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First cross-border Citadis trams delivered for service between Strasbourg & Kehl

Industry news  •  4 October 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The first Alstom Citadis trams for cross-border services between the city of Strasbourg in France and Kehl in Germany have been delivered for operational testing.

Foreword: Decentralised prosperity through mobility…

Issue 1 2016  •  25 February 2016  •  Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany

There is almost no other country in the world which stands for decentralised prosperity like Germany. Our highly developed public road and rail transport network makes a substantial contribution in this respect by providing the relevant links in metropolitan regions as well as in rural areas. After all, a properly functioning transport system is the basis for growth, wealth and jobs. When looking at the wealth pyramid of modern economies, we see there can be no prosperity without mobility – this is a fundamental principle of economics. Besides, mobility is the prerequisite for individual freedom, social inclusion and for a high quality of life of our citizens…

Munich’s transport system: infrastructure development, multimodality and tariff reform

Issue 1 2016  •  25 February 2016  •  Alexander Freitag, Managing Director, and Markus Haller, Head of Conceptual Design at The Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV)

The Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV) is one of the most successful transport associations in Europe. The continually growing passenger numbers – in 2015 they reached for the first time an estimated 700 million – have clearly confirmed this. Yet, there is no time to sit back. To further build on the success of the second oldest German transport association, Alexander Freitag, Managing Director, and Markus Haller, Head of Conceptual Design, explain that intensive work is urgently needed on several fronts, with particular focus on three topics: infrastructure development, multimodality and tariff reformation…

Expanding Hamburg’s U-Bahn network – thinking of the future

Issue 1 2016  •  25 February 2016  •  Henrik Falk, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Hamburg is a growing city; its population is expected to increase by 100,000 by 2025, and with it, people will demand a lot from the city’s public transport offering. For Eurotransport, Henrik Falk, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG – the organisation responsible for operating the metro system and most buses in Hamburg – explains that many steps have already been taken to make the public transport fit for the future, but expanding the U-Bahn network really will make a positive long-term difference…

City of Plauen to receive three additional Flexity trams

Industry news  •  16 December 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The German city of Plauen will receive three additional Bombardier Flexity trams as part of an option included in a contract signed in 2012.

Drivers Assistance System for trams receives approval for passenger service

Industry news  •  21 July 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Bombardier’s new Drivers Assistance System for trams has received approval for passenger service in Frankfurt, Germany.

First new Solaris Urbino 12 enters service in Bavaria

Industry news  •  17 July 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Bavaria welcomed the first redesigned Solaris Urbino 12 bus to enter service within the regional bus network of the Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV) since its launch in June.

Electric Bus Line 79 begins operation in Dresden

Industry news  •  18 June 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Dresden City Transport (DVB) revealed the new Solaris battery bus Urbino 12 in a ceremony marking the start of the city’s Electric Bus Line 79.

Siemens to supply Ulm with Avenio M light rail vehicles

Industry news  •  26 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

SWU Verkehr GmbH, a subsidiary of Ulm municipal authority in Germany, has signed a contract with Siemens for the supply of 12 Avenio M light rail vehicles.

Foreword: A policy to promote local and regional public transport in Germany

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Local public transport is the mainstay of sustainable urban and regional transport in Germany. The record figure of almost 11 billion journeys in 2013 is impressive proof that demand for public transport is higher than ever. It enables people to enjoy a high degree of mobility, reduces the level of private traffic and makes a significant contribution towards protecting the environment and tackling climate change. As German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt explains, all these elements are good reasons for further strengthening the overall system – comprising regular scheduled buses, trams, underground railways and rapid transit systems – and, above all, further improving its connectivity with other types of transport…

Future-proofing public transport in the growing city of Berlin

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, BVG

Chairwoman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the BVG, Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, takes a look at current challenges and new opportunities on the horizon for the operator to ensure that public transport in the future will be Berlin’s number one mode of travel…

Berlin’s S-Bahn system – stronger after its crisis

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Peter Buchner, Ingo Priegnitz & Felix Pohl, S-Bahn Berlin

No other transport company can look back on such a past as rich and varied as S-Bahn Berlin. The network operator celebrated its 90th birthday on 8 August 2014, following the most severe crisis in its history. It successfully overcame these difficulties and now transports more than 400 million passengers a year – a record figure which reveals how S-Bahn Berlin has triumphed over the most adverse situations. Peter Buchner, Chairman of the Board of Directors, along with colleagues Ingo Priegnitz and Felix Pohl, take a look back at the difficult years and how the transport company has returned to form and looks to the future…

üstra continues to provide Hanover with high quality transport

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Andre Neiß, Chairman of the Board of Directors, üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe

With its popular bus lines and tram network, üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG is one of Germany’s top passenger transport companies. Chairman of the Board of Directors, André Neiß, explains how the company provides transport operations for around 165 million passengers per year, making it the most efficient service provider for passenger transport in Lower Saxony…

Tunnelling: The Kombilösung project in Karlsruhe digs forward

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Alexander Pischon & Uwe Konrath, Joint General Directors, KASIG

Work has recently started on the 2km-long tunnel ducts under Karlsruhe’s Kaiserstraße which will accommodate the light-rail tunnel section as part of the overall Kombilösung project. The cutting head of tunnelling machine ‘Giulia’ is now continuously driving below Karlsruhe in a westward direction. For Eurotransport, Alexander Pischon and Uwe Konrath – joint General Directors of KASIG, the company behind building the new infrastructure – delve into the project’s tunnel construction details…

Berlin-Brandenburg: Providing reliable passenger information

Issue 1 2014  •  3 March 2014  •  Hans-Werber Franz, Verkehsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (VBB) is Germany’s largest association in terms of area. It is a municipal association owned by the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg as well as the cities and districts in Brandenburg. The 40 transport companies making up the association offer their transport services to the approximately six million residents and visitors to the capital’s region in the form of approximately 1,100 train and bus lines across an area of some 30,000km2. This all happens in a very diverse region – from the metropolis of Berlin with its dense and high-quality public transport network to the rural regions of Brandenburg, where the population density, in some cases less than 30 residents/km2, is making traditional public transport services increasingly difficult…

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