Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) - Innovating Transport for More Liveable Cities

News Releases 12 Oct 2016 SITCE

Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition 2016
to be held from 19 to 21 October


    The Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE) will once again host prominent urban land transport professionals and international experts this year, after a successful inaugural edition in 2013.

2.  Jointly organised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and MSI Global Pte Ltd, SITCE is established as the leading congress and exhibition on urban mobility for the Asian Pacific region. This year’s congress has attracted over 1,000 transport officials and professionals from more than 40 countries.

3.  Themed ‘Innovating Transport for Liveable Cities’, SITCE 2016 will provide a platform for professionals and relevant stakeholders to come together and exchange solutions to provide well-connected and reliable urban transport systems to support Asia-Pacific’s increasingly cosmopolitan cities.

4.  Over three days of plenary and parallel sessions, SITCE will cover various important issues related to urban transportation, such as how improve service levels for commuters, safety, future mobility, green and sustainable transport systems, smart solutions and congestion management.

5.  Most notably, the congress will kick off with an opening keynote speech by distinguished speaker, Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, UK. Having held key management positions in various public transport companies in London, Sir Hendy will also lead in a keynote panel discussion on the challenges and strategies to improve the quality and capacity of public transport to meet commuter expectations. For a full list of SITCE’s keynote speakers, please refer to Annex A.

6.  Said LTA’s Chief Executive, Mr Chew Men Leong: “More than just providing transportation infrastructure to meet commuter demand, we need to look at how transport systems can contribute to making cities better places to live, work and play, be it through improving commuter journey experiences, reliability or connectivity. As Singapore continues to push towards being a car-lite city, we hope Singapore will be a good showcase for delegates from around the world. Through SITCE, we will provide stakeholders with the platform to come together to discuss and learn from each other about creating better transport systems for better cities.”

7.  “Asia is currently home to 17 megacities, which is expected to grow to an unprecedented 22 by 2030, creating challenges to improve mobility in densely populated cities. In Asian cities, rapid urbanisation and rising incomes are leading to a doubling of motor fleets every five to seven years. In Bangkok, for instance, the cost of traffic congestion is about 6% of GDP. Road crashes cost Asia Developing Bank’s developing member countries USD$96bn annually. Enhancing public transport is therefore crucial to improve mobility in urban areas and SITCE 2016 will offer the ideal opportunity to explore the innovative solutions being put in place across the region,” explained UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch.

8.  In addition, SITCE 2016 will feature more than 150 local and international exhibitions featuring technologies, solutions and services for the urban transport community. To showcase the initiatives we have in place to achieve Singapore’s car-lite vision, there will be a LTA-UTIP exhibition area categorised into three zones that will highlight our Future Mobility, Walk Cycle Ride SG and Capability Building plans.

Encouraging Innovation

9.  This year’s SITCE will showcase 21 shortlisted projects and prototypes created by participants of the LTA Engineering Challenge for Sustainable Future Mobility.

10. To encourage creativity and innovation among youth and engineering professionals, as well as to build up Singapore’s engineering talent pool, the Engineering Challenge was launched in November 2015 as a platform for interested participants to co-create projects that can help to create an attractive and robust land transport network.

11. Open to the public, a total of 101 entries from primary and tertiary-education students, and engineering professionals were received since registration opened in January this year. The entries were submitted under the two challenge topics “Sustainable Transport” and “Future Mobility”.

12. Out of these, the 21 shortlisted projects which can be viewed at SITCE include ideas to harness unmanned aerial vehicles - or drones - for rail tunnel inspection work, and proposals on how to integrate self-driving vehicles into our land transport network.

13. A final round of judging will be held on the last day of SITCE to determine the final award winners, who stand a chance to win the top cash prize of S$10,000.


About the SITCE

SITCE 2016 will be held from 19 to 21 October at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. To find out more, or register your interest, please visit www.sitce.org. This congress and exhibition was made possible with the support of our event sponsors. Please refer to Annex B for the list of sponsors.


About the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA)

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is a statutory board under the Singapore Ministry of Transport. LTA plans the long-term transport needs of and spearheads land transport developments in Singapore. While serving commuters by providing an integrated and user-friendly transport system, LTA addresses wider issues such as sustainable development, economic growth, and community life. LTA looks forward to working with leading companies to develop innovative transport solutions, and making Singapore's transport system greener, cleaner, and more people-centred.


About UITP

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. We have 1,400 member companies giving access to 16,000 contacts from 96 countries. Our members are public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, research institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. Visit our website www.uitp.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UITPpressoffice

 

Annex A: List of keynote speakers
Annex B: List of sponsors

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