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EU push for better travel planning solutions

The European Commission is renewing efforts to develop Europe-wide all-in-one journey planners, making it easier to plan and book journeys that involve several means of transport with a single online tool, even across borders. Coinciding with the 10th European ITS Congress in Helsinki — one of Europe’s largest events in Intelligent Transport …

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What does it take to resist as CEO of a Romanian state-owned railway company for more than one year?


Change is the only constant in the top management of the Romanian state-owned railway companies. It is a harsh reality impacting on their performance and the trust of their business partners. However, recruiting firms, with contracts totaling over half a million EUR, do not complain. Starting with 2011, IMF pushed …

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José Viegas, Secretary-General of ITF
“I do hope that the current geopolitical crisis will not harm the prospects of better and more Eurasian land transport”

International Transport Forum, ITF, 2013, Leipzig, Germany,Closed Ministerial Session

Critical thinking in railway transport development in a dialogue with Mr. José Viegas, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum, on the macro factors impacting on the sector.   TR: The International Transport Forum – 2014 Annual Summit will focus on analysing the major factors that change our world and on identifying solutions to keep the …

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EUR 1 bn for Bulgaria’s major rail infrastructure project

Over EUR 1.6 bn in EU funding for Bulgaria's railway infrastructure during 2014-2020 programming period

The major railway project estimated at EUR 1 bn and included the Operational Programme “Transport and Transport Infrastructure” 2014 – 2020 is the Modernization of Sofia – Septemvri railway section, declared Hristo Alexiev, Deputy Director of the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC).  According to him, the complexity of the project is generated by severe terrain. The procedure for selecting a contractor …

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European Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard

The European Commission has published today for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers. The Netherlands and Germany top the scoreboard with high scores in …

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EU funded urban transport projects underutilised, say EU Auditors

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that two thirds of urban transport projects co-financed by EU structural funds are underutilised. Weaknesses in project design and inadequate mobility policy were two of the main contributory factors identified. “Most of the audited projects were implemented as …

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European Commission: 2014 Handbook on External Costs of Transport

Transport activities give rise to environmental impacts and accidents. In contrast to the benefits, the costs of these effects of transport are generally not borne by the transport users. The internalisation of external costs means making such effects part of the decision-making process of transport users. This handbook outlines a …

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Joe Kaeser, Siemens CEO: We support a trusting relationship with Russian companies

Wartung der Sapsan-Züge im Depot Metallostroy

Siemens is under no pressure from German authorities in regarding its cooperation with Russia, stated Joe Kaeser, Siemens CEO, after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “There was no pressure, when the head of a major German company, which has worked in Russia for 160 years, came to meet with the Russian …

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Shift²Rail, the biggest European rail research and innovation programme of the decade

As Europe gears up for the launch of the biggest rail research and innovation programme of the decade, the UIC is helping a college of companies from the European rail operating community in the preparation of a consortium and the identification of the activities it would like to undertake within …

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Growth prospects for private railway passenger operators in Central and Eastern Europe


With a new approach to operating a railway passenger business, focusing on constantly improving customer experience and increasing customer satisfaction, private undertaking companies in Central and Eastern Europe are growing and expanding their activities within their home countries or beyond national borders. Leo Express started operations on the Czech railway …

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