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Issue 6 2009



Ensuring balanced and sustainable development

22 December 2009 | By Minister Aleksandar Tsvetkov, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC), Bulgaria

Over the next four years, the main priorities in the transport policy of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) are: the successful integration of the Bulgarian transport system with the European system; the development of accessible and safe transport in all regions of the country; the support,…


RATB’s important modernisation projects

22 December 2009 | By Gheorghe Aron, General Manager, RATB

RATB is the main surface public transport operator in Romania. From the point of view of density, our public transport network is the fourth largest in Europe with 164 routes (118 bus lines, 26 tramway lines and 20 trolleybus lines), with an overall length of 1,929km double-way. The routes are…


Metro 4 – Budapest’s first fully automatic Metro

22 December 2009 | By Gusztáv Klados, Project Director, DBR Project Directorate and John Larke, Contracts Manager, DBR Project Directorate

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city of two million people situated on the banks of the River Danube. As well as being an important historical and cultural centre, Budapest was the location of the third metro system to be constructed in the world and the first one in…


The complex reconstruction of Budapest Metro Line 2

22 December 2009 | By Péter Takács, Technical Deputy CEO, BKV Zrt

Readers of Intelligent Transport have been kept informed on the overhaul of Metro Line 2 in Budapest on a once every two years basis (Issue 2 2005, Issue 3 2007). So let us report on another two years on the progression of this complex project. Budapest has always been pioneering…


iLink – a new era in smartcard technology for Northern Ireland

22 December 2009 | By Catherine Mason, Group Chief Executive, Translink

Translink is the main provider of public transport in Northern Ireland incorporating Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus services. Our success is clearest in the growing numbers of passengers travelling on our bus and train services. Over 80 million passenger journeys per year are now made with Translink - a rise…


The Copenhagen Metro: a 24/7 system

22 December 2009 | By Claudio Cassarino, Managing Director, Metro Service A/S

The symbol of the Copenhagen Metro is the white trains running both above and underground, servicing approximately 50 million passengers each year. So far this year, the service availability has been recorded at 98.6% - with headway down to approximately 120 seconds - all this running on a 24/7 service.…


Green light for the European Commission’s action plan on urban mobility

22 December 2009 | By Anne Houtman, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport Internal Market and Sustainability, European Commission

On 30 September 2009, the European Commission adopted an action plan on urban mobility, proposing 20 specific measures to assist local, regional and national authorities in reaching their targets for sustainable urban mobility. Europe needs sustainable urban mobility Urban transport is of growing concern to citizens. Over 70% of the…


moBiel – building a future on customer intimacy

22 December 2009 | By Wolfgang Brinkmann, Managing Director, moBiel GmbH

For four years, Bielefeld - a city in the Northeast of the Federal State of North-Rhine-Westphalia with a population of approximately 325,000, has topped the category of ‘Overall Customer Satisfaction' on the annual German public transport survey ‘ÖPNV-Kundenbarometer'. Its strong customer focus is what moBiel, the city's public transport operator,…


Delivering a world class underground network for Londoners

22 December 2009 | By Dean Finch, Chief Executive Officer, Tube Lines

It is now just over six years since Tube Lines took over responsibility for maintaining and upgrading London's Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. One of the largest capital infrastructure projects in the world, the 30 year Public Private Project (PPP) will transform the lives of millions of Londoners and give…