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Estonian startup Ridango wins a global award for its ticketing solution

UITP’s member Ridango, the Estonian transport information technology provider, was awarded first prize at the Transport Ticketing Global Awards in the Best Smart Ticketing Programme category for its ticketing solution implemented in Sörmland County in Sweden. It was the second time in a row that Ridango won the award.

According to the judges in the award jury, the solution was “an impressive progress at a regional level, which has real potential to shift modal split towards public transport”.

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Prague's DPP expands electric buses

As a part of the long-term strategy of the bus transport emissions reduction, the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) has been testing an electric bus that is charged from the tram power supply network in real operation with passengers for a year and a half. The charging takes place during operational breaks in the Želivského turning loop via a two-pole pantograph collector located on the vehicle roof, from a short section of a trolley built specifically for this purpose.

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Warsaw : Launch of a tender for 123 new trams

ZTM Warszawa, Warsaw public transport company, launched on February 3rd a tender for the acquisition of 213 new trams with an estimated value of PLN 2.3 billion (€538 million). The contract comprises a firm order for 123 vehicles with a single option for 90 more.

The base order includes 85 bidirectional and 18 unidirectional trams, which will be 33m long, as well as 20 24m-long vehicles. The option is exclusively for 33m-long vehicles with 45 unidirectional and 45 bidirectional units.

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2017 investments in Prague Public Transport reach €245m

This year the Prague Public Transit Company (PPT Co.) plans to invest a total of CZK 6.6 billion (€245 million) in the public transport system. The investment priorities for 2017 include the preparation of the construction of the new metro D line, the modernisation of the safety technologies in the metro, the delivery of 15T trams from Škoda Transportation, the reconstruction of already existing tram lines, intensive preparation for the new tram lines and for the construction of new barrier-free access to the metro. The Jinonice metro station will also be renovated.

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Eight consortia to compete for operating the Tel Aviv’s light rail project

NTA announced end of January that eight consortia have bought the updated documents for the tender for operating the Red line in Tel Aviv’s light rail project. The tender terms to operate this line were changed to allow local companies to lead consortia bidding. Deadline to submit bids is 23 March 2017. The winning consortium will accompany the construction of the Red Line over four years, which should assist it in operating the line.

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A EU Strategy for Low-Carbon Mobility

The transition towards a low-carbon economy is globally gaining momentum. In this context, the European Commission is keen to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions and the transport sector – responsible for about one quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions – is in the spotlight.

High emissions resulting from congested traffic are becoming increasingly frequent in Central and Eastern Europe, with rising private automobile ownership and decline in public transport use in the past decades becoming the norm.

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