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Issue 4 2013

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Launching the French sustainable mobility policy for urban transport

22 August 2013 | By Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister for Transport and Maritime Economy, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France

Since the beginning of the 21st century, France has been willingly involved in an energetic transition in which urban transportation is one of the main levers. Regarding the environmental, economic and social issues, urban transportation has to contribute to the development of ‘sustainable mobility’ inside our cities. This is the…

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Building on the success of Italy’s first underground VAL network

22 August 2013 | By Giancarlo Guiati, Sole Administrator, Infra.To

Infratrasporti.To S.r.l. (Infra.To) is a company owned exclusively by the City of Turin. The purpose of the company is to own and manage existing infrastructure and to plan and construct new infrastructure, including railways for passenger and freight transportation (both public and private) in accordance with legislation governing the operation…

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Rising to the mobility challenges in Rome

22 August 2013 | By Intelligent Transport

Atac is the city public transport company of Rome, managing surface transport (bus, tram and trolleybus), metro (lines A, B and B1 and three regional railways), tourist lines and dedicated charter services (including those for people with reduced mobility), interchange parking areas and fee-based parking lots. Atac was the first…

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France invests in urban transport

22 August 2013 | By David Haydock, Industry Expert

France has seen a boom in urban public transport projects over the past two decades and is continuing the momentum despite difficult economic circumstances. The Hollande government came to power in 2012 at a difficult time. Budgets for most ministries are being slimmed-down in order to reduce a growing deficit.…

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Contactless bank card success on London buses

22 August 2013 | By Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at Transport for London (TfL)

Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at Transport for London (TfL) speaks to Intelligent Transport to give an update on how the first phase of the network’s contactless bank card roll-out has gone so far on London’s 8,500 buses. When we last interviewed you about the project1 it was some…

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LIMIT4WeDA: innovative mobility in weak demand areas

22 August 2013 | By Francesco Filippi, Director, and Andrea Campagna, Research Fellow, Centre for Transport and Logistics, University La Sapienza Rome

European public and goods transport systems are essential to Europe’s prosperity. However, an estimated 10-20% of European citizens still encounter barriers and limited accessibility to public transport. Such barriers hinder employment, social and leisure activities, and full participation in society, and therefore place predominance on private car-based mobility. Yet the…

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Connecting the London Underground

22 August 2013 | By Gareth Bacon, London-Wide Assembly Member, Greater London Authority Conservatives

The London Underground facilitates no voice or SMS communications and recent steps to add Wi-Fi to 120 of the 260 stations is by no means competitive with cities such as Paris and Berlin who have had mobile phone technology since the late-1990s. The Tube needs to play a serious game…

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Norwegian public transport boom

22 August 2013 | By Erik Kolbjørnsen, Head of Electronic Tickets, Ruter As

The Norwegian capital region has in recent years become Europe’s most rapidly growing metropolitan area. A 2% annual population growth is outbalanced by a 5% growth in public transport journeys. Figures from 2012 indicate a 29% increase on 2007, whereas private car use in Oslo itself remains stable at 2005…