Thursday, January 12, 2012

What solutions does public transport provide to reduce the effects of excessive urban development?

Considering the importance of the tram route and especially its infrastructure in the overall transportation system in cities and metropolitan areas, when new lines are built or old ones are modernised, it is necessary to follow certain European regulation principles by implementing proper constructive solutions, which can provide a high level of reliability and environmental protection, economic solutions with minimum impact on the infrastructure.
Due to the excessive urban development of the last few years, cities face an increase in population density and freight volumes. However, the development of the infrastructure necessary to cover these demands is limited in many cities by the lack of space. That is why decision-makers outline the fact that the applications of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are no used sufficiently in order to provide an efficient urban mobility management or they are developed without considering the interoperability factor.
The European Commission stresses the fact that the public authorities should ensure investments in infrastructure and in the existing rolling stock fleet, as well as its maintenance, and even in replacing the old fleet in order to provide safe urban transport services. To that end, it is necessary to develop the cooperation at local, regional, national and European level, as well as among the population which should ensure the fair payment of the service provided, seeing as the citizens would be willing to pay for quality public transport services.

Cooperation at regional and national level
The public transport sector benefits from the necessary capacity and ambition to improve the urban environment, both for the citizens and the activities undertaken. This can be observed in many urban centres. A fair and efficient transport infrastructure management can have a positive impact on safety and on the environment. The access to a public transport system is defined by the quality of urban mobility provided to the population, in terms of infrastructure and transport services.
Heavy rail subway beneath the highway leads to downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, photo by thisisbossi

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