Personal Rapid Transit is a new light urban transport system based on small, automated, electric, driverless vehicles travelling on segregated guide ways. PRT is now becoming an accepted form of public transport to complement other modes in cities across Asia ? providing stand-alone systems and first mile, last mile connectivity. The world?s first operational system, at London Heathrow has proved a major success. The system is in operation in USA, UAE and South Korea as well.
Germany makes its public transportation a success story
By providing many incentives and adopting a few strict regulations, Germany has succeeded in shifting its travelling population towards public transport. Its ongoing efforts towards greener transport are worth emulating. Well known transportation expert Manfred Breithaupt, along with Mael Martinie, writes on the initiatives. Between 1990 and 2007, passenger transport in pass-km increased by 52% in Germany and between 2002 ...
Sydney Ferries: Overcoming challenges of water-based Urban Public Transport
The operation of the iconic Sydney Ferries was privatised last year by the Australian Government. A look at the history, operations, significance and privatisation of these ferries. There are lessons in its roller coaster ride : Perseverance and constant efforts at making a public mode of transport successful do yield results. What is needed is a strong will to learn ...
Walking through Austria
Vienna: A traveller?s delight Vienna is an ideal city to be emulated for multimodal transport, says Bina C Balakrishnan. Here, she writes an experiential piece on how, despite being new to the city, she could comfortably travel using public transport ? without any fear of a motorist hitting her on the street, and could get information on the modes of ...
Improving the Efficiency of Bus Transport in India
TrafficInfraTech Expo: Seminar: May 18, 2012
Promoting Cycling in Cities
Transport planners around the world have now more or less come to the conclusion that in order to address the issues that plague cities – congestion, pollution, road accidents, loss of open spaces/green cover – it is essential that sustainable modes – walking, cycling and public transport – be actively promoted. Growth of personal motorised vehicles namely, two-wheelers and cars, ...
Thiruvananthapuram Gets Monorail Corridor
Preparing for World Cup and Olympic Games: Rio de Janeiro Explores American Hovercraft Technology to Solve Transportation Woes!
While Brazil’s earlier efforts at providing hovercrafts to its travelling populace have always stopped at some point or the other, this time round the water transportation option seems to be bearing fruit in its second largest city – Rio de Janeiro. The fact that over 5,00,000 temporary visitors are expected to visit the city for the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games could be one of the reasons for the step.