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Issue 1 2010



An open road to a streamlined future

22 July 2010 | By Mark Elliott, Commercial Director, Accenture Infrastructure & Transportation Services

Open payment systems, which permit a range of payment options for consumers, are inevitable for public transportation. Customers want to be able to breeze through the metro turnstiles by simply ‘tapping' one of their existing payment cards, such as a bank-issued debit card. Even easier, they may relish the opportunity…


The accessible and affordable public transport objective

22 February 2010 | By Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany

Mobility is among the most ele­mentary basic needs of our society. To be able to guarantee mobility for everyone, local public transport is of great importance within a networked transport system. In Germany, nearly 30 million people use local public transport everyday. Especially in the agglomerations where the number of…


A success story of an innovative concept

22 February 2010 | By Dr. Walter Casazza, CEO, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (KVV)

In Karlsruhe, a fully developed tram-system has been operating since 1900, and there is also an important railway junction where many main lines and branch lines meet. This situation creates the idea of a track sharing network - connecting the tram and rail network. Using existing infra­structure should help to…


The tram-train: perfect in form and function for the city and the region

22 February 2010 | By Bombardier

The project On 18 September 2009, the transport auth­orities Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH (VBK) ordered 30 FLEXITY Swift type dual-system tram-trains from Bombardier Transportation. These ultra-modern and comfortable vehicles, valued at approximately €129 million ($190 million US), will be delivered between August 2011 and September 2013. An…


Implementing Germany’s first large-scale electronic ticketing system

22 February 2010 | By Prof. Knut Ringat, Managing Director and CEO, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH

The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) passenger transport association is one of the biggest in Europe, and has recently made plans to implement Germany's first large-scale electronic ticketing system. Specifically for Intelligent Transport, RMV's Managing Director and CEO, Prof. Knut Ringat, explains the details behind this new ticketing system and what the future…


Keeping Cologne moving

22 February 2010 | By Jürgen Fenske, CEO, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG

On a daily basis, more than 200,000 people come to Cologne to work, shop and to experience all that the city has to offer. Cologne is a metropolis in the west of Germany and is a big city with an importance for commuters and tourists alike. Public life in a…


Providing a coordinated and integrated response for the needs of Madrid

22 February 2010 | By José-Dionisio González, Director, Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (CRTM)

The Spanish State is organised on the basis of a Central Government - 17 Auto­nomous Regions with wide-ranging powers at the regional level and Municipalities which represent towns and villages at the local level. Madrid is one of the Autonomous Regions and is composed of 179 Municipalities. The total population…


Using smart technology to deliver best value

22 February 2010 | By Mike Schofield, Chairman, ITS United Kingdom

ITS United Kingdom is the UK society for everybody who works in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) sector. ITS can be defined as the integration of information and communications technology with transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. Everyday examples of ITS are urban traffic management systems, in-car sat-nav systems, security camera…