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Industry news • 22 December 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Rotterdam Transport Company (RET) has ordered six additional Bombardier FLEXITY Swift Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) in an agreement worth €26.1 million.
Issue 1 2011 • 25 February 2011 • GMPTE (Manchester), moBiel (Bielefeld), RATP (Paris), RET (Rotterdam) and STIB (Brussels)
Five European public transport companies have joined forces in a four-year project against climate change. With concrete energy saving measures they aim to introduce the principle of low CO2 emissions as the new standard for public transport companies. The name of the project: Ticket to Kyoto (T2K).
Ticket to Kyoto is a good example of pan- European cooperation in the public transport sector. The five partners work together constructively to exchange high level ideas, realise quick wins and draw-up long-term strategies from which all parties can benefit. Even though there are huge differences between the five public transport companies, synergy is the magic word. Half of the budget is provided by a grant from the INTERREG IVB NWE. The mixture of experiences, local cultures and day-to-day challenges enriches the outcome for the total project and for each partner individually.
In recent years, the legal structure for Dutch public transport companies has been changed drastically, transforming municipal services into private companies.
Triggered by a Dutch government ruling that restricts public transport tenders to independent legal entities, RET decided to privatise as of 1 January 2007 (i.e. one public shareholder, non-transferable shares). For RET, which operates extensive bus, tram, subway and fast ferry services in the metropolitan area of Rotterdam, ‘going private’ meant a big step in its long history that dates back to 1878.
The RET never intended to play a role in the war on terrorism, but it did want to take preventive measures to ensure an adequate response in the event of a possible terrorist attack. In addition to its sound social safety policy, the RET also has an efficient organisation to cope with disasters. Having both of these is essential in designing an effective anti-terrorism policy.
Safety policy concentrates primarily on measures to make passengers feel safe on public transport. Research has shown that passengers attach importance to the visible presence of personnel that, in combination with the police, have the authority to take repressive measures. This is further enforced with the presence of cameras.