Comment & Analysis

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    Urban In Depth

    Building back better


    Public transport operators around the world face a massive challenge in the years ahead, as countries and cities seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic that has swept around the globe during 2020.

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    Urban news

    The role of ticketing technology in enabling MaaS


    As more transport operators look to adopt Mobility as a Service business models, traditional fare collection technology could be holding them back.

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    Urban news

    Digitalisation strategies drive Smart Transit


    The SmartTransit conference, organised by SmartRail World, is taking place on October 28-30 in Los Angeles.

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    Comment: Safety first


    The LRSSB will build on work undertaken by the safety steering group following a derailment at Sandilands in Croydon which killed seven passengers. Will technology make travel safer? It certainly has the potential to do so, as recent developments in the tram sector have shown. Several ...

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    Urban news

    Reshaping urban mobility


    The role of urban rail is changing with the market. Automation and connectivity look set to disrupt the traditional modes of public transport provision.

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    Urban news

    Learning to adapt in a multimodal transport era


    Among the main messages from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019 was that operators have to adapt to changing mobility needs as new modes emerge.

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    Urban news

    The art of public transport


    Next week, the international public transport community will come together in Stockholm for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit.

  • Siemens Mobility is providing its C2X technology for the Navya autonomous vehicles in Seestadt Aspern. (Photo: Harry Hondius)
    Urban news

    Driving towards a digital future


    Siemens Mobility plans to focus on aspects of digitalisation at the forthcoming UITP Summit in Stockholm, presenting three key streams ahead of the event.

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    Urban news

    Digitalisation discussed at Asia-Pacific Rail


    The application of digital technology to metros was a core theme at the 21st Asia-Pacific Rail conference in Hong Kong.

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    UITP Stockholm 2019


    SPONSORED CONTENT: On 9-12 June 2019, the international public transport community, mobility decision makers and industry suppliers will come together in Stockholm for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit. With almost 130 years of history behind it, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit proudly remains the ...

  • CAF subsidiary RL Components presented a tram front-end produced using additive manufacturing on October 24.
    Urban news

    Additive manufacturing: from cup holders to front-ends


    Additive manufacturing is emerging as a commercially viable option for producing components for transport applications, with CAF among the suppliers embracing the technology.

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    Nudging commuters to avoid the crush


    What would it take to make you change a daily habit? A small monetary incentive? Perhaps the more tangible reward of free food would do the trick. Tokyo Metro is pinning its hopes on the latter as it undertakes a two-week trial that could see commuters receive gifts ...

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    The winners and losers of Russian metros


    The 2018 FIFA World Cup highlighted some sharp contrasts between Russia’s metro networks.

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    Digital transport and the challenges of urbanisation


    Digitalisation was the key topic of the SITCE conference in Singapore, held for the first time as part of the World Cities Summit.

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    Surveying a new mobility landscape


    Data, automation and new models of transport were just some of the talking points at Transport Research Arena 2018.

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    Urban news

    Automation speeds up metros


    The benefits of automated metros are well-known, apart perhaps from the higher speeds that automation brings.

  • In 2018 we will continue to see the digitisation of passenger credentials for entering and exiting a station, predicts Robert Sprogis, Director of Mobile at Cubic Transportation Systems.
    Urban news

    Mobile technology ecosystems to transform travel in 2018


    This year will see the more widespread adoption of mobile-first infrastructure by transport operators, predicts Robert Sprogis, Director of Mobile at Cubic Transportation Systems, who says effective implementation will require an integrated strategy leveraging the total mobile ecosystem.

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    Urban news

    New York’s summer of hell


    Welcome to ‘the summer of hell’. As if the well-documented problems at New York’s Penn Station were not enough for the city’s commuters to contend with, Subway passengers are approaching the end of their collective tether as delays and disruption continue to mount on North America’s largest metro network.

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    Urban news

    Making metros accessible


    What are the issues in making metro stations accessible for persons with reduced mobility?

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    Understanding Rail Wayside Energy Storage Requirements And Relative Costs For High-Power, High-Cyclable Technologies


    SPONSORED CONTENT: Continuing urban growth is driving increased demands on metro rail systems. To meet this demand, rail authorities are increasing the number of vehicles per train, number of trains per hour and operating hours per day. These changes result in higher electric energy consumption and higher ...