News from the Cities

  • 30 November 2020
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Test for App-based ticketing with best price guarantee in Austria’s Eastern Region

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR), the managing public transport authority for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, in collaboration with its operating partners Wiener Linien and Wiener Lokalbahnen, started testing a new way of ticketing with best price guarantee using the FAIRTIQ smartphone app. With the FAIRTIQ app, public transport use is charged according to a so-called “check-in

  • 2 March 2020
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Public transport made possible thanks to a Data Warehouse

Nowadays, to create quick, successful and efficient public transport you need more than just a modern rolling stock, infrastructure, and tools used to model communication systems. In case of large and quickly developing cities, it is equally important to collect, process and analyse data that allow to create public transport adapted to the needs of

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  • 25 February 2020
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Hoekse Lijn is open

In September 2019, the much anticipated Hoekse Lijn metro line was officially opened. The railway line between Schiedam and Hoek van Holland was closed on 31 March 2017 and rebuilt into a light rail line, connecting to the regional metro network lines A and B. The conversion from rail- to lightrail was intended to take

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  • 25 February 2020
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Metropolitan region Rotterdam – Den Haag (MRDH) Towards 100% zero emission bus transport

Over the past two years, the Metropolitan region Rotterdam – Den Haag (MRDH) has been making new agreements with the public transport companies in the MRDH region about clean(er) bus transportation. In 2030, all buses will be zero emission (ZE) and from 2025 onwards, renewable energy generated locally/regionally will be used where feasible. Overall, the

  • 18 February 2020
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New forms of financing can significantly change the public transport market

The transition to zero-emission bus transport results in high purchase costs for the carriers. So there is a need for a different financing model. Banks are interested in offering a variant of the bus loan, as developed by the Amsterdam Transport Region. Buses can therefore be accommodated in an asset BV, a kind of rolling

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  • 18 February 2020
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London’s Heavy Goods Vehicle Safety Permit scheme

Between 2015 and 2017, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) were disproportionately involved in fatal collisions on London’s roads; 63 per cent of fatal collisions involved people cycling and 25 per cent involved people walking. Transport for London (TfL) has developed a Direct Vision Standard to tackle road danger at its source by minimising HGV blind spots

  • 18 February 2020
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The Sound of Silence

An innovative new bus sound began trials on London’s latest electric bus route in January. Transport for London (TfL) developed the sound, which is played through special speakers inside the front of the bus, to ensure that all road users are aware of electric and hybrid buses when they are moving at slow speeds. Without

  • 18 February 2020
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PlusBuses are a quality public transport product – A success story in 5 years

As a transport association, the VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin – Brandenburg) has the task of providing good bus and rail links to the whole VBB region. A real transport revolution involves shifting ever more traffic over to environmentally friendly public transport. At least, this is the demand and the major project of the political, business and

  • 4 November 2019
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London’s safer lorry scheme launched

At the end of October 2019, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the Direct Vision Standard which aims to remove the most dangerous Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from London’s streets. The first of its kind, the Direct Vision Standard tackles road danger at its source by minimising HGV blind spots which contribute to many tragic

  • 8 October 2019
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Véligo location: 10,000 electric bikes to rent all over Île-de-France

Île-de-France Mobilités has rounded off its cycling policy in the Île de France region with the launch of a new, long-term rental service, with 10,000 electric bikes for 40 euros a month for all residents in the region, as well as a grant for purchasers of new electric bikes. Context and origins of the service

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