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Issue 1 2011



Innovation as a catalyst for local public transport

25 February 2011 | By Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany

Facilitating mobility rather than hampering it – as Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, this is my basic philosophy. Because being mobile means taking part in social life, economic growth, employment and prosperity. Local public transport plays a substantial role, since guaranteeing mobility for everyone would not be possible without it.…


Extending the network brings improvements to services

25 February 2011 | By Wolfgang Arnold, Chairman of the Board of Management, Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB)

On the second weekend of December 2010, all the train, bus and tram operators in Germany set the pre-conceived changes in their timetables and systems into function. For the majority of their customers it may result in little or no changes in their daily mobility routine, but for the customers…


Investing in the future of the company, city and region

25 February 2011 | By Michael Budig, Managing Director, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF) and Bernd Conrads, Director of Corporate Communications, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF)

The Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt am Main Transport Company) is not only one of the largest employers in the city but it also invests millions of Euros into new construction, modernisation and maintenance of its mobile and stationary infrastructure. On workday mornings when the commuter flow begins, Frankfurt becomes…


Ticket to Kyoto: 5 European partners, 1 goal

25 February 2011 | By GMPTE (Manchester), moBiel (Bielefeld), RATP (Paris), RET (Rotterdam) and STIB (Brussels)

Five European public transport companies have joined forces in a four-year project against climate change. With concrete energy saving measures they aim to introduce the principle of low CO2 emissions as the new standard for public transport companies. The name of the project: Ticket to Kyoto (T2K). Ticket to Kyoto…


Keeping the transport sector safe

25 February 2011 | By Pauline Norstrom, Chairman of the BSIA's CCTV Section

In challenging economic times, the need for robust security measures to minimise losses and damage within the transport industry has never been greater. With transport companies facing a range of threats from petty vandalism to large-scale terrorist attacks, being able to identify and counteract these risks as soon as they…


CCTV: Factors to consider before installing or upgrading

25 February 2011 | By Thomas Kritzer, Deputy Head of the Metro Operations Department, Wiener Linien and Vice-Chairman of the UITP Security Commission, and Lindsey Barr, Manager, UITP Security Commission

Such is the title of a new UITP brochure which focuses on the experiences and challenges of Video Surveillance Systems, commonly known as ‘CCTV1’, as a security tool in public transport. The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers,…


The DLR is ready to take up centre stage

25 February 2011 | By Jonathon Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railways Limited

If you don’t already know the ins and outs of Transport for London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) you’re about to learn, as the DLR prepares to take up centre stage during the London 2012 Games. With a new extension soon to open serving Stratford and the Olympic Park, the DLR…


First year of automation is a success for Barcelona

25 February 2011 | By

2010 was a very significant year for Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB). It was the first year that automated lines were put into operation – since December 2009, sections of the first five stations of a new line were inaugurated and the existing light metro Line 11 was turned into…