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How cities are leveraging innovative approaches to enhance accessibility, efficiency, and user experience in public transport to build more inclusive cities.

As cities grapple with increasing urbanisation and the need for sustainable transportation solutions, the intersection of technology and transit-centred design is playing a pivotal role in transforming public transport networks.

Recent developments covered on SmartCitiesWorld this week highlight how cities are leveraging innovative approaches to enhance accessibility, efficiency, and user experience in public transportation, ultimately paving the way for more inclusive and sustainable urban mobility.

  1. US: Salt Lake City to create transit-oriented hub

    Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has unveiled an ambitious vision for the Rio Grande District, aiming to create a vibrant transit-oriented hub that integrates art, community wellness, and economic growth. Developed in collaboration with Perkins&Will, the plan outlines a roadmap for redeveloping approximately 11 acres of RDA-owned property into a dynamic urban precinct.

    Emphasising walkability and accessibility, the vision is to leverage transit infrastructure to catalyse urban revitalisation and foster a sense of community. By embracing transit-centred design principles, Salt Lake City aims to set a new standard for sustainable urban development, positioning public transportation as a catalyst for positive social and economic change.

  2. DK: Copenhagen’s automated railway

    In Europe, we reported this week that Copenhagen’s S-bane network is due to become the world’s largest automatic urban railway, following upgrade work with Siemens Mobility. Through the adoption of GoA4 technology, the entire 170km-long network will undergo a comprehensive upgrade to enable unattended train operations by 2030. This initiative represents a significant leap forward in transit automation, promising enhanced safety, reliability, and efficiency. By embracing cutting-edge technology, Copenhagen is poised to revolutionise its public transport system, offering passengers what should be a more seamless travel experience.

  3. UK: Optimising bus operations

    In the UK, several bus services operators have announced partnerships to optimise their operations and improve service delivery. By harnessing artificial intelligence (AI)-powered analytics, simulations, and optimisations from CitySwift, operators such as Transdev Blazefield and trentbarton are gaining valuable insights into passenger demand patterns, route efficiency, and service optimisation opportunities. This data-driven approach enables operators to enhance the performance of public transport networks, maximise resource utilisation, and provide passengers with more reliable and convenient services.

The convergence of technology and transit-centred design is reshaping the landscape of urban mobility, offering cities new opportunities to create more efficient, sustainable, and user-centric public transportation systems. As more of these initiatives emerge, cities hold the promise of unlocking new possibilities for inclusive, accessible, and environmentally-friendly urban mobility for years to come.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 29.04.2024

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