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Issue 3 2013



Meeting Sweden’s urban public transport challenge

3 July 2013 | By Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, Minister of Infrastructure, Sweden

Interest in improving people’s ability to opt for public transport has undoubtedly increased in recent years. This is not surprising, given the major challenges that lie ahead of us. The transport sector’s overall challenge is to meet a surge in demand for transport and simultaneously develop long-term sustainable transport systems.…


A new tram for Helsinki – designed for demanding conditions

3 July 2013 | By Matti Lahdenranta, Managing Director, HKL – Helsinki City Transport

The tram is the main mode of public transport within the Helsinki inner city and approximately 200,000 passengers per day use the extensive network. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) is increasing and modernising its tram fleet over the next five years, as the network will be extended and the oldest tram…


Expanding the public transport offering in West Sweden

3 July 2013 | By Roger Vahnberg, Vice President, Vasttrafik

Public transport is an important prerequisite for creating growth that will in turn make West Sweden, with Gothenburg at its heart, an attractive, sustainable and growing region – both now and in the future. In an interview for Intelligent Transport, Roger Vahnberg, Senior Vice President at Västtrafik – the public…


Extending Bergen’s light-rail network for future demand

3 July 2013 | By Thomas J. Potter, previous Chief Engineer of Bybanen AS, now Senior Transport Engineer at Norconsult AS

Like many other cities in the world, the City of Bergen closed its tram system in the 1960s which originally opened in 1897. In 2000, Bergen decided to build a new light-rail system. After 20 years of heated discussion, a determined search for resources, visits to many other successful light-rail…


TBM ready for launch in Copenhagen

3 July 2013 | By Erik Skotting, Director (COO), Metroselskabet

The first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) is ready to start tunnelling on Copenhagen’s new metro line – the City Circle Line, or Cityringen. The Cityringen contract was awarded in January 2011 and the main construction work started in the following summer. The contract covers 15.5km of twin-bored tunnels, 17 stations…


The passenger is always right!

3 July 2013 | By Dagmar Röller, Communications Manager, Polis

Who knows better about the quality of buses, trams and metros than its users? Within the ENERQI project – co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission – a methodology has been developed allowing operators to listen to their customers and to improve the quality of public…