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RET is on the move

27 September 2006 | By ET

Rotterdam Electric Tram, RET, is about to implement a number of changes. These changes will occur rapidly and involve not only the organisation itself but also its equipment and its partnerships with other transport companies. Pedro Peters, CEO of RET, explains all. The first major change RET will implement is…

An overview of Siemens rolling stock

27 September 2006 | By Dr. Gerhard Angermüller, Siemens AG, Transportation Systems, Head of Mass Transit division

Siemens Transportation Systems is a driving force behind new technologies to keep rail-based systems competitive. In this article the company presents its latest innovations across the tram, light rail, metro and driverless-systems sectors. The world today is being shaped by the mega-trends of urbanisation and demographic change. The consequences are:…

What role for the European Union?

27 September 2006 | By Stefan Tostmann, Brussels

Safe roads – the black sheep of the integrated approach? Road safety policy is widely based on the ‘integrated approach’: we must act at the same time on vehicle safety, road user behaviour and the roads themselves to conduct successful road safety policies. The road safety policy devised at European…

Introducing the Solaris hybrid bus

27 September 2006 | By Ms. Agnieszka Spizewska and Mr. Mateusz Figaszewski, PR Managers, Solaris Bus & Coach

Following the world-wide trend of searching for alternative sources of energy, Solaris Bus & Coach has added a new vehicle to its product range: the hybrid-drive Solaris Urbino. This innovative drive solution helps to significantly reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. The premiere of the hybrid is scheduled for September…

Lessons from the aviation Sector – post 10/8

27 September 2006 | By Norman Shanks, Norman Shanks Associates International

On 10 August 2006, a plot intending to cause in-flight explosions on multiple aircraft leaving the UK to the US was foiled. Following this, it is reasonable to speculate on what the impact of such an attack might be on other modes of public transport. Lessons from the aviation sector…

Scheduling solutions

27 September 2006 | By ET

Crew scheduling must not be overlooked, as its function is vital to the smooth running of any public transport operator’s services. Crew schedulers must ensure that not only are there enough personnel to man the services – but also that their staff are satisfied with the roster times they are…

Designer transport

27 September 2006 | By ET

What will public transport in the future look like? The answer to this lies with the young transport designers coming into the industry. In June this year a design exhibition called New Designers took place in London, UK. This annual exhibition showcases the work of graduate designers in all design…

Delivering for London

23 June 2006 | By Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL)

After being appointed London’s transport commissioner in January this year, I was immediately asked – “how does it feel?” The answer, then and now, is an immense sense of challenge, yet a confidence we can deliver. The challenge is to lead Britain’s first truly integrated transport authority through a period…

Public transport system in Prague

23 June 2006 | By Tomásv Jilek, General Manager, Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy, a.s

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a political, economic and tourist centre of both national and international importance. Its administrative borders cover an area of 496km2 with approx. 1,181,000 inhabitants and almost 780,000 job opportunities. At the same time, Prague is the centre of the Central Bohemian Region…

Investing in the future

23 June 2006 | By ET

Metronet Rail works in public private partnership with London Underground to maintain and upgrade two-thirds of the Tube: the Bakerloo, Central, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan, District, Hammersmith & City, Waterloo & City and East London lines. It’s 30-year contract began in April 2003. Chief Executive Andrew Lezala, who joined in 2005,…

The journey begins

23 June 2006 | By David George, Fastrack Project Manager, Kent Thameside Delivery Board

The first stage of a new bus rapid transit system is transforming public transport in north Kent – and potentially far more widely if the innovative approach is taken up elsewhere. Fastrack is providing the UK’s first example of a high quality bus-based rapid public transport system specifically designed to…

An overview of the StreetCar vehicle

23 June 2006 | By Mark Nodder, Vice President, Business Development, The Wright Group

With a dedicated production line and initial vehicles nearing completion, StreetCar – The Wright Group’s ground breaking Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) solution – is poised to begin winning the hearts and minds of transport professionals worldwide. StreetCar now commands a dedicated production line at the Wright Group’s Northern Ireland based…

Alstom’s Citadis is leading the tram market

23 June 2006 | By Reinhard Christeller, Alstom LRV Product Marketing Director

By May 2006 Alstom's order book for Citadis trams had recorded almost 800 units, of which 500 have already been supplied to cities around the world. Repeat orders from France, Spain and Ireland have proven the operator's satisfaction with this modular product. With this overwhelming success, Citadis has made its…

Alstom’s Metropolis leads the metro market

23 June 2006 | By Bernard Dailly, Technical Director of Alstom’s Metro Platform, and Engineering Director of Alstom’s site in Valenciennes, France

Alstom has extensive experience in the metro business, with a history that goes back over 50 years. Worldwide the company has achieved a high level of customer satisfaction, having sold 25,000 modular cars in over 40 cities, including Singapore, Warsaw, Shanghai, Buenos-Aires, Sao Paulo, Nanjing, Santiago and Barcelona. Today, one…

CCTV in German public transport

23 June 2006 | By Leon Hempel, Technical University of Berlin

Setting the Scene: Transport as arena for surveillance systems Although CCTV systems in public urban transport have been around since the beginning of the 1960s, only limited camera surveillance existed in public transport for about thirty years. It was not until the beginning of the 1990s, in common with the…