Over 10,000 passenger transport professionals gathered in Geneva last week for UITP World Congress – a showcase for the latest developments in public transport from around the world. Among them, and pictured above, was a trolleybus version of Van Hool’s Exqui.City, specially tailored for the host city’s transport operator, TPG

Electric-powered vehicles dominated last week’s UITP World Congress and exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. A showcase for the latest developments in public transport, the biennial event suggested that there will be rapid acceleration towards electric-powered vehicles.

Among the vehicles on show was an eye-catching trolleybus built by Belgium’s Van Hool for the host city’s transport company, TPG. However, there were many other less conventional electric propulsion technologies on show.

Train builder Bombardier demonstrated its Primove solution for charging buses while they are in service. Similar ‘on the move’ charging systems were exhibited by Volvo, Conductix Wamphler and Chinese bus builder Youngman.

However, the new ideas at the UITP show were not limited to vehicle propulsion. Train manufacturer Alstom unveiled its vision for a new signalling system that would enable train headways to be slashed to just 60 seconds. Meanwhile, ticketing technology supplier Cubic launched NextAgent, its new ‘virtual ticketing office’ concept.


Further reports from UITP can be found inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport:

Electric future is high on the Geneva agenda
UITP’s World Congress in Geneva last week saw a host of manufacturers demonstrating new electric citybus products. Andrew Garnett reports

Alternative transport funding models probed
Transport authorities have been urged to replace a reliance on subsidy with increased farebox revenues or alternative funding methodologies

RATP aims for automation
Paris Metro operator plays on its automation expertise and London is clearly in its sights

The new face of ticketing?
Cubic’s new virtual ticketing office NextAgent enables face-to-face interaction, via a machine

Live maps for London buses?
Transport for London talking to French supplier about introducing dynamic route map displays


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