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Issue 1 2014



Foreword: The KCEFM – your contact for eTicketing in North Rhine-Westphalia

3 March 2014 | By Nils Conrad, KCEFM

The advent of new technologies in conjunction with changing mobility needs and safety conditions in public transport has brought new challenges in its wake which, based on their significance, require national coordination at an expert level as well as input from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)...


Berlin-Brandenburg: Providing reliable passenger information

3 March 2014 | By Hans-Werber Franz, Verkehsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (VBB) is Germany’s largest association in terms of area. It is a municipal association owned by the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg as well as the cities and districts in Brandenburg. The 40 transport companies making up the association offer their transport services to the approximately…


Hamburg: HOCHBAHN seeks more passengers via new corporate strategy

3 March 2014 | By Günter Elste, Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Since 2006, the passenger numbers of Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HOCHBAHN) have increased by 2.5% on an annual average. At the same time, the absolute passenger numbers of Germany’s second-largest local public transport company, which operates the underground railways of Hamburg and most of its bus lines and hence accounts for…


Frankfurt: New lines and vehicles to primorve Frankfurt’s offering

3 March 2014 | By Michael Budig, Bernd Conrads, Verkehrgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF)

Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF) operates underground and tram lines in the city of Frankfurt – a city with more than 700,000 inhabitants and the fifth largest community of Germany. In 2003, the City of Frankfurt decided to put the whole of Frankfurt’s bus transport system out to European-wide tender.…


A new era for local transit in Leipzig

3 March 2014 | By Ronald Juhrs, Technology & Operations, Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB)

Leipzig’s trams have been repaired at the Heiterblick workshop since 1925 and of course, during that time the technology used in the vehicles has changed completely. Therefore, it was high time for the garage to be updated, and after two years of construction, the 100m-long LVB maintenance centre now stands…


Show Preview: Intertraffic Amsterdam 2014

3 March 2014 | By Intelligent Transport

Traffic professionals visiting the 22nd edition of Intertraffic Amsterdam from 25-28 March 2014 can indulge in a world of solutions for any traffic issue imaginable. Innovation is always key at the largest and most authoritative international trade exhibition for traffic infrastructure, ITS traffic management, road safety, parking and mobility. Eleven…


SEAM4US: research for sustainable metro stations

3 March 2014 | By Giovanni Pescatori, SEAM4US; Michael Pellot, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)

Underground transportation systems are big energy consumers and have significant impact on energy consumption on a regional scale. For instance in India, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is the biggest consumer of electricity in the state of Delhi. Typical figures regarding the consumption of electricity in the state of Delhi…


Introducing new rolling stock to Stockholm metro

3 March 2014 | By Jermey Long, European Business, MTR Europe

MTR has a wealth of experience of successfully introducing new rolling stock around the world. In the UK, our joint venture LOROL (London Overground), oversaw the introduction of 244 new Bombardier vehicles between 2009 and 2011. We have also consulted on introducing new stock to Rio de Janeiro’s metro in…


The role of staff in public transport security

3 March 2014 | By Thomas Kritzer, Head of Security and Service Department, Wiener Linien

The public transport sector’s core business is a delivery of service. Service stands first for transportation from one point to another, but – as every user will agree – it also includes many other aspects. A high quality service needs well-trained staff to support operations and customers. In the field…


Improving the blast resilience of rail vehicles

3 March 2014 | By Jean-Luc Bruyelle, El-Miloudi El-Koursi, Amaury Flancquart, IFFSTAR Richard Seddon, Tecnalia; Conor O'Neill, NewRail; Antonio De Santiago Laport, Metro de Madrid

In recent years, terrorist attacks on metro systems have noticeably increased, as illustrated for instance by the Paris, Madrid, and London attacks. These dramatic events have raised concern regarding the ability to increase the efficiency of the management of similar crises in order to reduce the number and gravity of…


Copenhagen Metro – transforming inner-city travel

16 February 2014 | By

The Copenhagen Metro has been operating for over a decade and although still regarded as a young system, it has had a sizable influence both within the capital and internationally as a model for other cities planning transit systems. After winning several industry awards, we see the continuous focus on…