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Issue 3 2005



Communication is key

19 September 2005 | By Roberto Cavalieri, UITP President and Managing Director of, Rome

Once again the public transport sector has been targeted by terrorism. After Tokyo, Madrid and Moscow, this time it was London, and it is only due to the very good organisation of the emergency teams and preparedness of British commuters that the number of victims, although still too high, did…


On your marks, get set… go!

19 September 2005 | By Bob Kiley, London’s Transport Commissioner

Transport for London gears up for the best ever connected games. Following on from the summer issue of Intelligent Transport in which Hugh Sumner – Transport for London’s Director of Olympic Transport – relished the prospect of presenting the Capital’s public transportation plan on behalf of the UK bid team…


Toulouse: Three rail concepts in total harmony

19 September 2005 | By Howard Johnston, Transport Writer

From a virtual standing start just ten years ago, Toulouse is developing a vast urban transport network that is fully in keeping with its status as one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. The congestion-busting formula is a ‘horses for courses’ blend of high-frequency commuter rail, rubber-tyred VAL metro in tunnel, and…


Tunnel safety in Europe

19 September 2005 | By Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit, Peter Schmitz, Seconded National Expert, European Commission, Road Safety Unit (ref.1)

Transport plays a crucial role in supporting European integration and ensuring a high level of well-being among Europe’s citizens. Hence, efficient infrastructure for transport is vital for EU competitiveness to keep costs down and to provide good service. Moreover, European integration requires sufficient access to EU transport networks for all…


A single, please!: The skåne smartcard project

19 September 2005 | By Jan-Henrik Pettersson, Commerical Manager, Skanetrafiken

A new ticket system now makes it easier to commute across county and provincial borders. Work has just started in Sweden on replacing the current ticket system with one based on the contact-less smart card. The system is to be tested and commissioned during the next two years. Once in…


E-ticketing in German public transport

19 September 2005 | By Hansjoerg Roehrich, Managing Director and Peter Preuss, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH

For years, smart card technology has been very successful in Europe and this process will – in the opinion of all experts – decisively accelerate in future. Nearly all essential fields of life have been influenced by this technology. Whether the health service, paying functions at the supermarket, bank transactions…


RTPI in the Nordic countries

19 September 2005 | By Anders Kåbjörn, InformNorden Secretary General and former GoTiC project manager

As far back as ten years ago, the real-time information system in Gothenburg could operate on a citywide basis and countdown minute by minute information about the next departure relating to all trams and buses from all stops. It was around this time that the R&D project GoTiC was launched…


RTPI @ Hamburg’s new Central Bus Station

19 September 2005 | By Wolfgang Marahens, CEO ZOB Hamburg

Hamburg’s central bus station – ZOB Hamburg – has been in operation for nearly 50 years, thus marking it out as one of the largest and oldest long-distance bus stations in Germany. Serving more than 3 million customers per year from 27 different countries, the time had come for a…


Universal Accessibility for Public Transport

19 September 2005 | By Jose Luis Ajuria, Virtual Engineering Manager, EUVE

Our society has committed itself to providing all citizens with equal opportunity. In this framework, the ability to use public transport can be critical for different purposes such as commuting to work, joining in entertainment activities or buying products and services. As much as possible, people with different ways of…


CCTV: crucial rôle

19 September 2005 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Public transport systems the world over are at risk from terrorist attacks. Closed circuit television (CCTV) is a useful weapon in the authorities’ fight against terrorism and crime. Not so long ago, CCTV systems were an optional extra for public transport authorities. Useful in identifying petty criminals, pictures shot on…


Safe and speedy recovery

19 September 2005 | By Peter Terrett, Piccadilly Line Infrastructure Manager, Tube Lines

The terrorist attacks on London’s public transport system on 7 July left many Londoners facing long and indirect journeys to and from work. Tube Lines – the company rebuilding the Tube’s busiest lines – played an instrumental role in getting full services restored in record time. Its Emergency Response Unit…


Tube terrorism: the aftermath

19 September 2005 | By Alison Hammond, Metronet

The aftermath of July’s terror attacks on the oldest metro system in the world saw Metronet Rail, Tube Lines and London Underground working around the clock to get services up and running again for three million daily Tube commuters. Alison Hammond investigates. The date of July 7 will always be…


Gearing Up For Euro 4/5 Emission Compliance

19 September 2005 | By Andreas Heuke, Corporate Sales, EvoBus GmbH, Head of Euro 4/5 Project and Siegbert Wenkle, Head of Development, Alternative Drive Systems & Fuel Cell Vehicles, DaimlerChrysler AG/EvoBus GmbH

The next European emission standard – Euro 4 – comes into force on October 1 2006, for all newly registered commercial vehicles with a permitted GVW of 6 tons and above. It will be followed just three years later by the Euro 5 emission standard, effective October 1, 2009. The…