On June 14-15, a professional Congress organised by the French Transportation Authorities Union (GART) and the Public and Rail Transport Association (UTP) focuses on the latest developments concerning the future of public transport.
The Congress will open and close with two plenary sessions addressing strategy and policies, in which elected officials and European experts will be taking the floor. A dozen or so workshops, with more technical content and an interactive format, will be examining current issues.
   Opening plenary session   -   9.30-11am  

Six months on from the COP21 climate conference, how can sustainable mobility helps combat climate change

By devoting a day to transport, the COP21 summit placed sustainable mobility at the heart of action to combat climate change. In France, the Energy Transition Act promoting green growth forms a compelling framework for the renewal of vehicle fleets. How can public transport contribute further to preserving the environment and quality of life in Europe and, more generally, internationally?
Elisabeth BORNE, CEO, RATP
Christian BRODHAG, Head of Research, Fayol Institut
ember of the Group Executive Committee, Executive Vice President Brands and External Relations, Maps and Guides, Michelin Group
Jean-Pierre FARANDOU, President, UTP
Alain FLAUSCH, General 
Secretary, UITP
Henrik HOLOLEI, Director-General, DG MOVE*
Louis NÈGRE, Chairman, GART

Moderator: Gilles DANSART, Journalist

   Workshops   -   2-5pm  

Europe: policies, projects and funding  

The right project for the right target
For several years now, the European Commission has been promoting research in the field of public transport. EBSF1 has become established as the most significant EU research project devoted to buses. With the H2020 programme, public-sector aid is continuing to encourage innovation in terms of both research and experimentation. This involves supporting European manufacturers amid competition that is now international. European funding relates not only to products and services, but also to public policy.
Pauline BRUGE, European Projects Manager, UITP (ZeEus project)
Valery CERVANTES, Battery Partnership Coordinator, CEA (Esprit project)
Fabrice GIRARD
Transport Director, Bretagne Region*
Francisco GONZALES-BALMASTechnical Director for Buses, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona
Mathieu GRAINDORGE, European Projects Manager, La Rochelle
Yo KAMINAGAIDesign Manager, Spaces and Assets Department, RATP (EBSF 2 project)
Karen VANCLUYSENGeneral Secretary, POLIS

Moderator: Robert VIENNET, Journalist

Policies for sustainable mobility projects and related funding
With urban congestion currently amounting to the equivalent of over 1% of the EU’s GDP, the question is how to achieve the aims of sustainable mobility, and more particularly COP21 targets, if urban transport is excluded from EU funding policies? The development of technical solutions can in no way be relied on to achieve what is needed in terms of sustainable mobility, so local policies require financial support relating to urban planning, the prioritisation of green motor transport, and so on.
Nicolas BLAIN, Presidency's Chief of staff, RATP; Chairman of the EU Committee, UITP
Michael CRAMER, MEP, Chairman of the Committee for Transport and Tourism
Bernard SOULAGE, CODOR Chairman, GART

Moderator: Thomas AVANZATAEuropean Affairs, UITP












Ensuring security and combating fare evasion in public transport: leverage from new resources and new legislation 

Moderator: Claude FAUCHER, Managing Director, UTP

Relevant new technical resources
Security and combating fraud are central concerns for public transport. Over and above the economic impact of fraud – amounting to total losses of €500 million in France per year – there is a social challenge to be addressed, too. In recent years, there have been significant developments in terms of tools and technical resources, allowing operators to envisage fresh approaches to this daily battle in the field of passenger service.
Serge CASTELLOSecurity Director, Transdev Group
Stéphane GOUAUD
Security Department Director, RATP
Jean-Philippe LALLYManaging Director, CTS

Relevant new legislation
In recent months, there has been significant progress in terms of the legal resources available to transport authorities and their operators in France to combat fraud and provide security. The Le Roux bill and the complete overhaul of the 1942 Decree on Security in Transport will allow action to be taken more effectively, within a modernised framework that is better-tailored to current challenges.
Albert CASANOVAS MONDirector of legal advice department, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona
Gérald DARMANIN, Vice-President, Hauts de France Region
Gilles SAVARY, French MP
Stéphane VOLANT, General Secretary, SNCF









The French 'NOTRe' Boundaries Reform Act   

Moderator: Nicolas PORTIER, General Manager, ADCF

Changes to remits
The French ‘NOTRe’ Boundaries Reform Act of August 7, 2015 has resulted in profound changes to remits with regard to mobility. How should these new provisions be interpreted? What roles should French Regions, Departments and Urban Transport Authorities now play when it comes to the organisation of mobility?
Thierry GUIMBAUD, Transport Director, DGITM
Gérard LAHELLEC, Vice-President, Bretagne Region
Pierre LASCABETTESAssociation of French Department Technical Services Directors
Laurent MAZILLEDirector for Institutional Relations, Transdev Group
Jacky PACREAUDeputy CEO for Territories, Keolis
Cécile RAQUIN, Deputy Director, DGCL*

Implementing changes to remits
Local authorities are having to prepare to implement the ‘Mobility’ provisions of the French ‘NOTRe’ Boundaries Reform Act, with the transfer of competencies pertaining to road transport (except for the transport of disabled pupils) from Departments to Regions, the abolition of Regions’ and Departments’ ‘general powers’ clauses, and the disappearance of urban transport boundaries
Christophe BABÉDirector, SIBRA, Annecy
Paul DE ROSENDevelopment Director France, Transdev
Florence LASSERRE, Vice-President, Côte Basque-Adour urban district transport authority
Sébastien MARTINDepartment councillor representing the Assembly of French Departments (ADF); President, Grand Châlon district
Michel NEUGNOTChair of the Transport and Mobility Commission, Association of French Regions (ARF); Vice-President, Bourgogne-Franche Comté Region
Christophe TREBOSC, General Secretary, French National Association for State School Transport (ANATEEP)









   Workshops   -   9.30am-1pm  

Women and public transport   

Moderator: Bruno DANET, HR Executive Manager, Keolis

Women passengers: specific needs and expectations
Women too are users of public transport – and in 2015, a national plan in France highlighted 12 commitments to combat sexist harassment and sexual assaults on public transport. Do women passengers express particular needs and special expectations? If so, how should these be addressed?
Alexandre CABRALAdvisor on Sex Equality, Democracy, Sport and Territories, French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health*
Eric CHAREYRONMarket Research, Lifestyles & Mobility Director, Keolis Picardie
Christiane DUPART, President, FNAUT Picardie
Isabelle GALLY, Head of Transport Safety Unit, DGITM
Véronique HACHÉManaging Director, Autolib’Métropole

Female employees
Over the past 10 years, the percentage of women employees working in urban transport in France outside Paris has risen by 25%, to over 18% today.
Should public transport be seeking to attract more women to jobs in driving, technical support or maintenance? If so, why? How?

Jean-Louis COLSON, Head of Unit, DG Move
David CRONENBERGER, General Manager, RTCR (La Rochelle)
Anne GÉRARD, Vice-President, Grand 
Brigitte OLLIER, Senior Advisor and Social Affaires, UITP
Véronique SUBILEAU
HR Group Director, Transdev Group

Women managers
Increasingly, women are heading up the boards of mobility authorities and transport multinationals in France and elsewhere. Do these female managers have a different vision of the sector? In what respects do they represent an asset to the profession?
Laurence BROSETAManaging Director France, Transdev Group
Nathalie COURANTManaging Director, CarPostal France
Céline SIBERTRegional Director, Transilien Paris Nord; Director of railways H & K, SNCF Mobilités
















Energy transition and mobility 3.0   ▼

Solutions for low-emission buses; new industrial developments and business models; electric buses: progress and obstacles
Low-emission buses have entered the spotlight in France due to the Energy Transition Act for green growth – and are a real challenge for all stakeholders in the industry. Transport authorities need to define needs; operators need to highlight requirements in terms of operations; and manufacturers must address complex and sometimes contradictory expectations. These multiple challenges involve technical, economic, social, environmental and health-related issues.
Edwige BESSE-BARCIDirector of Assets and interim Deputy Managing Director, SYTRAL
Philippe CINADevelopment and Quality Manager, CarPostal France
Marie-Claude DUPUISBus Rolling Stock Manager, RATP
Rémy FOYERDeputy Managing Director, HEULIEZ Bus
Yann MONGABURUPresident, Grenoble urban district public-private mass transit authority
Cédric SAULNIER, Managing Director, RTM
Roger VAHNBERG, Deputy CEO, Västtrafik

Moderator: Guy LE BRAS, Managing Director, GART

Mobility 3.0: what's new? Impacts and challenges
Technological advances and the advent of new forms of mobility are transforming customers’ habits and behaviours – and having a considerable impact on the sector as a whole. Local authorities and operators will have to encourage the development of resources that promote mobility, as well as get used to unprecedented synergies with new mobility stakeholders and developers, in order to see an economically viable ecosystem emerge that is also in line with a public-service remit.
Laurent BRIANTManaging Director, Cityway
Louis FERNIQUEHead of Mission, smart transport, French Ministry for the Environment, Energy and the Sea
Stephan HULMAN, Director, 
9292 REIS Informatiegroep
Laurent KOCHERExecutive Director of Marketing, Innovation and Services, Keolis
Charles PFISTER, Co-founder, Yespark
Noël PHILIPPEManaging Director, Urban Services, Rennes Métropole

Moderator: Anne MEYER, Director, Economic and Technical Affairs Department, UTP












New contractual relations   

Direct or concession management?

Recent years have seen a number of transitions back to direct management and the creation of local public companies (‘SPL’) in France, but concession management remains the most popular form of management for urban transport networks. French public procurement law will be changing soon. What impacts will these changes have on the choice of management mode?
Frédéric BAVEREZManaging Director France, Keolis
Marc DELAYERManaging Director, Transports  publics du Choletais, AGIR
Raymond DESCHAMPSManaging Director, SYTRAL
Benoît DINGREMONT, Deputy Director Public procurement law, French Ministry of Economy and Finance
Hubert DU MESNILChairman, Institut de la Gestion Déléguée (IGD)
Ronan KERDRAON*, Saint-Brieuc

Moderator: Gille DANSART, Journalist

Making the choice, and its implications
Amid a restricted economic environment, growing remits, the resulting increased operating overheads, the inevitable quest for network optimisation, and changing tax regulations, there is a need to re-examine the relationship between transport authorities and their operators. Do responsibilities need to be shared out differently?
Hervé BECCARIAGeneral Secretary, RTM
Charles-Eric LEMAIGNEN, President, Agglo d’Orléans; Deputy President, French Assembly of Communities (AdCF)
François-Xavier PERINChairman of the Board, RATP Dev
Pierre REBOUD, General Director, RTM

Moderator: Guy LE BRAS, Managing Director, GART






   Closing plenary session   -   3-5pm  

Finding the right business model for 2017 and beyond   

The last few years have seen a number of unfavourable signs with regard to the long-term future of public transport. At the same time, demand for transport has never been as high, and the issue of climate change means that the French must review their travel habits. While a rise in the contribution to be made by users appears inevitable, it will not be enough to address the expected expansion of supply to address demand.
How can more be done with the same or even fewer resources?
How can the positive externalities of public transport be highlighted?
How do other countries go about taking up these challenges?

François DE RUGY, French Member of Parliament, Nantes Orvault Sautron
Jean-Pierre FARANDOU, President, UTP
Jean-Marc JANAILLAC, President, Transdev Group
Michel JOYE, President, VOEV UTP
Philippe LAURENT
French Mayors’ Association (AMF)*
Louis NÈGRE, Chairman, GART
Roland RIES, Mayor, Strasbourg

Moderator: Gilles DANSART, Journalist