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The importance of an integrated Swiss public transport network

11 November 2013 | By Ueli Stückelberger, Director, Swiss Association of Public Transport

The story of public transport in Switzerland is an impressively successful one: while passenger journeys have increased by over 30% since 2001, the rise in the number of passenger kilometres has been even higher at almost 40%. At the same time, transport companies have massively increased their workforce productivity in…


Expanding public transport in Graz

11 November 2013 | By Barbara Muhr, Managing Director, Holding Graz Linien

Graz Linien is the biggest public mobility provider in southern Austria, responsible for two thirds of total public transport association (Verkehrsverbund) services in Styria. With more than 900 employees and a fleet of 86 trams and 148 buses, Graz Linien runs a total of eight tram lines, 28 bus and…


Ultra-modern mobility in the Alps

11 November 2013 | By Martin Baltes, Chief Executive Officer, Innsbruck Transportation Authority and Harald Muhrer, Director of Infrastructure, Innsbruck Transportation Authority

Innsbruck’s transportation authority – Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe und Stubaitalbahn GmbH (IVB) – is hard at work on the biggest project it has tackled to date: the tram/regional train system which is set to heighten public transportation capacity and provide better connections to towns in the outlying areas of the city of…


Increasing the public transport offering for a growing city

11 November 2013 | By Michel Joye, Director, Transports publics de la région lausannoise SA (tl)

Lausanne – the capital of the canton of Vaud situated in the heart of Europe on the shores of Lake Geneva – is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the IMD and the Béjart Ballet, which together with other leading…


Zurich prepares to move with the times

11 November 2013 | By Jacques Baumann, Deputy Director and Divisional Head of Marketing, Zurich Public Transport

The city of Zurich in north-central Switzerland is experiencing enormous growth. By 2030, jobs and residents in the city are expected to increase by 15% and 20% respectively. Public transport needs to keep pace with this growth as failure to do so could result in gridlock because traffic congestion has…


The need for a new generation of interchanges

11 November 2013 | By Gabriela Barrera, Finance & Project Manager, Polis and Frank van der Hoeven Director of Research and Associate, Professor of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

Interchanges play a key role in the integration of the urban mobility system and in enabling good intermodal solutions. Their efficiency is therefore essential to achieve sustainable transport objectives in Europe. The European co-funded project NODES1-4 (New Tools for Design and Operation of Urban Transport Interchanges) will develop a toolbox…


Ireland’s key ITS activity brings passenger benefits

11 November 2013 | By Tim Gaston, Director – Integrated Ticketing Scheme, National Transport Authority of Ireland

The National Transport Authority (NTA) of Ireland is a state body that was set up in 2000 and is responsible for managing public transport operators and regulating the small public service vehicle sector (i.e. taxis, hackneys and limousines). The governing body of the NTA consists of a Chairperson and 11…


Working together for sustainable public transport growth

16 October 2013 | By

Following the 60th UITP World Congress in Geneva in May 2013, UITP launched the ‘All Together for Public Transport Growth’ movement. UITP invited its members in 92 countries around the world to join forces during European Mobility Week (16-22 September 2013) to display the ‘Grow with Public Transport’ campaign message…


The bus – a route map for green growth

16 October 2013 | By

Buses and coaches come in all shapes and sizes. Some are iconic such as London’s red Routemaster buses, America’s yellow school buses and the sleek silver greyhound coaches, but most are inconspicuous. Having access to transport is important to social inclusion and buses are an essential mode of transport. People…