containing about 67,680 railway stations and stops, including geo-coordinates and UIC location codes
  • MCTs (Minimum Connection Time) per location in minutes. Also: pedestrian links and connections between locations
  • Timetable Data are mainly provided by railway undertakings from large Europe (including Russia and Turkey)

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said: “In our new big data world, collection and connectivity of data are key factors to improve productivity of our processes and services for our customers.
This is particularly important for interurban international passenger trains.
This opening of the MERITS database is undoubtedly an improvement for our collective customers and in turn for our ticketing and sales.
UIC is happy to have been the driving coordinator for our members in this collaborative achievement”.

For Railway Data Providers:
MERITS integrated timetable data enable a maximum exposure of European railway products in journey planners of rail ticket issuers, including railways, OTAs and GDSs. As modern rail distribution systems are itinerary-driven, providing data to MERITS will enhance the opportunity to sell tickets.
Railway undertakings wishing to provide timetable data are kindly invited to contact UIC (

For Data Users:
MERITS products are commercially attractive. They offer a rapid access to all timetable and location data. They operate with one single source of data, thereby doing away with large volumes of multilateral data exchanges.
Please note that companies who are interested in using MERITS Integrated Timetable or Locations Data are able to purchase a user licence and accept the General Terms and Conditions that are available on the UIC ETF web-shop (

Please visit the MERITS dedicated web page: for more information.

Interested users are kindly invited to contact UIC:

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Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) of MERITS meeting held from 7 – 8 March 2019 in Luxembourg

The MERITS Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) meeting was held on 7 – 8 March 2019 in Luxembourg at the kind invitation of CFL.

The TTEG is the community of Railway Undertakings that publishes consolidated timetables, services and station data (MERITS data) to be used by railway undertakings in information systems to support journey planners and booking activities.

28 participants representing 15 railway companies were present including one representative from EURAIL GIE.

UIC was represented by Marc Guigon Director of the UIC Passenger Department, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport and Joachim Baars, Expert on Timetables.

Mr Jean-Michel Gira and Ben Hari from CFL, presented the CFL organisation for timetable activities.

Marc Guigon and Fabrice Setta welcomed the participants and gave an overview of the agenda for the meeting composed of two half-days.

Fabrice Setta presented the outcomes of the MSB meetings concerning the MERITS new model and the official starting date of the MERITS integrated data. He gave the latest status of the signature of the Data Provider Agreements, explained the process of the validation MERITS user validation process and gave details on the MERITS catalogue. More information about the commercialisation of the MERITS data can be found here: and the MERITS products can be purchased here:

Robert Jurisch – DB presented the current rhythm of MERITS data provision in the MERITS tool, after discussion the TTEG agreed to data provision on Tuesday and Thursday.

Angelina Rotolo-Piazza (DB Vertrieb, as data manager) and Joachim Baars reported on the MERITS data management activity and proposed improvements enhance MERITS quality. Issues concerning quality of data were discussed, they encouraged members to review their warnings and errors within the import and integration reports.

Georges Alberty, deputy of passenger service activity, provided an overview of the CFL activities and the huge development of passenger traffic which implies investments.

Frank Martini (HaCon) provided a quick overview of the MERITS tools version. He gave details on the next version 4.12 that will be implemented in May 2019.
Henrik Nyman – Silverrail representing SJ - presented the change Request to have the reservation code in the MERITS data linked to train services. The change request has been accepted by the group and it will be part of the next MERITS tool release.
The group did a brainstorming session on the evolution of MERITS. A round table was undertaken, which gave each member the opportunity to present his or her evolution proposal.

Marc Guigon provided general information regarding UIC and the Passenger Department activities.

Finally, Marc Guigon thanked Henk Hoppener, from NS, who will retire, and also José Antonio González from RENFE, who will not participate in the next meetings, for the huge work they did in the context of MERITS activities.

The next meeting will be held from 26 – 27 September 2019. The venue still needs to be confirmed.

For further information please contact Fabrice Setta, UIC Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

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Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) working group meeting in Bern

On 28 February 2019, the first meeting of the year of the Commuter and Regional Train Services Working Group was held at the headquarters of BLS in Bern, Switzerland. The meeting was hosted by Hans-Bernhard Fiechter, Head of Offer Planning at BLS and was chaired by Bartłomiej Buczek (PKP SKM), chairman of the group. There were representatives from PKP SKM, BLS, Euskotren, JR East and SENER. The UIC was represented by Vanessa Perez and Amin Saadaoui, Advisors for the Passenger Department.

The meeting started with two case studies respectively presented by Irina Schneider, Head of distribution at BLS AG, and Bartłomiej Buczek regarding new ticketing policies recently implemented in their respective countries.

The first case study was the NOVA interface in Switzerland, a standardised platform for travellers, travel and product data exchange as a backend for all distribution channels for public transport in Switzerland. Mrs Schneider further presented a new ticketing solution developed by BLS for automatic billing in the public transport. The Lezzgo app uses NOVA platform and provides a car-like seamless travel experience.
Bartłomiej Buczek presented the first impressions on the implementation of the Common Ticket in Poland which took place in December 2018. The Common Ticket is a new framework allowing rail passengers in Poland to book a journey operated by different railway undertakings in a single transaction. Besides, the new platform brought along a new tariff scheme promising more convenience and cheaper travel cost for passengers.

Kenzo Fujita, on behalf of JR East, represented the new service provided by the company to passengers regarding the congestion update notification in stations. The systems use image processing to identify congestion rates in different parts of the stations and forward it to passengers. The service is being tested in three pilot stations and subjected to further extension to other stations in the future.
The focus of the meeting was the work progress on the Handbook on CRTS. First, members viewed the “Ticketing systems” chapter, provided input and validated the contents of the chapter. Then the group discussed the roadmap for the “Main principles and logistics chapter.

The CRTS project handbook aims to provide guidelines and recommendations to commuter and regional rail operators on how to initiate and manage CRT operations covering ticketing, safety and security, legal and communication issues, challenges and best practices.

The meeting concluded with discussing near future activities of the group and the plans of cooperation with other bodies in the rail and transport sector. The next CRTS meeting will be held on 4 June, followed by the training on IV CRTS on 5 – 7 June 2019 in Barcelona kindly hosted by FGC.

For further information and registration please check here

This group is open to all UIC members, so do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to participate.

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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Women and transport: an opportunity for the industry and for new forms of mobility, by Catherine Trautmann

It is a great honour for UIC to have an article by Catherine Trautmann on the role played by women in the transport industry. Her visionary action with regard to the tramway in Strasbourg enabled citizens to reassume ownership of the public space in France thanks to high quality transport services. This inspiring article shows us that aside from the evidence that gender parity is beneficial when it comes to economy and performance, it is also key to improving public spaces and reinvigorating creativity to enhance everyone’s experience of using public transport.

François Davenne & Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

‘As I speak, France currently has a female Transport Minister (Elisabeth Borne, following in the trailblazing footsteps of Ségolène Royal a few years earlier), yet it is undeniable that more still needs to be done before full gender balance is achieved in an industry that is still too often perceived as “man’s work”.

The feminisation of the transport industry is an ongoing trend, albeit women’s share of the workforce is still insufficient. Across the sector, the number of female workers has levelled off since 2011, at around 18.5 % of the workforce or 126,900 employees. However, this masks considerable intra-sector disparities: whereas women’s share in the carriage of goods by road is only 11 % (small and large haulage firms, delivery and courier firms, removals, secure transport of cash, etc.), it is almost 40 % in health-related transport, and 20 % in logistics. Overall, therefore, transport remains a male-dominated industry.

In recent years, however, some companies have striven to feminise their workforces and achieve a better gender balance, motivated by business and competitive interests as well as by societal factors. Their efforts are starting to pay off, with the number of women working in the industry continuing to grow. As in other industries, women make up an increasing share of the transport industry workforce.

Whatever sub-sector or skill profile (manual or clerical worker/engine, bus or tram driver/engineer, etc.), the transport industry is open to talented professional women of all types who have proven their worth and abilities, thus paving the way for the next generation.

Nor has the transport industry waited for government to introduce (much-needed) gender equality regulations before feminising its workforce. For many years now, transport-sector players have recruited and trained women in various roles, and are going all-out to try and win over female candidates, encouraging them to apply for jobs in an industry that has traditionally been seen as “man’s work”.
Women’s response to this has been favourable, with increasing numbers of female candidates for these positions, and companies which have made gender balance part of their DNA.

Not only this, but the transport industry is jobs-rich, due partly to a wave of retirements but mostly to issues connected with sustainability, the energy transition and digital innovation.

In an analysis published in December 2018 of corporate best practice boosting gender parity, the European Commission highlighted that key determinants included informing women directly via the promotion of equality, flexible working hours, a safe and high-quality working environment, assurances of equal pay, and the possibility of upskilling through training.

Not all the businesses surveyed did all of the things listed above, but the overall finding was that even just doing a few of them brings swift wins. Recruiting women can thus not be considered simply a stopgap to fill a situation vacant; it has to be seen as a goal which is part and parcel of a company’s grand design. This is all the more true given that the transport and mobility sector is evolving fast and is becoming a driver of change and innovation.

The future of logistics and of road and rail transport will be governed by three key drivers: digitalisation, flexible management, and technological advances.
Today, digitalisation affects every level of society and all of us, whatever our field, need to incorporate a digital approach in developing our business. Transport is no exception to this rule. Successful digitalisation of transport services can boost efficiency, thus improving the cost-effectiveness of integrated transport infrastructure.

Digitalisation is also focused on - and driven by - consumer needs, which constantly push the envelope with new transport models such as “ collaborative consumption” or “Mobility As A Service” (MAAS).

Let us not forget that half of all transport users are women, a fact that needs to be understood at all levels of transport-industry firms, in particular at decision-making level. First of all, everyone has the right to travel in public for whatever reason, whether going to work, picking up the children from school, doing the shopping or simply in pursuit of leisure-time activities.

How this right is exercised, however, will vary depending on one’s sex.
53%! This, according to an Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting survey for France Info radio station and Le Figaro newspaper, is the percentage of French women who have experienced sexual harassment or assault at least once. And according to France’s national federation of public transport users (FNAUT), the figure rises to almost 90% when the environment is a railway station, train, or other means of public transport. These findings should prompt us to rethink public transport infrastructure from a female perspective in order to tackle feelings of insecurity, as well as other forms of female-focused violence such as bag-snatching, catcalls, verbal and physical assault, intimidation, etc.).

When I was elected Mayor of Strasbourg, I sought to enable citizens - of either gender - to reassume ownership of our public space. The tram was a way of ensuring equality of access and freedom of movement. The fundamental, long-term goal was to reshape mobility patterns, shifting the balance back in favour of pedestrians, cycling and public transport and away from car use. I also supported the project for public health reasons. That was when the job of reducing air pollution in Strasbourg really began.

I wanted a tram that was accessible to all, so I chose a design that was lithe and transparent, so that passengers would “glide” through the historic city centre. But a transparent design also allows women to see what is going on inside and out of the tram.
Strasbourg’s trams were designed taking as their starting-point the needs of their users (including disabled passengers). Accessibility, high levels of service and affordable prices, coupled with pedestrian and bicycle friendliness, have all helped the tram profoundly alter our city’s mobility patterns. It has been wonderful to be part of the journey.

For women, mobility remains a major part of emancipation. The ability to travel easily and without hindrance is a fundamental right guaranteeing equality of access to public space, to employment, to leisure, and to healthcare. But transport operators still need to raise their game to meet women’s needs. For example, in the way they design the layout of stations, walkways, even vehicle interiors.
The more women are aware of their role in the various modes of mobility and the associated usage patterns, the more they will choose to play an active role working for and running these networks. I believe that for the transport industry, women are a true source of innovation and creativity in new services. So when we talk about the role of women, we are not simply talking about gender equality. We are talking about society. The more women are involved in designing, operating and managing mobility services, the more female transport users will feel at home on public transport and the better the image they will have of public transport through the high-quality services they experience daily.’

(Catherine Trautmann, former Minister of Culture of France from 1997 – 2000 and Member of the European Parliament 1989–1997 and 2004–2014)

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CRITIS 2019: 14th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security – Call for Papers

14th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security, will be held in Linköping, Sweden, from 23 – 25 September, and continues the tradition of bringing to the fore innovative research in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection (C(I)IP), exploring ideas that address challenges to resilience and societal safety, and fostering the dialogue with stakeholders.

CRITIS 2019 aims at bringing together researchers, professionals from academia, critical (information) infrastructure operators, industry, defence sector and governmental organisations working in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructure systems. Moreover, CRITIS aims to encourage and inspire early stage and open-minded researchers in this demanding multi-disciplinary field of research. Outstanding research performance demonstrated by young researchers may compete for the Young CRITIS Award (YCA).

The Project’s Dissemination Session will be an opportunity of dissemination for ongoing European, multinational, and national projects, to share the experiences among scientist and experts working on different projects in the C(I)IP domain.

Following the success of CRITIS 2016 in Paris organised by the UIC Security Division, and to ensure continuity with the previous editions, Grigore Havârneanu continues to be part of the scientific committee and the steering board of CRITIS 2019.

Conference themes
CRITIS 2019 has a special focus on testbeds for research and training with respect to security in critical infrastructures, encouraging participants from Europe, US and Asia to present the state-of-the-art in development of such physical and virtual environments.

The conference will also be a forum to discuss current and future energy infrastructures with the participation of energy infrastructure operators and stakeholders, as well as the infrastructures for water management systems, traffic management and interdependencies therein. Topics for the conference papers include (but are not limited to): (1) Protection of cyber-physical systems; (2): Advances in C(I)IP organisation, management and legal aspects; (3) Emergencies and C(I)IP protection, national and cross-border; and (4) Disruptive technologies for C(I)IP.

Submission guidelines
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. All paper submissions must contain a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. All submissions will be subjected to a thorough double-blind review by at least three reviewers. Submitted papers shall be anonymised and all author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, and obvious traceable references should be eliminated to be eligible for the review process. Both “full papers” or “short papers” are welcome.

Accepted papers are to be included in post-proceedings, published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. All papers should be submitted in this format.

Important dates
30 April 2018 – Full-text submission
18 June 2018 – Notification of acceptance
9 September 2018 – Camera-ready papers

For further information please visit the conference website:

At UIC, please contact Grigore Havârneanu, Research Advisor – UIC Security Division):

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UIC attends and assists the ERA/OSJD Contact Group

Rail System, Standardisation Development and APRA Regional Interfaces

The anniversary meeting of ERA-OSJD Contact Group on the analysis of EU & non-EU interlinked rail systems was held on 5 – 7 March 2019 in Lille.

The meeting was attended by representatives from OSJD Member States: Georgia, Latvian Republic, Lithuanian Republic, Republic of Poland, Russian Federation, Ukraine as well as representatives of OJSD Committee, ERA, DG MOVE, UIC and CIS CRT. Mr Jozef Doppelbauer, ERA Executive director, addressed the anniversary meeting and congratulated participants on the results achieved so far as with forthcoming plans to extend ERA-OSJD collaboration to a permanent nature of cooperation.

ERA-OSJD analysis on interlinked rail systems

ERA, OSJD and UIC experts attended the ERA/OSJD Contact Group meeting held on 5 – 7 March 2019 in Lille.

During discussions UIC Leaflets or/and ERA Technical Documents (elaborated & based on UIC Leaflets) were addressed and referenced.

On behalf of Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Mr Francois Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, the UIC delegation expressed assurance in delivering strategical visions of the organisations to be shared and coordinated within both frameworks of high-level technical regulations – EU (Directives & TSIs) and EEU (Regulations & GOSTs) – where UIC expertise and contributions linked to UIC Leaflets and IRS are required.

The meeting adopted the following agenda:

1. Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Telematic applications for passenger service (TAP)”
2. Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Telematic applications for freight service (TAF)”
3. Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Noise”
4. Improvement of draft ERA-OSJD MoU

When handling the topic “Analysis of the parameters Telematics applications for passenger traffic (TAP)”, the participants discussed a number of improvements and additions, including TAP Basic Parameters 4.2.20 – which amend IT general requirements, and agreed on the 19th version of the document. The final version of the document is going to be discussed at the next ERA-OSJD meeting to be held on 14 – 16 May 2019 in Warsaw.

When handling the topic “Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem Telematics applications for freight traffic (TAF)”, the participants discussed a number of questions and additions, including TAF Basic Parameters (1) & linked to UN/EDIFACT standards, (2) for 4.2.3 – the practical examples of messages to be provided, (3) for 4.2.6 – the additional information to be provided by experts of Poland and Slovakia, (4) for 4.2.7 – the general requirements / documents to be provided by CRT CIS which are linked to the subsystem “Wagon movement”. The meeting agreed on the 5th version of the document. ERA will send an updated version of the document by 7 May 2019.

When discussing the topic "Analysis of the parameters of the noise subsystem”, the meeting addressed additional information provided by Georgia, Poland and Slovakia as well as information linked to Basic Parameter “Bypass noise” provided by ERA. Participants of the meeting agreed on the 10th version of the document and expect (1) information on noise measurable parameters according to GOST 32206-2013 and OSJD R 652/4 to be provided by the Russian Federation, (2) additional information on actually applied requirements / documents to be provided by Georgia, Moldova, Poland and Slovakia, (3) next update of Basic Parameter “Bypass noise” to be performed by ERA.

Next generation of ERA/OSJD MoU

Representatives of OSJD Committee and ERA informed participants on the course of activities for a draft of new-branded ERA-OSJD MoU which is going to be of undefined duration and validity. According to EC juridical procedure, ERA has to submit a draft of MoU to the Board for it to be approved. The next meeting of the ERA Board is to be held on 4 June 2019.

The next ERA-OSJD meeting is scheduled to be held on 14 – 16 May in Warsaw.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations:

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Paul Véron, former UIC Director, is new Chairman of the International Railway History Association (IRHA)

Ambassador Henry Jacolin becomes Honorary Chairman

During its General Assembly held on 23 February in Paris, the International Railway History Association IRHA elected its new Board for the coming years.

Ambassador Henry Jacolin, who has successfully chaired the international association for the last 10 years, has decided to resign from his mandate. The General Assembly warmly thanked and congratulated him for his continuous personal commitment and his strong contribution to the expansion of the activities as well as to the development of the international reputation of IRHA during the last decade.
As a sign of respect and gratitude Ambassador Henry Jacolin was unanimously elected Honorary Chairman.

Concerning the new governance, Paul Veron, former UIC Director, Vice Chairman of IRHA, was unanimously elected new Chairman for the next period.
Paul Veron who had participated in the activities of the International Railway History Association since its creation in 2002, was Director of Communications of UIC, the international railway organisation until 2017 and UIC Coordinator for the Middle East Region until 2018.

Three Vice Chairmen were also elected unanimously:

  • Prof Javier Vidal Olivares from the University of Alicante (Spain)
  • Prof Andrea Giuntini from the University of Modena e Regio Emilia (Italy)
  • Prof Dr Ralf Roth from the University of Frankfurt/Main (Germany)

Mrs Marie-Noelle Polino from the Department for History and Heritage of SNCF, was appointed Secretary General of IRHA.
The new treasurer is Pedro Pablo Ortunez Goicolea from Spain.

The new Chief Editor in charge of the newsletter of IRHA is Paul van Heesvelde from Belgium and the new Web Editor Dr Csaba Horvath from Hungary.

UIC is co-founder and continuous partner of the International Railway History Association. It is represented on the IRHA Administration Board.

The main objective is the organisation of international railway history conferences and publication of the communications presented (books, e-books).
The last two historic conferences were successfully organised in November 2016 in cooperation with TCDD and UIC in Istanbul (“From the Baghdad-Bahn to the New Rail Silk Roads – the Euro-Asian Rail links” and in December 2018 jointly organised with SNCF, UIC, the French Defence Ministry and the Hungarian Transport Study Association KTE in Budapest (“Railways in the First World War”) in the presence of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General.

For further information please consult the dedicated website:

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Joe Boardman, former Amtrak president, has passed away

Joseph H. Boardman (December 23, 1948 – March 7, 2019) served as President and CEO of Amtrak from 2008 to 2016.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, said:

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Joe Boardman passed away on 7 March.
I had the pleasure to meet him on different occasions, as a member of the Mineta Transport Institute, and through Amtrak as a member of UIC.
He actively participated in our High Speed Congress in Philadelphia in 2010.

During his career Joe led the New York Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, and Amtrak with distinction.
He dedicated his life to improving mobility and we will all forever be grateful for his contribution to our railway community.

Boardman was raised in Oneida County, New York, and was the second of eight children. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966, which included a tour of Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Following his military career, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a Master of Science in Management Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

His early career includes city, county and state government roles including management of the Rome and Utica transit authorities in the early 1980s. Boardman also served as commissioner of public transportation in Broome County, N.Y., before establishing his own transportation management company.

He was named commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) beginning July 1997 where he led a transformation effort that better enabled the agency to respond to the challenges associated with an expanding global marketplace. In this capacity, Boardman was deeply involved in the operation of the large complement of Amtrak service in the state. He left NYSDOT following his appointment by President George W. Bush as FRA Administrator. Boardman was the longest-serving Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) from July 1997 until resigning to head the FRA.

Amtrak first selected Boardman for a one-year stint as president and CEO in November 2008. He held the role until September 2016, the second-longest tenure of any Amtrak president. Boardman became the second-longest serving head of Amtrak, after W. Graham Claytor, Jr. in the 1980s.

Railway Age magazine named Boardman as its 51st “Railroader of the Year” in its January 9, 2014, issue.

(Source: Amtrak)

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1st Digital Intelligent Rail Conference jointly organised by UIC and Infrabel to be held from 3 – 5 June 2019 in Brussels

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The 1st Digital Intelligent Rail (DIR) Conference, organised by UIC, in partnership with Infrabel, will take place from 3 – 5 June 2019 at Square – Brussels Convention Centre.

This first DIR Conference is part of a series of major conferences dedicated to the topic of digital developments in the railways and follows other similar events organised by UIC, such as the 1st African Rail Digital Summit held from 25 – 27 February 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The aim of the conference is not only to discuss the key issues of digitalisation in the rail sector, but also to provide input for UIC’s Digital Progress Paper, a strategic document which sets out UIC’s vision and approach to the subject, and which is continuously updated over time.

The conference, which is open to railway sector stakeholders, politicians, industry representatives, railway experts, economists, universities and the global digital ecosystem, will address the themes of IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twin, Cybersecurity, Mobile Devices and Smart Wearables, Robotics and Automation, as well as Cloud and Open Data.

Moreover, the programme will be structured around five panels:

Operations: Signalling and Asset Management through digital revolution. A challenge for rail: autonomous train.
Maintenance: IoT for data collection. Big data combined with Artificial Intelligence leads to a new maintenance model: how to go from preventive to predictive.
Security: Digital brings new opportunities but also new threats. A new approach to security has to be implemented. How to combine security and privacy.
Passenger: New services for customers. Intermodality and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) are two key concepts for a new mobility.
Freight: Interoperability, safety, security in Freight thanks to digital. Mobility also applies to Freight.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, said:

“The new digital revolution will impact all our processes and businesses.
Big data, machine learning, IoTs, blockchain, cloud computing, facial recognition, QR coding, quantum computing are introducing new technology for the treatment of information and decision cycles. Opportunities and risks must be appreciated, with the objective of better security and safety, better productivity and improved services.
But we need to adopt a new “4R” approach, being more rapid, reactive, responsible and relational.
I am happy that the UIC Digital Platform, in synergy with Infrabel, can organise this international mind-opening digital conference, where presentations, discussions and questions will certainly bring a lot of ideas and visions in our permanent philosophy of Share, Open, Connect.”

Mr François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, said:

“Digital thinking will also change our ways to model the railway system. In increasing the level of control and in giving access to data that are already there but not yet exploited the technology will unleash the intelligence of the rail network. Today’s innovative services come from networking in an open and efficient manner in already existing sectors: think of Amazon, Uber or AirbnB. Rail is already a network and then should be at the forefront of this evolution. It is huge challenge to use the digital tools and the edge telecom technologies to create for our sector a new frontier for mobility as a service in close partnership with all other transport modes. This conference should be one of the starting points of this process.”

Confirmed speakers, from the world of partners and institutions, so far include:

Mr Mohamed Mezghani, UITP
Ms Elizabeth Werner, European Commission

An exhibition will be organised in parallel to the event. This first DIR Conference will offer a unique opportunity to industry leaders, industry manufacturers and commercial or non-commercial institutions to present their products and services related to the conference theme, and also to increase their visibility.

In addition, there are a number of sponsorship and advertising options for this event. Sponsoring packages include the titles of Five Stars, Platinum, Gold and Silver, as well as certain items and social events within the conference. All companies are invited to make full use of the commercial potential to help develop their brand among key players on the digital market in many countries. Sponsorship is open to UIC members as well as the supply industry.

Francis Bédel, UIC Chief Digital Officer:

For sponsorship and exhibition enquiries, please contact Barbara Mouchel:

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UIC is organising “UIC nextstation 2019”, the 7th International Conference on Railway Stations to be held from 11 – 13 November 2019 in Tehran, Iran

The theme of the conference is “Railway Stations Boosting the City"

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UIC is co-organising with Iranian Railways RAI the 7th International conference on railway stations “UIC nextstation 2019”, which will take place in Tehran from 11 – 13 November 2019.

This kind of UIC international conference is the opportunity every two years to exchange on best practices, to learn more about innovations, to network with other railway representatives from the world of mobility. This international conference, which will welcome high-level personalities from the political and economic world, international institutions, experts, researchers, students, from Iran, the Middle-East as well as from other parts of the world, will be the occasion to exchange on several key subjects such as Station Management and Station Financing, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, Mobility, Accessibility and Interconnectivity, Services & Commercial, Interaction between stations and cities, Station Design, Safety & Security, and Smart Technology. Two round tables will be an opportunity to discuss “Rail based city” and “Generating added value for cities: main challenges”. In addition to the conference, participants will have the possibility to discover the railway station of Esfahan on 13 November.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said: “Since their development, stations have always been interesting places: places of interface between intracity and intercity mobility, between all modes of transport, in a sustainable combination. Beyond their historic importance, we have to highlight their role in global travel, of which they are the cause, the consequence, and the symbol. Around the world 1 million kilometres of rail infrastructure carry one million trains everyday which transport 100 million passengers from or to around 10,000 stations. But on this huge network each station is unique as a social mirror of its city, its country, its people.
Railway stations also have the capacity to make us dream, to dream of the smart mobilities of tomorrow, by inviting younger generations to dream even higher and smarter than the heritage our forefathers left us. In a nutshell, here is the spirit of the last UIC nextstation conference, which took place in 2017 in Madrid. Which now transmits the torch to the Tehran conference to be held in November 2019. I give the floor to François Davenne, upcoming Director General of UIC, who will make the transition with the Tehran edition.”

UIC Deputy Director General François Davenne added: “UIC nextstation usually gives the opportunity every two years to bring together all the actors involved in this complex object that the station represents. This year, the theme is “Railway stations boosting the city”, that is to say that we will bring together actors from all horizons to understand what stations bring to the urban life, taking into account all the possible angles.

Indeed, a station is the entry point to the backbone of the railways. It is now well understood, as transport and structural functions to the city, railway stations must be adapted to the new characteristics of the city, and because the city is changing, the station must follow the same model. Which means that if cities turn into smart cities, stations have to become smart stations. This is one of the main strategic axes which form the station sector activity.

We are living in an increasingly digital world, and what we will explore is the capacity of the stations of the future to play their role of smart interfaces. Stations should interface smoothly with the complex ecosystem of the local transports, whether they are public or private, on one hand, and with the rail system, on the other hand, that ensure both regional and long-distance transport. We have here a huge technical challenge, in particular for dealing with big data management in order to offer the best services possible, but also privacy and a high level of cyber-security.

Beyond those technical aspects, we have above all a common purpose. We all know that whatever happens, urban mobility will increase, an there is a very simple reason for that: we will live increasingly in cities, not only in Europe or Asia, but also in Africa. If we want our cities to offer healthy, safe and sustainable public space we need to transform the stations of today into the smart connecting nodes of the polycentric cities of tomorrow.

From our collective thinking during the UIC nexstation event in Tehran in November 2019 will emerge concrete and shared solutions. Particularly the role of the station in generating the cities. Arak, in Iran, is a new city generated by the building of a railway station.

So save the date! and do not hesitate to join us in Tehran on 11 – 13 November!

Mr Saeid Rasouli, Vice Minister and President of Iranian Raiways RAI said about UIC nexstation conference: “nextstation 2019 will be dedicated to the theme “Railway Stations Boosting the City”. Being a subject of interest for the rail transport players and experts, the event will be a platform for decision-makers, representatives of industries and academic individuals to share information and exchange experiences concerning the latest developments on designing and operating rail stations across the world, stations governance, multimodality of stations, security, etc.

During the conference, we would like to discuss the future of railway stations’ needs with a systemic approach, its connectivity with the city and how the railway stations feed commercial and social ties. Nowadays, policy-makers and transport activists pay serious attention to certain concepts such as commercialisation, economisation of activities, improvement of efficiency and quality of services. To achieve these goals, it is necessary to create certain conditions such as the modernisation of railway stations. In this regard RAI, as one of the largest rail networks in the Middle-East, is pleased to host the UIC nextstation 2019 for the first time in the region.”

Information about the themes, practical information and registration at:

For further information on the content of the conference, please contact Clément Gautier:

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Last chance to register now for the 4th Asset Management Global Conference to be held from 17 – 19 April 2019 in Paris

Early bird fee applicable until 15 March 2019

Register here:

The Asset Management Working Group of the International Union of Railways (UIC) will organise its fourth international Global Conference dedicated to Asset Management at UIC Headquarters in Paris from 17 – 19 April 2019.

The conference will be held over a three-day period:

  • Day 1 and 2: keynote speakers, case study presentations and discussions to provide Railway Infrastructure Organisations with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities
  • Day 3 (optional): technical field visit in cooperation with SNCF

Aims of the conference:

  • Based on the UIC guideline, provide Railway Infrastructure Managers with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities
  • Explore the latest developments, knowledge and experience across the Asset Management World
  • Offer opportunities for international and multi-sector networking
  • Among the potential subjects, UIC plans to address the following topics:
  • Strategic Asset Management Plan
  • Asset Management for signalling
  • Relations between asset managers and suppliers
  • Big data for Asset Management
  • Asset Breakdown Structure

More information on the conference and registration form are available on the UIC website at

For further information, please contact Christine Hassoun, UIC Rail System Department:

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International Railway Congress to take place from 17 – 19 March 2019 in Vienna, Austria

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The first International Railway Congress will take place on 17 – 19 March 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

The International Railway Congress Vienna 2019 will be the largest business meeting of its kind for senior managers of rail companies and their related industries, as well as suppliers and customers with an interest primarily in long-distance cargo transport by rail. The Congress will debate and discuss the current and future challenges facing rail transportation. As we look at linking up the great railway networks and systems of the world for sustainable transport of goods by rail, the Congress will debate how existing best practice can point to for sustainable rail infrastructure projects of the future.

The event will look at best practice Public Private Partnerships that promote rail transport and interoperability at a global level, dealing with current and future challenges of transportation and fostering sustainable development.

Speakers will include representatives from the railway industry and public sector from across the world. Participation from UIC will include Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, Mr Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe, and Mr Francis Bédel, Chief Digital Officer.

The congress is devoted to the issues of:

  • Improving the efficiency of international freight and passenger rail traffic including digital technologies
  • Using and developing the transit potential of existing international transport corridors
  • Harmonising legal and technical regulation of rail transport, for example between Europe and Asia

For further information please contact

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News from UIC members

Belgium: Lineas strengthens its workforce in Germany with new train drivers

Lineas continues to expand its activities in Germany by recruiting new train drivers. The company aims to reinforce its physical presence in this important market with minimum ten new colleagues by the end of this year.

Since 1 February 2019, two Lineas colleagues have been driving trains all over Germany. In April, two more train drivers will join Lineas Germany. It doesn’t stop there: Lineas aims to strengthen its workforce in Germany with minimum ten train drivers by the end of this year. They will run trains mainly for the north lines and south lines of Germany.

Jan Elfenhorst, Director of European Sales & Business Development and General Manager of Lineas Germany: “Our German activities are growing steadily and so does the German workforce - so we can maintain close contact with our customers and further expand our Green Xpress Network in Europe. We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues and are still looking for more train drivers. By the end of the year, we want to have minimum ten German drivers to join forces with our commercial and operational team in Mainz to ensure the utmost quality and efficiency of our services.”

The recruitment of German train drivers shows the anchoring of Lineas in the important German market and its continuous expansion throughout Europe. In September last year, Lineas opened its Operations Centre in Mainz. As a direct local point of contact, the Centre monitors about 200 Lineas trains that travel in and through Germany every week and coordinates between the customer, infrastructure managers, drivers, stations and other parties. The new train drivers increase the current freight force in Germany to 18 people.

(Source: LINEAS)

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Czech Republic: SŽDC launches complete reconstruction of Letohrad railway station

On 1 March, the reconstruction of Letohrad railway station in the Pardubice Region is being launched, consisting in a complete rebuilding of the trackage and platforms. Construction works will be provided by the company “Rekonstrukce žst. Letohrad” with its associate companies “Chládek a Tintěra Pardubice” and “Elektrizace železnic Praha”. The total cost comes to CZK 851 million.

The reconstruction of Letohrad railway station will increase infrastructure capacity and decrease noise caused by passing trains. “An additional asset will be a decrease of journey times and savings of operation costs for infrastructure and traffic control. At the same time, railway transport safety will increase as well”, said Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC), which is the investor of this whole project.

Over the next 15 months, reconstruction of the current trackage and the catenary will take place; an underpass for passengers under the whole railway station will be built as well as new centre platforms. These will be barrier-free; access for persons with reduced mobility or for passengers with prams will be covered by lifts. Train speed passing through Letohrad Station on main running tracks will increase from current 50 – 70 kph up to 80 kph. The station will acquire a new camera and information system. Railway crossings are going to be reconstructed as well; barriers will be added to three of them, two more in the direction of Žamberk will be safeguarded by light warning signals.

Due to a fundamental character of this important railway junction reconstruction, impacts of closure works on railway operation will be extensive as well. As of 1 June, closures of separate station tracks will start, continuing gradually from the passenger building in the direction of Kunčice based on the underpass construction. From next April to June, continuous closures on both track developments at the railway station will take place.

(Source: SZDC)

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News from UIC members

Belarus: Belarusian Railways are conducting a new container transport project

Belarusian Railways’ Belintertrans Transport-Logistics Centre (BTLC) is implementing a new project: a regular container train travelling between Belarus and Romania. The BTLC partners are Rail Cargo Logistics d.o.o. (Slovenia) and Zakhid Trans Service transport company (Ukraine).

The new container train carrying wood products will depart from Hancavičy railway station in the first half of March. The train will consist of 124 containers placed on flatcars. Such transport requires the use of open top containers with increased capacity.
One of the main advantages of this new project is the speed of delivery – 39 hours. The expected volume of transport is 120,000 tonnes of freight in 2019.

The representatives of Belarusian Railways and BTLC administrations, as well as project representatives from Slovenia and Ukraine will take part in the official ceremony.
In 2019, Belarusian Railways plan to launch new export train projects. In cooperation with Russian and Azerbaijan rail operators, Belarusian Railways are working on a new container transport project between Minsk and Baku. This project will allow deliver Belarusian products to Azerbaijan in 7 days and at competitive rates.

(Source: Belarusian Railways)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-20 March 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 March 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 4-5 April 2019 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Vienna, Austria
  • 4 April 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 12 April 2019 UIMC management committee meeting Paris
  • 12 April 2019 SHERPA WS2 - Emerging threats Paris, UIC HQ
  • 16-17 April 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 18-19 April 2019 First meeting of MENRTC (Middle East Network of Rail Training Centres) Istanbul
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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