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Taxis - a bridge to the future

Taxis – a bridge to the future

Taxis are the bridgehead for the TNCs in their mission to reshape global transport – how should urban transport authorites respond?   A man hails a taxi at a busy intersection in Manhattan, but many are using their smartphone to hail a ride   Taxis are the bridge between how urban transport is now and...
The Scandi approach to public transport

The Scandi approach to public transport

Devolution, franchising and innovation are getting results for the ‘nearly perfect people’ of Scandinavia. What lessons can we learn?     Scandinavia has some of the richest, most successful societies on Earth, with exceptionally high levels of education, health care, and safety. The world goes to Scandinavia to see what countries that think big on...
Summer is here! But look what’s coming...

Summer is here! But look what’s coming…

The political landscape has shifted in the wake of the inauguration of new ‘metro mayors’ and the outcome of the general election   Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has launched half price bus fares for 16-18 year olds   Mayoral momentum Combined authority mayors are here and they are already making their presence felt. They...
See the light - #SaveOurWindows

See the light – #SaveOurWindows

If you’re putting indiscriminate, shouty messages over the windows of buses and trains, our Twitter campaign will call you out   Advertise here: Please don’t   Social media can be a powerful weapon when it comes to campaigning, depending on who you follow and who follows you. With fantastic support, from and belief by, a good...
What’s the outcome for public transport?

What’s the outcome for public transport?

Theresa May’s gamble has backfired spectacularly, but what are the implications of the 2017 general election for public transport?     Remember the name Victoria Borwick. The final result of the election may well be one of the most significant. The Tories’ least business-friendly campaign in living memory has backfired catastrophically. The UKIP vote, it...
Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Last month’s UITP gathering in Montréal considered bewildering change, and convergence on transit’s role in making better places   Montréal is a city not afraid to be imaginative in the way it does public transport   A vast trade fair in both ideas and equipment, UITP’s bi-annual global public transport get-together in Montréal last month...
Plugging into the air quality agenda

Plugging into the air quality agenda

With dirty city air rising up the agenda, transport, energy and air quality policies need to plug in. Nottingham is showing the way   Nottingham has one of Europe’s largest electric bus fleets   ‘The Great Stink’ of 1858, where the Thames’ role as a sewer and industrial waste outlet culminated in an intolerable summer...
£690m to ease congestion?

£690m to ease congestion?

BUDGET 2017   In 2010, Philip Hammond said the ‘war on the motorist’ had ended. Now he wants a war on congestion   By Robert Jack The launch of a £690m competition for local authorities across England to tackle urban congestion and “get local transport networks moving again” was a welcome surprise in chancellor Philip...
US cities are getting smart on growth

US cities are getting smart on growth

Experience in America has shown that smart growth can benefit public transport – but the trick is to help make great places   71% of voters backed LA’s ‘Measure M’   Regrettably the word ‘smart’ may not automatically be the first word that springs to all readers’ minds in relation to the United States at...
The damage is matched only by the futility

The damage is matched only by the futility

After a long period of relative calm, we are seeing again a labour dispute as bitter and futile as the ones fought out in the 1980s   Coverage of the 1982 train drivers’ dispute in the The Standard   Disputes over changes to working practices seem to generate extraordinary levels of intransigence quite unjustified by...
Failure is the route to innovation

Failure is the route to innovation

The bus industry must innovate or die. We just need someone to stop making excuses, take a chance and be prepared to fail   Some companies are offering a glimmer of hope with bold new innovations, like Slide from RATP Dev   By Mike Fletcher, mhd partnership In the previous edition of Passenger Transit (PT152), there...
Southern: Bring back the red lampposts

Southern: Bring back the red lampposts

There’s no way back for Southern, and DOO is not the problem. Why not gradually recreate the much missed Network Southeast?   Network SouthEast: much admired and much missed   ASLEF calling off this week’s three day drivers’ strike on Southern to allow for meaningful talks on DOO (driver only operation) is hugely welcome, but...