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The uses of data from Smartcard systems for public transport management

13 June 2007 | By Peter White and Mousumi Bagchi, Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster

The growing provision of smartcard systems has been documented in recent articles in this journal – for example the development of ITSO-compatible systems, and of contactless cards, in issue 2 of 2007. Examples such as ‘Oyster’ in London and ’Octopus’ in Hong Kong are well-known and now account for high…

The new Citea city bus

13 June 2007 | By Rémi Henkemans, Managing Director, VDL Bus & Coach

One of the highlights of this year’s UITP World Congress and Exhibition was the launch of VDL’s new Citea flat-floor city bus. The bus is the first model in VDL’s new generation of public transport buses. The Citea will replace VDL Bus & Coach’s SB 250 Jonckheer and the Diplomat…

Driving forward bus services in Sheffield

13 June 2007 | By David Brown, Passenger Services Director, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

The first few months of 2007 have been exciting and dynamic for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in terms of improving bus services in Sheffield. This year two ground-breaking agreements have been put in place, both aimed at growing bus patronage within the sub-region. In January history was made…

The European Investment Bank’s role in financing sustainable urban transport

13 June 2007 | By Mario Aymerich, Deputy Head of Division Urban Transport & Development, EIB Projects Directorate

Since 2000, the European Investment Bank has lent over EUR 17 billion for investment in urban transport projects, mostly for schemes located within the European Union Member States. Established nearly 50 years ago, EIB is the EU’s bank for financing projects that promote the Union’s economic and social policies. Currently,…

When is a PCN not a PCN?

13 June 2007 | By Patrick Troy, Head of Traffic Enforcement, Transport for London

Currently in the UK a Penalty Charge Notice’s validity depends on who is issuing it and how it is issued, according to a recent ruling at the High Court. If one of our camera enforcement officers observes a motorist stopping illegally on a red route, he or she will issue…

The CDGVAL at Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport

13 June 2007 | By ET

CDGVAL, Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport’s new fully-automatic on-site metro transit system, was inaugurated on 3 April 2007. With a top speed of 70km/h, it links terminal CDG 1 with terminal CDG 2 (at the SNCF railway station) in only eight minutes via car park PR, terminal 3/Roissypole and…

Analysis of transport of dangerous goods through tunnels

13 June 2007 | By J.E. Nieuwenhuis M.Sc, ARCADIS Infra BV, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Both ADR and RID regulations enable the competent authorities responsible to restrict the transport of dangerous goods through tunnels. However, account should be taken of the tunnel characteristics, and a risk assessment including the availability and suitability of alternative routes and modes and traffic management should be conducted. ARCADIS has…

Ticketing of the future

13 June 2007 | By ET

In 2005 Finnish company Fara Oy (formerly Buscom Oy) developed a new mobile solution that enabled public transport users to load serial and period cards to their mobile. When entering a vehicle the mobile is shown to a card validator in the same way as smart cards are and the…

Creating a low carbon transport network in London

19 April 2007 | By David Brown, Managing Director. Surface Transport, TfL

David Brown is Transport for London’s Managing Director, Surface Transport. He is responsible for managing London’s bus network, London’s key ‘Red Route’ road network, Congestion Charging, London’s black taxis and private hire vehicles, London River Services, Croydon Tramlink, Victoria Coach Station, Dial-a-Ride and transport policing. Here, he explains what TfL…

Developing public transport

19 April 2007 | By Matti Lahdenranta, Managing Director, Helsinki City Transport

The Finnish Capital Region has an efficient transport system. Traffic flows well, thanks in part to effective public transport. The City of Helsinki plays a key role in developing public transport and Helsinki City Transport aims to offer all citizens equal possibilities to travel, creating a base for a sustainable…

ITSO goes live in UK

19 April 2007 | By Mike Eastham, GM & Head of Technology and John Verity, Head of Compliance & Security, ITSO

ITSO was founded in 2001 following discussions started in 1998 between the Department for Transport, Public Transport Executives, Transport for London and other interested transport authorities with a desire to generate one interoperable specification for transport related activities. The ITSO specification has now been adopted across the UK and is…

Realising the vision

19 April 2007 | By Gunnar Alenius, Project Leader, AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL)

SL had a vision to improve the quality of public transport services in Stockholm by installing a real time passenger information system. Achieving this aim has taken SL on a journey that has resulted in the adoption of a vehicle information system and an Intermodal Transport Control System – offering…

Setting the standard

19 April 2007 | By ET

ETSI is an independent, non-profit organisation whose mission is to produce telecommunications standards for today and the future.This article looks at ETSI’s work and interviews Marcello Pagnozzi, ETSI Technical Officer for TETRA, to find out more about ETSI’s work in developingTETRA standards. Based in Sophia Antipolis, France, ETSI, the European…

The L-surF project on safety and security

19 April 2007 | By Felix Amberg, CEO, Maximilian Wietek, project manager R&D

Having just entered the third and ultimate year of the L-surF project, it is recognised that research on safety and security is more than welcome to the European Community. At least, this was one of the conclusions of the 2nd Security Research Conference held in Berlin under the German presidency…

Tackling congestion: Bristol fashion

19 April 2007 | By Tony Watts, Freelance Business Journalist

Like virtually all major UK cities, Bristol has major congestion problems – and they’re getting steadily worse in a city where two-car ownership figures are amongst the highest in the country and dependency on public transport is unusually low. Now a £68 million package is being developed, aimed at putting…