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European railway industry deals with around EUR 1 Billion for research and innovation

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Policies & Strategies

The budget proposed for SHIFT2RAIL in the financing period 2014-2020 is EUR 920 Million, EUR 450 Million of which will be allocated by the European Union and EUR 470 Million will come from the railway industry partners involved in the development of the research and technological innovation initiative. For research and innovation, of the EUR […]



More WBSA cities want metro network

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Metropolitan

The underground transport system is very important for the mobility of the citizens, for reducing congestion and pollution. In the countries of the Wider Black Sea Area, the past years have been focused on projects or project plans on the construction of metro networks, while public transport strategies included this transport option. Included in strategies, […]



Advanced technology for all requirements

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Research & Development

Over the last decade, passenger information systems have evolved from simple audio and video displays, with no network connection to multimodal integrated systems providing information and entertainment for passengers during the journey, such as news, presentations using the latest technological solutions, advertising or web entertainment. All these systems provide real-time, fluent information onboard of vehicles […]



Integrated ticketing, still a complex issue

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Research & Development

In line with global urbanisation trends, it is estimated that 4.5 billion people globally will be living in cities by 2020, representing 60% of the world’s population. This will continue to exacerbate demand for urban transportation in these areas, which will be dependent on smart mobility networks to facilitate travel and the movement of goods […]



Russia: passenger transport needs state support to develop

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Policies & Strategies

The structural reform programme that lasted 13 years has determined significant changes in the Russian railway sector and it has resulted in a transition towards the market of railway services made of several thousand private companies representing shipping firms, transport and logistics operators, passenger transport operators, as well as suppliers and repair companies. T he […]



Statistics

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Statistics

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OECD: integrating spatial planning and transport policies, a challenge for metropolitan areas

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Policies & Strategies

The 5th round table of the mayors and ministers organized by OECD (in Marseille) has focused on the way in which national governments and cities can improve cooperation to accelerate and promote sustainable economic growth. Discussions have focused on stimulating infrastructure investments, innovation, consolidating environment sustainability, financial endurance and social inclusion. Just as the governments […]



Assessment of current and future urban mobility performance

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Policies & Strategies

Last December, the European Commission published a Communication on the establishment of an Urban Mobility Package. The new Communication seeks to involve all governmental levels. Thus, the Commission will consolidate its support provided in the areas with added value in the EU, while member states are encouraged to create the right framework-conditions for local authorities […]



New guidelines on the development and implementation of sustainable urban mobility (SUMP)

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, March14, Policies & Strategies

The Guidelines on Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) were published in January 2014 and present the concept of benefits of these plans as a new planning paradigm. Also, they describe and explain essential steps, as well as the development and implementation activities of such a plan. Moreover, the document comprises references […]



Goodbye liberalisation?

Mar 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, Editors note, March14

The railway political speech of the past years has been dominated by the idea of liberalisation and institutional separation between infrastructure managers and railway operators. The European Commission and part of the market wanted the Fourth Railway Package to be a step forward towards a European system where public authorities provide investors with a lever […]