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Improving travel in cities

1 April 2005 | By Jack Short, Secretary General, European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT)

Policy-makers around the world more or less agree now that the best way to achieve sustainable urban travel is via a package of complementary measures that draw from regulatory, pricing and technological tools. And while recent experience from ECMT and OECD countries shows that while many countries and cities are…

Public transport in Rome at a turning point

1 April 2005 | By Roberto Cavalieri, Chairman, European Committee, UITP, former General Manager, ATAC SpA, Managing Director, Met.Ro. SpA

Hosting the 56th UITP Congress and Exhibition this year is a clear sign of the major development the public transport sector has made in Rome. It is therefore both a point of arrival and a new start. In recent years, Rome has managed to reform the municipal public transport system…

Providing complete mobility for Dresden

1 April 2005 | By Frank Müller-Eberstein Chief Executive Officer, Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG

Dresden is the capital of the German State of Saxony and has a population of about half a million people. It is located about halfway between Berlin and Prague in what was formerly East Germany, or the German Democratic Republic. The Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG (DVB) is the mobility service provider…

Heat extraction in underground railway tunnels

1 April 2005 | By Alain Le Clech Head of Installation and Safety Committee, Metropolitan Railways Division, UITP

The Electrical Installations and Safety Systems Subcommittee of the UITP Metropolitan Railways Division has launched a study concerning ventilation and smoke extraction based on observations made regarding the production of heat in metro tunnels. It soon became apparent that it was possible to recover some of the heat dissipated in…

Smartcards and interoperability: one year on

1 April 2005 | By Peter Stoddart Head of Marketing, ITSO and Independent Consultant

In the very first issue of Intelligent Transport, I suggested that I come back after five years and review the beliefs that I postulated on smartcards and the need for interoperability. To be asked to do it after just 12 months posed an interesting question – was there anything to…

Smartcards storm the world’s cities

1 April 2005 | By James Abbott Technical Editor

More and more cities are ditching paper-based ticketing systems and adopting smartcards instead. Smartcards are becoming more popular as mass production brings the price down and the advantages of ‘going smart’ become more apparent. Embedding a chip in a ticket is more expensive than holding data on a magnetic stripe…

Munich’s ridership count system

1 April 2005 | By Karin Schweiger Project Leader, Ridership Count Management Systems, Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH/MVG

The Munich subway, tram and bus network is operated by the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (MVG) and has, in all, 86km of subway, 71km of tram, and 432km of bus routes for eight subway, 10 tram and 61 bus lines. Line routes and timetables in this network are not static, but…

Taking disability on board

1 April 2005 | By Nora Bednarski, Policy Officer, European Disability Forum

Transport and mobility are essential to disabled people’s full participation in society. Accessible transport is a must. As our population ages rapidly and with an increased consciousness in society of the essential nature of accessible transport in the lives of disabled people, we see a distinct trend towards the development…

Accessible public transport in Europe’s cities

1 April 2005 | By Andrew Braddock, A B O U T

Within the European Union there are more than 55 million disabled people – the equivalent of the population of one of the larger Member States – plus still larger numbers of older people and those who are encumbered by small children (in or out of pushchairs), or by heavy baggage…

RTI for Greater Manchester

1 April 2005 | By Bill Tyson OBE Chairman and Managing Director, Transport Management Group Ltd.

Greater Manchester’s real time information system grew out of the Integration Project. This was formally launched in 1998 and is a collaborative partnership between GMPTE and the Passenger Transport Authority, other public authorities and the private sector operators of all three modes of public transport in Greater Manchester. The key…

Transport Direct: information in action

1 April 2005 | By Miles Jackson Transport Direct Team, UK Department for Transport

Last December saw the public launch of the UK Government's Transport Direct portal, a multi million pound project delivered with the help of local authorities, transport providers and technical experts. The portal unites and integrates existing sources of transport information and is part of a wider programme, which works to…

Modern system for Zurich north urban centre

1 April 2005 | By Andreas Flury, Managing Director, Glattal Transport Services (VBG) and Georg von Graefe, Head of Marketing and Communications, Glattal Transport Services (VBG)

14th September 2004 was a historic day in the short but exciting story of the Glattalbahn Project – government member Rita Fuhrer of the Economic Affairs Directorate for Canton Zurich, moved the first stone for the construction of the new Glattalbahn. At her side, visibly proud and moved was Dr.…

Standards on the move

1 April 2005 | By Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, Director General, ETSI

If the fridge really is going to talk to the mobile phone and the car really does need to have the latest television schedules fed to its central processors, then we traditional standards makers will have to adapt to the demands from various industry sectors for specifications and standards that…

Benchmarking of urban rail systems

1 April 2005 | By Knut Petersen, Managing Partner, BSL Management Consultants; Oliver Drümmer, Principal, BSL Management Consultants and Tilmann Colberg, Consultant, BSL Management Consultants

The powerful management tool of benchmarking helps uncover possibilities of optimisation for public transport companies by using the following criteria:

Helping to upgrade transport systems

1 April 2005 | By James Abbott Technical Editor

Many transport operators are buying in technical expertise – deregulation and privatisation are strengthening this trend. Consultancies are benefiting as a result. Consultancies have come a long way in the past few decades, changing as their customers have changed. Not so long ago, public transport systems in Europe were almost…