Issue 3 2012

Ticketing supplement

Issue 3 2012 / 26 June 2012 / Suvi Rihtniemi, Executive Director, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority / Philippe Vappereau, President of Ixxi and Chairman of Calypso Networks Association / Lindsay Robertson, Director of Member Services, ITSO Ltd / Stephen King, Marketing & Sales Manager, Go North East

Redesigning Helsinki’s fare and ticketing system (Suvi Rihtniemi, Executive Director, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority)
Calypso developments: benefits, technology and implementations (Philippe Vappereau, President of Ixxi and Chairman of Calypso Networks Association)
Making a ‘smart’ move (Lindsay Robertson, Director of Member Services, ITSO Ltd)
The key to transforming the passenger ticketing experience (Stephen King, Marketing & Sales Manager, Go North East)

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Real-Time Passenger Information supplement

Issue 3 2012 / 26 June 2012 / Stephen Morris, General Manger, Bus Users UK / David Brown, Chair, RTIG

RTPI systems – helping to remove the barrier to bus use (Stephen Morris, General Manger, Bus Users UK)
Public transport technology: another one will be along in a minute (David Brown, Chair, RTIG)

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Large investments in public transport in the Copenhagen area

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Henrik Dam Kristensen, Minister for Transport, Denmark

If you have recently visited Copenhagen, you will have noticed it has a large number of on-going construction sites. Significant investments made in various public transport projects over the last couple of years has meant that many roads have been closed and there have been temporary changes in public transport timetables and schedules. The new investments will mean that in a few years’ time, the city will have a new metro line, a new railway (60kmlong), a light-rail connecting the suburbs west of Copenhagen, and new signals on the railway network.

Additionally, the busiest train station in Denmark will be renovated into a modern and attractive facility. Unfortunately, the large number of construction sites will make Copenhagen a less inviting city for the time being, but I am confident that the massive investments will ensure that public transport in Copenhagen will be able to maintain a very high standard in many years to come.

In January 2009, the Danish Parliament decided that the number of passengers using public transportation must be more than the number of motorists. Therefore, the Parliament decided to invest almost €8 million in the Danish public transportation system. The investments have an unprecedented level in Denmark.

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Bybanen Bergen light rail: Some important lessons learned when planning a new light-rail system

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Thomas J. Potter, Senior Transportation Engineer, Norconsult AS

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city with a regional population of 350,000. In March 2000, and after more than 10 years of heated political and public discussion, a decision was made to build the city a new light-rail system. In 2006, the Norwegian Parliament approved the innovative financing package based largely on revenues from the toll ring around the city and the alternative use of highway funds.

The first 10km section of the system was opened in June 2010, and with passenger ridership figures 50% above expectations, it has proved to be a great success. A 4km extension to Lagunen is now under construction and will open in 2013. In order to cope with higher than expected ridership numbers, an additional eight 32m-long Variobahn vehicles from Stadler Pankow GmbH have been ordered. These additional vehicles will allow an intense service to be operated with four minute headways during the busiest periods of the day, for approximately seven hours.

A further 7km extension to Bergen Airport at Flesland, along with a major workshop/depot near the airport, are now in a design phase and both are scheduled to open in 2016 in close coordination with a major expansion of the airport terminal.

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Act brings Denmark’s first lightrail a step closer

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Ole Sørensen, Head of the Light Rail Secretariat and Project Manager, Midttrafik

Construction of the initial phase of Denmark’s first light-rail network has now progressed from the planning to the construction phase, as the Danish Government recently passed the Aarhus Light Rail Act. Work towards the building of a light-rail network in the Aarhus area began in 2007 when eight local authorities, the Central Denmark Region, and the regional public transport authority, Midttrafik, entered a formal partnership to develop a light-rail transit network (LRT network) centred around Denmark’s second largest city, Aarhus.

The procurement strategy for Phase 1 of the LRT network will soon be presented. It is expected that prequalification and tender will take place during summer and autumn 2012. At the same time, the parties involved in the Aarhus Light Rail Partnership are planning to extend the network with more light-rail lines in Aarhus and to neighbouring towns in the Aarhus region. The State is also considering a possible new and fast regional railway line between Silkeborg and Aarhus.

The vision to build a light-rail transit network around Aarhus is now closer to becoming a reality as the Danish Government has adopted the Aarhus Light Rail Act of 8 May 2012.

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Interview Spotlight: Martin Giles, MD, Lloyd’s Register’s UK rail buisness

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Craig Waters, Editor, Eurotransport

Craig Waters, Editor of Eurotrasnport, speaks to Martin Giles, Managing Director of Lloyd’s Register’s UK rail business…

Lloyd’s Register has recently been appointed as the ISA for the new light-rail project in Aarhus. What exactly will Lloyd’s Register’s responsibility be for this role?

First of all, from a Lloyd’s Register viewpoint, there are two or three different ways of working as an Independent Safety Assessor (ISA); we can sit back and wait for the suppliers and system developers of a project to do all their work before we start to do our job, or we can stick by our ethos which is to join a project right at the start, that means we can provide advice and guidance as early as possible which helps us to gain efficiencies and prevent costly changes and delays later on in the project. This is how we are working for the Aarhus light-rail project.

Our duties and roles here include developing the safety assessments and audits of the plans, processes and documents required throughout the design, manufacture, installa – tion, testing and trial operations.

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On track to operate a world-class metro in Stockholm

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Peter Viinapuu, CEO, MTR Stockholm

Operating on 108km of track, over three lines, and serving 100 stations, the underground metro network in Stockholm is far more than a mode of transport; it’s an absolutely critical piece of the puzzle that makes the city work. In a special interview for Eurotransport, Peter Viinapuu, CEO of MTR Stockholm, is keen to highlight the key aspects behind the goal of operating a world-class underground network.

“Public transport is like the water in the tap,” says Peter Viinapuu, CEO of MTR Stockholm. “It is only when it ceases to work properly that most people become aware of it. We take both our water supply and our public transport for granted. Put simply, underground trains should be on time, safe, secure and clean.”

But Peter and MTR Stockholm have far greater ambitions for the network. “We want to create a world-class under – ground network, and to do that it’s not enough to simply meet the passengers’ expectations,” says Peter.

“We want our passengers to actively and consciously choose to use the underground, because it is the best option.”

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Financing urban and intercity transport in the North

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Stefan Fridriksson, Senior Manager, Lending Department, Nordic Investment Bank

Cities and large urban areas usually allocate large proportions of their budgets to fund the construction of the vital transport infrastructure, often in combination with borrowing. Funding infrastructure and public transport projects through the budget requires balanced, economic and ecological long-term planning, including factors such as availability and utilising land and space, estimates of population growth, general economic development and environmental requirements.

In the same way, planning the financing of transport investments through borrowing needs to take into account the life-span of the given infrastructure and equipment. Financing investments with long-term loans is often an indispensable means in urban financial planning, especially when necessary infra – structural backlogs become insurmountable, and yes, also during times with diminished budgets. Planning is the key for successful investments, where the will to borrow and the ability to repay the loans go hand in hand, creating the necessary credibility.

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TfL’s ultimate test during the 2012 Games

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Peter Hendy, CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner

This summer, the world’s spotlight will settle on London with the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the biggest event the capital has ever seen, tens of thousands of the world’s greatest athletes will arrive in one of its finest cities to put their sporting ability to the ultimate test.

As the capital’s transport authority, we know that the 2012 Games will present Transport for London (TfL) with its own ultimate test. Our challenge is to ensure that those competing, watching and working on the Games can move around the city quickly and safely, and that all the daily journeys that have no connection to the event can be completed with minimum disruption. Around 800,000 spectators and 55,000 athletes will be travelling to and from the Olympic venues on the busiest days, along with Games officials, sponsors and members of the media who all need to get to events on time. On the busiest days, we are expecting an additional three million journeys on the public transport network against a backdrop of 12 million journeys which are made on London’s public transport network every working day.

TfL’s detailed planning and testing means we are confident we will meet our twin objectives of helping to deliver a great Games and sporting spectacle for the capital and the country, and keep London and the UK moving. We do, however, recognise the scale of the task.

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Metro automation: A leap ahead

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Miryam Hernández, Metro Division Manager, UITP

The UITP Observatory of Automated Metros held its 3rd Seminar in Paris in March 2012, where it presented its 2011 Atlas of automated metros – a detailed overview of the metro automation landscape and an analysis of future trends. This article presents a selection of the Atlas data, as well as a snapshot of some of the discussions held during the Seminar itself.

Worldwide automation landscape: Unattended Train Operation (UTO) is a widespread, proven solution. Twenty-five cities have opted for automated metros, in all four continents. The highest prevalence is in Asia and Europe – but North America, and more recently Latin America and the Middle East, are also developing automated metro systems.

UTO is associated with innovation, and sometimes the public belief is that this is a very recent development. However, the first UTO lines date from 1981. With 30 years of operating experience, automated systems have proven their maturity and accumulated extensive operating experience.

There are currently 588km of automated metro in operation, on 41 lines that together serve 585 stations. Some of the longest metro lines in the world are actually automated.

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Research to make tramway, metro and mainline operations more reliable and cost effective

Issue 3 2012 / 25 June 2012 / Nicolas Furio, Infrastructure & Electrification Manager and PM ‘n’ IDEA Coordinator, UNIFE

Predictive Maintenance employing Non-intrusive Inspection & Data Analysis (PM ‘n’ IDEA1) is a jointly funded European research project focused on developing innovative inspection and maintenance technologies for railway track infrastructure. It is a three-year project that began in June 2009 with a budget of approximately €5 million. Sixteen partners are involved in the project and UNIFE2, the Association of the European Rail Industry, is the coordinator.

PM ‘n’ IDEA is focused on the development of non-intrusive track inspection systems to increase track availability, increase the life span and reduce life cycle costs of track com – ponents, and improve the safety of both workers and users of urban rail systems. The project has utilised and further developed existing innovative technologies to monitor the health status and the rate of degradation of track components to provide visibility of future maintenance and renewal requirements.

The project has delivered six ‘Key Innovations’ that are aimed at improving the integrity of rail transport networks through the deployment of intelligent design and sensor technologies into cost effective products and targeted non-intrusive monitoring processes.

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