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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…