EDITO #8

What if a mere upgrading of our vehicle fleets was not enough to truly decarbonize mobility? Huge investments are already dedicated to the development of low- carbon hydrogen and synthetic fuels. […]

No more need for speed

The challenge of reducing GHG emissions from our mobility, coupled with people’s aspirations today, means we need to collectively rethink our mobility systems and put an end to the need for speed.

Pulse #8 4 MIN

Trains, on track for endless recycling!

Spurred by the increasingly urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the transport sector is rethinking the processes used to create its rolling stock. More responsibly designed materials and systems are either dismantled for reuse in other carriages and locomotives or broken up and stripped down for recycling and transformation into secondary raw materials or new products.

Pulse #8 3 MIN

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Local Heroes

In a world rocked by a global pandemic, frontline workers have been called upon to perform their roles and continue to deliver essential services. For many, getting to their jobs is possible only via public transport, highlighting the degree to which society’s critical functions are dependent on mobility and the people who make it possible.

Pulse #8 10 MIN

“Decarbonization is paved with avoidable risks”

What lessons can we learn from public policies to decarbonize passenger mobility in France? What will be the contribution of the five levers we can act on between now and 2050? Aurélien Bigo, researcher in the field of energy transition in transportation, shares his thoughts, based on his study of the various scenarios.

Pulse #8 3 MIN

What if carbon footprint were the new currency?

Our light-hearted comic strip takes a look at the (serious) stakes involved in a more desirable future.

Pulse #8 2 MIN

Star of the desert

A transport system serving one of the world’s fastest growing cities. A network seamlessly integrated with other modes of transport. A showcase for innovative technologies and an accelerator of green mobility. Dubai’s transport network is all of these and more. H.E Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority & Commissioner General for Infrastructure, Urban Planning and Well-Being, talks about the network — and relations with its new operator, Keolis.

Pulse #8 8 MIN

Effective responses to security on public transport

In addition to dealing with general public safety issues, public transport networks face specific kinds of anti-social behaviour, such as passengers flouting rules and regulations and everyday tensions that can arise in shared public spaces. To tackle these challenges, French public transport authorities and operators are strengthening their strategies through a threefold prevention-deterrence-fare enforcement approach. Pulse reviews the most effective levers available.

Pulse #8 6 MIN

Gaming to solve real-world transport challenges

Buses, trains and metros can be superheroes, too! Among the dozens of transport management games on the market, you won’t find any superheroes, swords or high-speed chases. What they offer instead are simulations of the real world with all its complexities – and the considerable challenge of managing them as effectively as possible. This “strategy game” sub-category is virtually unknown to the general public but has hundreds of online fan communities and YouTubers pushing its content, as well as annual refresher updates for the most popular titles. We look at some of the classics of the genre, covering everything from urban planning to transport network management and even driving simulators.

Pulse #8 3 MIN

EDITO #7

First came the train, then the car and later high-speed mobility. All these major evolutions in transport have been intrinsically linked to industrial, economic and social change. Over the last 15 years, as adressing the climate emergency has become a top priority, and more recently with the coronavirus pandemic, […]

Covid-19: What impact on mobility?

A dramatic drop in routine journeys, fear of exposure to the virus on public transport, new aspirations and a longing for a change in lifestyle — the coronavirus pandemic has shifted priorities, compelling transport operators to reinvent their businesses.

Pulse #7 7 MIN

Is this a key moment in the history of mobility?

Ecological and technological transition, new usage trends, public health crisis — mobility is being impacted by many changes, and so far their transformative potential is hard to gauge. To better understand what’s at stake today, two historians give us their analysis of developments in their countries: France and the United States. They describe two distinct parallel realities — the urban centre and its outlying areas — and a shared challenge: put an end to private car dependency.

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The rural world on a quest for equality

The ‘invisible’ have become visible. In 2018, the ‘gilets jaunes’ or ‘yellow‑vest’ movement aired the grievances of many different sectors of society, including citizens of rural communities who highlighted the inequalities they face — starting with transport. However, whilst general awareness has increased, Dominique Dhumeaux, vice president of the association of rural mayors of France (AMRF), says many lessons are still to be learned.

Pulse #7 4 MIN

Three cities, three transformations

Mobility supports a city’s growth and development, but it can also bring about genuine transformation. To understand how this dynamic works and continues to evolve, Pulse looks at three of the world’s major cities or capitals. We take in Vienna, where the city’s century‑old tram network remains the epicentre of demographic and societal transformations, Tokyo, where the world’s densest urban rail network is transcending its physical limits to become an integral part of this smart city, and Strasbourg, a pioneer of low‑carbon mobility which is bringing the bicycle back into today’s consumption equation.

Pulse #7 7 MIN

What if we regulated car use?

The decline in ridership and loss of revenues due to the coronavirus crisis have dealt a blow to public transport networks. According to transport economist Yves Crozet, this new threat accentuates the need to rethink funding and regulation models for urban and suburban mobility solutions.

Pulse #7 9 MIN

A delicate balancing act reducing network congestion through TDM*

What happens when a metro or train system reaches maximum capacity and it’s no longer possible to extend the network or add more rolling stock? *Travel Demand Management (TDM) is all about improving the flow of public transport systems by adjusting travel demand. For large cities, this mass transit management solution could be a game‑changer.

Pulse #7 4 MIN

Innovation: not whithout my “lab”!

Far from a passing trend, innovation ecosystems are driving a fresh, more open approach to experimentation, ushering in exciting new mobility solutions. Numerous major cities, public transport authorities and operators have already come onboard, creating their own innovation hubs.

Pulse #7 9 MIN

Wonderful machines

Too far ahead of their time or simply unviable, many new forms of transport hailed as
“revolutionary” failed to get off the ground. With the exception of perhaps the scooter, which was conceived as a toy in the 1930s, it’s hard to qualify the invention of any vehicle as creating a revolution in mobility since the great inventions of the 19th and early 20th century, namely trains, motor cars and buses and aeroplanes. However, many of the also‑rans presented here provided inspiration for modes of tranpost which did find a place in today’s mobility mix.

Pulse #7 3 MIN

EDITO #6

From public transport authorities and operators to industry suppliers and startups, mobility like so many other sectors has seen all its players faced with unprecedented challenges in recent months, compelling us to rethink our established approaches and ways of working […]

A breath of fresh air!

2020 saw estimates of pollution-related deaths revised upward, fears of a resurgence of car use due to the pandemic and the EU reprimanding member states for failing to act more decisively. This year has been marked by an intensification of expectations in terms of air quality. But there are positive signs: numerous cities and even an entire country are pushing ahead with practical measures and making mobility a powerful driver of change.

Pulse #6 6 min

Electric retrofit: anything but retro!

Converting a diesel bus to electric drive rather than replacing the entire vehicle is an attractive idea for cities keen to speed up their ecological transition. Around the world, electric retrofit initiatives of diesel bus are taking shape. And while this technology is developing unevenly, it could be a real opportunity to reduce bus fleets’ carbon footprints.

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Research on the move!

Here are some of the projects led by Carlo Ratti Associati and the MIT SENSEable City Lab.

Pulse #6 3 min

Our changing perceptions of space and time

Have attitudes to mobility changed since the outbreak of the pandemic? Will there be a lasting impact on the relationship between home, work and travel? To find out the answers to these questions and more, Pulse spoke to Nathalie Ortar, a senior researcher in social anthropology with the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET).

Pulse #6 4 min

Lessons from Shanghai

Last winter, public transport in China’s economic capital was hit by a major crisis that went on to affect cities around the world. Today, as its passengers return and its projects resume, Shanghai Keolis shares the valuable lessons learned during this challenging time.

Pulse #6 7 min

Shared mobility rebooted

We’ve seen a radical shift in travel habits in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown that ensued. Cities around the world have been exploring new avenues in response to stricter hygiene requirements and the need to rebuild passenger confidence. Here’s a look at five inspiring trends that have shaped up.

Pulse #6 5 min

“The Green Deal must guide our strategy to get the economy back on its feet”

In light of the Covid crisis, public transport authorities need to develop a new strategy facilitating a modal shift in mobility solutions. According to UITP General Secretary Mohamed Mezghani, this is a prerequisite to the success of Europe’s Green Deal, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all EU countries by 2050.

Pulse #6 6 min

Transport careers: all change!

E-mobility is expanding its reach. Vehicles are becoming autonomous, while advanced data crunching makes travel easier and safer. In cities, more and more people walk, pedal, share and use multiple transport modes. What impact will this have on job trends in the shared mobility sector?

Pulse #6 6 min

5G driving a wave of change?

By speeding download times, reducing latency and giving a big boost to the internet of things, the fifth generation of mobile networking (5G) could radically change the way we travel. As frequency allocation has begun in 50 or more countries, here’s an overview of new possible uses.

Pulse #6 3 min

Railway modelling, or the meanderings of the imagination

Counting a million followers around the world, railway modelism is above all a space of freedom and creation. An opportunity to withdrawn from everyday life a few hours a week, or even more, to express a wide variety of interests.

Pulse #6 6 min

EDITO #5

As a wheelchair user, travel can often be difficult. My dream is that, one day, I’ll have the freedom to go wherever I want in my own self-driving car. Unfortunately, manufacturers have yet to design an autonomous car that is wheelchair accessible […]

Green is the new black!

Sustainability is at the heart of the initiatives shaping the future of shared mobility – delivering cleaner, more efficient solutions that better meet the needs and aspirations of all!

Pulse #5 5 min

Shining a light on invisible vulnerabilities

Difficulties with technology, language barriers, long-term disorders, anxiety and convalescence are all factors that affect the way people get around without necessarily fitting the description of what we generally think of as a disability. Éric Chareyron, who heads up the Keolis Mobility Trends Observatory Keoscopie, tells us more about these vulnerabilities and their possible solutions.

Pulse #5 8 min

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BRT: sizing up to the mobility challenges ahead!

A vital part of the mobility mix all around the world, the humble bus is evolving to deliver an even better service. From Pau to Mexico city, Amiens to Bangkok, bus rapid transit (BRT) is proving popular. More modern, more comfortable and with more capacity than conventional buses, but cheaper than a tram or metro network, it’s winning over a lot of transport authorities and passengers alike.

Pulse #5 7 min

The car: a new shared mobility solution?

A single “carshare” can replace up to 13 private cars and reduce each user’s greenhouse emissions by as much as 41%. The model underpinning our use of private cars is being called into question. But what if the car had a real future as part of a MaaS (Mobility as a Service) ecosystem?

Pulse #5 5 min

“Unless transport authorities are involved, no long-term change will happen.”

Interview with Xavier Corouge, Managing Director of Europcar’s Urban Mobility business unit.

Pulse #5 3 min

“Mobility coach, can you hear me?”

Voice assistants are already with us throughout our lives. For the shared transport sector, this technology is a great opportunity to offer passengers an even smoother travel experience while letting them make last-minute changes to their plans.

Pulse #5 4 min

Transported

From Jules Verne and Mark Twain to Agatha Christie and Paula Hawkins, mobility has proved an endless source of inspiration for writers the world over. French author Carole Martinez continues the tradition with a short story written especially for this issue of Pulse.

Pulse #5 6 min

Hydrogen, the fuel of the future?

Hydrogen mobility is gaining real traction. All around the world, h-powered buses are starting to appear in our cities. The benefits are significant: they don’t pollute, they don’t make any noise, they’re quick to refuel and they offer greater range than the equivalent battery-powered vehicle. So, does hydrogen herald the future of shared mobility?

Pulse #5 6 min

Fare dodging – ever been tempted?

Whether it’s opportunistic or organised, fare evasion on public transport is no minor issue. Around the world, transit networks everywhere face one or more of multiple and constantly shifting types of fare evasion. Pulse uncovers the economic and social realities behind this global bane and explores potential solutions to effectively tackle it.

Pulse #5 5 min

“Fending off fare evasion calls for constant vigilance.”

Xavier Arrufat, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Barcelona-based AWAAIT* Artificial Intelligence, proposes a pragmatic approach to tackling fare evasion. He argues that detecting fare dodging and targeting ticket inspections are key to an effective fare compliance system.

Pulse #5 3 min

How can we tackle fare evasion?

A focus on the main solutions tested and approved by operators and Public Transport Authorities to efficiently tackle fare evasion.

Pulse #5 4 min

Soviet bus stops

Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig chanced upon a remarkable number of striking and often flamboyant bus stops from the soviet era during a long-distance bike trip from London to St. Petersburg in 2002. His discovery sparked a fascination for these forgotten gems designed by local artists and architects to glorify public transport. For the next 15 years, his quest to unearth more of these weird and wonderful structures took him across 14 countries and 30,000 km.

Pulse #5 2 min

EDITO #4

For some time now, the mobility sector has been profoundly impacted by a new concept: Mobility as a Service, or MaaS for short. It is often touted as revolutionary, although a little humility may be needed when MaaS is put in perspective. There won’t be any Big Bang on the horizon, as long as technology isn’t yet matched by the political will or the right system of governance to steer people away from single occupancy car use […]

Pontevedra, a pedestrian’s paradise!

Almost all of this Spanish town, home to a population of 83,000, has been made a car-free zone. Pedestrians have reclaimed the streets and quality of life is improving by the day. What lies behind the scheme’s success? Explanations by Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, mayor of Pontevedra.

Pulse #4 6 min

Viewpoints from Pontevedres

In 1999, the Spanish  city of Pontevedra started its transformation to become almost entirely car-free. Today, 72% of trips are done on foot or by bicycle.

Pulse #4 3 min

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Off to work we go!

Worldwide, the private car is the main form of trans- port for 64% of working people — with all the familiar consequences: congestion, pollution, accidents and stress. As the main decision- makers on how work is organ- ised, companies have a major role to play in changing behaviours and developing shared mobility.

Pulse #4 4 min

“In Lyon, we are speeding up innovation in all its forms.”

As the authority in charge of France’s second-largest public transport network, SYTRAL has a particularly complex brief. It spans the whole Rhône department, which includes the dynamic city of Lyon, of course, as well as vast suburban areas, which also pose significant mobility challenges.

Pulse #4 7 min

Smart data on the move!

Data, data, everywhere! Big data and the algorithms doing all the intensive data crunching are transforming whole areas of our daily lives — and transport is no exception. At a time when technologies are evolving faster than ever, we look at what could be achieved through cleverer use of information.

Pulse #4 5 min

Could nature help us build more efficient transportation?

A train inspired by a kingfisher’s bill? An inter-vehicle communication system which can imitate shoals of fish? What if nature holds the secret to smarter cities using more efficient and sustainable mobility? Scientists, engineers and architects working in the field of biomimicry — literally ‘imitation of the living’ — believe nature can be emulated and harnessed to enhance man-made materials, structures and systems.

Pulse #4 4 min

The nudge-ledge

Since the 1970s nudges have developed in the public space and in public transportation, proving that they can generate major behavioural changes with limited costs. But is this philosophy ethical? Interview wih Étienne Bressoud, Managing Director of the BVA Nudge Unit.

Pulse #4 2 min

Going underground with TfL

‘This train is now ready to depart, please stand clear of the doors. Mind the closing doors.’ This announcement is made countless times every day on London Underground (LU), commonly known as the Tube, and is familiar to the ears of millions of Londoners and visitors as they make their way across the British capital. But before accessing the trains, the passenger journey typically involves a trip underground by escalator, or lift. Pulse went underground with Public Transport Authority Transport for London (TfL) to find out how this vital equipment is kept safe and efficient.

Pulse #4 5 min

Keoscopie International: global mobility insights

From Montreal to Brisbane, Paris to Doha, London to Beijing — all around the globe, people are using public transport, though differently in different places. Private cars are a feature of the landscape, to a greater or lesser extent, as are new forms of mobility like ride sharing, electric bicycles and self‐service scooters. Lifestyles, working habits and smartphone ownership also vary from one country to the next. By analysing all these statistics, Keoscopie International, a global study produced by the Keoscopie observatory, provides insights into mobility worldwide with some surprising findings.

Pulse #4 6 min

Boda Boda Style

Boda Boda motorcycle taxis are a common feature of urban transport in East Africa, weaving their passengers through congested city streets. There are so many of them that some drivers build fantastically-themed motorcycles to attract the attention of those seeking a ride. Ugandan-Kenyan fashion designer Bobbin Case and Dutch artist Jan Hoek were so fascinated by the creativity of some Boda Boda drivers in Nairobi, that they decided to collaborate on a project, ‘Boda Boda Madness’, which saw them design dazzling new outfits to match customized bikes in the Kenyan capital.

Pulse #4 3 min

EDITO #3

To have a pioneering spirit is akin to cultivating your capacity for wonder. And thus, by questioning preconceived ideas, being open to their ecosystem and being part of the daily life of their regions, the men and women of Keolis have an insightful perspective on the world and today’s major mobility issues […]

Carried by the crowd

At major occasions like sporting or cultural events, a whole city suddenly bustles with a huge number of visitors that it needs to host.The city’s routine is shaken up: urban logistics and transport coordination have to be readjusted accordingly. So how do the city’s stakeholders rise to such challenges?

Pulse #3 4 min
Intelligence artificielle : comment réinventer la mobilité partagée ?

Artificial Intelligence : making shared mobility smarter

Booming computing power, big data and deep-learning technologies facilitate so much the development of Artificial Intelligence that we can expect to see a vastly different transportation landscape. The transformation will include driverless buses routinely shuttling people safely to their destinations and smart, sustainable vehicles performing tasks such as ploughing snow, collecting garbage or delivering food and mail. Here are a few of the ways in which AI will enrich our daily commuting lives.

Pulse #3

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À la recherche du temps perdu

In search of lost time

In many Western societies, the notion of time has become an important tool for policy-making. The creation of time offices in Europe has helped cities to unlock real social benefits for their citizens.

Pulse #3 5 min
« Les bureaux des temps favorisent l’égalité entre les citoyens. »

“Time offices promote equality among citizens.”

Despite everything that has been done recently in terms of transit, like introducing more fast trains and building more highways, people haven’t really saved time. Instead, areas have simply become more accessible.

Pulse #3 2 min
Quelques initiatives en faveur de la sécurité des femmes dans le monde

Actions to address women’s safety from across the world

From Mexico to spain ans passing by Australia, discover ou selection of initiatives that help make public transport safer for women.

Pulse #3 4 min
« Historiquement, les villes ont été conçues par et pour les hommes. »

“Historically, cities have been designed by and for men.”

Pascale Lapalud is co-founder of Genre et Ville, a French urban innovation lab created in 2012 that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to rethinking how to make cities more inclusive and equal. Involving architects, artists, urban planners, philosophers and sociologists, Genre et Ville has provided gender urban planning expertise to a range of cities and public transportation companies, both nationally and internationally.

Pulse #3 5 min
La grande histoire du titre de transport

A short history of the travel ticket

Travel tickets have taken all forms and shapes over the years. From simple pieces of paper to high-tech devices, it has been quite a journey. Come on board for a quick tour !

Pulse #3 4 min

Shared mobility: “We know this is our future”

Robin Chase, the influential co-founder of Zipcar, believes that cities face catastrophe if they don’t rethink their approach to transport. So she has unified NGOs and private sector companies behind a set of Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. She tells us how she did this and what comes next.

Pulse #3 7 min
Cybermenaces : pour que les transports contre-attaquent

Making sure cyberthreats don’t derail public transport

One weekend in November 2016, riders of San Francisco’s Muni light rail transit system got an early holiday treat. Following a ransomware attack on the computerised fare system, the Muni, which also runs buses and the city’s famed cable cars, decided to turn off the payment machines and open the gates, allowing Metro passengers to ride for free. It lasted two days, while the authorities sought to figure out who had hacked the computer system, reportedly demanding 100 Bitcoin. Muni decided not to pay up, and by Monday they had managed to get the system back to normal. While the cybercrime disrupted Muni’s computer operations, it could have been worse. And that left experts wondering how transit authorities would respond to a much more severe attack from cyberterrorists intent on causing real damage.

Pulse #3 7 min
Lindsey Mancini

Cybersecurity : 3 questions to Lindsey Mancini

Lindsey Macini is a UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Senior Manager of IT and security whose responsabilities include managing all the activities related to IT in public transport and cyber security.

Pulse #3 3 min

The quiet rise of water transport

Waterfront cities around the world are increasingly embracing ferry transport as a means of combatting crowding, especially during rush hour. In almost every case, ridership has surpassed official predictions, causing transport authorities to wonder: are ferries ready to go mainstream?

Pulse #3 4 min
Par les routes de campagne

Going the country mile

Living in the country can be bliss, but for those inhabiting remote, sparsely populated areas, getting around can prove a real hassle. We look at the complex challenges of rural mobility, as well as the creative, bespoke transport solutions emerging to render residents’ journeys less taxing.

Pulse #3 7 min

EDITO #2

We are experiencing profound changes in our world and our transport systems will have an increasingly decisive role to play in the new scheme of things. However, if until now, our objective was foremost to create mobility solutions with the quantity of individuals transported, the time has come to bring the human back to the heart of our mobility services. I often express the point of view that individuals should not be “soluble” in “mass transit” […]

Mobilité urbaine : pourquoi les villes doivent prendre l’initiative face au digital

Digital urban mobility: what role for the transport authorities?

Digitalisation affects all human and industrial activities world wide. Digitalisation consists of three closely linked dimensions, namely data generation and storage (from more and more sources and in bigger and bigger quantities), data exchange (bigger volumes, increasingly in real time) and data analysis (bigger amounts of data, thanks to more and more sophisticated algorithms).

Pulse #2 3 min
Rennes, l’innovation sur toutes les lignes

Rennes, innovation across all lines

Rennes tops the league of the best French cities to live and work in. For sure, being close to the sea, the air quality and the cultural choices on offer, are some of the reasons. But the economic strength and the share of population that use public transport are also part of the ranking criteria. Having said that, if you think about it, isn’t there a link between these two points ?

Pulse #2 7 min

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Changing the paradigm of mobility

The drawing-up of our new urban travel plan, which will come into play in 2019, was the occasion to create new mobility solutions. On top of our usual relexion on transport modes, we wanted to add a service angle, integrating infrastructure and stimulating mobility in the region.

Pulse #2 2 min
Millennials et mobilité : je bouge donc je suis ?

Why are US Millennials switching modes?

The Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2003, have a different approach to mobility than previous generations. They make greater use of public transit as part of a multi‑modal lifestyle. A survey by the American Public Transportation Association sought to understand their mindset.

Pulse #2 3 min
Les robots à la rescousse !

Robots to the rescue!

Recent progress in artificial intelligence (AI) has paved the way for robotics to begin reshaping the transport sector. Today, robots are able to carry out an increasing number of routine and menial tasks. Here are five areas where robots are set to make a real difference.

Pulse #2 2 min
Sur le vif

Captured live

Public transport routes are like water channels criss‑crossing cities, irrigating their different districts. Each line tells, in its own way, the chapter of a bigger story. Inspirational stuff for artists and photographers in particular, always on the look out to get a unique shot. Situations, faces and moods brought together by urban transport. Realist, dream‑like, funny and sometimes moving… discover in the following pages the many facets of New York, London and Singapore. Three cities revealed by their transport systems.

Pulse #2 2 min

How can we make transport accessible to everyone?

Visible or invisible disabilities, impairments, health problems, illiteracy… we are not all equal when it comes to mobility. Here, we take a look at some initiatives which make mobility more inclusive, in response to four major human vulnerabilities researched in the context of the Keoscopie Observatory of habits and lifestyles.

Pulse #2 3 min

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“Mobility, you have to learn it!”

Florence Gilbert, Managing Director of Wimoov and Chairwoman of the Inclusive Mobility Laboratory.

Pulse #2 1 min
La gratuité des transports est le choix du court terme

Free transport is often the short‑cut or short-term option

Germany recently made the headlines when it announced its intention to introduce free public transport in five major cities. Yves Crozet reacts with firm conviction to the project which he believes is often linked to electoral promises. In his opinion, if free transport remains an isolated measure without restrictive policies on the use of private cars, it has no impact.

Pulse #2 8 min
La puissance de l'électromobilité

The power of electromobility

Electric buses hold the potential to spark a modal shift away from personal automobiles in cities and towns across the globe, lending them great promise in reshaping mass transit in our increasingly urbanised world.

Pulse #2 6 min

Clean air pioneer

A leader in sustainable mobility, California’s Foothill Transit has set a goal to convert its entire 360‑bus fleet to electric by 2030. We discuss with Deputy Executive Director, Kevin Parks McDonald about Foothill’s operations and ambition.

Pulse #2 3 min
Idées folles, idées fortes

Crazy ideas, genius ideas

An engineer, born in Quebec in 1974, Charles Bombardier is the grandson of the inventor of the snowmobile. His love of innovation and motorised engines were the driving force behind the creation of Imaginactive in 2013, a platform that promotes innovation and industrial creation.

Pulse #2 3 min
Un retour aux origines de la création

A blissful return to the simplicity of creation

As Melbourne Festival is putting final touches to its 2018 program – to be announced late July –, we sat with its Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway, to find out more about the Melbourne Art Trams project.

Pulse #2 5 min

EDITO #1

In today’s fast changing world, people expect transport to be more personalised, digitised and kinder to the environment. Mobility must rise to these and other challenges, while continuing to provide high-quality services every day […]

Un monde nouveau

A world of change

If we know one thing about the future of mobility it is that we can expect to see enormous changes in the coming decade. Roads that generate solar power, flying taxis, 1,000 km/h travel over land and robot railway staff are among the innovations on the horizon.

Pulse #1 5 min
L’engagement citoyen, prérequis à la ville intelligente ?

Citizen engagement: a key enabler of smart cities?

What’s the role of citizens in the development of smart cities? It’s a crucial question, so we asked two experts to shed some light. Francis Pisani is a journalist, lecturer and conference speaker specialising in urban innovation. Éric Chareyron is CEO of Keoscopie Observatory of Mobility Trends.

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LAUNCHED BY KEOLIS, PULSE IS AIMED AT ALL DECISIONMAKERS, INFLUENCERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS IN SHARED MOBILITY. ITS PURPOSE IS TO INFORM THE CONVERSATION AND FOSTER DIALOGUE AROUND THE ISSUES AND TRENDS SHAPING OUR SECTOR. THE MAGAZINE IS AVAILABLE IN PRINT FORMAT, AS AN E-MAGAZINE ON PULSE-MAG.COM AND VIA SOCIAL MEDIA.

LE TÉLÉPHÉRIQUE URBAIN TRANSPORT DE HAUTE VOLÉE

Take off – a bigger role for cable cars in urban transport?

When you think about the different ways that people get around cities, cable cars are not the first thing that come to mind. We associate them with skiing holidays and mountain resorts, but a growing number of cities around the world are also harnessing their potential.

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End of the line for paper tickets
Four ways to innovate

For travellers, having to queue at a ticket office or machine is inconvenient and annoying. However, it could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the latest advances in smart ticketing technology. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of four solutions offering viable alternatives.

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Senior mobility solutions come of age

With population ageing, the mobility of older citizens is an increasing challenge for society as a whole. We take a look at the issues and some of the long-term solutions available for improving senior mobility.

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Paving the way for autonomous mobility

While self-driving cars may be getting all the attention, driverless shuttles are on the cusp of reshaping urban transport. Indeed, they are one of the first modes of autonomous mobility to become operational, with tests having started in several cities in 2016 and the first fleets expected to be deployed by 2021.

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A car? Yes, but it’s shared!

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Riding into the future

Lars Backström is a man with a mission. He has no shortage of words when telling Pulse about the ambitious goals he has set for Västtrafik, the public transport authority he heads in southwestern Sweden’s Västra Götaland county.

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Une aire nouvelle pour les parkings

New spots opening up for parking

It wasn’t so long ago that underground garages were seen as dark, dirty and dangerous places, a sinister setting favoured by Hollywood filmmakers. Gloomy and dimly lit, they were a place in which to park your car and leave quickly. The image of parking facilities has improved markedly over the past decades, with safer, better illuminated lots and garages that are more welcoming for consumers. In recent years, the pace of changed has accelerated, with the industry undergoing a veritable reinvention in response to an array of global forces.

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La grande épopée de la petite reine

A brief history of our two-wheeled companions

Bicycles have been around for some 200 years. Since their invention, they have certainly evolved! So let’s back-pedal and take a look at the key stages in the history of bikes.

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