Public Transport in the Era of Shifted Demand

In the last century, providing public transport has been accepted as the government’s obligation to accommodate people’s movement. The government subsidizes public transport operations in order to keep public transportation affordable. This creates a contract between the government (as public transportation authorities) and public transport operators, which mainly includes how many public transport lines and […]

How internet technology changes urban planning concepts

I have been living in Rijswijk, a small city in the Netherlands, for almost seven years. Through these years the shopping centre in this city has been changing, or perhaps ‘degrading’ is a better word. Until five years ago, supermarkets, branded clothing shops, department stores chains, restaurants and cafés, filled all the space. Around 40% […]

Will cheap oil threaten the climate deal?

Nearly 2 months ago, a climate deal is reached in Paris, which was  translated by many experts to mark the end of fossil fuel and a full transformation to renewable energy. Looking at the current situation of the oil market, it might be too early to conclude that the fossil fuel era is coming to […]

Adopting Paris Agreement: breaking the typical mind-set

The COP21 ended last week with a deal to keep global warming to ‘well below’ 2 degrees. It strives for a limit of 1.5 degrees, which means the end of fossil fuel and a full transformation to renewable energy. The draft document is legally binding and includes five-year reviews on the countries’ progress of their climate […]

Urban Transport in Islamic Megacities

The study of “Urban Transport in the OIC Megacities” was undertaken by WYG and Fimotions, commissioned by the COMCEC Coordination Office. COMCEC stands for Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation. As one of the four Standing Committees of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), COMCEC serves as a central Forum to address the common development problems of […]

Typology of NMT development in different continents

When we are talking about sustainable mobility, we cannot avoid discussing about walking and cycling, the two most used non-motorised transport (NMT) modes. Here below the different stages of NMT development in different continents are analysed. Europe Europe is the heaven for non-motorised transport as it offers a high level of road safety for the […]

2015, a year of challenge in the Dutch public transport

The year 2015 will be a year with challenges for the Dutch public transport sector. Occurrences that started in the last months of 2014 will start showing the implications in 2015. Discontinuance of city regions The main occurrence is the discontinuance of seven city regions (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Arnhem Nijmegen, Eindhoven and Twente) […]

First steps taken towards zero emission Dutch public transport buses; when can we expect big results?

On November 11-12 2014, BusTech, a bus exhibition in the Netherlands took place in Rosmalen, a town in the south of the Netherlands. The theme of this exhibition was sustainable fuels, which was chosen following the Energy Agreement of the Dutch Social and Economic Council that was signed last year. This agreement has a very […]

KAUST and more sustainable cities in the Middle East

You have probably heard about Masdar City, a city close to Abu Dhabi and founded in 2006, with its ambition to be the first zero carbon city in the world. The first and one of the biggest tenants of Masdar City is Masdar Institute, a research-oriented university dedicated to advancing renewable energy and sustainable technologies. […]

Dutch public transport sector: shouldn’t it be more open?

In the last months, you may have read the news about pressure from different parties to the NS (Dutch national railway operator) to publish the data source of travel information and tariff. Such data can be used by software developers to develop travel applications and for research purposes whereby politicians and other parties/stakeholders can get […]