Welcome Message

Mr. Sim Wee Meng
Chairman,
WUTC 2010 Steering Committee

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the second World Urban Transit Conference. We have more than 600 delegates from 15 countries who have travelled here from Europe, America and other parts of Asia.

WUTC 2010 aims to bring together the international community of rail transit infrastructure professionals and specialists to meet, share and discuss the latest developments and technologies in delivering an effective and efficient rail transit system.

As we move into the new millennium, the rail community is faced with ever more complex demands. Rail transit is developing into the main mode of transport to support growing urban population in cities, has brought about the need for efficiency to curb rising energy costs and the threat of global warming posed new challenges for this industry.

Against this backdrop, the conference theme of sustainable and innovative urban rail transportation system is indeed timely and relevant. Through technology advances, novel strategies and planning, we can pursue innovative solutions to improve the operational efficiency of our rail network.

We are privileged today to have 6 keynote speakers to share with us their expertise and also thank the 86 oral and 30 poster presenters to share their insights and experiences. I also would like to extend my appreciation to the many others who have helped out directly or indirectly in preparing for this conference. Your efforts are invaluable contribution to the success of WUTC 2010.

WUTC 2010 would not have been possible if not for the strong supports generosity of our sponsors and exhibitors.

The conference over the next three days will have six plenary sessions discussing the A to Zs of urban transit from the initial transit planning stage down to the operation & maintenance of railway lines. Iím sure it will be a fruitful cross fertilization of ideas and experiences sharing over the next three days. The conference will also include Singaporeís largest transit exhibition, showcasing engineering breakthroughs and new technologies within the public transport industry.

Mr. Sim Wee Meng
Chairman
WUTC 2010 Steering Committee