On June 12-13, 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.
   9.30-11am : Opening plenary session  

The aims of France’s Mobility Orientation Act ▼

Reducing territorial inequalities, delivering energy transition, incorporating new modes of transport in the existing mobility chain, ensuring passenger safety, providing timely information, and securing the funding model for infrastructures and services are all worthy aims. How are these goals to be achieved with France’s Mobility Orientation Act? What barriers does the new law remove? What are the expectations of the various mobility stakeholders in France?
   2-3pm : Workshops


Grand Paris: mobility issues and governance ▼

The huge Grand Paris infrastructure project will mark a step change for the French capital, and make Île-de-France a European-level region. This huge undertaking involves rethinking mobility and local planning, and represents a huge challenge for all concerned. Mobility is very much the backbone of this “worksite of the century”, with 200 km of track, 68 stations, and 7 technical centres; it will also provide major impetus for large business hubs and better service to urban areas that are currently hard to reach. What are the keys to success for this project? What is the best form of governance for the territories involved? What are the potential funding models?

Service innovations: how can passengers’ expectations be better addressed? ▼

Customers travelling on public transport are increasingly demanding in terms of quality, comfort, and service. In response, networks have implemented many forms of innovation, with the increased use of information and communication technologies, systems architecture development, new digital services, and more. Which service innovations work best in terms of increased passenger satisfaction? What types of technology transfer pay off? How can networks make the most of new developments in other sectors?
3-4pm : Workshops

How can mobility authorities achieve universal coverage? ▼

Almost 80% of the territory of France – and 30% of its inhabitants – are not covered by any mobility authority. At the end of France’s national mobility conference last December, the Minister for Transport announced that the forthcoming Mobility Orientation Bill would provide the necessary leverage to remedy this state of affairs. What is in the new law? How should mobility governance be organised in areas in which public transport does not immediately appear to be relevant? How should it link up with existing transport authorities?

Mobility as a Service (MaaS): fact or fiction?▼

No presentation or research is complete today without a mention of MaaS, Mobility as a Service. MaaS is held to be the “Swiss army knife” of public transport, combining all modes of transport provided by both the public and the private sectors, together with integrated fare structures and/or information. The French love the idea of MaaS: 92% of all drivers say they would abandon their cars if such a service were available. How can this dream become a reality for day-to-day mobility? What are the prerequisites? Who are the partners? What models exist?
4-5pm : Workshops 

Delivering accessibility using digital tools ▼

“Accessibility Master Plans” (“SD’AP”), set up and implemented in France in 2015, are hastening public transport accessibility. Over two-thirds of all mobility operators have registered their SD’AP. Universal access, however, also calls for the use of new digital technology. How can network accessibility information be provided in real time? How can the best route be suggested for individuals on the basis of their disability? How can access to rolling stock be facilitated in terms of signage, information, and so on? What types of interaction could be envisaged?

Security and fare evasion: review of France’s Savary-Le Roux Act and further developments ▼

France’s “Savary-Le Roux” Act of March 22, 2016 has provided new legal resources to combat fare evasion and improve security in passenger transport. These include a platform to ensure offenders’ personal details are correct, administrative investigations in certain cases, extending the circumstances in which more serious fare-dodging charges can be brought, and granting more powers to transport security staff and municipal police. Two years on, what have been the effects of the new measures becoming law? What further improvements could be made?
  9.30-10.30am : Workshops   

Decentralised on-street parking enforcement: the outcomes ▼

Local authorities took over responsibility for on-street parking enforcement in France on January 1st, 2018. Six months on, what are the initial outcomes of this shift? How has it changed matters with respect to the key aims of the law, such as levels of immediate payment for parking and the turnover of cars in parking spaces? Local authorities responsible for implementing the reform will be sharing their experiences about the initial effects on their local mobility policies.

Mobilities in French overseas territories: major projects and local challenges ▼

Over the past fifteen years or so, there have been significant developments in mobility in France’s overseas departments and territories. The most recent projects offer further evidence of the far-reaching changes coming about in these territories. In view of these major issues, the question is how to ensure that the significant efforts on the part of the authorities best address the specific constraints and challenges of mobility faced in these overseas territories. What innovative developments have been implemented in terms of transport policy?

Passenger accessibility and rights in Europe: forthcoming obligations ▼

Latest developments at EU level include a draft directive on accessible products and services, and a review of the EU Regulation on rail passenger rights. This legislation includes provisions for disabled access and assistance and is likely to have a significant impact on the profession. What new obligations will the “European Accessibility Act” impose on public transport companies? What are the new aspects of the revised Rail Passenger Rights Regulation?
10.30-11.30am : Workshops

Successful implementation of solidarity-based fare structures ▼

Many transport authorities have been drawn to the idea of “solidarity-based” rather than “social” fare structures that would be better at taking users’ social and economic realities into account and nurture more solidarity and fairness between transport network customers. What are the key factors for the success of such schemes? What are the impacts on networks’ business models? Can such schemes be applied to any transport authority? This workshop will seek to address these questions by hearing feedback and discussing the initial findings of CEREMA-GART research.

E-buses: solutions in France and elsewhere in Europe ▼

The French decree of January 11, 2017 on low-emission vehicles calls into question the energy strategies of mobility stakeholders including transport authorities, operators, and manufacturers. Faced with new entrants from Asia with expertise in electric technology, European manufacturers are keen to take up this new challenge. What lessons can be learned from the EU’s ZeEUS and EBSF projects? Which electric technology should be adopted? What are the best charging solutions? What are the impacts on infrastructures? What new obligations are there in France and across Europe?

Open data and its re-use: issues in France and elsewhere in Europe ▼

France’s Lemaire Act involves much-increased access to public transport data, including databases, reports, studies, and key data for public service operations, making such data more widely available for re-use. As well as being a key component of France’s new Mobility Orientation law, the European Commission is also looking at opening up transport data. How can operators’ capacity for innovation be preserved? How can they keep in step with our society’s digital transformation?
11.30am-12.30pm : Workshops

Mobility policies for sparsely-populated areas ▼

Transport authorities have clearly grasped the need to implement new mobility solutions at minimum cost to serve peri-urban and rural areas through car-pooling, car-sharing, active mobility, and so on. What innovative mobility solutions are they using in such areas? What new forms of governance and business models can be promoted by transport authorities and operators, together with new digital mobility stakeholders, to deliver better service to such areas?

Improving the safety of women on public transport ▼ 

A whole range of initiatives have been implemented to help female passengers feel better protected: fact-finding journeys, stopping on demand, measures to combat sexual harassment on public transport, and so on. French society has become aware of the need to be pro-active in order to enhance safety and combat the sense of insecurity experienced by many women passengers. What initiatives have been taken? What have been the outcomes? What further developments are expected in the coming months?

The advent of driverless vehicles: a future to be shared ▼

Self-driving vehicles have moved out of the realm of futurology to become firmly established in policy agendas. This has led to a fresh examination of several issues relating to sustainable mobility: reducing congestion, ending solo car use, reviewing traffic management, recovering public space, and more. Transport authorities and operators are advocating a rollout of driverless vehicles in shared mode. How can high expectations be met? How can the paths to tomorrow’s mobility be designed collaboratively?
  3–5pm : Second plenary session   

Funding solutions for mobility services and infrastructure ▼

The reorientation of mobility policy in favour of day-to-day transport, coupled with the profound changes being experienced by the sector, has raised the question of the sustainability of its business model. How can transport contributions from firms be secured? What resources should be allocated to France’s Transport Infrastructure Funding Agency (AFIFT)? How can future urban transport infrastructure projects be funded? These questions call for innovative, long-term answers.


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