Current Issue MT

Lack of strong and independent regulatory bodies, an obstacle for cross-border traffic

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

Among consumers, rail services are ranked 27th out of 30 services markets, with particularly poor scores on comparability and satisfaction. The market records the second highest number of problems with a wide divergence existing across the EU.  In most EU Member States, public payments have increased substantially, while the growth in passenger-kilometres has been more […]



Modern rail stations, diversity of functions and a better integration in the urban landscape

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

The criteria for the location of the railway station or stations related to high-speed lines from the city should consider the optimal requirements of that city and of the citizens, as well as the ones specific to the railway system. A functional design of the station is absolutely essential while the possibility of carrying out […]



Strategy and technical innovation – the two directions for achieving progress in the European railway sector

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

This year the European Railway Award was granted to the former Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot, for a series of achievements in the field of transport, especially for the railway transport, and to another personality, Giorgio Diana, Researcher and Professor within Politecnico di Milano, for technical achievements. The European Railway Award is granted each year, […]



Warsaw and Sofia renew tram fleet

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

The capital city of Poland, Warsaw, has taken a significant step forward in creating an efficient and eco-friendly public transport system. Thus, towards the end of January 2014, the Polish city completed the acquisition of the 186 new trams that would replace 40% of its obsolete rolling stock. Some of these vehicles were almost half […]



Bistriţa City plans to introduce tram transport

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

The mayor of the City of Bistriţa, Ovidiu Creţu, has announced that in 2014 the municipality would take the first steps for the construction of a tram line in Bistriţa. RON 330,000 will be allocated to the design of the line route from the local budget for 2014. The tram line would connect Viişoara and […]



Business models should include examining competition and playing to one’s own particular strengths

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

Interview with Trevor GARROD, Chairman, European Passengers’ Federation. Europe has lately focused on the intense discussions around the Fourth Railway Package, a legislative act which should “stimulate the reduction of costs for railway passenger transport, to optimize the reliability, quality, information supply and to form an integrated transport network”, points out Trevor Garrod, Chairman, European […]



Moscow Metro could have a new ring line

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

With a population of 10.5 million citizens, Moscow has an efficient public transport system, and the estimates on the long-term transport demand determined the authorities to focus on the development of the urban rail transport. Under the circumstances, the authorities have suggested the construction of a new ring line of 54 km to extend the […]



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, […]



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 […]