Championing the case for automated metros

11 May 2010  •  Author(s): Miryam Hernández, Junior Manager - Metro Activities, International Association for Public Transport (UITP)

Forty years after the implementation of the first pioneering systems, there are now over 500km of automated lines in operation, distributed among 57 lines in 43 cities and 13 airports. Although the U.S. championed the concept with the development of small-scale systems serving university communities, airports and parks, the use of UTO (Unattended Train Operation) for public transport service was first introduced in Japan (Osaka, Kobe) and France (Lille) in the 80s.

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