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  • October 20

    October 20, 2022

  • The UITP is the International Association for Public Transport. It gathers more than 1900 members coming from more than 100 countries. Its organization, based in a core team of 80 People based in Brussels, is made of 25 modal, geographic or thematic committees. The Design & Culture Committee has been founded in 2002 and allows experts coming from operators, transport authorities, professionals from the industry to share their common concerns and work on transversal issues ( A short history of the events and the deliverables obtained in the last 2 decades will be shown, but the main subject to present is about the transversal recommendations about transit maps throughout the world, which could be elaborated in cooperation with the Transit Mapping Symposium members, and published by the UITP as a strategic document.

  • In many cities worldwide, planning and operating public transportation networks is done manually. Through the process of digital transformation - translating hand modeling and paper systems into a digital language - public transportation becomes more efficient, equitable, and sustainable. In this presentation, Optibus CEO and co-founder Amos Haggiag discusses the process of creating a new digital language for transportation planning that can be understood by transportation planners of all technical and cultural backgrounds, improving passenger communication systems, and how this all can encourage public transportation ridership.

  • Building a representation of larger scale spaces, implies for human beings to deal with past experiences acquired either by travelling or by consulting symbolic representations of the concerned space. A particularity of these spaces is that they are structured in many ways, not just by natural elements such as mountains or rivers, but also by man-made elements. When citizens use transport infrastructures to navigate, their travel influence their mapping of the concerned metropolitan areas, as has been memorably demonstrated amongst Pittsburgh and London taxi drivers (Chase, 1983; Maguire et al., 2006). If a few studies have highlighted how mass transit networks, especially those including train and underground lines, contribute to structure residents’ mental representations of cities (Guo, 2011; Vertesi, 2008), I will share new research to show an association between peoples’ representations of metropolitan areas and the schematic maps of their respective transport networks, thus underlying how they are impacted by transit maps with a specific focus on Paris, London and Berlin metropolitan areas.

  • October 21

    October 21, 2022

  • The project AUMi was in early 2022 a one-company project (tpg) but shortly became a program across five transportation companies, set in two different countries. Beyond the main objective to improve the transit maps, the program created bounds between the companies and show the way for more improvements, in other fields of competence.

  • As the cliché (correctly) states, “every journey by public transit also includes a journey by foot”. But it is a truism that is all too easy to overlook, or even dismiss. This is frequently evidenced by the lack of dedicated, high-quality information for the pedestrian as they travel to, from, and between other modes of transit. The ‘Legible Cities’ movement is targeted, in large part, squarely at this information gap. Marquee wayfinding schemes such as Legible London and WalkNYC are often held up as exemplars of the ‘Legible’ wayfinding art, but even they have seen surprisingly little development or tangible innovation since the establishment of core principles more than a decade ago. And of course, in that period, the reliance on “wayfinding by mobile device” has seen exponential growth. So mapping for this oft-ignored transit mode continues to face challenges. This talk will explore the various factors that complicate effective mapping at the pedestrian scale, issues ranging from design to governance, and propose positive steps we can all take to push things forward. The ultimate goal should be to realise mapping’s key role in emboldening the pedestrian as they navigate their network, whether that network be one of public transit, the urban streetscape, or - more likely - a combination of both.