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UITP Forum 2023 Poster Feb1-3 Jacksonville FL
JRTC Building


UITP North America Forum 2023

The UITP North America Forum is an annual conference aimed to offer the North America region UITP’s worldwide resources for global connectivity and knowledge, bringing together the most current information and developments for our urban transit industry.

This year’s Forum will be multimodal including automated, shared, and micro mobilities and it will also feature several in-person networking opportunities, enabling instant connectivity between industry suppliers and transit operators.

UITP’s global presence, institutional knowledge, network via its members enables this conference to bring together experts with the most current and relevant information.





A Sneak Peak into the Future of Transportation

JTA Autonomous Vehicle Network Technical Tour

JRTC Building

JTA is on the leading edge of implementing autonomous vehicles into the public transportation sector.

The Test and Learn program within JTA’s Automation & Innovation division leverages the resources of the JTA, along with key partnerships with local institutions, to provide insight and feedback for a future of using autonomous transit vehicles in its overall public transportation system.

North America Forum participants will get a behind the scenes look at how we got here and how we are moving forward with this innovative program. 

Registration for the Tour is closed.

Why Should You Attend UITP NAF 2023?




Meet and exchange most current information with global transit executives, innovators and seasoned experts


Explore the importance and expanded functions of stations – how they enhance not only transit but appearance and quality of urban life


Hear the key lessons learned and concerns from global perspectives regarding cybersecurity


Explore micro and demand based mobilities and how they would interact with traditional transit


Discover new approaches to the decarbonization of urban transit, with a focus on e-buses and the connected necessary technology and parameters for successful deployment


Discuss the evolution and innovations of light rail globally, and its rapid growth in North America Region


Transit’s essential role and responsibility in ensuring better accessibility, social equity and justice


Engage with UITP’s local and worldwide staff to share knowledge, and enhance personal connectivity

Partners & Sponsors


3:00pm - 5:30pm JTA Autonomous Vehicle Network Technical Tour

7:30pm - 8:30pm Welcome Reception

7:30am Registration Opens

7:45am - 8:30am Breakfast — Networking Event

8:45am - 9:20am Welcome to Jacksonville

9:20am - 10:15am Opening Round Table — Urban Transit as the Center of Urban Life

10:15am - 10:30am Morning Coffee Break

10:30am - 11:30am Reimagining Transit for All – Making Cities for People

11:30am - 12:30pm Deploying E-Buses – Building Sustainable Public Transportation

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30pm - 2:30pm Next Generation Stations and Interchanges

2:30pm - 3:30pm Bringing Together Mass Transit with Micro and On-Demand Mobility

3:30pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Coffee Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm Leveraging Digital Transformation to Maintain and Upgrade Commuter,Urban and Regional Rail 

6:30pm - 8:30pm Evening Reception (Cummer Museum)

8:00am - 8:50am Breakfast Networking Event

9:00am - 10:00am Light Rail Global Innovations

10:00am - 10:30am Morning Coffee Break

10:30am - 11:30am Towards Cyber-Resilient Transit Systems

11:30am - 12:30pm Closing Session — Evolving Business Model

12:30pm Closing Remarks

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Featured Speakers

Jacksonville Transportation Authority, CEO

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.


Paul Skoutelas

Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Board of Directors Chair

Debbie Buckland

NJ Transit, UITP North America Chair

Kevin Corbett

Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Vice President of Automation

Bernard Schmidt

Northwestern University Transportation Center, Director

Hani Mahmassani

Ruter AS, Vice President Mobility Services

Endre Angelvik

UITP, Secretary-General

Mohamed Mezghani

Federal Transit Administration, Deputy Administrator

Veronica Vanterpool

Houston Metro, Chief Innovation Officer

Kimberly Williams

North America Kone, Head of Major Projects

Steve Gonzalez

Vice President Operations for Asia, Australia and North America

Robert Victor

Indra, Urban and Interurban Transport Director

Tomas Melero

North County Transit District, CEO

Matthew Tucker

Moovit, North America General Manager

Uli Gal-Oz

MV Transportation, Chief Sales Officer

Scott Sosnowski

Denver RTD, CEO

Debra Johnson

Rail Canada, Vice President

Eric Labartette

Central Ohio Transit Authority, President & CEO

Joanna Pinkerton

MTA Metro-North Railroad, Senior Advisor for Organization Resiliency

Bradford Blevins

TFL London, Chief Safety Health & Environment Officer

Lilli Matson

UITP, HEAD of Mobility Enablers Unit

Aida Abdulah

UITP, Rail Manager

Daria Kuzmina

Jacksonville Transportation Authority, SVP and Chief Infrastructure & Development Officer

Greer Johnson-Gillis

UITP, Head of North America Office

Jaspal Singh

Chicago Transit Authority, President

Dorval Carter

Automated Mobility Thematic Area, Leader

Henriette Cornet

UITP, Senior Manager

Andrew Bata

Sporveien Trikken AS, CFO

Debasish Sahabanik

National Transit and Rail Leader, WSP

Jannet Walker-Ford

North America Cylus, Director of Business Development and Alliances

Shawn Smith

ITS America, President & CEO

Laura Chace

Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Director of U2C Programs

Angie Williams

Secretary of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Chair TRB

Shawn Wilson

Account Manager, GIRO

Michael D. Compel

COO, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit

Salvador Llamas

Keolis, Director of Evolving Mobility

CJ Bright

Executive Vice President, Major Projects, Keolis North America

Mario Peloquin

IndyGo, CEO

Inez Evans


Cyril Austin

Get Around While In Town

Marriott Jacksonville Downtown:

245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Use the following link for the UITP North America Forum Group Rate:

Ruth's Chris Riverview Lounge, Located in: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront, Crown Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207:

Among downtown Jacksonville bars, you'll enjoy the most splendid hand-made cocktails and superior service in the upscale and ambient Riverview Lounge. Located inside the hotel at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Ruth's Chris Steak House, Located in: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront. Crown Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Enjoy steak, lobster, or fish while taking in the view of the St. John's River at our downtown Jacksonville restaurant. Ruth's Chris Steak House is always a memorable dining experience.

St. Johns Provision Co., Located in: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront. Crown Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Enjoy casual Jacksonville dining and fast, friendly service morning, noon and night in the St. Johns Provision Co. restaurant. You can enjoy a fabulous southern breakfast buffet and seasonal lunch and dinner menus, which include eclectic selections infused with a regional inspiration.

St. Johns Provision Lounge, Located in: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront. Crown Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Relax, meet, and unwind in our lobby lounge - featuring happy hour and a full menu.


Daily's Place Amphitheater: 1.50 miles

Florida Theatre: 0.50 miles

Friendship Fountain: 0.00 miles

Historic San Marco Square: 1.50 miles

Jacksonville Fairgrounds: 1.50 miles

Jacksonville Riverwalk: 0.00 miles


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