The intelligent, innovative, integrated Bus Systems project (3iBS)

22 December 2014  •  Author(s): Michele Tozzi and Pauline Bruge, UITP European Project Manager

intelligent, innovative, integrated Bus System

The intelligent, innovative, integrated Bus Systems project (3iBS1) has been founded on the consideration that buses still remain the most universal solution for sustainable urban development, effectively taking into account its economic, environmental and social perspectives. Following the outcomes of previous research programmes on bus systems (in particular the European Bus System of the Future project – EBSF), nine partners together with approximately 30 associated members and under the coordination of the UITP, are actively working to strengthen the competitiveness of bus transportation in the urban environment, by promoting efficient answers to citizens’ mobility needs and bus stakeholders’ demands. UITP European Project Managers Michele Tozzi and Pauline Bruge provide more information.

Rationale

Towns and cities across Europe are facing growing mobility challenges due to a constant increase of passengers’ flows in/out and within densely populated areas. Urban sprawl and new mobility habits have resulted in chronic congestion throughout European cities, with the consequences that this entails in terms of air pollution, accident rates and accessibility problems.

As a matter of fact, bus systems are the primary form of public transport both in Europe, where around 56%2 of all passengers’ journeys made by local public transport are undertaken via urban and suburban buses, and worldwide, where the bus market share is estimated at 80%. Buses are more environmentally-friendly than cars (in terms of energy efficiency, emissions and space occupancy), are a public transport mode tailored to the needs of end-customers in terms of network coverage and capacity and they do not require heavy infrastructure to be put in service. However, the bus is still sometimes perceived as a less attractive option among public transport modes, because of its low performance mainly in terms of regularity, speed, comfort and design.

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