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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 News Editor / Updated: 11 Jan 2017

Constanta to renew bus fleet with EBRD loan (Romania)

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of 100 million lei (€22 million) to the Romanian city of Constanta for the acquisition of new low emission buses.

The introduction of the low emission vehicles is part of a public transport upgrade for Romania’s largest Black Sea port. Home to a population of 425 000, Constanta is also an important hub for commerce, trade and tourism.

By News Editor / Updated: 09 Jan 2017

EU funds Warsaw metro extension (Poland)

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The European Union today adopted a major project that will invest over € 432 million in the Warsaw metro system.

The project will fund the extension of the Polish capital’s Metro Line 2, linking the eastern part of the city to the west.

It will include the construction of six new metro stations: Trocka, Targówek, Szwedzka on the north-east section of the line and Księcia Janusza, Młynów and Płocka on the west section.

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By News Editor / Updated: 04 Jan 2017

CIVITAS Policy Note - Clean buses for your city

Buses are the backbone of many European public transport systems and an important part of the municipality public transport fleet in majority of the EU Member States.

This policy note provides policy-makers and public transport operators with an overview of available bus technologies and guides them in the initial strategic choice of a clean and more efficient energy bus concept. 

The Policy Note, produced by the CIVITAS Wiki project, is available to download below.

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By News Editor / Updated: 13 Jul 2017

CIVITAS e-course: clean buses for your city

Buses are the backbone of many European public transport systems and an important part of the municipality public transport fleet in the majority of EU Member States.

This e-course, part of the CIVITAS Initiative's extensive catalogue of online learning, provides municipalities, local decision-makers and public transport operators with an overview of available bus technologies and guides them in the initial strategic choice of a clean and more efficient energy bus concept. 

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By News Editor / Updated: 13 Jul 2017

CIVITAS e-course: car-sharing

In order to reduce motorised traffic, people will have to adopt a less car-dependent lifestyle.

To manage this shift in mentality and behaviour, cities need to promote new forms of transport use and ownership. Car-sharing is one way to reduce motorised traffic and carbon emissions and make a valuable contribution to more sustainable urban mobility.

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By News Editor / Updated: 13 Jul 2017

CIVITAS e-course: access regulations

There are over 500 urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs) in Europe, controlling entry of vehicles to an area of a town or city. They are implemented to improve the quality of life in towns and cities. 

Often ‘soft measures’ to improve the situation can only go so far, and UVARs are needed in combination with the soft measures.

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By News Editor / Updated: 03 Jan 2017

Gdańsk receives new buses (Poland)

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The coastal city of Gdańsk in Poland has introduced new buses onto its roads to improve the overall standard of its public transport fleet.

City public transport operator ZKM Gdansk purchased 21 Mercedes-Benz buses, all of which meet Euro 6 emissions standards, and which include regenerative braking systems that recover energy.

Nine of the buses are 18 metres long, nine are 12 metres long and three reach 10 metres. The vehicles have low floors, air conditioning and have internal and external monitoring systems.

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By News Editor / Updated: 21 Dec 2016

Sofia to introduce e-ticketing in 2019 (Bulgaria)

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The Bulgarian capital of Sofia is planning to revolutionise its public transport with the introduction of smart e-ticketing.

The new system, which will cost about 80 million Bulgarian lev (€40.9 million), would remove paper tickets and ticket validators from the city’s public transport.

The Sofia Urban Mobility Centre, the municipal company in charge of public transport, said that it will select the company to carry out the project in summer 2017. The project is planned for completion in 2019.

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By News Editor / Updated: 21 Dec 2016

Webinar on urban nodes of TEN-T core network

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Some 20 professionals from local and regional administations and the transport sector took part in a webinar earlier this month that addressed how to improve the efficiency of the transport system in urban nodes of the TEN-T core network.

The webinar was scheduled in the context of the study 'Improving the efficiency of the transport system in urban nodes of the TEN-T core network', which was carried out on behalf of DG MOVE in 2015-2016.

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By Nadia Bert / Updated: 13 Jul 2017

E-course: Management of Smart Cities

Based on the successful experience of the Management of Urban Infrastructures MOOC, we are happy to announce the release of our second free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), in February 2017, on the Management of Smart Cities.

This course is offered by EPFL, and diffused through the Coursera platform. The Smart Cities MOOC provides an introduction to the principles of management of smart urban infrastructures.

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