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Issue 5 2008



Switzerland – in the middle!

11 November 2008 | By Max Friedli, Director, Federal Office of Transport, Switzerland

Switzerland lies in the centre of Europe, with the railway corridor of Rotterdam-Genua running across the Swiss territory. Switzerland is linked with the European high-speed railway network and promotes the implementation of further lines. On the European market, Swiss industrial companies compete successfully with big companies in order to get…


Transporting passengers efficiently and dynamically

11 November 2008 | By Urs Hanselmann, CEO, Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB)

The Basel tramway network is a result of a merge between the city network in 1895 and the later integration of suburban metre gauge lines. A significant event was the integration of the important railway line from Leimental in 1986, together with its conversion from railway to tramway in its…


Dealing with the mobility challenge in the Geneva region

11 November 2008 | By Roland Bonzon, CEO, Geneva Public Transport (TPG)

In Switzerland, the Lake Geneva region, and more particularly the Geneva conurbation, is at the very heart of an unprecedented demographic change, where demand for public transport is very high. Geneva Public Transport (TPG) is one of the few creditable responses to the exponential growth in mobility, which makes its…


A permanent part of the city

11 November 2008 | By Martin Baltes, Managing Director, Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe und Stubaitalbahn GmbH (IVB)

The Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe transport company bases its philosophy on innovation, sustainability and service. 27 March 2008 represented a milestone in the history of the Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe und Stubaitalbahn GmbH (IVB) tram system and public transport in greater Innsbruck in general, with the first of a total of 32 Flexity Outlook…


For one East Midlands bus operator, “all change” is not the end of the line

11 November 2008 | By Rob Hicklin, Finance Director, Nottingham City Transport

Keeping up with Nottingham’s public transport requirements has needed a few gear changes. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is the primary public transport operator in the historic East Midlands City. Winner of UK Bus Operator of the Year at the Bus Industry Awards in 2004, NCT employs 1,130 people in Nottingham,…


ITS in urban transport: the challenges for the UNECE Transport Division

11 November 2008 | By Eva Molnar, Director of Transport Division and Constantinos Alexopoulos, Regional Advisor of Transport Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Transport systems play a vital role in supporting socio-economic activities all over the world, and especially, enhancing the activity and attractiveness of urban areas requires a drastic improvement in transport systems in order to provide users with better services, high reliability, high frequency and low emissions. Many eastern European and…


A partnership working in practice

11 November 2008 | By Chris Spry, Senior Transport Planner, Oxfordshire County Council; Tim Wood Senior Site Engineer, ACIS and Brian Riley, Area Team Leader, ACIS

Like all cities, Oxford faces constantly changing transport challenges. Economic and housing growth in the south east of England are creating new pressures and adding to existing transport problems in and around Oxford. The County Council’s role is to respond to these pressures to ensure the city’s economy and communities…


Developments and projects of eTicketing for European public transportation

11 November 2008 | By Hansjörg Röhrich, Vice Chairman, Kontiki Working Group

When Thor Heyerdahl decided to cross the Pacific Ocean from South America to Tahiti in 1947 in order to prove that what had hitherto been considered impossible could indeed be true, he named his balsa raft Kon-Tiki. Many years later, this name was perfect for reviving the same ideas in…


Light rail for a medieval model city

11 November 2008 | By Brendan Holland, Chairman, GLUAS

Galway is an old medieval city out on the west coast of Ireland and Europe. It is a city designated as a Gateway City in the national spatial strategy with a population of 75,000 and a hinter population of 345,100 – which is expected to grow to 488,000 by the…


Ticket to ride

11 November 2008 | By Burkhard Eberwein, Head of Vehicle Management (Bus) Department, BVG

For transport operators, protecting their passengers, staff and their assets is of paramount importance, and increasingly so. Whether on buses, trains or trams, indeed on any passenger transport, combating crime and dealing with the fall-out of crime is a major concern, fraught with challenges. For Intelligent Transport, Robert Wint, Marketing…