The smartest city - free Wi-Fi on the Dubai Metro
These days, we can’t bear to be away from our phones for very long, particularly when commuting to and from work. The implementation of free Wi-Fi on board the Dubai Metro has set a high standard for other networks in the UAE to beat, but will it catch on elsewhere? Sophie Peacock speaks to Dr Spencer Dando from Du to find out.
Playing the slots – revolutionising road intersections
Slot-based intersections in concert with self-driving cars could make cities more liveable by doubling road capacity, reducing emissions and improving safety. Elly Earls asks Carlo Ratti, the director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, whether traffic lights are on the way out and what our commute to work might look like in the future.
Ticket in a tap – the rise of contactless ticketing
Contactless ticketing has become widespread among the world’s rapid transit systems, but what’s next for fare management, and what will it mean for operators and passenger convenience? Urban Transport Agenda finds out from Michael Gwinn, director of revenue at Chicago Transit Authority, and Chris Tucker, director of revenue operations at the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.
The hot ticket – keeping the London Underground cool
Over 100 miles of the London Underground network runs through tunnels, which are difficult to cool effectively. François Maurin, Hesop product manager at Alstom, explains how the company is working with TfL to reduce the network’s temperature and carbon footprint.
On the buses - Europe’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project
Europe’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project hopes to reduce emissions, improve air quality and lower noise levels across the continent by bringing electric bus systems to the heart of the transport network. Elly Earls meets the project’s coordinator, Umberto Guida, to find out how.