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A partnership working in practice

11 November 2008 | By Chris Spry, Senior Transport Planner, Oxfordshire County Council; Tim Wood Senior Site Engineer, ACIS and Brian Riley, Area Team Leader, ACIS

Like all cities, Oxford faces constantly changing transport challenges. Economic and housing growth in the south east of England are creating new pressures and adding to existing transport problems in and around Oxford. The County Council’s role is to respond to these pressures to ensure the city’s economy and communities…

Developments and projects of eTicketing for European public transportation

11 November 2008 | By Hansjörg Röhrich, Vice Chairman, Kontiki Working Group

When Thor Heyerdahl decided to cross the Pacific Ocean from South America to Tahiti in 1947 in order to prove that what had hitherto been considered impossible could indeed be true, he named his balsa raft Kon-Tiki. Many years later, this name was perfect for reviving the same ideas in…

Light rail for a medieval model city

11 November 2008 | By Brendan Holland, Chairman, GLUAS

Galway is an old medieval city out on the west coast of Ireland and Europe. It is a city designated as a Gateway City in the national spatial strategy with a population of 75,000 and a hinter population of 345,100 – which is expected to grow to 488,000 by the…

Ticket to ride

11 November 2008 | By Burkhard Eberwein, Head of Vehicle Management (Bus) Department, BVG

For transport operators, protecting their passengers, staff and their assets is of paramount importance, and increasingly so. Whether on buses, trains or trams, indeed on any passenger transport, combating crime and dealing with the fall-out of crime is a major concern, fraught with challenges. For Intelligent Transport, Robert Wint, Marketing…

Metro do Porto: a success story moving 50 million people every year

18 August 2008 | By Ricardo Fonseca, Chairman and CEO, Metro do Porto, SA

Metro do Porto was recently awarded by UITP as the Best New Light Rail System. The company has achieved an incredible 80% increase in its client rate, which recognises that this new mode of transport has had an impact at a variety of levels.

ATM: a challenging decade

18 August 2008 | By Marc Garcia, Technical Director, ATM and Xavier Roselló, Deputy Technical Director, ATM

The ATM (Autoritat del Transport Metropolità) is the solution that Barcelona and its metropolitan area have come up with in response to a problem that is common to all built-up urban areas – namely coordinating the urban and metropolitan mass transit systems and funding public transport. ATM is a voluntary…

Madrid Metro: deserving of ‘Most Improved Metro’ award

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Advanced safety and control systems, replacement of trains, major infrastructure modernisation projects and the use of latest track maintenance technology are just some of the ongoing developments being introduced by Metro de Madrid – which was recently recognised as the world’s most important metro. Regarded as one of the largest…

Arriva: growing its bus business in Spain

18 August 2008 | By Tony Williamson, Managing Director, Arriva Spain

Arriva plc – one of the largest and fastest moving operators of public transport in Europe – operates in a total of 12 countries: the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain and the UK. Providing a wide range of bus, rail, waterbus and…

Noise reduction measures on Istanbul urban rail systems

18 August 2008 | By Veysel Arli, Track Facilities Manager, Istanbul Ulasim and Zübeyde Öztürk, Civil Engineer, Istanbul Ulasim

Noise is unwanted sound and is among the most pervasive pollutants today. The problem with noise is not only that it is unwanted, but also that it negatively affects human health and well-being. Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction, productivity loss and…

An important tram line rehabilitation project in Istanbul

18 August 2008 | By Veysel Arli, Track & Fixed Facilities Manager and Mustafa Polat, Tram Maintenance Chief, Istanbul Transportation Co.

The tram line which passes through Old Istanbul to the Eminönü coast and to Galata Bridge to Kabatas Wharf in the Historical Peninsula is an important railroad. The tram line was constructed stage-by-stage between 1992 and 1996. Transportation demand in Istanbul is continuously increasing day-by-day and there are currently 385…

Towards the next transport generation

18 August 2008 | By Kallistratos Dionelis, General Secretary, ASECAP

ASECAP is the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures. Its mission is to promote charging as the most efficient tool to finance the construction, operation and maintenance of motorways and other major road infrastructures. Under this understanding, ASECAP members build, operate and manage motorway networks in Europe and…

Greater Manchester’s transport revolution

18 August 2008 | By Councillor Matthew Colledge, Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA)

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is responsible for overseeing the provision of public transport in the county. It is made up of 33 councillors from the ten councils in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) implements the Authority’s policies. Greater Manchester is a metropolitan area at the…

Digging up the past to build the future

18 August 2008 | By ET

Attiko Metro A.E. is a modern company that employs highly specialised staff with professional training and operates based on specific objectives, visions and scheduling. Through Attiko Metro’s consistent planning and systematic work, the Metro network is expanding at a rapid pace in view of serving as many areas of the…

DLR: providing light relief across east London

18 August 2008 | By Jonathan Fox

In line with the substantial construction projects currently taking place around its network, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is now in the process of the most intensive programme of enhancement and improvement works in its 21-year history. DLR, renowned for its driverless trains, has long set the standard in terms of…

Establishing the next level of RTPI systems

18 August 2008 | By Andreas Roller, Product Manager for Real-Time Passenger Information Systems, INIT and David Wright, Team Leader for Transport Systems, Leicester City Council

Real-time Passenger Information Systems (RTPI systems) have been around for almost 15 years...