Urban Mobility - Articles and news items
Technology-Enabled On-Demand / Flexible Transit Services: New Opportunities for Public Transport Authorities
In this webinar, we discuss how an appropriate technology platform in combination with innovative service concepts provides regional transit authorities with the ability to configure, control, and operate cost-effective DRT / flexible transit services…
Industry news • 4 July 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Residents of Greater Manchester are being invited to have their say on the regions transport strategy with the launch of a 12-week consultation.
Mauro Borioni and Prof. Andrea Simone discuss the conflict between bikes and heavy vehicles and highlight a recent initiative in Bologna that raises awareness amongst cyclists.
Issue 3 2016 • 20 June 2016 • Jon Lamonte, Chair, Urban Transport Group
The launch of the Urban Transport Group in early-2016 represented far more than a rebrand from its former name, pteg (the Passenger Transport Executive Group). It demonstrates the significance of changes over the past five years in transport responsibilities and governance in the UK’s major city regions. Chair Jon Lamonte explains what the changes mean and how the Urban Transport Group will move forward as the voice of urban transport in the UK…
Boris Johnson was a cyclist-friendly mayor of London. Ian Hall assesses the prospects for his successor, Sadiq Khan.
Industry news • 18 April 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Markku Markkula, has called on local and regional political leaders to step-up support for sustainable mobility.
Industry news • 1 February 2016 • IT-TRANS
A public transport enthusiast, Gabe Klein is American and lives in Washington D.C., USA. ..
Industry news • 8 October 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
UITP, the International Association of Public Transport, has announced the opening of its new office to promote the growth of urban transit projects across North America.
Industry news • 20 October 2014 • OPTICITIES
OPTICITIES is a project intending to develop and test interoperable ITS solutions in six different cities in order to provide urban citizens with the best possible journey conditions and to optimise urban logistics operations…
Issue 5 2013 • 11 November 2013 • Ueli Stückelberger, Director, Swiss Association of Public Transport
The story of public transport in Switzerland is an impressively successful one: while passenger journeys have increased by over 30% since 2001, the rise in the number of passenger kilometres has been even higher at almost 40%. At the same time, transport companies have massively increased their workforce productivity in recent years. For example, in the period from 1998 to 2010, the number of public transport employees fell by 10%, while passenger and goods traffic capacity grew by more than 12%. This means that Swiss public transport achieved a 5% increase in employee productivity every year.
The picture is similar when looking at the ratio between the public funds expended (subsidy payments) and the public transport services rendered. The confederation, cantons and communes (and thus directly the taxpayers) invest approximately 8 billion Swiss francs annually (around CHF 1,000 per head) in public transport and get more services from year-toyear in return for their subsidy payments.
Issue 4 2013 • 22 August 2013 • Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister for Transport and Maritime Economy, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
Since the beginning of the 21st century, France has been willingly involved in an energetic transition in which urban transportation is one of the main levers. Regarding the environmental, economic and social issues, urban transportation has to contribute to the development of ‘sustainable mobility’ inside our cities. This is the core of our country’s transportation policy.
The growth of urban population combined with the widespread use of cars has led to increasing congestion of artery roads which in turn has contributed to a rising level of air pollution, noise pollution and transportation collisions.
Consequently, we have to switch from separated public transportation networks to an urban mobility programme. I want this mobility to be sustainable and to embrace every form of travel. Succeeding in switching from the use of an individual car to alternative means of transpor – tation will be our greatest challenge.
Issue 4 2013 • 22 August 2013 • Francesco Filippi, Director, and Andrea Campagna, Research Fellow, Centre for Transport and Logistics, University La Sapienza Rome
European public and goods transport systems are essential to Europe’s prosperity. However, an estimated 10-20% of European citizens still encounter barriers and limited accessibility to public transport. Such barriers hinder employment, social and leisure activities, and full participation in society, and therefore place predominance on private car-based mobility. Yet the demand for accessible transport will rise with the rapid growth in the number and proportion of older citizens (aged 60 or more). An ageing society will place more emphasis on the provision of transport services that offer a high level of accessibility, perceived security and reliability, and appropriate solutions for users with reduced mobility or low financial capacity. Accessibility is a common issue in the so-called ‘weak demand areas’ (WDAs) – specific territories where demand for public transport services is low. These areas are generally characterised by low population density, scattered housing, and a wide variety of users.
Conventional transport systems can be inefficient in terms of costs and lead to the predominance of private car-based use, posing environmental problems and indirectly involving equity and inclusion problems to citizens.
Issue 5 2012 • 31 October 2012 • Peter Füglistaler, Director, Federal Office of Transport, Switzerland
Public transport in Switzerland is of a high standard with frequent, punctual, clean and reliable services. But this does not mean we are resting on our laurels; on the contrary. We are working to ensure we can manage future demand and meet passengers’ expectations of an even better service. However, this is only possible if there is secured long-term funding.
As Switzerland is so small, public transport is perceived as a whole. Customers barely differentiate between long-distance, regional (urban rail, buses) and local services (buses, trams). In larger cities such as Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Lucerne or Basel, urban rail and sometimes even long-distance services play an important role alongside buses in local and agglomeration transport.
This is a sign of quality. It shows that the many different transport service providers work together seamlessly. All timetables are coordinated, which simplifies switching from one mode of transport to another. One important factor here is that customers usually only need one ticket for the whole journey. Season tickets valid on all modes of transport and across all networks are also very common.