Monday , 10 December 2018

Public Transport

Energy Cost in Metro Rail–Is it getting its due?

The energy consumed by trains is often neglected while arriving at cost of a mass transit project. The authors outline factors to be considered while arriving at estimates of energy consumption by rolling stock and during evaluation of bids for transit projects. Energy consumption by trains is a growing concern for operators and infrastructure administrators. Energy cost is 30-50% of ...

Identifying parameters for public transit evaluation

The author examines interconnectivity issues and attributes of transit stops that are important to commuters, operators, and communities connected with public transport. Travel by public transit involves much more than moving about on transit. A typical door-to-door trip entails walking from one’s origin to a bus stop or train station, waiting for one’s vehicle to arrive, boarding the vehicle, travelling ...

Real-Time Ridesharing Texas Experiments with Toll Roads and Carpools

Recent trends in multi-modal planning seek to make our passenger transportation systems more efficient. What role might smartphones have in how people get where they’re going? An experiment sponsored by the United States Federal Highway Administration is underway to find out. What is real-time ridesharing? Real-time ridesharing (or “dynamic ridesharing”) apps match carpool partners at the time the trip is ...

Urban Bus Specifications

With BRTS and the Government’s emphasis on detrailing in specifications for buses, the perception for bus based transport system has changed in India The National Urban Transport Policy has encouraged public transport with technologies focussed on bus based systems. It launched many initiatives in this regard: Urban Bus Specifications (UBS)-II, Model Detailed Project Report, Model Purchase Document and Model Operators ...

BEST A decade of reforms and improvements

The authors take a look at the developments and reforms in BEST – Mumbai’s public bus transport service during the last decade. Brihan Mumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) along with suburban rail are the life lines of Mumbai. The city with a growing population and a strong adherence to its railway lines, set up the BEST to operate the ...

Frequent Bus System

Bangalore, like most cities in India, utilises the Direct Services model for bus transport. In this model, every locality in the city is provided with its own bus route to the city centre, city market and other major destinations. This model works well for smaller cities, but becomes increasingly inefficient for large cities. Problems with the Direct Services Model The ...

Smart mobility with personalized modes of transport in urban areas

Automated or “self-driving” personal transport systems are no longer the preserve of science fiction. They are now up and running at several locations around the world. IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission, Switzerland) standardization work will prove instrumental in the expansion of systems that use innovative pod-type vehicles as well as for two-and three-wheeled “personal transporters”. Peter Feuilherade, Journalist and Consultant, the ...

Risk Management:Elevated Metros

The importance of risk management in today?s complex elevated Metro projects, where cost overruns in design and construction are common place, cannot be emphasized more. Due to the uncertainty underlying the various elements of work, cost overruns and schedule delays occur. The authors take a look at the risks involved and feel a proper mechanism should be established to capture ...

Traffic Transit Management Centres in Bangalore

Transport Civil Infrastructure can be an additional source of income for sustainability writes Dr K.N.Ingalagi, Chief Systems Manager, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. Sustainability is the buzzword in the sphere of government run organizations in general, and public transport corporations in particular. This can be achieved by developing robust transport civil infrastructure. It not only provides facelift to the public transport ...

Is Airport Express metro line in Delhi effective?

Ashok Datar of Mumbai Environmental Social Network & Mumbai Transport Forum writes about his experience of travelling by Delhi airport metro line and advocates the introduction of bus services to both the Delhi and Mumbai arirports. As I landed at the old and busy T2 in New Delhi from Mumbai on a December afternoon to attend a National Urban Mobility ...

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