Ensuring security of Europe’s public transport systems

19 October 2016  •  Author(s): Mauro Borioni, Project Manager, SRM – Bologna’s Mobility and Public Transport Authority

Ensuring security of Europe’s public transport systems

This article gives a brief overview of two EU-funded projects – P-REACT and EUSTO – that aimed in varying ways to tackle antisocial behaviour and ‘volume’ crimes, with a view to protecting Europe’s public transport systems. Mauro Borioni, Project Manager, SRM – Bologna’s Mobility and Public Transport Authority – explains the outcomes of the initiatives and shares Bologna’s involvement from his perspective, citing areas for future improvement.

Transport systems are an essential element of modern societies – particularly cities – providing a vital function with strategic significance. Millions of people move every day using their own vehicles or public transport, commuting for the purpose of work or study; to shop or utilise city services; or just for recreation and leisure. As for urban areas, the systems of surface transport play a major role in the lives of the communities that live there: motorways, buses, trams, railways and subways networks, linked and interconnected, may be viewed as the blood vessels that carry energy and feed the organisms of the cities.

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