Innovative technologies for public transport

G. Pede, A. Agostini

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Abstract

Transport systems are to the highest degree responsible for urban air pollution and their efficiency affects our daily lives and productivity. New advanced technologies have been developed in order to balance the negative effects of transport - in terms of air pollution-and to improve mobility in city centres. This paper presents, after a short analysis of those effects, the state of the art of some of these technologies and how they can contribute to reduce such negative effects while improving transport efficiency. Among the innovative technologies presented, the so called Tram-Train that offers a direct connection between the city center and the suburbs, eliminating the interchanges between train and public transport system has a specific relevance; the advanced rubber-tyred transport with guided running mode is also discussed: this system puts together the positive features of Tram systems, being powered electrically, and the flexibility of buses, having an onboard generator or batteries. Other technologies here included are: BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles), HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicles), FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles). Also the NGFV (Natural Gas Fuelled Vehicles) can represent a solution for urban air pollution, in particular for lowering PM, CO and VOC emissions. The analysis of such technologies underlines how the problem of urban air pollution can be tackled through the adoption of new technologies for public transport systems.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event13th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century, URBAN TRANSPORT 2007 - , Portugal
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century, URBAN TRANSPORT 2007
CountryPortugal
Period1/1/07 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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Pede, G., & Agostini, A. (2007). Innovative technologies for public transport. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century, URBAN TRANSPORT 2007, Portugal. https://doi.org/10.2495/UT070421