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E-ticketing in German public transport

19 September 2005 | By Hansjoerg Roehrich, Managing Director and Peter Preuss, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH

For years, smart card technology has been very successful in Europe and this process will – in the opinion of all experts – decisively accelerate in future. Nearly all essential fields of life have been influenced by this technology. Whether the health service, paying functions at the supermarket, bank transactions…

RTPI in the Nordic countries

19 September 2005 | By Anders Kåbjörn, InformNorden Secretary General and former GoTiC project manager

As far back as ten years ago, the real-time information system in Gothenburg could operate on a citywide basis and countdown minute by minute information about the next departure relating to all trams and buses from all stops. It was around this time that the R&D project GoTiC was launched…

RTPI @ Hamburg’s new Central Bus Station

19 September 2005 | By Wolfgang Marahens, CEO ZOB Hamburg

Hamburg’s central bus station – ZOB Hamburg – has been in operation for nearly 50 years, thus marking it out as one of the largest and oldest long-distance bus stations in Germany. Serving more than 3 million customers per year from 27 different countries, the time had come for a…

Universal Accessibility for Public Transport

19 September 2005 | By Jose Luis Ajuria, Virtual Engineering Manager, EUVE

Our society has committed itself to providing all citizens with equal opportunity. In this framework, the ability to use public transport can be critical for different purposes such as commuting to work, joining in entertainment activities or buying products and services. As much as possible, people with different ways of…

CCTV: crucial rôle

19 September 2005 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Public transport systems the world over are at risk from terrorist attacks. Closed circuit television (CCTV) is a useful weapon in the authorities’ fight against terrorism and crime. Not so long ago, CCTV systems were an optional extra for public transport authorities. Useful in identifying petty criminals, pictures shot on…

Safe and speedy recovery

19 September 2005 | By Peter Terrett, Piccadilly Line Infrastructure Manager, Tube Lines

The terrorist attacks on London’s public transport system on 7 July left many Londoners facing long and indirect journeys to and from work. Tube Lines – the company rebuilding the Tube’s busiest lines – played an instrumental role in getting full services restored in record time. Its Emergency Response Unit…

Tube terrorism: the aftermath

19 September 2005 | By Alison Hammond, Metronet

The aftermath of July’s terror attacks on the oldest metro system in the world saw Metronet Rail, Tube Lines and London Underground working around the clock to get services up and running again for three million daily Tube commuters. Alison Hammond investigates. The date of July 7 will always be…

Gearing Up For Euro 4/5 Emission Compliance

19 September 2005 | By Andreas Heuke, Corporate Sales, EvoBus GmbH, Head of Euro 4/5 Project and Siegbert Wenkle, Head of Development, Alternative Drive Systems & Fuel Cell Vehicles, DaimlerChrysler AG/EvoBus GmbH

The next European emission standard – Euro 4 – comes into force on October 1 2006, for all newly registered commercial vehicles with a permitted GVW of 6 tons and above. It will be followed just three years later by the Euro 5 emission standard, effective October 1, 2009. The…

Transport crucial for London’s growth

24 June 2005 | By Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

London is the fastest growing, and most diverse, major city in Europe. Our population of 7.4 million people is projected to grow by 810,000 by 2016. An efficient and reliable transport system is crucial to London's growth and prosperity.

An Olympic plan for 2012

24 June 2005 | By Hugh Sumner, Project Director, Olympics Bid Team, Transport for London

London is one of five cities bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. One of the major strengths of the London 2012 bid has been our ability to set out clearly the variety, extent and frequency of the transport network that visitors to the Games would use.…

The Tube Lines approach

24 June 2005 | By Alex Foulds, Director of Business Planning, Tube Lines

The PPP contract for the London Underground provides an innovative way of tackling a major infrastructure project by combining strong public sector management with the best private sector expertise available. Tube Lines, responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, faces a huge task…

Retrofit of Metro Line 2 – Budapest

24 June 2005 | By Tamás Szabó, Director for Metro Operation, Budapest Transport Limited

The East-West metro line has been in operation for more than 30 years. It represents the largest capacity and asset value in the public transport system of Budapest and can not be substituted by any other means of transport. The length of tunnel and open-air sections of the tracks is…

Electronic ticketing: the difference it makes

24 June 2005 | By Tony Yeung, Chairman, Commission on Information Technology and Innovation, UITP

Electronic Ticketing (ET) systems have been implemented for years in major public transport networks, whether in Europe (London and Paris), in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore) or in South America (Santiago de Chile) and many companies around the world intend to follow this path. But now that these systems have…

Towards real-time ITS services

24 June 2005 | By Seppo Öörni, Head of ITS Group, Ministry of Transport & Communications Finland

Finland is focussing its ITS related R&D activities up to 2007 on real-time traffic and transport information in the form of a three year AINO programme.

Keeping metro track in good condition

24 June 2005 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Metro authorities are increasingly using hi-tech methods to inspect and analyse track condition with a view to improving ride quality and rail longevity. Track maintenance on urban metros can demand different techniques to those used on main line railways. Train speeds are generally lower, but traffic is often dense. Frequently…