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Feeling inspired? The Call for Contributions is now open and we want to hear from you!

Seize this unique opportunity to speak in front of a global audience who is keen to listen to what you have to say. Make your mark at the International Bus Conference by sharing your real expertise.

Apply to speak in the Conference Sessions by 28 February 2019.


Below is a list of topics that will be covered during the event and should serve you as a guide in submitting your paper.

Everyday Operational Excellence

Sessions under this sub-topic are expected to address:

•  Delivery of the Vision Zero approach for road safety
•  Development in the Bus Safety Standard
•  Introduction new safety features on buses
•  Computerised driving assistance to increase safety in bus transportation
•  Vehicle design
•  Engaging with new players in the market to increase the security of urban transport networks

Sessions under this sub-topic are expected to address:

•  Total Cost of Ownership-models for Zero Emission Buses
•  Modelling for procurement, route design and charging profile
•  Operational models: design, practical experiences, management, efficiency & optimisation, operating cost effectiveness
•  Intelligent dispatching systems and electric vehicle monitoring systems for Electric Buses
•  Depot design and depot transformation; requirements for depots for hydrogen and battery buses
•  Battery technology: what can we expect in the next decade?
•  Development of innovative charging modes (use of low peak electric price, optimise land usage, ratio of one charging pillar for multiple vehicles,…)
•  Purchase of pure electric buses through financial leases
•  Electric buses in regional and intercity transport

Sessions under this sub-topic are expected to address:

•  PTA’s modernizing and optimizing their bus systems while working within the confines of strict budgets
•  Development of on demand bus in China, Europe and USA (2017-2019): analysing the current landscape
•  Test learning from on demand bus service and ride-sharing pilot programs
•  Exploring external partnerships
•  “door-to-bus” smartphone app
•  Autonomous buses as part of the urban transport strategy
•  The future of artificial intelligence in bus public transport
•  Operational excellence

Sessions under this topic are expected to address:

•  Innovations in service contracts and tendering : updating the current landscape
•  New and emerging business models
•  PTA’s borrowing money to bus operators to purchase buses
•  Tender structure in the era of electric bus system take up

Sessions under this topic are expected to address:

•  Who will be working in the public transport sector in 2030?
•  Diversity in the workforce
•  Attracting new talents and skills
•  Customer care concepts: every bus employee should have a concept of maintaining a service at all times
•  Customer service excellence

Business Opportunities Beyond Traditional Operations

Sessions under this topic are expected to address:

•  New business models
•  Enhancing in-depth cooperation with upstream and downstream businesses in the new energy industry
•  Expand to relative industries and development of new profit growth points, optimizing operating cost structure and improving operating efficiency
•  Charging services
•  Payments and accounts
•  Electric vehicle parts and configurations
•  Energy storage and battery life usage

Sessions under this topic are expected to address the business facets of intelligent development of bus public transport:

•  Smart buses : real time monitoring to road conditions
  Dynamic and intelligent scheduling
•  Safety and automatic monitoring
•  Automatic collection of passenger flow information
•  Wireless automatic charging
•  Driverless
•  How can PTA’s support integrated mobility?

Sessions under this topic are expected to address:

•  Bus stops and bus stations innovative design
•  Business and logistical hubs
•  Business models to operate bus stations
•  Profit and growth points

Sessions under this topic are expected to address:

•  Organisation of a financing market place: updating the current landscape
•  Re-exploring complementary revenue sources for public transport
•  Land Value Capture
•  Is PPP business booming? 

Submission Guidelines

  • Download the full guidelines for more information
  • All documents are to be submitted in English only
  • If you require any support in the process or have any questions, contact sarah.langenakens@uitp.org

Submission deadline:  28 February 2019