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Issue 1 2012



Sustainable urban mobility is inconceivable without public transport

17 February 2012 | By Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building & Urban Development, Germany

Mobility in our towns and cities is unimaginable without efficient public transport. In Germany, fixed-track local transport is the backbone of local public transport. Its planning, organisation and funding are the responsibility of the federal states. The Federal Government’s share of local public transport funding is currently approximately €8 billion…


A vision is becoming reality!

17 February 2012 | By Dr. Walter Casazza, CEO, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH (KVV)

In September 2002, the citizens of Karlsruhe approved a project solution called ‘Kombi-Lösung’ (‘combined solution’). The term ‘combined’ stands for the two parts of the project – a city light-rail tunnel and a new tram line running parallel to the main pedestrian street in Karlsruhe, on top of a new…


Balancing performance and finances

17 February 2012 | By Jürgen Fenske, Chief Executive Officer, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG (KVB) and President, Association of German Transport Companies (VDV)

Public transport in Germany is of high quality. Due to its technical and operational competence, the German public transport system is a shining example of strategic public transport for many countries to observe. The high quality level of German public transport depends on many factors, not least on sufficient funding.…


VDV Core Application quickens the pace

17 February 2012 | By J. (Sjef) A.L. Janssen, Managing Director, VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG and Hartmut Loerch, Head of IT Management, VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG

Transport infrastructure is a key factor for economic success in every country. For a country like Germany, public transport has become even more systemrelevant than before. Why? Globalisation is becoming a European challenge for trade and transport. Germany is probably most affected, as it is Europe’s export-leading nation. While cargo…


Moving to open standards for future-proof automated fare collection systems

17 February 2012 | By Laurent Cremer, Executive Director, OSPT Alliance

Mass transit system operators are witnessing a paradigm shift in automated fare collection (AFC) technology. These changes include outsourcing of AFC programme operations and real-time acceptance of third party-issued cards – changes that are likely to reshape the way that AFC is viewed by the industry for decades. As a…


Interview Spotlight: Cees de Wijs

17 February 2012 | By Craig Waters, Editor, Intelligent Transport

Craig Waters, Intelligent Transport Editor, speaks exclusively to Cees de Wijs, Group President of International Transportation and Local Government Group, ACS...