Polis - Articles and news items

C-ITS – just a technology for cars?

Issue 1 2017  •  19 February 2017  •  Suzanne Hoadley, Senior Manager at Polis

You may well be questioning why there is an article about C-ITS (cooperative ITS) in Eurotransport, a quintessential public transport publication. After all, isn’t C-ITS a technology invented by car manufacturers to make journeys smoother for car drivers? This is often the reaction that Suzanne Hoadley, Senior Manager at Polis, receives when the subject of C-ITS is raised in discussion with her public transport colleagues, as well as some local authorities. In this article Suzanne addresses the progression of the technology in recent years, highlighting how it can be better utilised in the public transport sector.

Shaping smart cities

Transport Extra  •  7 April 2016  •  Ivo Cré, Director of Polis

Ivo Cré provides a quick overview of the Polis smart cities position paper and gives a key example of smart cities in the Growsmarter Project.

Public transport innovation: changing structures to achieve ambitious targets

Issue 6 2013  •  16 December 2013  •  Ivo Cre, Senior Project Manager, Polis and TIDE Coordinator, Tamas Matrai, Project Manager, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport and Marcin Wolek, TIDE Public Transport Activities Leader, University of Gdansk

The Transport Innovation Deployment for Europe project – also known as TIDE1 – looks at 15 innovative measures that can change European cities. Innovation is not only technological: smart policies and institutional reform can create the perfect environment for urban transport improvements. Public transport organisation is one of the areas TIDE focuses on and the BKK Centre for Budapest Transport is TIDE’s ideal partner to prove that changing the management structures can help to manage the change.

TIDE is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission and runs from October 2012 until September 2015. The project aims to foster a more favourable climate for cities and regions to integrate innovations in their urban mobility policies. This should lead to increased acceptance and take-up of new urban transport solutions and technologies. TIDE will help cities and regions to address common challenges in a collaborative and integrated way.

Innovative ideas usually start in one or a few places before they reach wider coverage. TIDE will help cities and regions across Europe to shorten the path towards the implementation of innovative measures by showing that it is not necessary to re-invent the wheel but much more effective to exchange on innovation and transfer successful solutions from one European region to another. TIDE thus offers a cost-efficient way of spreading innovation throughout Europe.

The need for a new generation of interchanges

Issue 5 2013  •  11 November 2013  •  Gabriela Barrera, Finance & Project Manager, Polis and Frank van der Hoeven Director of Research and Associate, Professor of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

Interchanges play a key role in the integration of the urban mobility system and in enabling good intermodal solutions. Their efficiency is therefore essential to achieve sustainable transport objectives in Europe. The European co-funded project NODES1-4 (New Tools for Design and Operation of Urban Transport Interchanges) will develop a toolbox to allow practitioners to assess and benchmark their new or upgraded interchange and to improve its performance.

NODES is a collaborative research project cofunded by the Seventh Framework Programme. It has a three year duration (start date 1 October 2012) and brings together 17 partners representing local government administrations, public transport operators, research centres and consultants and European associations.
So far…

How would passenger intermodality ideally look like in 2020?

The passenger is always right!

Issue 3 2013  •  3 July 2013  •  Dagmar Röller, Communications Manager, Polis

Who knows better about the quality of buses, trams and metros than its users? Within the ENERQI project – co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission – a methodology has been developed allowing operators to listen to their customers and to improve the quality of public transport based on customer observations taken on a continuous basis.

What role will road pricing play in the urban mobility system of the future?

Issue 3 2011  •  22 June 2011  •  Ivo Cré, Project Manager, Polis

The number of cities in Europe that are implementing urban road user charging schemes is growing very modestly. The EU is planning the preparation of the policy framework for urban road user charging. At the same time, a new debate emerges in Brussels, and in EU member states: what is the future funding actually needed to maintain, and improve urban transport systems in view of European targets and ambitions? In this discussion, the self-financing potential of transport investments is crucial and Urban Road User Charging (URUC) is coming into view as a financing tool. But can urban tolling serve that purpose, when it is initially designed to curb congestion?
The current state of play of urban road user charging in the EU

Economic theory states that as the cost of transport is better internalised, use of infrastructures will become more efficient. Goods and people will stop moving, or will move at different times of the day, when infrastructure is less scarce. The money collected from internalisation should ideally go to financing solutions that in the future help to avoid external costs (such as new infrastructure, or better adapted infrastructure, new transport options, such as public transport, or cleaner vehicles). For a while, urban tolling was a very hot topic in Europe.

Road pricing: finally inside the box

Issue 2 2008, Past issues  •  30 April 2008  •  Ivo Cré, Project Manager, Polis and Melanie Kloth, Project Manager, Polis

The famous riddle where nine dots have to be connected by straight lines without lifting your pen taught the world to “think outside the box”. Over the last five years, urban road charging has moved from the zoo of exotic transport management measures, to the heart of the public debate on the future of urban transport.

Urban charging is a key topic in the EU’s Green Paper on urban transport and is likely to be mentioned in the derived action plan. The number of cities and regions investigating road pricing is growing. Urban pricing is moving inside the box. This is good news – if some very fundamental issues are taken into account.