Category Archives: Passenger Transport

How will social trends impact transport?

Societal trends and technology will have an impact on future transport system.
A new report focuses on identifying trends that can cause radical change in the relationship between the transport system and society. This report has been written as part of the preliminary work for the Norwegian National Transport Plan 2022 – 2033. Digitalisation and increased awareness...

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Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road recharging the batteries of cars and trucks while driving opened in Sweden. The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, was at the formal inauguration of the electrified road on April 11, 2018. The stretch of road outside Stockholm...

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New methods for mobility impact assessment

Assessing the mobility impacts of upcoming transport inventions is difficult by using realised travel indicators alone. A recent Master of Science thesis, completed as a part of VTT’s methodology development work, introduces a conceptual model describing mobility as potential for travel. Its aim...

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Densification in nodes reduce car traffic

Workplaces and dwellings located in nodes generates less car traffic per inhabitant and per employee than dwellings and workplaces located outside the nodes, but more traffic than those located in city centres. A Norwegian research project has studied the effects on traffic and emissions of...

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All-time high for public transport in Norway

Public transport use in Norway is at all-time high. This high usage level is a result of political priorities, and represents a cost in terms of subsidies to public transport. Norway has a rapidly growing population, but with 5,3 million inhabitants on 324 000 sq.km, the country is still...

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European Mobility as a Service Roadmap 2025

The MAASiFiE project (Mobility As A Service For Linking Europe, 2015-2017) funded by CEDR aimed at identifying and analysing MaaS business models and service combinations. Also impact assessment and technological aspects of MaaS were studied. The main expected result was the Roadmap 2025 for MaaS...

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How can high levels of particles in tunnels be reduced?

Traffic jam in a road tunnel.
A new study from the National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) demonstrates that older types of trains produce more particulate emissions in railroad tunnels than do newer ones. Dust binding, improved paving, and reduced studded tyre use could reduce coarse particle levels in road...

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Fossil-free fuels make a clear leap forward

Each year the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) organizes the Nordic region’s largest annual conference for the transport sector. For three years running there has been a session on Transportforum dealing with the development of new infrastructure for the fossil-free...

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Sustainability a long way off for aviation

Jumbo jet in level flight high above clouds
It is hardly a secret that aviation must reduce its negative impact on the climate. This will require either less air travel or a breakthrough in sustainable aviation fuels. Emissions per flight are decreasing, thanks to more efficient engines, lighter aircraft, more seats per aircraft, and...

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Trend towards fewer parking spaces

Parking space
Research demonstrates that it is possible to predict the need for parking in connection with renovations and new construction. At the same time, there is a trend towards cities, for example, eliminating street parking and instead using the land for cycling paths, as is the case in Stockholm and...

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