- Integration of Public Transport and ''Public'' City Car System    click here to open paper content60 kb
by    van Waesberghe, Gérard | vwc@xs4all.nl   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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Abstract “How do we deal with infrastructure demands which are suddenly trebled?

The Netherlands – like other regions in Europe – is one huge network of road infrastructure connecting a vast sprawl of urban nodes. During rush hours this large-scale network is exploding. Traffic jams in between the built up areas have become intolerable. Therefore the Dutch Government is preparing drastic actions to keep up with the rising traffic by introducing tax on automotive kilometres, bus lanes and light rail infrastructure. All this will take a considerable period of time.

In addition of these “push” measures, the Dutch Ministry of Transport recognises that solutions must also be developed to improve the current position on the short term. Alongside the development of the long term infrastructure, the Ministry is pressing for measures which make more effective use of existing modes, infrastructure, systems and ICT. The solution is to create new products and services. In turn this might evoke new business opportunities.

The “City Link” concept integrates Public and Individual Transport. It includes a Public City Car hiring system (Smart / Think City) for Individual Transport, which system appears to be a missing link within Holland’s diffuse sprawl of urban nodes. The customers are business people with a national and regional span of control and private people (tourists) alike.
In 2002 City Link is conducting (together with KPN Telecom and the Ministry of Transport as “launching customers”) a pilot, involving the integration of a series of measures on technological , financial and organisational level. More precisely it integrates a fully automatic reservation, registration, tracing and tracking system (car module / server / database ), usage of smart card and the implementation of a innovative parking strategy. The “City Link” concept has been earmarked as “path breaking”. Fully applied it diminishes the traffic jams with 10 to 20 %.

Breda, 20-03-‘02.
G. van Waesberghe

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