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Issue 4 2008



Metro do Porto: a success story moving 50 million people every year

18 August 2008 | By Ricardo Fonseca, Chairman and CEO, Metro do Porto, SA

Metro do Porto was recently awarded by UITP as the Best New Light Rail System. The company has achieved an incredible 80% increase in its client rate, which recognises that this new mode of transport has had an impact at a variety of levels.


ATM: a challenging decade

18 August 2008 | By Marc Garcia, Technical Director, ATM and Xavier Roselló, Deputy Technical Director, ATM

The ATM (Autoritat del Transport Metropolità) is the solution that Barcelona and its metropolitan area have come up with in response to a problem that is common to all built-up urban areas – namely coordinating the urban and metropolitan mass transit systems and funding public transport. ATM is a voluntary…


Madrid Metro: deserving of ‘Most Improved Metro’ award

18 August 2008 | By

Advanced safety and control systems, replacement of trains, major infrastructure modernisation projects and the use of latest track maintenance technology are just some of the ongoing developments being introduced by Metro de Madrid – which was recently recognised as the world’s most important metro. Regarded as one of the largest…


Arriva: growing its bus business in Spain

18 August 2008 | By Tony Williamson, Managing Director, Arriva Spain

Arriva plc – one of the largest and fastest moving operators of public transport in Europe – operates in a total of 12 countries: the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain and the UK. Providing a wide range of bus, rail, waterbus and…


Noise reduction measures on Istanbul urban rail systems

18 August 2008 | By Veysel Arli, Track Facilities Manager, Istanbul Ulasim and Zübeyde Öztürk, Civil Engineer, Istanbul Ulasim

Noise is unwanted sound and is among the most pervasive pollutants today. The problem with noise is not only that it is unwanted, but also that it negatively affects human health and well-being. Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction, productivity loss and…


An important tram line rehabilitation project in Istanbul

18 August 2008 | By Veysel Arli, Track & Fixed Facilities Manager and Mustafa Polat, Tram Maintenance Chief, Istanbul Transportation Co.

The tram line which passes through Old Istanbul to the Eminönü coast and to Galata Bridge to Kabatas Wharf in the Historical Peninsula is an important railroad. The tram line was constructed stage-by-stage between 1992 and 1996. Transportation demand in Istanbul is continuously increasing day-by-day and there are currently 385…


Towards the next transport generation

18 August 2008 | By Kallistratos Dionelis, General Secretary, ASECAP

ASECAP is the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures. Its mission is to promote charging as the most efficient tool to finance the construction, operation and maintenance of motorways and other major road infrastructures. Under this understanding, ASECAP members build, operate and manage motorway networks in Europe and…


Greater Manchester’s transport revolution

18 August 2008 | By Councillor Matthew Colledge, Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA)

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is responsible for overseeing the provision of public transport in the county. It is made up of 33 councillors from the ten councils in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) implements the Authority’s policies. Greater Manchester is a metropolitan area at the…


Digging up the past to build the future

18 August 2008 | By ET

Attiko Metro A.E. is a modern company that employs highly specialised staff with professional training and operates based on specific objectives, visions and scheduling. Through Attiko Metro’s consistent planning and systematic work, the Metro network is expanding at a rapid pace in view of serving as many areas of the…


DLR: providing light relief across east London

18 August 2008 | By Jonathan Fox

In line with the substantial construction projects currently taking place around its network, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is now in the process of the most intensive programme of enhancement and improvement works in its 21-year history. DLR, renowned for its driverless trains, has long set the standard in terms of…


Establishing the next level of RTPI systems

18 August 2008 | By Andreas Roller, Product Manager for Real-Time Passenger Information Systems, INIT and David Wright, Team Leader for Transport Systems, Leicester City Council

Real-time Passenger Information Systems (RTPI systems) have been around for almost 15 years...


ITSO – the borderless specification

18 August 2008 | By Helen Mitchell, Head of Business Development and Head of Operations and Delivery, ITSO Limited

The ITSO specification has played an integral role in the early success of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) that has rolled out across the country. On the 1 April 2008, England took a momentous step on the path towards integrated smart travel, with some 6.8 million cards being…


BRT: the time is right

18 August 2008 | By John Carr, Secretary, BRTuk

In Runcorn in the UK and Almere in the Netherlands, new towns have been functioning for several decades with their transport needs based around largely segregated, highly reliable bus services. In common with other public transport the fortunes of these systems may have fluctuated with investment levels and institutional changes,…


The ‘All Seeing Eye’!

18 August 2008 | By Peter Fry, Director, The CCTV Users Group

In my article in Issue 4 2007 of Intelligent Transport, I concentrated on technological developments in CCTV, and the relationship to transport systems. In this article, I want to ‘zoom out’ and review the wider picture, considering the role of CCTV in society, at the same time as focussing on…