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Sustainable Public Transport supplement 2015

Posted: 30 June 2015 |

In our latest Sustainable Public Transport Supplement, there are showcased articles about electric buses in Dresden, improving the air-quality in Barcelona Metro, plus looking at the TRANSFORuM and CHIC projects…

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  • Dresden’s first battery-operated electric bus starts service
    Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG (DVB) is the public transport operator in Dresden, Germany. Already operating modern low-floor trams and buses on more than 40 lines, the operator has recently introduced a batteryoperated electric bus to its services. How does the bus work? DVB’s Director of Finances and Technical Services, Reiner Zieschank, explores the technical details…
  • The Roadmap to achieve EU goals on urban mobility
    Is it possible to change urban mobility in Europe to achieve ambitious sustainability goals? If so, who should do what by when? These questions are answered in a new Roadmap on urban mobility prepared as part of the European FP7 research project TRANSFORuM. To explain further, this article is co-authored by Claus Hedegaard Sørensen and Henrik Gudmundsson (Technical University of Denmark), Jens Schippl and Max Reichenbach (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Merethe Dotterud Leiren (Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo), Karen Anderton (University of Oxford, UK), and Ralf Brand (Rupprecht Consult, Cologne)…
  • Project CHIC: Enhancing fuel cell urban bus technology
    Today, urban areas are increasingly concerned with air and noise pollution – a large part of which is caused by transport. In parallel, our societies are facing growing mobility needs. Cities have been actively searching for alternative solutions to provide their population with efficient, environmentally-friendly and comfortable public transport systems. In this time of changing mobility behaviours, London, Oslo, Milan, Bolzano and the Swiss canton of Aargau have added new buses to their fleet. ‘Hydrogen bus’, ‘autobus ad idrogeno’, ‘Brennstoffzellenbus’, ‘hydrogenbuss’ – you may have already seen those signs on your streets: those buses all have something in common, they are all part of CHIC1 , the Clean Hydrogen in European Cities project. Kerstin K. Müller – CHIC Coordinator, explains more…
  • Assessing air quality in metro systems
    The Environmental Assessment and Water Research Institute (IDAEA) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the main operator for passenger transport in Catalonia, are working together to monitor and improve air quality in the subway environment, with the support of the LIFE Programme of the European Commission. The work is taking place under the auspices of the IMPROVE LIFE project for ‘Implementing Methodologies and Practices to Reduce Air Pollution of the Subway Environment’ which was launched in October 2014 and will last until March 2018. Joint IMPROVE LIFE partners Teresa Moreno (Tenured Scientist, IDAEA-CSIC) and Eladio de Miguel Sainz (Head of the Environmental Department, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)) provide more details…

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