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 […]

Initiating sustainable mobility in Surabaya: where to start?

Walking along one of the main roads in the centre of Surabaya just before noon during the dry season, I experienced typical mobility problems in Asian big cities. On those nice and wide paved sidewalks, sometimes I had to correct my path as parts of the sidewalks are also used by street sellers. On both ends […]

Is the Netherlands ready for paperless train tickets?

July 9th 2014 will mark the end of the paper train tickets in the Netherlands. Starting from that day, passengers can only use public transport smart cards to travel with the train. As always, implementation of a new policy will benefit ones and harm others. Using paper tickets gives comfort for some segments of passengers, […]

CO2 emissions of Dutch public transport buses published!

About two months ago, Balancia in association with Fimotions, has completed a study for CROW KpVV to estimate the CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometre in 2013 emitted by public transport buses in the 18 Public Transport Authorities (PTA) in the Netherlands (see this link). Last week, CROW KpVV has officially published the report on her website (in Dutch). Would you like […]

Mobility management on the rise in Abu Dhabi

ECOMM2014, an annual meeting for mobility management practitioners and experts from all over Europe, held in Florence has ended last week. It was surprising me that one of the speakers came all the way from the Department of Transport (DoT) of Abu Dhabi to present the Transport Mobility Management which has been implemented in Abu […]

Urban Resilience in a nutshell

The 7th World Urban Forum, the two-yearly conference organized by the UN Habitat, held in Medellín (Columbia) has ended last week. This time, the theme was “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life”. When I saw the theme for the first time, I could not think of something special in it. But when I read […]

Final report CO2 emissions study for Dutch public transport delivered

The final report of the CO2 emissions study for the Dutch public transport (PT) bus concessions has been completed and delivered to CROW KpVV (the Dutch Transport Knowledge Research Centre). Together with Balancia, Fimotions has successfully estimated the CO2emissions per passenger-kilometre in 2013 emitted by PT busses in the 18 PT authorities in the Netherlands. CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometre are […]

What can we do to reduce air pollution in New Delhi?

We are probably overwhelmed by the news about hazardous air pollution in Delhi in the last weeks. When I saw this news for the first time on television, it reminded me of my trip to Delhi about two years ago. In the morning rush hour, when people need to get to their workplace, it was […]