Rail Trade Mission to Toronto and New York

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Date(s) - December 4 2023 - December 8 2023

Toronto and New York

UK railway suppliers are invited to apply to join a Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and Railway Industry Association (RIA) trade mission to Toronto, Canada and New York, US to meet key players and learn more about opportunities in these key North American transit markets.

After registering interest, companies will be required to complete a short application form, and a link to complete this will be emailed to them.   Based on this information, companies will be pre-selected and informed of their acceptance or not to join the trade mission.

Registration and Eligibility

  • The event is open to all UK registered companies, a maximum of 2 delegates per company.
  • Applications are open until full or Monday 30 October.
  • Companies are asked not to book any flights, accommodation or apply for ETA/ESTA until they receive an acceptance email.
Costs & Travel
  • Participation in the trade mission will cost £740 + VAT per company – 2 delegates maximum, 1st delegate will pay the mission fee, 2nd delegate is free.
  • Mission delegates will need to cover their own travel and subsistence costs
  • Do not commit to related expenses until a mission place is offered

Important: Please click on ‘pay later’ before you check out. Payment will be invoiced if you are selected to join the mission.

Please note you will be first required to create an account if you have not used the RIA booking system before. On successful registration delegates will receive an automated email confirmation.

Contact: For further information, please contact Neil Walker, Exports Director at the Railway Industry Association, or Tracey Grindal, Senior Trade Officer, DBT Calgary.
E: tracey.grindal@businessandtrade.gov.uk
E: Neil.walker@riagb.org.uk

Programme (draft)
Sunday 3 December:
Delegates arrive in Toronto

Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December:

  • Hear from Metrolinx, the Toronto Transit Commision (TTC), a major Canadian contractor, and UK companies active in the market
  • Evening reception and potential 1-2-1 meetings
  • Evening flight to NY

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 December:

  • Hear from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
  • Learn about the US Government Procurement Regulations and Obligations
  • Learn from UK companies active in the NY/NJ market
  • Networking reception and potential 1-2-1 meetings

Friday 8 December:

  • Time for outside meetings
  • Depart for UK
  • End of programme

Opportunities exist for UK companies across the rail value chain including engineering design & consulting; electrification product and technology solutions, signalling & telecommunications; risk assessment & assurance; predictive maintenance and asset management.

Toronto’s transit system is the busiest in Canada and has one of the highest per-capital ridership rates in North America. Over the next decade, over C$50 billion will be spent on both brown and greenfield projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including the GO Expansion Project (OnCorr), the Ontario Subways Programme and the Hurontario LRT. In addition, VIA Rail’s HFR project has selected three bidding teams to respond to the RFQ. The project will connect Toronto to Quebec City; over 1,000 km of dedicated mainly electrified tracks with trains reaching speeds of 200 km/hour. CAPEX estimates top C$30 billion with a yet-to-be announced in-service date.

New York
New York is home to some of the busiest transit networks in the United States and the world. Investment into critical rail infrastructure is a priority for the area and New York’s Governor and New York City’s Mayor are supporting plans to invest in excess of US$100 billion in long term improvement. The Northeast Corridor currently provides 800,000 daily passenger trips and Amtrak have dedicated US$66 billion in funding while lacking the supply chain needed to deliver the ambition. The MTA operates the largest public transit agency in North America with the NYC subway providing ridership to approximately 2.4 million people every day, across 665 miles of track servicing 472 subway stations. Each year they spend over US$7 billion on procurement. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey maintains significant trade and transportation infrastructure, connecting both locally via the NY/NJ seaport, the PATH rail system, six tunnels and bridges, and internationally via their five airports.

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