Issue 3 2017

Issue #3 2017 – Digital version

Issue 3 2017 / 12 June 2017 / Eurotransport Magazine

Featured in Issue #3 2017: An interview with Umberto Guida, UITP; The future of autonomous public transport in the UK; Maintaining Prague Metro’s tracks; Ticketing and Payment Technology In-Depth Focus; The evolution of intermodality in Madrid; Don’t forget the passenger; Bus & Tram In-Depth Focus; and much more…

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Ticketing & Payment Technology In-Depth Focus 2017

Issue 3 2017 / 12 June 2017 / Eurotransport

In this Ticketing & Payment Technology In-Depth Focus: ‘Transparent NFC’ connects the Leap Card to solve comms and top-up challenges; The growth of contactless ticketing; Seamless travel; and mTickets and contactless technology make big impact at First Bus…

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Bus & Tram In-Depth Focus 2017

Issue 3 2017 / 12 June 2017 / Eurotransport

In this Bus & Tram In-Depth Focus: Fuel cell buses – A flexible, zero-emission solution; ‘BusConnects’ – Improving services in Dublin; and Investing in change and laying foundations for the future…

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Eurotransport’s Leaders’ Series 2017: Umberto Guida

Issue 3 2017 / 11 June 2017 / Umberto Guida, Director of Research and Innovation at the UITP

In times of advances in green energy solutions, the emergence of digitalisation, and a number of new players entering the market, the urban mobility sector is witnessing rapid change. Eurotransport asked Umberto Guida, Director of Research and Innovation at the UITP for his views on current industry trends affecting the bus sector.

You’ve worked at the UITP since 2008; how do you think the public transport industry has changed over this time? Globalisation and the subsequent opening of the market have encouraged commercial operators and industries to have a more business-oriented approach. In addition, the economic downturn has forced cities and public transport authorities to carefully consider investments, operational costs and daily expenses; all while environmental issues are under the spotlight.

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The future of autonomous public transport in the UK

Issue 3 2017 / 11 June 2017 / Dr Amir Soltani, Head of the Automotive Mechatronic Lab within the Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre at the UK’s Cranfield University

The Automotive industry is on the verge of one of the most disruptive changes since its first introduction about 100 years ago. The synergetic effect of four technology enablers, so-called: Electrification, Smartness, Autonomy and Connectivity, are going to change transportation systems forever. By most estimates, fully autonomous vehicles are to be commercially available within the next 10 years. Today’s ‘intelligent mobility’ market is worth approximately US$30 billion which is projected to rise to US$1.5 trillion by 2030E1. These techno-economical changes will transform the mobility sector into a connected, intelligent, customised and shared environment and will have huge implications on the market and also social aspects of public transportation. Dr Amir Soltani, Head of the Automotive Mechatronic Lab within the Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre at the UK’s Cranfield University, explores further.

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Maintaining Prague Metro’s tracks

Issue 3 2017 / 11 June 2017 / Ondřej Krulikovský, Head of Service of Buildings and Tracks at Prague Public Transit Company (DPP)

In this article for Eurotransport, Ondřej Krulikovský, Head of Service of Buildings and Tracks at Prague Public Transit Company (DPP), describes the standard maintenance work that takes place on Prague Metro’s rail superstructure, which encompasses ongoing renewal and improvement to the track system. He explains the key activities that take place during the downtime period – between 1:10 and 3:50 a.m. – which include the re placement of wooden sleepers with those of concrete, restoration of freestanding fastenings and systemic rail grinding.

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The evolution of intermodality in Madrid

Issue 3 2017 / 11 June 2017 / Javier Aldecoa, Transport Interchanges Project Manager at the Transport Authority of Madrid (CRTM)

Javier Aldecoa, Transport Interchanges Project Manager at the Transport Authority of Madrid (CRTM) gives an overview of Madrid’s inter modal transport evolution, illustrating the journey from the city’s original main ‘gate’ hubs to its current network interchanges.

Being initially a privilege of the aristocratic and bourgeois classes, public transport experienced a boost in development once communication between Madrid and other distant urban centres became a necessity that demanded a more economical and accessible transport system. The increase of these services, along with the diversification of the means of transportation, quickly caused congestion problems at the points of transfer. Throughout the last century, these same problems have been offered with a variety of diverse strategies and solutions – some more successful than others.

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Don’t forget the passenger

Issue 3 2017 / 11 June 2017 / Brian Masson, Director of Multi Modal Transport Solutions Ltd

The bus industry throughout the UK is facing challenging times. Never ending political upheaval; uncertainty at local, national and inter national levels; increasing costs due to a weak pound; and inflationary pressure from staff regarding wages. At the same time, air quality and congestion issues are greater than ever. The impact of these factors is seeing a reduction in bus use across the country. In an article for Eurotransport, Brian Masson, Director of Multi Modal Transport Solutions Ltd, gives his insight into what needs to be done to halt, and hopefully reverse, this reduction.

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