Infrastructure’s Rail & Transit group to discuss future of transportation at UITP/IAPT Global Public Transport Summit

May 12, 2017

uitp-montreal-summit_en.jpgSNC-Lavalin’s Rail & Transit is joining transportation experts from around the world for the International Association of Public Transport/Union internationale des transports publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit, May 13-17 in Montreal, Canada. Ian L. Edwards, President, Infrastructure is invited to speak at the President’s Dinner on May 13, a SNC-Lavalin sponsored evening that is expected to be well-attended by more than 150 industry guests.

Catherine Laplante, Director, Strategic Asset Management, is taking part in a panel discussion entitled Can rail systems survive current multiple challenges? 

Philippe Morais, Regional Director, Eastern Canada, Rail & Transit will also be on hand to answer questions from visitors who stop by our booth. 

Want to learn more about driverless cars and other trends? Read The New World of Autonomous Transport and the Shape of Future Transport Infrastructure, a paper recently published by Richard George, Managing Director, Rail & Transit. In it, he discuses ‘traditional’ railway solutions amid an innovative and ever-evolving transport mix.

The IATP Global Public Transport Summit is a unique biennial event that covers all urban and regional transport modes. With a full program of congress sessions and an extensive exhibition of the latest solutions in public transport, it is the place to be for urban transport professionals. 

Some of our feature projects

Evergreen Line

The latest addition to Vancouver’s successful SkyTrain passenger system, this 11-kilometre long extension opened in early December 2016. The Evergreen extension is expected to attract 50,000 riders a day during 2017, its first year of operations.

Purple Line

A 26-kilometre light railway line will provide a fresh east-west connection through the Maryland suburbs of the US capital city. A ‘P3’ project worth approximately $2 billion, the Purple Line will have 21 stations. It will connect four Washington, DC metro stations, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) and Amtrak train services, and local bus services.

High Speed Two

The UK’s most ambitious high speed rail project in over a century, HS2 will provide fast, comfortable trains linking the North and Midlands with London. Major construction of phase one of the HS2 project commences in 2018.


The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) transit authority launched the iBUS project, a transit fleet management and passenger information system proposed by SNC-Lavalin. The system allows the STM to operate its 1,800 buses more efficiently by providing real time information to passengers via different media (telephone, text, web) and multiple interfaces with other STM systems (schedules, vehicle maintenance, etc.).

Digital services and connecting the dots 

More than ever before, passengers demand reliability and excellent service. As technology advances, the opportunity to provide previously undiscovered information helps operators, owners and passengers connect. These new connections improve decision making, efficiency, safety and user satisfaction. SNC-Lavalin engages with its clients to support the rail and transit industry in making these connections.

Social media presence

To find out what people are saying about the event and to learn more about the AIPT Summit, follow Twitter @UITPsummit and hashtag #UITP2017. 

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The New World of Autonomous Transport

Editorial by Richard George