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Besides public transport such as rail, metro, tram and bus networks, collective passenger transport also covers car-sharing, car-pooling and flexible mobility services such as train-taxi schemes and demand-responsive transport in areas of low demand.

Improvements to public transport services may address public transport vehicles and related infrastructure, as well as management techniques.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 19 Jul 2018

1st Meeting of the Cities of Free Transport

More and more cities in Europe have taken the decision to provide free public transport for residents - or are currently trialling such a scheme. 

This meeting in Dunkirk on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September 2018, offers a focal point for city municipalities and all stakeholders with an interest in the initiatives.

With a range of speakers from European cities - and further afield, the meeting presents an opportunity to network and share experiences.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 18 Jul 2018
By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 02 Jul 2018

Plug pulled on Paris’ shared electric car service Autolib

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Paris local authorities have ended the Bollore group’s contract to operate the Autolib electric vehicles fleet. Autolib will stop on 31 July in Paris and in the suburban partner towns. In the meantime, the free-sharing electric car system will gradually decrease its offer.

The decision to end the contract was taken in a vote on 21 June by the Syndicat Autolib ‘Vélib’ Métropole (SAVM), which brings together the 103 partner municipalities in Île-de-France, including the capital.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 12 Jul 2018

First cities to join the Urban Air Mobility initiative

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Only one month after Geneva committed to becoming the first city to join the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative, the cities of Hamburg, Ghent and Ingolstad have also joined the initiative. UAM aims to develop the market for this new dimension in urban mobility, which could help address unmet mobility user needs and offer new opportunities for European companies.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 25 Jun 2018

Metro de Madrid signs an agreement with EIB to receive financing of up to 200 million euros

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The Community of Madrid, through Metro de Madrid, has signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) whereby the EU entity will provide the Madrid company with EUR 85 million. This is the first tranche of a EUR 200 million loan to finance 50% of Metro de Madrid's investments until 2019, to rehabilitate and modernise its infrastructures.

According to the regional Government in a press release, Madrid has one of the "largest metro networks in the world", with 301 stations through which, in 2017, 626.4 million passengers passed.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 25 Jun 2018

New EIB financing for Manchester Metrolink tram network extension

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On the 12th June, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a total of €4.4 billion of new financing for 30 projects located across Europe, Asia and Africa.

As well as providing financing for small businesses, social housing and energy projects, the EIB is also investing in sustainable transport, including an extension to the Manchester Metrolink tram network. The project consists of a 5.5 km network extension consisting of six new stops and 10 extra trams.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 18 Jul 2018

The Romanian Government allocates funds to renew public transport fleet across the country

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Last week the Romanian Government approved the funding of more than €400 million of European funds to provide brand new trams, trolleybuses and electric buses across the country. Funds will also encompass recharging points and intelligent transport equipment – as well as upgrading the current fleet of school buses used by municipalities and local administrations across the country to Diesel Euro 6.

By ChloeMispelon / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Manchester SUMP: a user centric and ambitious approach setting the path for the next 20 years

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The Transport Strategy 2040, from Greater Manchester (GM) Authority sets a mutually supportive transport and spatial policy framework to effectively accommodate growth to 2040, to meet GM’s aims of economic and social policy. GM’s Transport Vision strives for world-class connections that are not an end unto themselves, but a means to achieve wider policy goals of long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Great awards for great cities: does your city have what it takes?

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The European Commission recognises cities that take bold measures to tackle environmental and social challenges with City Awards.  

These prestigious awards promote and reward the efforts that individual cities make in a wide range of areas from fair and ethical trade, accessibility, environmental sustainability and transport, tourism, to innovation and tackling cultural challenges.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 04 Jun 2018

Estonia moves toward free public transport

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On the basis of the success of free public transport in its capital Tallinn over the last five years, Estonia plans to extend free public transport to the entire country. In Tallinn, the transport conditions changed as a result of a combination of free public transport and an increase in parking fees.

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