Category Archives: Passenger Transport

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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Winter Tyres: Small Differences in Grip

Researchers at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) have studied how grip on wet asphalt under winter conditions deteriorates with the age and wear of different types of winter tyres. “We focused in particular on comparing studded and non-studded winter tyres in the...

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Simulated Pedestrian Traffic Key Piece of the Puzzle for Sustainable Trips

Society’s interest in planning for pedestrian traffic is growing. Planners are increasingly concerned with ensuring that the interaction between different types of transportation, such as public transport, walking, and cycling, operates as flexibly as possible to increase the proportion of...

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Fatigue a Problem in the Transport Sector

Image of a man driving a tram.
29 per cent of a sample of Norwegian transport operators report at least one episode of sleeping or nodding off while operating in the course of a three-month period. Based on retrospective ratings of the most recent operating period, alertness is found to decrease rapidly towards the final hour of...

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“Time to Get a Divorce from the Car”

Mobile phone connected to transport modes.
Currently, many in Sweden are getting their driving licences later in life and interest in car ownership is waning. Mobility services that combine multiple types of transport to make daily trips could consequently expand in scope. Presenters at Transportforum shared their visions and...

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Gothenburg Celebrates 400 Years in the Air

Artist’s renditions of cableway from the City of Gothenburg.
Upon turning 400, Gothenburg intends to celebrate by completing a cableway that spans the Göta River. Thousands of people are expected to make their daily commute on the cableway. The idea of a cableway for public transport was presented in detail at Transportforum in Linköping. Travel in...

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Greater Risk for Motorcyclists in Intersections and on Small Roads

motorcyclist in traffic
Deaths and severe injuries of motorcyclists occur more often in urban areas, in intersections and on smaller roads than is the case for car drivers. A VTI study reveals where and how severely motorcyclists are being injured. Calculations for 2011 and 2012 show that, in the April–October...

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