Metros in the Long Run

By News Editor / Updated: 15 Oct 2014
Tuesday 17 June 2014 at 03:01
Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 03:01
Berlin, Germany
Past event
Metros are major capital assets of cities. Like any piece of infrastructure, they deteriorate over time, regardless of the routine maintenance efforts deployed. At some point, they need to be replaced or at least heavily refurbished.

Many metros in the world are around 40 years old - some are much older. If they are not properly maintained, service delivery will soon suffer, leading to dissatisfied customers, passenger and fare losses. But what are the best strategies to refurbish aging infrastructure and how can these be successfully presented to decision-makers?

Aware of the critical importance of such issues, the UITP Metro Committee is organising a one-day seminar where experienced top managers will explain their renovation strategies and plans, discuss aspects such as keeping service open or closed during work and above all, provide inspiration on how to \'sell\' such costly projects to political decision-makers.

Three sessions focusing on safety, comfort and increasing capacity will be followed by a CEO roundtable covering the financing and organisation, as well as how to best approach and embark decision-makers in refurbishment projects.

There will also be an optional technical visit on 18 June to an underground section of line U8 between Hermannstrasse and Leinestrasse stations. Participants will visit the maintenance works in the two stations and walk through the tunnel that links them, scheduled to begin operation in August 2014.