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Issue 5 2015



Issue #5 2015 – Digital version

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In this issue: A Foreword from Ueli Stückelberger, Director of the Swiss Association of Public Transport; Real-Time Passenger Information: successful systems in Stuttgart and Poole, plus First Hampshire’s technology roll-out; Switzerland & Austria: developments in Geneva, Lucerne, Winterthur and Vienna; Winter Operations Supplement with features from John Gorman at First…


Winter Operations Supplement 2015

2 November 2015 | By

John Gorman from First Scotland East and Michael Andersson from Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (HelB), discuss that, ultimately, the work never ends when planning and preparing for continuous operations during harsh winter months...


SwissPass: the first step on the path to e-ticketing

2 November 2015 | By Ueli Stückelberger, Director of the Swiss Association of Public Transport

With the recent nationwide launch of the SwissPass travelcard, Ueli Stückelberger, Director of the Swiss Association of Public Transport, gives comment on how he believes this “evolution” in public transport is the first step towards barrier-free travel...


Lucerne: Establishing new public transport systems to meet demand

2 November 2015 | By Norbert Schmassmann – Head of Lucerne’s public transport company VBL1

What does the agglomeration of the Swiss city of Lucerne with around 200,000 inhabitants need the most – a bus or a tram system? Lucerne’s politicians and traffic experts have discussed this question over recent years following a steady increase in frequencies on its public transport network. As Norbert Schmassmann…


After a decade of growth, Geneva now concentrates on improving service quality

2 November 2015 | By Emmanuel Fankhauser, Network Development Manager at TPG

Between 2003 and 2013, additions to the local tram network doubled the offer of Geneva’s public transport system. But between 2014 and 2019, the picture will be different. Emmanuel Fankhauser, Network Development Manager at TPG, explains that no major infrastructure projects or developments are planned on the network, but concentration…


Stadtbus Winterthur: a strategy to keep up with growing demand

2 November 2015 | By Stadtbus Winterthur’s Thomas Nideröst, Director, and Reto Abderhalden, Director of Communications and Marketing

Steeped in history, the city of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland has seen many changes to its public transport offering over the years. But now, with areas of the city being expanded and redeveloped, plus the increase of passenger numbers, the growing demand for the city’s…


Vienna: Juggling much-needed renovation with no service interruption

2 November 2015 | By Günter Steinbauer, Chief Executive Officer of Wiener Linien

Vienna’s longest underground line, the U6, currently runs for over 17km from the north to the south of the city. A trip from Siebenhirten on the southernmost edge of the city to Floridsdorf in the north takes over 30 minutes. The line celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 but the…


The mobile revolution in public transport

2 November 2015 | By Laurent Kocher, Keolis Group’s Executive Vice President – Marketing, Innovation and Services

For Intelligent Transport, Laurent Kocher, Keolis Group’s Executive Vice President – Marketing, Innovation and Services, discusses the impact of mobile and digital technologies on public transport and how to leverage these innovations to improve the customer experience.


Bus Fire Safety: Biogas-powered buses and decision-making during incidents

2 November 2015 | By Anders Lönnermark from SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden / Johan Lindström, Peder Lindström and Petter Backlund from Fire and Rescue Greater Gothenburg

All over the world new alternative fuels are emerging to replace fossil fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. The overall benefits are great but with new fuels and technical solutions, new risks emerge. For Intelligent Transport, colleagues Anders Lönnermark from SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, plus Johan Lindström, Peder…


REMOURBAN project – Delivering sustainable mobility

2 November 2015 | By Maria Angeles Gallego, Javier Olmos, Clemente Cárdenas Cuevas, Cristina de Torre and Miguel Ángel García Fuentes, all from CARTIF Technology Centre

The REMOURBAN project focuses on the welfare of citizens within the sustainability framework of a smart city and aims to develop and validate a number of innovative technologies plus organisational and economic solutions to meet the needs of the energy, mobility and ICT sectors. For Intelligent Transport, REMOURBAN colleagues Maria…