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Issue 6 2012



Current and future position of public transport in the Czech Republic

22 January 2013 | By Pavel Dobeš, Former Minister of Transport, Czech Republic

Urban public transport systems have a long tradition in the Czech Republic and are well-known operational networks, especially in our large cities. Public transport systems can currently be found in more than 100 different sized cities in the Czech Republic, ranging from our smallest where there is often only one…


Extending Prague’s metro line

22 January 2013 | By Radek Hončl, Project Manager, Capital Projects Department, Prague Public Transport Company (DPP)

The west end of Prague’s metro line ‘A’ is being extended in a construction project estimated to cost CZK 21.13 billion (expected total capital cost including indexing). The section known as Metro Line V.A is located in the northwest of Prague and will run from Dejvická Station via four new…


Riga keeps on modernising public transport and electronic services

22 January 2013 | By Leons Bemhens, Chairman of the Board, RP SIA Rīgas satiksme

During the last two years, Rīgas satiksme (the Riga public transport company) has continued its programme of significant changes by successfully developing the potential of electronic payment services, expanding the fleet of low-floor trams as well as achieving the best passenger satisfaction results in the last 14 years. Riga keeps…


Opportunities for growth

22 January 2013 | By Andrej Osterman, Senior Consultant to the CEO, LPP

Four years ago we published an article about implementing long-term goals for the city of Ljubljana. Now we would like to report on what has been done since then. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and the country’s largest city, is the centre of Slovenian economy, politics, culture and transport. It…


Budapest’s new bus service framework

22 January 2013 | By Dávid Vitézy, CEO and Member of the Management Board, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport

Public transport first appeared in Hungarian capital city Budapest in the early 19th century in the form of the omnibus and later the horse tramway. These were followed by modes of transport that were revolutionary for those times: Europe’s second funicular connected the Castle Hill with the Danube riverbank while…


The importance of automatic fire suppression systems

22 January 2013 | By Jonas Brandt, Project Manager, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

This is the second and final part of an article to provide a background look at bus fires and to underline the importance of automatic fire suppression systems for buses and coaches. Bus and coach1 fires are a common issue in society. Given the fact that most fires start in…


The heart of Lothian Buses continues to beat

22 January 2013 | By Alan Black, Operational Control Room Manager, Lothian Buses

In operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the control room is the hub of Lothian Buses – supporting our depots and 650-strong fleet of buses that cover 55 routes in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian...