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Issue 1 2015



Automated Metros supplement

12 March 2015 | By

In our latest free-to-view Automated Metros supplement, Rory O’Neill looks at the future for the DLR, Edgar Sée provides details of the automation of Paris Metro Line 4, and Peter Gurník discusses new functionalities towards higher automation levels...


Foreword: A policy to promote local and regional public transport in Germany

12 March 2015 | By Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Local public transport is the mainstay of sustainable urban and regional transport in Germany. The record figure of almost 11 billion journeys in 2013 is impressive proof that demand for public transport is higher than ever. It enables people to enjoy a high degree of mobility, reduces the level of…


Future-proofing public transport in the growing city of Berlin

12 March 2015 | By Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, BVG

Chairwoman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the BVG, Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, takes a look at current challenges and new opportunities on the horizon for the operator to ensure that public transport in the future will be Berlin’s number one mode of travel...


Berlin’s S-Bahn system – stronger after its crisis

12 March 2015 | By Peter Buchner, Ingo Priegnitz & Felix Pohl, S-Bahn Berlin

No other transport company can look back on such a past as rich and varied as S-Bahn Berlin. The network operator celebrated its 90th birthday on 8 August 2014, following the most severe crisis in its history. It successfully overcame these difficulties and now transports more than 400 million passengers…


üstra continues to provide Hanover with high quality transport

12 March 2015 | By Andre Neiß, Chairman of the Board of Directors, üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe

With its popular bus lines and tram network, üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG is one of Germany’s top passenger transport companies. Chairman of the Board of Directors, André Neiß, explains how the company provides transport operations for around 165 million passengers per year, making it the most efficient service provider for…


Tunnelling: The Kombilösung project in Karlsruhe digs forward

12 March 2015 | By Alexander Pischon & Uwe Konrath, Joint General Directors, KASIG

Work has recently started on the 2km-long tunnel ducts under Karlsruhe’s Kaiserstraße which will accommodate the light-rail tunnel section as part of the overall Kombilösung project. The cutting head of tunnelling machine ‘Giulia’ is now continuously driving below Karlsruhe in a westward direction. For Intelligent Transport, Alexander Pischon and Uwe…


Transport Technology: The pace of technology change

12 March 2015 | By Mark Cartwright, Managing Director, RTIG

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we are living in a time of unparalleled rapidity in technology change, writes Mark Cartwright, Managing Director of RTIG. New tools, systems and devices come on to the market with the frequency, and impact, of machine gun bullets. What’s more, it’s all connected,…


TETRA – delivering essential benefits and double digit growth

12 March 2015 | By Phil Kidner, CEO, TETRA + Critical Communications Association

TETRA is the most successful critical communications standard in the world, and continues to advance from strength-to-strength. Phil Kidner, CEO of the TCCA (TETRA + Critical Communications Association), looks at the technology’s continued impact on the transport industry.


Tunnel Fire Safety: Feeling the heat

12 March 2015 | By Dr Fathi Tarada, Managing Director Mosen Ltd

For the past few decades, the risk of fire within underground metro systems has meant the need for tunnel ventilation to control the spread of smoke. However, significant improvements in fire resistance and running capability for rolling stock have reduced the risk of fire within metro tunnels. Instead, the need…


Moving cities forward: shaping a better urban future

12 March 2015 | By Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director, The New Cities Foundation

The world is urbanising at an unprecedented rate. More than ever, city leaders across the world need to plan strategically for shifting transport needs of citizens. The New Cities Foundation – an independent non-profit organisation with a mission to shape a better urban future for all – strongly advocates innovation…


New functionalities towards higher automation levels

10 February 2015 | By

Over the past 50 years, there have been significant developments in mass transit signalling. As the technology developed, new solutions emerged, ready to answer to the increasing demands of customers. For urban lines, the capability of metro systems to transport large numbers of passengers in the shortest possible time has…


Modernisation and automation of Paris Metro Line 4

10 February 2015 | By

Following the completion at the end of 2012 of the automation of Metro Line 1, the Board of Directors of RATP launched, on 28 June 2013, the automation project of Metro Line 4 – the second busiest line in Paris, with 740,000 passengers a day. Edgar Sée, Project Manager, provides…