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Issue 4 2012



Spain exports its high-tech know-how in public transport

3 September 2012 | By Pedro Fortea, Director, MAFEX

In recent years, the Spanish rail industry has been at the forefront of the greatest public transport advances seen in the country’s main cities – a result of the firm commitment to R&D and the return of transport modes such as the tramway, as well as the implementation of new…


Lisbon’s ‘One Less Car’ project

3 September 2012 | By Luís Miguel Vale do Couto, Marketing Director, CARRIS

The ‘One Less Car’ project was launched in 2009 by CARRIS – the main public transportation company in Lisbon, Portugal. This new project promotes the use of sustainable forms of urban mobility – mainly highlighting the benefits of using public transport on a regular basis. Mobility is essential to economic…


Understanding Metro do Porto’s successful business strategy

31 August 2012 | By João Nuno Aleluia, Exploitation Department Manager, Metro do Porto

Metro do Porto (MP) integrates six municipalities of the Porto Metropolitan Area (PMA). Playing the backbone role of PMA while structuring the territory, MP offers a high capacity urban transport network, furthering the integration of modes and operators. From its early stages, MP focused on the capacity and technical performance…


Improving disabled access in transport infrastructure

31 August 2012 | By Fathi Tarada, Tunnel Safety Expert, Managing Director of Mosen Ltd and Intelligent Transport Editorial Board Member

Major infrastructure projects in Europe are increasingly integrating the requirements of persons with reduced mobility into the early stages of their design. For example, significant investment is earmarked for step-free access for a number of major surface stations within the Crossrail West scheme on the outskirts of London. New lifts…


Fire safety in subway stations with Platform Screen Doors

31 August 2012 | By W.K. Chow, Chair Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering and Head of the Building Services Engineering Department, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Platform Screen Doors (PSDs) can be found in many modern subway stations. However, 32 separate PSD incidents have been reported in Hong Kong since 2000, affecting approximately 3,000 passengers. Some of the incidents that occurred during this period included the glass panes of the PSDs suddenly breaking, and some trains…