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Researching rest for driver safety

Industry news  •  22 August 2017  •  Eurotransport

A ground-breaking European research project is trying to determine how drivers of autonomous trucks rest, as well detecting other emotions through the use of body sensors and camera monitoring.

Bus service in Swedish town of Värnamo goes electric

Industry news  •  16 January 2017  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

The city of Värnamo in southern Sweden has placed an order for four Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses in order to create a sustainable public transport system.

Bus service featuring wireless charging tested in Swedish urban traffic

Industry news  •  9 December 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

A bus service featuring wireless bus stop charging has begun operating in regular urban traffic in Södertälje, Sweden.

Gothenburg awards tram fleet contract to Bombardier consortium

Industry news  •  11 October 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A Bombardier Transportation led consortium has won a contract to supply 40 Flexity low-floor trams with Vossloh Kiepe electrical equipment to the city of Gothenburg.

Swedish BRT Guidelines

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  21 July 2016  •  Stenerik Ringqvist and Sven-Allan Bjerkemo

Consultants Stenerik Ringqvist and Sven-Allan Bjerkemo discuss the outcomes of a guideline project that will implement and adapt BRT solutions and strengthen the Swedish public transport sector.

Vasttrafik explores new intelligent services ideas for public transport

Industry news  •  26 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Swedish transport authority Vasttrafik held its first meeting to make plans for integrated mobility procurement in Gothenburg.

The 4th FIVE – Fires in Vehicles conference that will take place October 5 – 6, 2016 in Baltimore, USA

Industry news  •  9 March 2016  •  SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

FIVE will bring together scientists, regulators, test engineers, industry, suppliers, insurance companies and other organizations from the diverse field of transportation to discuss important fire issues….

A smarter and greener Stockholm with extended metro

Issue 3 2015  •  30 June 2015  •  Riggert Andersson, Head of the Extended Metro Administration, Stockholm County Council

The extension of the Stockholm metro is part of this great undertaking and Riggert Andersson, Head of the Extended Metro Administration at the Stockholm County Council, provides further details…

How Malmö is keeping up with public transport demand

Issue 3 2015  •  30 June 2015  •  Milan Obradovic, Chair of the Technical Committee, City of Malmö

Milan Obradovic – Chair of the Technical Committee in the city of Malmö – gives details of how the city is keeping up with public transport demand…

Gothenburg launches first electric bus route

Industry news  •  15 June 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The Swedish city of Gothenburg has launched its first electric bus route powered by renewable energy. The new Volvo electric buses will begin service on the city’s route 55 powered by renewable electricity from wind power and hydropower. Volvo has provided the bus route with three completely electrically driven buses and seven electric hybrid buses. […]

Gothenburg welcomes Volvo electric buses

Industry news  •  7 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

New Volvo electric buses are being tested in Gothenburg ahead of an official launch on the 15 June 2015. The Volvo electric buses will serve route 55 between Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg in Gothenburg. This new route will be served by three all-electric buses and seven electric hybrids. The vehicles are equipped with battery packs that can […]

Nobina places large order for Volvo 8900 buses

Industry news  •  29 April 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Swedish bus operator Nobina has placed an order for 276 Volvo 8900 model buses for delivery in June this year.

Lund light railway receives financial backing to proceed

Industry news  •  22 April 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Trafikverket, the Swedish transport administration, has proposed to co-finance the construction of Lund light railway. The bid allows work on Tramway C-ESS to begin later this year.

Introducing new rolling stock to Stockholm metro

Issue 1 2014  •  3 March 2014  •  Jermey Long, European Business, MTR Europe

MTR has a wealth of experience of successfully introducing new rolling stock around the world. In the UK, our joint venture LOROL (London Overground), oversaw the introduction of 244 new Bombardier vehicles between 2009 and 2011. We have also consulted on introducing new stock to Rio de Janeiro’s metro in Brazil, and in September 2013, the Hong Kong MTR also took delivery of a new set of 22 trains bought from China’s Changchun Railway Vehicles Co Ltd. In fact, my colleagues in Hong Kong have brought over 800 new units into service in the last 15 years. MTR has been operating, planning and maintaining the rolling stock in the Stockholm Metro since 2009 and our latest challenge is to introduce new rolling stock to Stockholm Metro’s Red Line…

Congestion tax enforcement can lead to benefits

Issue 6 2013  •  16 December 2013  •  Emma Hermansson, Project Manager Congestion Tax, Transportstyrelsen

Congestion tax was enforced in Gothenburg on 1 January 2013 and was made in collaboration between the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen). With a budget of 950 million SEK the project was a huge challenge. Emma Hermansson from Transportstyrelsen was in charge of the joint project, and in an interview for Eurotransport she explains that the challenge was not only of a technical nature, but also of a personal nature due to the project being debated at length in public.

“I have been involved with the congestion tax system since the days of planning the trial imple mentation in Stockholm during seven months in 2006, but the project in Gothenburg was different,” says Emma.

Emma explains the complexity and differences which could most easily be described as:

● In Stockholm, the complete system was procured as a turnkey, from roadside equipment to creating a tax decision and managing the payments. The responsibility for delivery and coordination between subcontractors in the project lay on one single supplier.

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