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10 of the best (and most unusual) rail passenger information posters from around the world.

Rail and metro operators have long tried to influence their passenger behaviour, whether it be not holding the traindoors, dropping litter or being vigilant for criminal acts and the most popular way of communicating these messages have been through posters. The running of a network can be significantly disrupted by even minor passenger incidents. In London for example, according to figures from TfL in the Guardian there are on average 469 incidents involving litter leading to delays, with 81% caused by litter caught in train doors, while more than 1,000 passengers fell ill while travelling on the tube network. So even minor changes to passenger behaviour can make a major difference to service. Today SmartRail World Editor Luke Upton, runs down ten of the best, from the 1920s through to the present day. Let us know which one is your favourite or which we’ve missed (Editor@GlobalTransportForum.com) and we’ll add them in! We start off with 1. Toronto Transit Commission, Canada, 2010. (Original image here) - top right. 

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The Future of Asian Rail II - exclusive e-book.

Following the overwhelming popularity of The Future of Asian Rail, SmartRail World is proud to publish even more insight from the continent - The Future of Asian Rail II. By downloading this free e-book you will receive exclusive new editorial articles and enjoy the following: 

  • Gain insight into how Asia is seeking solutions to enable an advanced and innovative future for rail matches the pace of population growth.
  • Read exclusive interviews with leading transport executives who reveal how they plan to improve Asian rail services amidst changing passenger demands.
  • Learn about how South Korea is nation building through its development of H-S Rail.
  • Find out if free public transport will ever become a reality?
  • Understand the latest developments from JR East, Alstom and Bombardier and more.
  • Take a look at the Indian network with AK Dutta a 35+ year veteran of the industry.

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Video Interview: Ray LaHood, former US Secretary of Transportation

 

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Hong Kong tops Urban Mobility Index but cities struggle with transit challenges.

  • Top 3: Hong Kong, Stockholm & Amsterdam.
  • Bottom 3: Baghdad, Hanoi & Atlanta.
  • 67% of the global population urbanised by 2050.
The recently published, Future of Urban Mobility 2.0 study, sees Hong Kong edge out Stockholm and Amsterdam to top its index comparing 84 cities around the world. The report written by Global consultancy Arthur D. Little, together with its partner the UITP – The International Association of Public Transport – also identifies three strategic directions and 25 imperatives for cities to consider to better shape the future of urban mobility. But in assessing the world’s cities in terms of mobility maturity and performance reveals that most cities are still struggling to cope with future mobility challenges. Assessment criteria includes financial attractiveness of public transport, smart card penetration and public transport frequency.

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Bangkok Governor confirmed as opening keynote for SmartRail Asia.

With just over one week to go until the SmartRail Asia Congress and Expo, the Asian rail and transit community is preparing to visit Bangkok, Thailand for three days of expert insight, practical case studies, in-depth discussion, technology launches and showcases and networking on November 26-28th 2014. SmartRail Asia, Asia’s largest annual rail and metro technology exhibition and congress is proud to announce that it will be opened by a keynote address ‘Investment in the expansion of the rail network in Greater Bangkok’ delivered by Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paripatra, the Bangkok Governor (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration).

Governor since 2009, the Oxford and Georgetown University educated Sukhumbhand Paripatra has always been a major support of transport development. As governor of a city with a population of 8 million, which is continuing to grow quickly, the expansion of public transport is essential to continue development and connectivity of both Bangkok and the ASEAN region. His presentation will detail the latest developments and plans in this important sector.

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UP Express the latest provider to get on-board with mobile ticketing.

“You have to show the value of the technology, and not just to the metro or railroad operator but also to the passenger.”

News from Toronto, where Metrolinx, the regional public transportation provider has confirmed its mobile ticketing solution for the soon to be launched, Union Pearson (UP) Express. Built by New York City start-up Bytemark, it will give UP Express riders the ability to buy and store rail tickets on their smartphones and support ticket sales both online and onboard. Today SmartRail World finds out more about the system and speaks exclusively to Michah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark about the continuing development of this technology within transit.

After downloading the free app to their smartphone, riders can purchase e-tickets that generate custom 2D barcodes that can be stored on their phone. Conductors will be able to sell, print and validate tickets on-board using the 120+ handheld devices Bytemark will deploy.

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India rail insights with AK Dutta, a 35+ year veteran of the industry.

Today SmartRail World speaks to AK Dutta, Adviser & former Director (Infrastructure), Indian Dedicated Freight Corridor, Indian Railways Board and an industry leader with a great deal of experience within this sector. In this wide-ranging interview a number of areas are covered: 

  • The role of a high capacity freight backbone.
  • The future of High-Speed Rail.
  • Challenges and opportunities within the nation.
  • What will Indian Rail look like in 2030?

Luke Upton (LU): Thanks for the time today, perhaps as an introduction you could inform our readers a little of your career within rail?

AK Dutta (AKD): My passion began with the steam railways on meter gauge in my childhood spent close to a small wayside station in Eastern India. After graduation in Electrical Engineering in 1977, I joined Indian Railways and have worked within rail ever since. Looking back over my 36 year career, 24 of which was spent on project management, from the managing construction projects in the field up to the project administration and policy at the Indian Railway Board/Ministry of Railways. Taking an innovative approach in each assignment was sharply utilised while heading Divisional O&M in an insurgency prone area where I helped deliver incident free management for two years using the best techniques of human engineering. Other innovations which I developed and worth mentioning are: the design of Overhead Traction System under the overhead washed coal loading bunkers at Railway loading terminals and public safety from electrical fire in general and fire on trains has been a mission area for me in last 20 years.

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China stunned as Mexico scraps $3.7-billion H-S Rail contract.

Last month Smartrail World reported that a Chinese led consortium were the only group bidding to win the tender for Mexico’s major high speed-rail project worth more than $3 billion and as a result were awarded the contract. However, in a stunning turnaround the Mexican government have just days after confirming the contract have abruptly cancelled the bid. It seems domestic politics has nixed the deal to build the 130-mile line connecting Mexico City and Querétaro in central Mexico with accusations that some of the Mexican construction companies within the consortium led by the state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation had links to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (Pictured right with Chinese President Xi Jinping in happier times). A special investigation by a major Mexican news website has alleged that Mr. Peña Nieto’s home is registered to a company owned by one of the Mexican companies involved in the high-speed rail bid. Although the Associated Press has reported the president’s office responded that Mr. Peña Nieto’s wife, the actress Angélica Rivera, signed the contract for the house on her own almost a year before he took office. 

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Could beacons light a path to greater passenger engagement?

Much has been written of late about beacon technology – the low-cost, micro-location-based technology that uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE 4.0) to connect and send signals to Smartphone users who opt in to receive messages via beacon-enabled apps. The app, once activated, enables it to receive information and content based on location. As retail giant Macy’s announces a rollout of over 4,000 beacon devices across their stores, the potential of the beacon signal technology is not only being tapped into by retailers looking to entice customers with location specific deals but also transit.  Abigail Francis investigates how Chicago Transit Authority has now become the latest transit agency to test beacon technology to further increase communication and engagement with their passengers.

With the help of leading transit-based advertising firm, Titan, CTA are set to trial the latest technology in a bid to improve passenger experience. A network of Gimbal Bluetooth Smart Beacons is to be installed in rail stations across Chicago to allow riders to receive location tailored signals, specifically bus & train tracking information and improved customer service functions.

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Editor's Report: CBTC World Congress Day Two

Today SmartRail World is again reporting live from the 5th Annual CBTC World Congress and SmartMetro showcase in Central London. This morning’s focus was on how to adapt to changing technology and create intelligent networks. In an increasingly urbanised world the IT and digital revolution gives metro systems an opportunity to improve service and evolve business models.The huge quantities of data now generated offer huge potential but navigating it can be a chalenge. And existing business models need to be adapted to fully explout these opportunies. What really is an intelligent network? There are lots of buzz words like ‘big data’ are often used when analysing this area, but let’s here from some experts in this area…

“For us CBTC is a superhighway between the train and trackside systems” - Tan Yih Long, Project Director, Resignalling, LTA (Singapore)

“Without the driver. We are sometimes asked is the train safe? It is. But we monitor the train constantly with CCTV to alleviate these concerns… We also redeploy the driver to be on the train as a roving officer. This offers more customer service and makes it more Commuter centric. “- Tan Yih Long, Project Director, Resignalling, LTA (Singapore)

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10 of the best (and most unusual) rail passenger information posters from around the world.

Rail and metro operators have long tried to influence their passenger behaviour, whether it be not holding the traindoors, dropping litter or being vigilant for criminal acts and the most popular way...Read more

The Future of Asian Rail II - exclusive e-book.

Following the overwhelming popularity of The Future of Asian Rail, SmartRail World is proud to publish even more insight from the continent - The Future of Asian Rail II. By downloading this free...Read more

Video Interview: Ray LaHood, former US Secretary of Transportation

  As plans are quickly being confirmed for the 5th annual PTC World Congress and Rail Capcity Summit (Orlando, Florida,10-12th March 2015) we take a look back at the 2014 edition and an...Read more

Hong Kong tops Urban Mobility Index but cities struggle with transit challenges.

Top 3: Hong Kong, Stockholm & Amsterdam. Bottom 3: Baghdad, Hanoi & Atlanta. 67% of the global population urbanised by 2050. The recently published, Future of Urban Mobility 2.0 study, sees...Read more

Bangkok Governor confirmed as opening keynote for SmartRail Asia.

With just over one week to go until the SmartRail Asia Congress and Expo, the Asian rail and transit community is preparing to visit Bangkok, Thailand for three days of expert insight, practical case...Read more

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