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The arrival of the T3

19 April 2007 | By ET

In December 2006 the first new tram in almost 70 years began service in Paris. The new T3 line runs for a distance of 7.9km through three of the city’s arrondissements (the 13th, 14th and 15th) and seven neighbouring boroughs and has 17 stops in total. According to RATP, the…

Taking advantage of integrated software solutions

19 April 2007 | By Mrs. Anna Maria Monferrer, Chief of Projects Coordination of TB, Transports de Barcelona, S.A., Mr. Joaquim García, Chief of Software Developments in BUS projects, Transports d Barcelona, S.A. and Mr. Guillem Camarasa, Manager of Horta Depot, Transports de Barcelona, S.A.

Transport Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is the second largest public transit system in Spain.

Expansion and improvement

17 February 2007 | By Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

In December I attended the inauguration of the new T3 tram system in Paris at an event attended by Mayors from across the world. What the event underlined was the central role that transport has in making a city a truly world city. It is only through investment in transport…

The future is clear

17 February 2007 | By ET

Clear Channel Outdoor is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies with over 881,000 displays in more than 60 countries across six continents. Clear Channel Adshel is the company's international street furniture division, which is currently active in 45 countries and operates over 6,000 municipal and transit contracts worldwide.…

Developments for the future

17 February 2007 | By ET

The German public transport industry is flourishing. As Wolfgang Tiefensee, the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, pointed out (Intelligent Transport, Issue 3, 2006) the local public transport network in Germany carries around 27 million passengers every day, and this number is set to increase. Intelligent Transport…

Innovation in contactless technology?

17 February 2007 | By Arnaud Pelletier, Technology Work Group Leader, Calypso Networks Association

It makes sense to say that contactless technology will be an issue in the near future. Although the beginning was difficult, contactless technology is now so well accepted that the question is not ‘do we need contactless technology?’ but more ‘what can we do with contactless technology?’ If you are…

Ticketing update

17 February 2007 | By ET

There have been a number of exciting developments in the European public transport sector recently, with new contracts being awarded, new equipment launched and planned company acquisitions. Intelligent Transport looks at some of the key stories that have been making news. Telematics and electronic fare collection systems specialist INIT has…

A success story

17 February 2007 | By Diego Diaz, Business Development and Guido Vogel, Product Management, Bombardier Transportation

Developments in the fields of light rail and metro vehicles are moving rapidly and Bombardier Transportation is at the forefront of new innovations, bringing the latest state-of-the-art, innovative, safe and reliable products into service. These products are meeting operators’ and passengers’ needs and aspirations throughout Europe and the world.

The Stockholm experience

17 February 2007 | By Birger Höök, Project Manager, Swedish Road Administration

A congestion tax system was put into trial operation in the Stockholm inner city area between 3 January and 31 July 2006. The Swedish Road Administration (SRA) was commissioned by the Government for the implementation. An extensive, sophisticated technical system was developed in cooperation with IBM Svenska AB, the head…

Forth Road Bridge enters new era

17 February 2007 | By Alastair Andrew, General Manager and Bridgemaster of the Forth Road Bridge, Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA)

A new state of the art road tolling system has been installed on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, UK. The new system makes payment and collection of the tolls easier and more efficient. Safety has also been improved for both staff working on the bridge and the travelling public,…

Securing Stockholm

17 February 2007 | By Henrik Virro, Project Manager, SL

Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL), the regional transport authority responsible for running metro, buses, commuter trains and local railways in Sweden’s capital city, is in the process of improving security across its network. The ‘Security Project’ is designed to raise security for the travelling public as well as SL’s workers. The project…

Introduction of GNSS technology

17 February 2007 | By Mr. Philippe Monier and Mr. Bernard Lamy, Thales Transportation Systems, France

Unlike 5.8 GHz based tolling systems, which rely on a stable and standardised technology, GNSS systems have many possible implementations although all based on the use of satellite localisation. The pioneering initiative of Toll Collect in Germany proved the feasibility of this technology for tolling but the European community now…

Innovation and investment

17 February 2007 | By Mark Nodder, Group Managing Director, The Wright Group

The Wright Group was founded in 1946 and today is one of Europe’s leading independently-owned bus manufacturers. With headquarters based in N Ireland the company has an annual turnover in excess of £100m and employs more than 950 people. A twenty-first century solution for passenger transport StreetCar (as featured in…

Transforming the Tube

17 February 2007 | By Mike Baker, International Marketing and Development Director, CBS Outdoor

Transport advertising media specialist, CBS Outdoor, is transforming the look of the London Underground with cutting edge digital media technology. In the build-up to the London Olympics in 2012, Transport for London is putting in place a comprehensive investment programme to modernise and upgrade London’s transport system. Over five years…

Danish developments

6 December 2006 | By Flemming Hansen, Danish Minister for Transport and Energy

In Denmark public transport plays a major role for traffic management as a whole in urban areas and between some of the larger cities. Public transport contributes to reducing the congestion problems in our large cities such as the Greater Copenhagen Area, Aalborg, Odense and Aarhus.