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Issue 6 2011



Understanding urban transport opportunities

3 January 2012 | By Tamás Fellegi, Minister for National Development, Hungary

The liveability of our cities and towns is increasingly determined by the extent to which environmentally-friendly, low-noise transport alternatives can arrest and replace fast motorisation. Consequently, communal transport must be given more room against the use of private cars. This, however, requires uninterrupted improvement in services, their adjustment to the…


2011 – A year of successful projects and partnerships for RATB

3 January 2012 | By Mr. Adrian Criţ, General Manager, RATB

2011 was full of achievements for Regia Autonomă de Transport Bucureşti (RATB), the most important surface public transport operator in Bucharest. During the first half of this year, we concluded two strategic partnerships, followed by several projects, with real benefits both for the public and our company. RATB’s strategy regarding…


Budapest integrates new elements in its public transport services

3 January 2012 | By

BKV has more than 100 years of history with great traditions and expertise, and has always had an important role in the transport of Budapest. The company operates five big branches (bus, tram, metro, commuter train and trolleybus) in an integrated system. Furthermore it provides cogwheel railway, funicular, chairlift and…


Wiener Linien’s metro station ‘Stadium’ Meeting challenges of big events

3 January 2012 | By Thomas Kritzer, Deputy Head of Metro Operations, Wiener Linien, Chairman of the UITP Security Commission and Intelligent Transport Editorial Board Member

Big events in urban areas involving lots of customers are a regular challenge for public transport operators. Wiener Linien has decades of experience in successfully managing big events and lots of customers. Shortly before Euro 2008, the European football cup held in Austria and Switzerland, Wiener Linien opened a new…


The large scale test programme in the METRO project

3 January 2012 | By Haukur Ingason, Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the Department of Fire Technology at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and Anders Lönnermark, Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Fire Technology at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

In September 2011, the Swedish METRO project finalised a large scale test programme in an abandoned railway tunnel. The objective of the METRO project is to improve safety in underground metro systems and to explore differences in the fire behaviour of the carriage using different types of interior materials. Further,…