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#10 - June 2011        


As Smart Move has gained a foothold in Italy this month, Bus Rapid Transit systems (BRT) are emerging as a sustainable mobility must in capital cities throughout the world.

And since the EU White Paper on the Future of Transport confirms buses as one of the best solutions to meet forthcoming mobility challenges, timing has never been better to discuss and shape transport’s future at this month’s featured event: Our Future Mobility Now!



Smart Move campaign launched in Italy!

The Smart Move campaign was launched in Italy on 15 June 2011, on the occasion of a conference organised by the Italian National Road Passenger Transport Association (ANAV) and sponsored by the City of Rome and Italian Ministry of Transport.
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“Better Bus Ride” wins Transport Achievement Award 2011

Arriva Denmark received the International Transport Forum’s Transport 2011 Achievement award for its “Better Bus Ride” Project in Leipzig, Germany on 26 May 2011.

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EU White Paper suggests buses for future long distance, intercity and urban transport

The EU White Paper "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system" identifies buses as one of the best solutions for long-distance and intercity travel, and urban transport and commuting, highlighting the significant increase in fuel costs and congestion levels by 2030, which will lead to divergences in transport accessibility.

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BRT: changing urban mobility patterns at low cost
The Wall Street Journal highlights the growing popularity of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system around the world, describing BRT as a modern transit system with the flexibility of buses, and the speed, comfort and reliability of rail.

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Argentina made the Smart Move with its first BRT
Argentina’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was inaugurated by Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, on 2nd June, marking its first day of operation. Government officials and the public speak of the tremendous impact this transit system will have in improving people’s lives.
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BRT in Xiamen satisfies 70% of passengers
An online survey conducted by Xiamen Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in May 2011, shows nearly 70% of citizens in Xiamen, China, rated the BRT service as “excellent” and “good”. The survey which involved 3,000 people mainly focuses on four areas: station staff services, hardware facilities; amenities and rush hour congestion.
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Our Future Mobility Now: discuss and shape the future of transport!
Our Future Mobility Now to be held in Brussels on 22 – 25 June 2011, will bring together the mobile generation of the future and Europe’s leading vehicle manufacturers and to build a community that imagines how the vehicles and transport we use will evolve and influence 21st Century life.
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Study shows buses remain a basic means of transportation
A study conducted in 2010 by the International Transport Forum shows that buses remain a basic means of transportation, in particular among the young, the elderly, and those with low incomes.
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The Rolling Hotel: a coach and hotel in one!
The Rolling Hotel - Rotel rolls a coach and hotel into one unit. By day, passengers sit in the front of the coach and take in all the sights, and by night they adjourn to the rear of the vehicle to enjoy their semi-private sleeping quarters.

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That buses and coaches are major contributors to the economy and tourism?


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Free green bus service in the UK

A UK Company provides free green bus service very Sunday and bank holiday until September 25. The bus goes through a number of popular attractions, including the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Mottisfont Abbey. With the rising cost of petrol and concerns about the effect that car use has on global warming it’s a great opportunity to save money without increasing your carbon footprint

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Our Future Mobility Now

Brussels, Belgium, 22-25 June 2011


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» Publisher: Juliette Ebélé, International Road Transport Union (IRU)



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