#7 • SUMMER 2021

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.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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