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Vattenfall’s wireless charging station inaugurated on new electric bus route

08 December 2016

The first hybrid electric bus route in the Nordic region with wireless bus stop charging is inaugurated in Södertälje, south of Stockholm. The city bus is charged rapidly and invisibly at Vattenfall's charging station.


New Accessibility Guide pushes for inclusive public transport

05 December 2016

IRU, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), and the European Disability Forum (EDF) have jointly published a guide to improve service quality and accessibility for public transport services for persons with disabilities. The publication has been released to honour the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.


Travelling by bus instead of by car is the same as saving the carbon emissions of 54 million Americans

30 November 2016

As part of the “TheWay2Go” campaign which is supported by Smart Move, CheckMyBus -a leading search engine for bus travel- carried out an analysis which puts into context what the CO2 emissions from the transportation industry mean for the planet under the basic premise: What would happen if all Americans travelled by bus instead of by car?


Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit project approved

29 November 2016

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in Philippines gave the green light for the 48.6-kilometer Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – EDSA project. The project’s total estimated cost is PhP37.8 billion and it is expected to be operational in 2020.


WEpods autonomous buses operate on the campus of a Dutch university

28 November 2016

WURby and Welly, the two self-driving WEpods, are currently operating as a weekly bus service as part of a trial on the campus of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.


Alternative fuel buses – an important read for policy and business decision makers

25 November 2016

The recently published CIVITAS Policy note ‘Smart choices for cities. Alternative fuel buses’ provides useful information to help policy makers, public transport authorities and local decision makers choose clean public bus transport. The policy note could also serve as a guide for bus fleet operators that are considering renewing their urban transport fleets.


New vision for collective passenger transport in East Africa with launch of regional high level group

24 November 2016

Jointly initiated by UN-Habitat and IRU, the East African Community (EAC) Smart Move high level group will work for a period of one year to devise a roadmap for boosting collective passenger transport in EAC’s cities and on EAC’s roads by 2030. Benefits include better transport services, reduced carbon emissions, more jobs, fewer road deaths and reduced road congestion by up to fifteen percent.


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