Transport Expertise Association

					Transport Expertise Association
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    infos

    infos
    website information


    modes

    modes
    different modes of transportation


    public-transport
    modes
    public transport
    public transport, transit, urban transport, interurban public transport


    rail
    modes
    rail
    rail transport


    road
    modes
    road
    road transport


    topic

    topic
    topic related to different modes or types of transportation


    transport

    transport
    transport, transportation


    type
type
the two different type of transportation: freight or passengers


waterways
modes
waterways
waterways transport


accessibility
topic
accessibility
transport accessibility


air
modes
air
air transport


contracts
topic
contracts
infrastructure contracts, capital investment contracts, operating contracts


economics
topic
economics
transport economics


energy
topic
energy
energy


environment
topic
environment
transport environment


finance
topic
finance
transport finance


freight
type
freight
freight transport
high-speed-rail
topic
high speed rail
high speed rail, HSR


infrastructure
topic
infrastructure
transport infrastructure


intermodal
modes
intermodal
intermodal


its
topic
ITS
ITS, Intelligent Transport Systems


logistics
topic
logistics
transport logistics


maritime
modes
maritime
maritime transport


mobility
topic
mobility
transport mobility


passengers
type
passengers
passengers transport


politics
topic
politics
transport politics
ppp
topic
PPP
PPP, public private partnerships, P3


projects
topic
projects
transport projects


regulation
topic
regulation
transport regulation


safety
topic
safety
transport safety


security
topic
security
transport security


000-teus-cargo
000 TEUs cargo


1-million
1 million


10-million
10 million


10-more-train-sets
10 more train sets


100-airports
100 airports


100000-rupees
100000 rupees


10th-annual-golden-spike-seminar
10th Annual Golden Spike Seminar
1313-million-dividend
131.3 million dividend


15th-july
15th july


1600-meters-long-bridge
1600 meters long bridge


1700-euros
1700 euros


1858-automatic-radars
1858 automatic radars


20
20


2000-euros-car
2000 euros car


2008-beijing
2008 beijing


2020
2020


21net
21Net


21st-century
21st century


22
22


22-years
22 years


22000-teu
22.000 TEU
249
24.9%


2500-us-dollars
2500 US dollars


300-kph
300 kph


320-kph
320 kph


33-horsepower
33 horsepower


3rd-european-road-congress
3rd european road congress


40th-anniversary
40th anniversary


5-million
5 million


50-million
50 million


5748-kph
574.8 kph


6-million
6 million


624-cc-engine
624 cc engine


65-year-concession
65-year concession


70-years-old
70 years old
80-of-chinese-people-will-have-an-airport-less-than-100-km
80% of Chinese people will have an airport less than 10


8000-kilometer-french-highway-network
8000-kilometer French highway network


a-train-with-an-internet-connection
a train with an Internet connection


a380
A380


a380-aircraft
a380 aircraft


a380-green-fuel
A380 green fuel


a380-superjumbo
a380 superjumbo


absorb-solar-energy
absorb solar energy


abx
abx


access-bike
access bike


accessibility
accessibility


acciona
acciona


accord-ciel-ouvert
accord ciel ouvert


accurate-data
accurate data
acela
Acela


activity-projects
activity projects


ada
ada


ademe
ADEME


adif
Adif


administration
Administration


adp-roissy
adp roissy


advertising-company
advertising company


ae-cargo
AE Cargo


aer-lingus
aer lingus


aerial-photography
aerial photography


aeroflot
Aéroflot


aerolis
Aerolis


aeroport-de-paris
aéroport de paris
aeroport-international-de-vatry
Aéroport international de Vatry


aeroport-paris-vatry
aéroport Paris-Vatry


aeroporti-di-milano
Aeroporti di Milano


aeroports-de-paris
aéroports de paris


aerospace
aerospace


afa
afa


affairs-commission
affairs commission


afitf
AFITF


afp
AFP


agence-de-financement-des-infrastructures-de-transport
agence de financement des infrastructures de transport


agribusiness
agribusiness


agv
agv


agv-360
agv 360


agv-alstom
AGV Alstom
agv-train
agv train


agv-train-sets
AGV train sets


agvs
agvs


aigle-azur
Aigle Azur


air
air


air-ambulance
air ambulance


air-cargo
Air Cargo


air-cargo-carriers
air cargo carriers


air-carrier
Air Carrier


air-controler
air controler


air-controllers
air controllers


air-france
air france


air-france-buses
Air France Buses


air-france-cargo
Air France Cargo
air-france-ceo
Air France CEO


air-france-corporate
air france corporate


air-france-klm
air france klm


air-france-klm-deal
air france klm deal


air-france-klm-group
Air France-KLM group


air-france-klm-president-and-ceo
Air France-KLM President and CEO


air-freight
air freight


air-freight-hub
air freight hub


air-freight-transport
air freight transport


air-one
Air One


air-passenger-transport
air passenger transport


air-space
air space


air-traffic
air traffic


air-traffic-control
Air Traffic Control
air-transport
air transport


air-transport-association
air transport association


air-transport-industry-links
Air Transport Industry Links


air-transportation
air transportation


air-transportation-system
Air Transportation System


airborne-particles
airborne particles


airbus
airbus


airbus-a330-300
airbus a330 300


airbus-a380
airbus a380


airbus-ceo-tom-enders
Airbus CEO Tom Enders


airbus-delays-again-its-a380-superjumbo
Airbus delays again its A380 superjumbo


aircraft-maintenance
aircraft maintenance


aircraft-manufacturer
aircraft manufacturer


aircraft-noise
aircraft noise
aircrafts
aircrafts


airlift-and-sealift-brokering
airlift and sealift brokering


airlift-brokering
airlift brokering


airline
airline


airline-alitalia
airline Alitalia


airline-companies
airline companies


airline-easyjet
airline easyjet


airline-fees
airline fees


airline-industry
Airline Industry


airline-management
airline management


airlines
airlines


airlines-companies
airlines companies


airport
airport


airport-construction
airport construction
airport-management
airport management


airport-operator
airport operator


airport-projects
airport projects


airport-shuttles
airport shuttles


airport-terminal
airport terminal


airport-terminals
airport terminals


airports
airports


airports-in-france
airports in france


airspace
Airspace


aix-les-bains
aix les bains


ajax
ajax


aker-yards
Aker Yards


aktor-concessions
Aktor Concessions


akuo-energy
Akuo Energy
alcatel-lucent
alcatel lucent


alcatraz
alcatraz


alcohol-ignition-interlock
alcohol ignition interlock


algiers
algiers


algiers-commuter-rail
Algiers commuter rail


alianza-publico-privada
Alianza Público-Privada


alitalia
alitalia


alitalia-deal
alitalia deal


alize
alizé


alliances
alliances


alloin
Alloin


alloin-group
Alloin Group


alloin-international
Alloin International


allowed-to-bid
allowed to bid
alphen-aan-den-rijn
Alphen aan den Rijn


alsace
Alsace


alsace-and-lorraine
alsace and lorraine


alsacian-automobile-club
Alsacian Automobile Club


alstom
alstom


alstom-agv
alstom agv


alstom-agv-360
Alstom agv 360


alstom-signaling-solutions
Alstom Signaling Solutions


alstom-tgv
alstom tgv


alstom-trains
Alstom trains


alstom-transport
ALSTOM Transport


alstom-transportation
Alstom Transportation


alstom-very-high-speed-trainsets
Alstom very high-speed trainsets


alternative-fuel
alternative fuel
altitude
altitude


amenagement-du-territoire
aménagement du territoire


america-time-zones
america time zones


american-airlines
american airlines


american-business
american business


american-readers
american readers


americans-with-disabilities
americans with disabilities


americans-with-disabilities-act
americans with disabilities act


americans-with-disabilities-act-of-1990
americans with disabilities act of 1990


amerique-du-nord
Amérique du Nord


ammount
ammount


amsterdam
Amsterdam


amsterdam-rai
amsterdam rai


amsterdam-the-netherlands
amsterdam the netherlands
amtrak
Amtrak


amtrak-northeast-corridor
Amtrak Northeast corridor


ana-paula-vitorino
Ana Paula Vitorino


analysis
analysis


and-brazil
and Brazil


and-land-planning
and Land Planning


and-related-challenges
and Related Challenges


annaba
annaba


annual-turnover
annual turnover


ansaldo-italy
ansaldo italy


answers-to-the-questions
answers to the questions


antibes-cybercars
antibes cybercars


antibes-cybermove
antibes Cybermove


antitrust-authorities
antitrust authorities
antitrust-law
antitrust law


antoine-fremont
Antoine FREMONT


antwerp
antwerp


aot
AOT


apollo
apollo


applicability
applicability


approche-geographique-de-la-repartition-des-carrefours-giratoires-en-france-metropolitaine
Approche géographique de la répartition des carrefours


approche-geographique-de-la-repartition-des-carrefours
Approche géographique de la répartition des carrefours


argentina
Argentina


argentineans
Argentineans


argentinian
Argentinian


argentinian-high-speed-rail-project
Argentinian high-speed rail project


arnold-schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger


arnold-schwarzenegger-considers-frances-tgv-train-for-california
Arnold Schwarzenegger Considers France's TGV Train For
article-number
article number


article-references
article references


artisans
artisans


artnership-contract
artnership Contract


arup
arup


asf
asf


asia
Asia


asia-and-europe
asia and europe


asia-to-europe
Asia to Europe


asia-trade
asia trade


asia-europe-cargo
Asia-Europe Cargo


asphalt
asphalt


asse-navigo
asse Navigo


assets
assets
assets-depreciation
assets depreciation


association
association


association-loi-1901
Association Loi 1901


association-president
association president


astar
ASTAR


atelier-jacqueline-osty-associes
Atelier Jacqueline Osty & Associés


ateliers-lion-architectes-urbanistes
Ateliers Lion Architectes Urbanistes


athena
Athena


athena-thessalonique
Athena-Thessalonique


athena-tsakona
Athena-Tsakona


athenes-tsakona
Athenes-Tsakona


atkins
atkins


attali
attali


attica
ATTICA
auckland-new-zealand
auckland new zealand


australia
Australia


automakers
automakers


automated-licence-plate-reading
Automated Licence Plate Reading


automatic
automatic


automatic-buses
Automatic buses


automatic-minibus
automatic minibus.


automatically-control-speed
automatically control speed


automobile
automobile


automobile-club
Automobile Club


automobile-press
automobile press


automobile-traffic
automobile traffic


automotrice-a-grande-vitesse
Automotrice à Grande Vitesse


autonomous-ports
autonomous ports
autorites-organisatrices-de-transport
autorités organisatrices de transport


autoroutes-de-la-mer
autoroutes de la mer


autoroutes-de-la-mer-en-mediterranee
Autoroutes de la Mer en Méditerranée


autoroutes-du-sud-de-la-france
autoroutes du sud de la france


ave
AVE


average-speed
average speed


aviatio
aviatio


aviation
Aviation


aviation-administration
aviation administration


aviation-authorities
aviation authorities


aviation-civile
aviation civile


aviation-facilities
aviation facilities


aviation-safety
Aviation Safety


aviation-security
aviation security
aviation-weather-services
aviation weather services


avient-limited
Avient Limited


avignon
avignon


avions
avions


avions-dhl
avions DHL


avoidance
avoidance


b747
b747


b757
B757


b777
b777


bahn
Bahn


bale-muhlouse
Bâle-Muhlouse


ballast-water-inspection
Ballast Water Inspection


bankrupt
bankrupt


banks
banks
banques-populaires
Banques populaires


barcelona
Barcelona


barge-services
barge services


barrel
barrel


barron
barron


basf
basf


basf-ag
basf ag


battery-powered-vehicles
battery powered vehicles


beating-machine
beating machine


beijing
Beijing


belgian-company
belgian company


belgian-rail
belgian rail


belgium-national-railway-company
Belgium national railway company


benchmark-study
benchmark study
benefits
benefits


benelux
benelux


bengt-gustafsson
bengt gustafsson


benoit-de-bodman
Benoît de Bodman


bertrand-delanoe
Bertrand Delanoë


bertschi
bertschi


best-practices
best practices


between-madrid-and-barcelona
between Madrid and Barcelona


between-rome-and-naples
between Rome and Naples


bgv
BGV


bicycle
bicycle


bicycle-couriers
bicycle couriers


bierset
bierset


bike
bike
bike-station
bike station


bikes
bikes


billet-de-train
billet de train


billet-legros
billet-legros


billettique
billettique


binnenvaart
binnenvaart


bird-protection
bird protection


biwer
biwer


bln
bln


blog
blog


blood-alcohol-concentration
blood alcohol concentration


bloomberg
bloomberg


boat
boat


boat-bike
boat & bike
boats
boats


boeing
boeing


boeing-747-400
boeing 747 400


boeing-757
Boeing 757


bold-plans-for-ostersund-and-kiruna-in-sweden
bold plans for Ostersund and Kiruna in Sweden


bolsamania
bolsamania


bombardier
bombardier


bombardier-transilien
bombardier Transilien


bombassei
Bombassei


bonn-germany
bonn germany


bonnes-pratiques
bonnes pratiques


bonus
bonus


bonus-malus
bonus-malus


bonus-malus-automobile
bonus-malus automobile
bonus-malus-ecologique
bonus-malus écologique


book-references
book references


bordeaux
bordeaux


bordeaux-aquitaine
bordeaux aquitaine


bordeaux-merignac
Bordeaux-Mérignac


borloo
Borloo


bourgey-montreuil
Bourgey Montreuil


boursorama
boursorama


bouygues
bouygues


bouygues-telecom
Bouygues Telecom


brand-name
brand name


breakthrough
breakthrough


bretagne
Bretagne


bretagne-grande-vitesse
Bretagne Grande Vitesse
bretagne-pays-de-la-loire
Bretagne-Pays-de-la-Loire


brian-slack
brian slack


bridge
bridge


bridges-and-tunnels
bridges and tunnels


british-airways
british airways


brittany
Brittany


bruce-edwards
bruce edwards


brussels
brussels


brussels-midi
Brussels Midi


brussels-midi-station
Brussels Midi station


brussels-programme-centre
brussels programme centre


bruyeres-sur-oise
bruyères sur oise


budget-airlines
budget airlines


buenos-aires
Buenos Aires
buenos-aires-and-cordoba
Buenos Aires and Cordoba


build
build


bulk-freight
bulk freight


bulking
bulking


bullet-train
bullet train


bus
bus


bus-network
bus network


bus-routing
bus routing


bus-scheduling
bus scheduling


bus-stops
bus stops


busan
Busan


busan-2-3
Busan 2-3


busan-port-authority
Busan Port Authority


buses
buses
buses-and-trains
buses and trains


business-car
business car


business-class
business class


business-class-seats
business class seats


business-classes
business classes


business-hours
business hours


business-plan
business plan


business-purpose
business purpose


business-travel
business travel


business-travelers
business travelers


business-travellers
business travellers


business-unit
business unit


business-venture
business venture


bussereau
Bussereau
buyback
buyback


c-span
c span


c-kenneth-orski
C. Kenneth Orski


cabs
cabs


caf
caf


calberson
Calberson


california-farm-bureau
california farm bureau


california-farm-bureau-federation
california farm bureau federation


california-governor
California Governor


california-governor-arnold-schwarzenegger
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


camera
camera


camions
camions


canada
Canada


canadian
Canadian
canadian-and-us-seaway-corporations
Canadian and U.S. Seaway Corporations


canadian-firm-bombardier
Canadian firm Bombardier


canal-du-midi
canal du midi


canals
canals


capital-investment
capital investment


car
car


car-dependency
car dependency


car-park
car park


car-sharing
car sharing


car-sharing-system-in-paris
car sharing system in Paris


carbon-dioxide
carbon dioxide


carbon-dioxide-emissions
carbon dioxide emissions


carbon-dioxyde
carbon dioxyde


carbon-dioxyde-emissions
carbon dioxyde emissions
carbon-emissions
carbon emissions


carbon-neutral-city
carbon neutral city


carbon-neutral-city-of-masdar-in-abu-dhabi
carbon neutral city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi


carex
CAREX


cargo
cargo


cargo-rail-express
CArgo Rail EXpress


cargo-traffic
cargo traffic


cargo-vessel
cargo vessel


carpool
carpool


carpool-lanes
carpool lanes


carpoolers
carpoolers


carpooling
carpooling


carrefour
carrefour


cars
cars
carte-orange
Carte Orange


catalyst
catalyst


cathay-pacific
cathay pacific


cbd
cbd


ccm
CCM


cdu
CDU


cellphone
cellphone


cellphone-operators
cellphone operators


cellphone-use
cellphone use


century-technology
century technology


ceo
ceo


cercle-finance
cercle finance


certu
Certu


cezary-grabarczyk
Cezary Grabarczyk
cferj
cferj


challenges
challenges


chamber-of-commerce-and-industry
chamber of commerce and industry


channel
Channel


channel-tunnel
channel tunnel


charles-de-gaulle
charles de gaulle


charles-de-gaulle-airport
charles de gaulle airport


charter-version
charter version


chauffeurs-de-taxi
chauffeurs de taxi


cheapest
cheapest


cheapest-car
cheapest car


cheapest-diesel-fuel-prices
cheapest diesel fuel prices


chery
Chery


chicago-skyway
Chicago Skyway
chicago-transit-authority
Chicago Transit Authority


chief-commissioner
chief commissioner


chief-executive-officer
chief executive officer


chief-financial-officer
chief financial officer


chief-of-italian-government
Chief of Italian Government


chief-operating-officer
chief operating officer


china
China


china-and-the-united-states
china and the united states


china-post
china post


china-southern
China Southern


china-will-have-13-airports-with-more-than-30-million-passengers-annually
China will have 13 airports with more than 30 million p


christian-democratic-union-of-germany
Christian Democratic Union of Germany


christian-descheemaeker
Christian Descheemaeker


christian-salvesen
Christian Salvesen
christian-salvesen-integration
Christian Salvesen integration


christine-lagarde
christine lagarde


christlich-demokratische-union-deutschlands
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands


chronique-dun-desequilibre-annonce
Chronique d'un déséquilibre annoncé


chronopost
Chronopost


chunnel
Chunnel


ciel-ouvert
ciel ouvert


cintra-concesiones-de-infraestructuras-de-transporte
Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte


cities-for-mobility
Cities for Mobility


cities-in-europe
cities in europe


citroen
Citroën


city-county-of-honolulu
City & County of Honolulu


citymobil
CityMobil


civil-airliner
civil airliner
civil-engineer
civil engineer


claire-bazy-malaurie
Claire Bazy-Malaurie


clean-vehicles
clean vehicles


clear-channel
clear channel


clermont-ferrand
clermont ferrand


clic-services
Clic Services


clic-services-fret-sncf
Clic Services Fret SNCF


clickair
clickair


closeness
closeness


cma-cgm
CMA CGM


cma-cgm-group
CMA CGM group


cma-cgm-new-investment-in-asia
CMA CGM new investment in Asia


cnm
CNM


co-entreprise
co-entreprise
co2
co2


co2-emission
CO2 emission


co2-emissions
co2 emissions


coach-class
coach class


coal-demand
coal demand


coast-guard-observations
coast guard observations


coast-guard-observations-on-the-fiscal-year-2009-budget
Coast Guard: Observations on the Fiscal Year 2009 Budge


codah
CODAH


codatu
CODATU


cogifer
Cogifer


colas
Colas


colas-asphalt-made-with-vegetable
Colas asphalt made with vegetable


colas-rail
Colas Rail


combined-transport
combined transport
comite-interministeriel-de-la-securite-routiere
Comité Interministériel de la Sécurité Routière


comite-national-routier
Comité National Routier


commercial-areas
commercial areas


commercial-aviation
Commercial Aviation


commercial-drivers
Commercial Drivers


commercial-flights
Commercial Flights


commercial-speed
commercial speed


commission-pour-la-liberation-de-la-croissance-francaise
Commission pour la libération de la croissance français


common-service
common service


communaute-de-l%e2%80%99agglomeration-havraise
Communauté de l’Agglomération Havraise


communaute-urbaine
communauté urbaine


communaute-urbaine-de-bordeaux
communauté urbaine de Bordeaux


communism
communism


commuter
commuter
commuter-rail
commuter rail


compagnie-des-iles-du-ponant
Compagnie des Iles du Ponant


compagnie-des-transports-strasbourgeois
Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois


compagnie-generale-calberson
Compagnie Générale Calberson


company
company


company-leaders
company leaders


company-officials
company officials


company-that-manages-traffic-under-the-channel-tunnel-between-united-kingdom-and-france
company that manages traffic under the Channel tunnel b


comparing-france-and-the-united-states
comparing France and the United States


competition-issues
competition issues


competitiveness
competitiveness


complementary-paratransit-service
complementary paratransit service


complexity
complexity


computers-shipped-by-trains
Computers shipped by trains
concentration-level
concentration level


concession
concession


concession-contract
concession contract


concessionnaire
concessionnaire


concorde
Concorde


concorde-aircraft
concorde aircraft


concordescopia
Concordescopia


confederation-generale-du-travail
confédération générale du travail


conference-call
conference call


conferences
conferences


congestion
congestion


congestion-charge
congestion charge


congestion-charging-zone
congestion charging zone


congressional-watchdog
congressional watchdog
conseil-d-etat
conseil d etat


consistent-progress
consistent progress


consolidation
consolidation


constitutional-responsibilities
constitutional responsibilities


constructeurs
Constructeurs


construction-activities
construction activities


construction-companies
construction companies


construction-of-the-tunnel
construction of the tunnel


construction-projects
construction projects


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construction time


consulting-services-engineering
consulting services engineering


consumer-electronics-industry
Consumer Electronics Industry


contactless
Contactless


contactless-payment
contactless payment
contactless-technology
contactless technology


container
container


container-shipping
container shipping


container-terminal
container terminal


container-terminal-in-busan
container terminal in Busan


container-tracking
container tracking


container-traffic
container traffic


container-transport
container transport


containers
containers


containerships
containerships


conteneurs
conteneurs


content-management-system
content management system


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Continental


continental-airlines
continental airlines
continental-transatlantic-flights
Continental transatlantic flights


continentals-757s
Continental's 757s


continuous-growth
continuous growth


continuous-increase
continuous increase


contournement-de-nimes-et-montpellier
Contournement de Nîmes et Montpellier


contournement-ferroviaire
contournement ferroviaire


contract-construction
contract construction


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contract revenues


contract-worth
contract worth


contracts
contracts


contrat-de-partenariat
Contrat de Partenariat


control
Control


control-speed
control speed


controle-sanction-automatise
Contrôle Sanction Automatisé
controlling-the-supply-chain
controlling the supply-chain


cooperation
cooperation


cooperation-activities
cooperation activities


cooperation-for-urban-mobility-in-the-developing-world
Cooperation for urban mobility in the developing world


cooperative-research-program
cooperative research program


cordoba
Cordoba


cordoue
cordoue


cornerstones
cornerstones


corporate-brochure
corporate brochure


corridor-d
corridor D


corridors
corridors


cost-cutting
cost cutting


cost-management
cost management


cost-efficient
cost-efficient
costs-structures
costs structures


countries-in-europe
countries in europe


couple-days
couple days


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couple problems


couple-projects
couple projects


couple-times
couple times


couple-weeks
couple weeks


cour-des-comptes
Cour des comptes


couriers
couriers


credit-and-debt
Credit and Debt


crew-familiarization
crew familiarization


critical-financial-situation
critical financial situation


critical-highway
critical highway


cruise
cruise
csa
CSA


cub
CUB


cub-president
CUB President


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current features


customer-expectations
customer expectations


customers-satisfaction
customers satisfaction


cybercars
Cybercars


cybermove
Cybermove


cyclocity
CycloCity


daily-basis
daily basis


dalian
dalian


damien-orsini
damien orsini


danish-logistics-provider
Danish logistics provider


danish-logistics-provider-dsv
Danish logistics provider DSV
darse-3
Darse 3


daventry-in-england
Daventry in England


dax
DAX


dax-stock-exchange
DAX stock exchange


db
DB


db-cargo
DB Cargo


db-ceo
DB CEO


db-mobility-logistics
DB Mobility & Logistics


db-part-privatisation
DB part-privatisation


db-privatisation
DB privatisation


db-schenker
DB Schenker


de-gaulle-airport
de gaulle airport


december-31
december 31


deci
deci
decision-makers
decision makers


deepwater-program
deepwater program


delanoe
Delanoë


delays
delays


delegation-de-service-public
Délégation de Service Public


deliveries
deliveries


della-valle
Della Valle


delta-air-lines
delta air lines


delta-air-lines-inc
delta air lines inc


delta-airlines
delta airlines


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demagogy


demand-estimation
demand estimation


demonstration-projects
demonstration projects


dennis-hodges
dennis hodges
department-of-interior
department of interior


department-of-transportation
department of transportation


deregulation
deregulation


des-communes
des communes


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desiderio


desiderio-matthieu
desiderio matthieu


design
design


despite-state-eligibility-and-management-difficulties
Despite State Eligibility and Management Difficulties


destatis
destatis


detect-stolen-vehicle
detect stolen vehicle


deutsche
Deutsche


deutsche-bahn
deutsche bahn


deutsche-bahn-ag
deutsche bahn ag


deutsche-bahn-ag-freight-train
Deutsche Bahn AG freight train
deutsche-bahn-chief-executive
Deutsche Bahn Chief Executive


deutsche-bahn-privatisation
Deutsche Bahn privatisation


deutsche-bahn-privatisation-process
Deutsche Bahn privatisation process


deutsche-bahn-privatization
Deutsche Bahn privatization


deutsche-post
deutsche post


deutsche-post-ag
deutsche post ag


deutsche-post-pourrait-vendre-dhl-aux-etats-unis
Deutsche Post pourrait vendre DHL aux Etats-Unis


deutsche-post-to-shrink-us-network
Deutsche Post to Shrink U.S. Network


deutsche-post-world
deutsche post world


deutsche-post-world-net
deutsche post world net


developing-countries
developing countries


developing-world
developing world


developpement-durable
développement durable


dgac
dgac
dhl
dhl


dhl-amsterdam
DHL Amsterdam


dhl-boat
DHL boat


dhl-costs-cutting
DHL costs cutting


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DHL Express


dhl-express-usa
DHL Express USA


dhl-fedex-deal
DHL FedEx deal


dhl-hub
DHL hub


dhl-hub-in-leipzig
DHL hub in Leipzig


dhl-in-vatry-airport
DHL in Vatry airport


dhl-mothers-company
DHL mother's company


dhl-north-america
DHL North America


dhl-owner
DHL owner


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DHL US activities
dhl-usa
DHL USA


dhl-worldwide-express
DHL Worldwide Express


dhls-north-america-air-service
DHL's North America Air Service


dhl-bus
DHL-bus


dhl-gondola
DHL-gondola


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different colors


different-destinations
different destinations


different-things
different things


direct-flight
direct flight


direction-signs
direction signs


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disabilites


disabilities-act-of-1990
disabilities act of 1990


diseases-caused-by-pollution
diseases caused by pollution


disney-world
disney world
distribution-sectors
distribution sectors


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distributor


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Districhrono


diversification
diversification


dividend
dividend


dividende
dividende


domestic-airports
domestic airports


domestic-traffic
domestic traffic


dominique-busserau
Dominique Busserau


dominique-bussereau
dominique bussereau


dominique-strauss-kahn
dominique strauss kahn


dot
DOT


dot-gov
dot gov


doubts
doubts
downer-edi
Downer EDI


download
download


dpwn
DPWN


draft-report
draft report


drakkar
drakkar


drivers-association
drivers association


drivers-with-serious-medical-conditions
Drivers with Serious Medical Conditions


drivers-salaries
Drivers' salaries


drivers-wages
Drivers' wages


driving-a-car
driving a car


driving-time
driving time


drug-testing-programs
Drug Testing Programs


dsv
DSV


dubai
dubai
dubai-airshow
Dubai Airshow


dubai-airshow-2007
Dubai Airshow 2007


dubai-to-build-worlds-longest-arched-bridge
Dubai to build world's longest arched bridge


dublin-metro
Dublin metro


dubreuil
dubreuil


dunkirk
Dunkirk


dutch-airline
dutch airline


dutch-company
dutch company


dutch-minister-of-transport
Dutch Minister of Transport


e-mail
e mail


e-lv
e-LV


e-services
e-Services


e-ticket
e-Ticket


eads
eads
earnings
earnings


east-coast
east coast


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Eastern Europe


eastern-europe-markets
Eastern Europe markets


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eco tax


eco-taxe
Éco taxe


ecological-and-intelligent-roads
Ecological and intelligent roads


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Ecological roads


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écologie


ecologist
ecologist


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economic affairs


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economic growth


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Economic Importance of Belgian Transport Logistics


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economic interests
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economic slowdown


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economics


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economy


economy-finance
economy finance


economy-minister
economy minister


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écopastille


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ecotax


ecotaxe
Écotaxe


ecotaxe-poids-lourds
Écotaxe poids lourds


ed-strocko
Ed Strocko


ederal-aviation-administration
ederal Aviation Administration


edf
EDF


efficient-place
efficient place


egis
egis
eiffage
eiffage


electricite-de-france
Electricité de France


electronic-payment-systems
electronic payment systems


elisabeth-teboul
Elisabeth Teboul


elta-airlines
elta airlines


embassy-of-france-in-the-united-states
Embassy of France in the United States


embraer
Embraer


emergency-procedures
emergency procedures


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emirates


emirates-airlines
emirates airlines


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emission area


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emission norms


emission-reduction
emission reduction


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emission transport
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emissions


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Emissions de CO2


emissions-trading-scheme
emissions trading scheme


emma-maersk
Emma Maersk


employment-minister
employment minister


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énergie


energy
energy


energy-management
energy management


engineering-consultants
engineering consultants


engineering-firms
engineering firms


engineering-project-management
engineering project management


enough-money
enough money


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environment


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environment roundtable
environmental-advantages
environmental advantages


environmental-associations
environmental associations


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environmental benefits


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environmental concerns


environmental-consideration
environmental consideration


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environmental impact


environmental-issues
environmental issues


environmental-program
environmental program


environmental-roundtable
Environmental Roundtable


environmentally-friendly
environmentally friendly


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environnement


erf
erf


ermewa
Ermewa


escota
escota
estimates
estimates


et-project
ET project


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Etat


etat-francais
Etat français


etat-italien
Etat italien


etats-unis
Etats-Unis


etf
ETF


etude
Etude


etudier
étudier


eu-us-open-skies-agreement
EU-US Open Skies Agreement


euractiv
euractiv


eurailpress
Eurailpress


euro-3
euro 3


euro-carex
Euro Carex
eurobus
Eurobus


europ-airpost
Europ Airpost


europe
Europe


europe-asia
europe asia


european
European


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european aircraft


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european airline


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european cities


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european commission


european-commission-approval
european commission approval


european-freight-rail
European freight rail


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european manufacturer


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european norm


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European or US airline
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european parliament


european-portal
european portal


european-ports
european ports


european-practices
european practices


european-rail-forum
European Rail Forum


european-rail-forum-freight-without-frontiers
European Rail Forum: Freight Without Frontiers


european-rail-market
European rail market


european-readers
european readers


european-road-congress
european road congress


european-skies
european skies


european-trucks
european trucks


european-union
european union


european-union-road-federation
european union road federation


europort-2
Europort 2
eurostar
Eurostar


eurotunnel
eurotunnel


eurovia
Eurovia


eurovia-heat-sensitive-coating
Eurovia heat-sensitive coating


eurovia-rail-works
Eurovia Rail Works


eurovia-travaux-ferroviaires
Eurovia Travaux Ferroviaires


events-calendar
events calendar


evolution
evolution


ews
EWS


exchange-experiences
exchange experiences


exhibition-space
exhibition space


exhibitors
exhibitors


existence
existence


existing-service
existing service
existing-services
existing services


exit-points
exit points


expansion
expansion


expansion-program
expansion program


experiences-from-the-uppsala-and-heathrow-airport-prt-test-tracks-by-magnus-hunhammar-and-
malcolm-buchanan
experiences from the Uppsala and Heathrow Airport PRT t


experiences-from-the-uppsala-and-heathrow-airport-prt-t
experiences from the Uppsala and Heathrow Airport PRT t


experimentation
experimentation


expert
expert


expertise
Expertise


expertises
expertises


exploitation
Exploitation


expo-in-paris
Expo in Paris


expo-in-paris-lart-entre-en-gare
Expo in Paris L'art entre en gare


exposition
exposition


express
express


express-branch-of-la-poste
Express branch of La Poste


express-freight
express freight


express-mail
express mail


faa
faa


faa-reauthorization
faa reauthorization


facts-about-london
facts about london


faiveley-transport
Faiveley Transport


fare-evolution
fare evolution


fares
fares


fast-trains
Fast trains


faster-development
faster development


faster-than-a-ship
faster than a ship


fatality-rate
fatality rate


faure-machet
Faure & Machet


feasability-studies
feasability studies


feb-14
feb 14


federal-approach
Federal Approach


federal-aviation-administration
federal aviation administration


federal-efforts
federal efforts


federal-express
federal express


federal-government
federal government


federal-highway-administration
federal highway administration


federal-income-taxes
federal income taxes


federal-money
federal money


federal-motor-carrier
federal motor carrier


federal-motor-carrier-safety-administration
federal motor carrier safety administration


federal-transit-administration
Federal Transit Administration


federation-nationale-des-artisans-du-taxi
Fédération nationale des artisans du taxi


federation-nationale-des-transports-routiers
Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers


fedex
fedex


fedex-deal
FedEx deal


fedex-dhl-deal
fedex dhl deal


fedex-express
fedex express


fee
fee


ferrari
ferrari


ferroviaire
ferroviaire


ferrovie-dello-stato
Ferrovie dello Stato


ferrovie-nord-milano
ferrovie nord milano


few-days
few days


ffp
FFP


fhwa
FHWA


fhwa-office
fhwa office


fiat
fiat


fiatferraris-president-luca-cordero-di-montezemolo
Fiat/Ferrari's President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo


figueras
Figueras


fillon
fillon


final-segment
final segment


finance
finance


finance-infrastructure
finance infrastructure


financement
financement


financial-crisis
Financial crisis


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financial profits


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financial resources


financial-scandal
financial scandal


financial-situation
financial situation


financial-times
financial times


financial-times-deutschland
Financial Times Deutschland


financing
financing


financing-and-planning
financing and planning


financing-construction
financing construction


financing-program
financing program


financing-solutions
financing solutions


first-anniversary
first anniversary


first-tunnel
first tunnel


firsts
firsts


fiumicino
Fiumicino


five-months
five months


fleet
fleet


flight
Flight


flight-crew
flight crew


flights
flights


floating-distribution-centre
Floating Distribution Centre


florida-high-speed-rail-authority
florida high speed rail authority


fluidity
fluidity


fluvial
fluvial


fly
fly


fm-logistic
FM Logistic


fmcsa
FMCSA


fnat
fnat


fntr
FNTR


fondaterra
Fondaterra


football-fields
football fields


foreign-participation
foreign participation


foresight
foresight


forgeard
forgeard


formation-transport
formation transport


forum-du-rail-europeen
Forum du rail Européen


forum-du-rail-europeen-fret-sans-frontieres
Forum du rail Européen : fret sans frontières


fos-sur-mer
Fos-sur-Mer


founder
Founder


fourth-consecutive-year
fourth consecutive year


france
France


france-exports
france exports


france-wagons
France Wagons


francois-fillon
françois fillon


frank-appel
Frank Appel


frederic-lagneaux
Frédéric Lagneaux


free-licences
free licences


free-subscription
free subscription


free-access-bikes
free-access bikes


freeport
Freeport


freight
freight


freight-activities
freight activities


freight-air
freight air


freight-and-logistics-division
freight and logistics division


freight-branch
freight branch


freight-congestion
Freight Congestion


freight-division
Freight Division


freight-executive
freight executive


freight-forwarding
freight forwarding


freight-management
freight management


freight-marine-transportation
freight marine transportation


freight-mobility
freight mobility


freight-movements
freight movements


freight-operation
freight operation


freight-operations
freight operations


freight-products
freight products


freight-rail
freight rail


freight-rail-infrastructures
freight rail infrastructures


freight-rail-transport
freight rail transport


freight-railroad
freight railroad


freight-requirements
freight requirements


freight-sector
freight sector


freight-traffic
Freight traffic


freight-train
freight train


freight-train-between-beijing-and-hamburg
freight train between Beijing and Hamburg


freight-trains
freight trains


freight-transport
freight transport


freight-transport-association
freight transport association


freight-transportation
freight transportation


freight-without-frontiers
Freight Without Frontiers


freighters
freighters


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French


french-administration
french administration


french-agency-for-environment-and-energy-management
French Agency for Environment and Energy Management


french-airline
french airline


french-airports
French airports


french-authorities
french authorities


french-aviation
french aviation


french-bank
French bank


french-bank-groupe-caisses-d%e2%80%99epargne
French bank Groupe Caisses d’Epargne


french-businesses
french businesses


french-capital
french capital


french-company
French company


french-company-cma-cgm
French company CMA-CGM


french-concept
french concept


french-construction-company
French construction company


french-department-of-transportation
French Department of Transportation


french-dot
French DOT


french-economy
french economy


french-environment
french environment


french-environment-and-energy-management-agency
French Environment and Energy Management Agency


french-financial-market-authority
French Financial Market Authority


french-flair
french flair


french-governement
french governement


french-government
french government


french-guyana
french guyana


french-hauliers
French hauliers


french-high-speed-train
French high-speed train


french-high-speed-trains
French high-speed trains


french-highway-network
French highway network


french-hsr
French HSR


french-manufacturer
french manufacturer


french-manufacturer-alstom
French manufacturer Alstom


french-merchant-marine-operator
French merchant marine operator


french-ministry
french ministry


french-ministry-for-ecology
French Ministry for Ecology


french-ministry-of-defense
French Ministry of Defense


french-national-association-of-taxi-drivers
French National Association of Taxi Drivers


french-national-railway
French National Railway


french-national-railway-company
French national railway company


french-national-railway-operator
French national railway operator


french-national-trucking-association
French National Trucking Association


french-network
french network


french-newspapers
french newspapers


french-offer
French Offer


french-offer-in-the-urban-mobility-sector
French Offer in the Urban Mobility Sector


french-point
french point


french-ports
french ports


french-ports-reform
french ports reform


french-postal-service
french postal service


french-postal-services
French postal services


french-practices-and-evolutions
French practices and evolutions


french-president
french president


french-prime-minister
french prime minister


french-prime-minister-francois-fillon
French Prime Minister François Fillon


french-public-rail-operator
French public rail operator


french-rail
french rail


french-railway
french railway


french-railway-network
French railway network


french-railway-operator
French railway operator


french-railways
french railways


french-railways-operator
French railways operator


french-republic
French Republic


french-road-haulers
French road haulers


french-road-network
French road network


french-senate
french senate


french-state
french state


french-tgv
french tgv


french-toll-road-operator
French toll road operator


french-trade
french trade


french-trade-office
French Trade Office


french-trade-officeembassy-of-france-in-the-united-states
French Trade Office/Embassy of France in the United Sta


french-transit-authorities
French transit authorities


french-transportation
French Transportation


french-transportation-minister
French Transportation Minister


french-transportation-secretary
French Transportation Secretary


french-waterways
french waterways


french-west-indies
french west indies


french-dutch-airline
French-Dutch airline


french-spain-border
French-Spain border


frequent-flights
frequent flights


frequent-flyer-miles
frequent flyer miles


frequent-flyer-program
Frequent Flyer Program


fret
fret


fret-aerien
fret aérien


fret-gv
Fret GV


fret-sans-frontieres
fret sans frontières


fret-sncf
fret sncf


frethun-rail-terminal
Fréthun rail terminal


freyssinet
Freyssinet


frog-vehicles
Frog vehicles


froidcombi
froidcombi


fuel
fuel


fuel-consumption
fuel consumption


fuel-cost
fuel cost


fuel-efficiency
fuel efficiency


fuel-finder
Fuel Finder


fuel-leaks
fuel leaks


fuel-optimizer
fuel optimizer


fuel-price
fuel price


fuel-prices
fuel prices


fuel-pump
fuel pump


fuel-surcharge
fuel surcharge


fuel-tax
fuel tax


fuel-efficient
fuel-efficient


fujitsu-siemens-computers
Fujitsu-Siemens Computers


fukang
Fukang


fund-director
fund director


fund-options
fund options


funding
Funding


future-company
future company


future-development
future development


future-economic-development
future economic development


future-evolution
future evolution


future-of-mobility
future of mobility


future-transilien
future Transilien


fwi
fwi


gao
GAO


gao-month-in-review
GAO Month in Review


gao-month-in-review-march-2008
GAO Month in Review - March 2008


gao-reports
gao reports


gare-de-lest
Gare de l'Est


gare-de-lest-station
Gare de l'Est station


gart
GART


gas-consumption
gas consumption


gas-guzzlers
gas guzzlers


gas-tax
gas tax


gasoline-costs
gasoline costs


gasoline-fares
gasoline fares


gasoline-prices
gasoline prices


gasoline-taxes
gasoline taxes


gauthier
gauthier


gea
GEA


geely
Geely


gemalto
Gemalto


generali-financial-holdings
Generali Financial Holdings


gennevilliers
gennevilliers


geodis
geodis


geodis-bm
geodis bm


geodis-rapatrie-dans-le-pole-fret-de-la-sncf
Géodis rapatrié dans le pôle fret de la SNCF


geodis-take-over
geodis take over


geodis-take-over-by-sncf
Geodis take-over by SNCF


german-authorities
german authorities


german-carrier
german carrier


german-case
german case


german-cities
german cities


german-competitor
german competitor


german-government
German Government


german-national-railway
German national railway


german-national-railway-company
German national railway company


german-postal-service
German postal service


german-prosecutors
german prosecutors


german-rail
german rail


german-rail-operator
German rail operator


german-railroads
german railroads


german-railways
german railways


germans-lkw-maut
German's LKW Maut


germany
germany


ges
GES


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gestion de trafic


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GET


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gilles rivet


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Girabase (calculates a roundabout capacity)


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Giratoires en villes - Mode d'emploi


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glasgow


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global consultation


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global dimension


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global event


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global fleet


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global freight


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global growth


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global warming


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gmbh austria


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Golden Gate Bridge


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Golden Spike


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Golden Spike Seminar


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google


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gorecki


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gouvernement


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gouvernement Berlusconi


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government accountability offic


government-accountability-office
government accountability office


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government contribution


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government entity


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government hands


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government industry


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government policies


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government service


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government-backed loan


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grade fuel


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grain harvest


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grams per liter


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Grand Palais


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Grand Palais in Paris


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grande vitesse


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grants program


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great britain


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Greater Bordeaux


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greater london


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Greek contractors


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Green Cove Ingénierie


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green fuel


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green house gas


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green logistic


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Green Logistics


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Green Supply Chain


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greenhouse gas effects


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greenhouse gas effects and how to reduce transport carb


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greenhouse gases


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greenhouse gases emissions


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grenelle


grenelle-de-lenvironnement
Grenelle de l'Environnement


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Grenobloise d'Electronique et d'Automatismes


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Grenobloise d’Electronique et d’Automatismes


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ground freight


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ground logistics


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ground transport


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Group


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groupage


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Groupe Caisses d’Epargne


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Groupe de Travail NFC


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Groupe Eurotunnel


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Groupe Lohr


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Groupe Pegasus


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Groupe Ulysse


groupement-des-autorites-regulatrice-de-transport
Groupement des Autorités Régulatrice de Transport


growing-commercial-exchanges
growing commercial exchanges


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growing traffic demand.


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grupo comsa


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GSM network


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gtl


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GTL kerosene


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Guangzhou


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guardian unlimited


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guillaume pepy


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guinea pig


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guinea pigs


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gulf countries


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Gulf of Aden


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Gustafsson


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Gustav Gorecki


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hal cooper


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Hamburg


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hamburg city


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hamburg port


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hanover


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hapag lloyd


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hard time


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Harmut Albers


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Hartmut Mehdorn


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harvest season


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hassen


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haul flights


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hauliers


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hauts plateaux


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head of SNCF


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headlines


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health costs


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heat-sensitive coating


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heathrow airport


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Heavy Goods Vehicles


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hectares


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Heineken


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Heineken brewery


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hervé huard


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Heuliez Bus


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HGV


high-speed-freight
High Speed Freight


high-speed-freight-rail
High Speed Freight Rail


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high speed network


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high speed rail


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High Speed Rail Canada


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high speed rail line


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high speed rail news


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high speed rail passenger transport


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high speed train


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high speed trains


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high speed world record


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high-added-value logistics


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High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project


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high-speed


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High-Speed Brittany


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high-speed rail infrastructure


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high-speed rail link


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high-speed rail project


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high-speed trains in America


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highspeed


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highway


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highway a50


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Highway Bridge Program


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highway infrastructure


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highway project


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Highway Public-Private Partnerships


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Highway Safety


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Highway Trust Fund


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highways


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hinterland


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HMCS Charlottetown


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Hochtief PPP Solutions


holding-company
holding company


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Honolulu


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horse power


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hospitals


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hot


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hot lanes


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hov


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hov lane


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hov lanes


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hoyer


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hrs


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HS1


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hslu


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hsr


hsr-canada
HSR Canada


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HSR Line


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HSR network


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HST


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htf


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huard


hub
hub


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hub in Europe


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Huchon


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human capital management


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Hyundai


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IASB


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IATA


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idrac


ids
IDS


if-sncf-fret-was-a-private-company
If SNCF fret was a private company


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IFRIC 13


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Ignacio Barron


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Ignacio Barron de Angoiti


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ignition interlock device


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Imagin'R


imagine-r
Imagine R


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IMB


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IMB Piracy Reporting Centre


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IMI Investmenti Spa


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imperative requirement


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Implementing a Successful Strategy


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Import Transport Logistik


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important decisions


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important event


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important place


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improvement efforts


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Improvement Program


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improvement projects


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improving the performances


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In-flight


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In-flight cellphone


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In-flight cellphone use


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In-flight cellphone use authorized in Europe


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Increase of the fuel surcharges


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increased service


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increasing traffic


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indemnity provisions


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india pakistan


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indiana high-speed rail association


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indiana state


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indiana times


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Indiana Toll Road


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Industrie aéronautique et coopération transatlantique


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Industrie ferroviaire


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Industry


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Industry Links


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inflation


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Information


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information portal


information-voyageurs
information voyageurs


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infos


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Infrared


infrared-camera
Infrared camera


infrared-camera-to-detect-stolen-vehicle
Infrared camera to detect stolen vehicle


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infrastructure


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infrastructure business


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infrastructure costs


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infrastructure financing


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infrastructure improvements


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infrastructure manager


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infrastructure managers


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infrastructure project


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infrastructure sector


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infrastructures


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infrastructures de transport


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Infrastructures investments


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Infrastructures Minister


ingerop
INGEROP


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inhabitants


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inland port


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inland waterways


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innovation awards


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Innovation NewsBriefs


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innovations


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innovative financing


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innovative products


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innovators


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Instruments économiques de lutte contre l’effet de serr


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Intedepartmental Committee for Road Safety


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Intégrale


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Intégrales


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integrated communication


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integration services


intelligent-roads
Intelligent roads


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intercity rail transport


intercity-trains
intercity trains


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InterCityExpress


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interior minister


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intermediate product


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intermodal


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intermodal facilities


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intermodal transport


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Intermodality


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international


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International Accounting Standard Board


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international air transport


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International Air Transport Association


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international airports


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international alliance


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international anti-terrorism


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international aviation


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international flights


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international freight


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International Maritime Bureau


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international monetary fund


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International Representative


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international road federation


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international scientists


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international traffic


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international transport


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International Union of Railways


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International Week of Transport & Logistics


international-week-of-transport-and-logistics
International Week of Transport and Logistics


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Internet


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Intesa Sanpaolo


intesasan-paolo
IntesaSan paolo


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investigative arm


investment
investment


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investment programs


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investments


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investor


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invitation to tender


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invoicing data


iphone
iphone


iphone-friendly
iPhone Friendly


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irf


irisbus
Irisbus


italia-logistica
Italia Logistica


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italian airline


italian-airline-alitalia
Italian airline Alitalia


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italian government


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italian governments


italian-national-airline-alitalia
Italian national airline Alitalia


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Italian passenger rail operator


italian-prime-minister
Italian Prime Minister


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Italian private company


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italian railways


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Italy


itf-round-tables
ITF Round Tables


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Ithaca


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itl


its
ITS


itw-institute
ITW Institute


iveco
Iveco


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Jacques Attali


jacques-gounon
jacques gounon


jaguar
Jaguar


jan-29
jan 29


janyce-desiderio
Janyce Desiderio


japanese-shinkansen
japanese shinkansen


jcdecaux
JCDecaux


jcdecaux-mobilier-urbain
JCDecaux Mobilier Urbain


jdd
jdd


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jean cyril spinetta


jean-louis-borloo
jean louis borloo


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jean plateau


jean-paul-huchon
Jean-Paul Huchon


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jean-pierre loubinoux


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jeopardy


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jerry schneider


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JetP-Avax


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job creation


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Johannes Klühspies


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john doe


john-mica
John Mica


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joint venture agreement


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joint-venture


jon-calon
Jon Calon


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journey times


justin-bur
Justin Bur


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K+N


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KCTC


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KDR


ken-livingstone
ken livingstone


ken-orski
Ken Orski


kenneth-orski
Kenneth Orski


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keolis


keolis-group
Keolis Group


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kilometers


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kilometres


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klm


klm-royal-dutch
KLM Royal Dutch


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KMTC


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kph


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Kuehne


kuehne-nagel
Kuehne + Nagel


kukje
KUKJE


kyoto-protocol
kyoto protocol


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L'art entre en gare


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l'espace affaires


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l'espace première


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la poste


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La Rochelle


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La SNCF augmente le prix des billets TGV


la-sncf-modifie-ses-tarifs-tgv
La SNCF modifie ses tarifs TGV


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la times


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labor unions


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lahood


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Land Planning


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Land Rover


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Lapi


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last ten years


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late night


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law congress


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le bourget


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Le Havre


le-havre-urban-community
Le Havre Urban Community


le-moniteur
Le Moniteur


le-nouvel-obs
le nouvel obs


le-ponant
Le Ponant


le-reseau-ferroviaire-une-reforme-inachevee-une-strategie-incertaine
Le réseau ferroviaire : une réforme inachevée une strat


le-reseau-ferroviaire-une-reforme-inachevee-une-strat
Le réseau ferroviaire : une réforme inachevée une strat


le-tgv-est-a-ete-teste-par-arnold-schwarzenegger
Le TGV Est a été testé par Arnold Schwarzenegger


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leader container handling port


leader-container-handling-port-in-the-mediterranean-basin
leader container handling port in the Mediterranean Bas


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leadership technology


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leading mobile phone supplier


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Lecture Automatisée des Plaques d'Immatriculation


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legal decisions


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Leipzig


leipzig-hub
Leipzig hub


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leisure travel


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leo van wijk


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Les Cars Air France


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les echos


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les verts


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Less flights in Milan Malpensa


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LGV


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LGV Bretagne-Pays-de-la-Loire


lgv-rhin-rhone
LGV Rhin Rhone


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liege airport


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light rail


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light rail line


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light rail project


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light rail projects


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light rail transit


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light rails


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light vehicles


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light-rail extensions


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Ligne à Grande Vitesse


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ligue de protection des oiseaux


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line T3


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Linköping


linkoping-sweden
linköping sweden


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Links


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liters


little-bit
little bit


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livraison


lkw-maut
LKW Maut


lloyd
lloyd


loan-worth-e300-million-to-alitalia
loan worth €300 million to Alitalia


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local transport


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logistic company


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logistics


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logistics providers


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logistics companies


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logistics contracts


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logistics group


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logistics service


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logistics services


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Logistics Systems


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logistique


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logistiques


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Logistira


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loi 1901


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London


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london city


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london congestion charging


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london congestion charging zone


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london congestion pricing


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london crossrail


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london heathrow


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london transit


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london transport


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london website


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londoners


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long-haul


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longer and heavier trucks


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longest arched bridge


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Loretta Sanchez


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los angeles times


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losses


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louis dreyfus armateurs


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louis gallois


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low cost airline


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low cost flights


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low emissions


low-gas-consumption
low gas consumption


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loyalty


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loyalty program


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lte logistik und transport gmbh


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Lucerne


lucerne-school-of-business
Lucerne School of Business


lufthansa
lufthansa


lufthansa-ag
lufthansa ag


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luggage


luggage-fee
luggage fee


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luis rodriguez


luis-rodriguez-zapatero
luis rodriguez zapatero


luxury-cruise-boats
luxury cruise boats


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lyon airport


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lyon france


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lyon saint exupery


lyon-satolas
lyon satolas


l%e2%80%99entree-en-bourse-de-la-deutsche-bahn
L’entrée en bourse de la Deutsche Bahn


m-desiderio
M. Desiderio


m800
M800


macquarie
Macquarie


macquarie-infrastructure-group
Macquarie Infrastructure Group


madrid
madrid


magdalena-alvarez
magdalena alvarez


magic-roundabout
Magic Roundabout


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magnetic paper ticket


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maiden flight


mail
mail


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main goal


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main objective


maintenance-department
maintenance department


making-roads-ready-for-the-future
making roads ready for the future


malaga
malaga


maliakos-kleidi
Maliakos-Kleidi


maliakos-kleidi-highway-project
Maliakos-Kleidi highway project


malpensa
malpensa


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Malta Freeport


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Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd


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Malta port


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malus


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management agency


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management operation


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management policies


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management team


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manager


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managing company


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mangelsdorf


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maps


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march 1


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march 11


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march 17


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March 2008


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marco polo


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marine


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marine highways


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Marine Highways Program


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marine highways projects


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marine piracy


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marine transport


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maritime


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maritime issues


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maritime lines


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maritime organization


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maritime piracy


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maritime routes


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maritime services


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maritime transport


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Maritime Transport Industry Links


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maritime transportation


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market evolution


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market projects


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market regulator


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market shares


market-slump
market slump


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marseillaise


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Marseille


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marseille lille


marseille-provence
Marseille Provence


marseille-provence-metropole
marseille provence métropole


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Marseille-Fos terminal


marseilles
marseilles


martec
Martec


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mass transit


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matériel roulant


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matthieu desiderio


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Maurizio Prato


mayor-ken-livingstone
mayor ken livingstone


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mayors


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Mazda


mdp-holding
MDP Holding


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measures


mechanisms
mechanisms


meda
MEDA


media-day
Media Day


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medias


mediterranean-basin
Mediterranean Basin


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MEEDDAT


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Mehdorn


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Melbourne transit


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mentionned


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merchant marine


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merged company


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merger deal


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merger proposal


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merger talks


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mergers and acquisition


merrillville-indiana
merrillville indiana


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Merry Star


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mesnil


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Metra


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metro


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métro fluvial


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metro line


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metro rail


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metro rail cars


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metro transit


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metropolitan authority


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metropolitan france


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Meyzieu


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michelet


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mid size


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midi pyrennées


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midwest


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milan airport


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milan malpensa


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Milan stock markets


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Millau viaduct


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minibuses


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Minister of Transport


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ministère


ministere-de-lecologie-de-lenergie-du-developpement-durable-et-de-lamenagement-du-territoire
ministère de l'écologie de l'énergie du développement durable et de l'aménagement du territoire


ministere-de-l%e2%80%99ecologie-de-l%e2%80%99energie-du-developpement-durable-et-de-
l%e2%80%99amenagement-du-territoire
ministère de l’Ecologie de l’Énergie du Développement durable et de l’Aménagement du territoire


ministers-council
ministers council


ministry-for-ecology-energy-sustainable-development-and-town-and-country-planning
Ministry for Ecology Energy Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning


ministry-of-finance
Ministry of Finance


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minute bus


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mobile air france


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mobile equipment


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mobile phone supplier


mobileairfrancecom
mobile.airfrance.com


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Mobilier Urbain


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mobilité


mobilite-urbaine
mobilité urbaine
mobility
mobility


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mobility forum


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modal share


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modal shift


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mode type


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modernization


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modes


modes-of-transport
modes of transport


mokum-mariteam
Mokum Mariteam


monday-through-friday
monday through friday


moniteur-expert
moniteur expert


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monopoly


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mons


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Montezemolo
montfermeil
montfermeil


month-in-review
Month in Review


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monthly and weekly passes


monthly-passes
monthly passes


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Montreal


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Montreal Metro


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Montreal transit authority


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montreuil


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morgan stanley


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Mory


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Mory Group


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MoS


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Moscow-Saint Petersburg line


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Motor Carrier
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motor carrier safety


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motor carrier safety administration


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motorists


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motorway


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motorways


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mr li


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ms excel


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multibillion dollar


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multiplies by three


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Nagel


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Nano


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nantes airport


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Nantes Saint-Nazaire


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Nantes-Atlantique
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naples


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narbone


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narbonne


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national airline


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national airline Alitalia


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National Airspace System


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national assembly elections


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National Bank of Belgium


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national government


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national governments


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national haulage


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national newspapers


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National Official Journal


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National Official Journal of the French Republic
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national railway


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national railway company


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National Transportation Safety Board


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national weather service


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nationwide road tax


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Natixis


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navette fluviale


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navigable


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navigable waterways


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Navigo


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Navigo Pass


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navigo ratp


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naviland


naviland-cargo
Naviland Cargo
nd-will-become-a-real-leader-of-the-road-transport-and-logistics-market-in-europe
ND will become a real leader of the road transport and


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Near Field Communication


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nestlé waters


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net benefit


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net income


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net profit


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network


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network operators


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networking


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networking event


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new cars


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new direction


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new generation of light-rail urban tramways


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New Jersey
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new legislation


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new organization


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new plane


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new president


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new projects


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new solution


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new technologies


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New Technology


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new train


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new york


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new york city


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new york jfk


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Newark Airport


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newcomers
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news story


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next five years


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NextGen


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NFC


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NFC Program


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NFC Task Force


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NFC technology


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NHTSA


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nicolas sarkozy


no-141-privatisation-et-reglementation-des-systemes-de-transports-publics-urbains
No. 141 : Privatisation et réglementation des systèmes de transports publics urbains


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noise air pollution


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noise impact


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noise mapping


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noise pollution
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noise prevention


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Nokia


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Nokia Siemens Networks


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nomination


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Non-Profit Organization


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Norbert Bensel


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Norbert Dentressangle


norbert-dentressangle-christian-salvesen
Norbert Dentressangle - Christian Salvesen


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Nordcargo


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norman foster


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North America


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north china


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North Range ports


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Northeast corridor
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Northeast of Spain


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northern africa


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Northern America


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northern Italy


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Northern Virginia


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northwest air


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northwest airlines


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northwest airlines corp


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northwest indiana


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nostalgia


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nothwest


nouveau-thalys
Nouveau Thalys


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Nouvel investissement portuaire pour CMA CGM en Asie


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novatrans
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November strikes


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NRJ Mobile


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NTSB


ntv
ntv


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Nuova Fourb


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Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori


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Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori


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NY


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ny times


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NYC


nyc-rounds-its-intersections
NYC rounds its intersections


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nytimes


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O'Hare International Airport


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occupancy rates
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occupancy vehicle


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OECD


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OFCOM


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office blocks


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Officiel des Transporteurs


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offre d’achat


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offre française


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oil


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oil price


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oil price escalation


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oil prices


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Olympia Odos


olympic-games
olympic games


online-software
online software
opa
OPA


open-skies
Open Skies


open-skies-agreement
open skies agreement


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operate


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operation


operation-management
operation management


operational-results
operational results


operator
operator


opportunity
opportunity


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opposition leader


ops
ops


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Optile


optimizing-network
optimizing network


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oran
orange
Orange


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order books


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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


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organizational structure


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Orly


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orly airport


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orly airports


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orsini


orski
Orski


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overcapacity


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overground


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oversized


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oversized vehicles


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ow on fuel
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own security


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owned company


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oyster card london


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P3


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pacif


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package boat


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package shipment


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packages shipping


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pan-European mobile communication services on aircraft


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pap


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paper tickets


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paratransit services


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parent company


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paris
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paris air


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paris airport


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paris airports


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paris cayenne


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paris charles de gaulle


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Paris city


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Paris city transit smartcards


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Paris commuter rail


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Paris Gare du Nord


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Paris Gare du Nord station


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paris lyon


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Paris Mayor


paris-mayor-bertrand-delanoe
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë


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Paris Metro
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paris nord villepinte


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Paris Orly


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Paris Orly and Lyon Saint Exupery


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paris paris


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paris region


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Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport


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paris strasbourg


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paris suburbs


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paris taxi


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Paris to Strasbourg


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Paris to the East of France


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Paris transit authority


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paris velib


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paris-london tgv
paris-vatry
Paris-Vatry


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parking lots


parkshuttle
ParkShuttle


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parliament elections


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Part Dieu


part-dieu-train-station
Part Dieu train station


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partenariat public prive


partenariats-public-prive
partenariats public privé


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participation


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Passe navigo


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passenger


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passenger airline


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passenger rail


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passenger rail transportation
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passenger traffic


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passenger train


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passenger trains


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passenger transport


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passenger volume


passengers
passengers


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patents


patrick-vermot-desroches
Patrick Vermot-Desroches


paul-langan
Paul Langan


pbv
pbv


pcc-logistics
PCC Logistics


pccc
PCCC


pdf-file
pdf file


pdf-plugin
pdf plugin
peak-hours
peak hours


peer-steinbruck
Peer Steinbrück


pep
pep


pepy
pepy


per-kilometer-tax
per-kilometer tax


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performance measures


performance-based
Performance-Based


perpignan
Perpignan


perpignan-figueras
perpignan figueras


personal-hints
personal hints


personal-rapid-transit
personal rapid transit


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petrol


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petrol price


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petrol price increases
petrol-prices
petrol prices


peugeot
Peugeot


peugeot-citroen-psa
Peugeot-Citroën-PSA


phase-study
phase study


phd
phd


philadelphia
Philadelphia


philippe-seguin
Philippe Séguin


photo-reportage
photo reportage


picture-gallery
picture gallery


pierpass
pierpass


pierre-billet-legros
pierre billet-legros


pierre-blayau
pierre blayau


pierre-franc
Pierre FRANC


pierre-henri
pierre henri
pierre-mongin
pierre mongin


pilot-groups
pilot groups


piracy
piracy


pirate
pirate


pirates
pirates


pkp
PKP


pkp-cargo
PKP Cargo


pkp-plk
PKP PLK


planes
planes


planning
planning


playa-de-bakio
Playa de Bakio


pocahontas-parkway
Pocahontas Parkway


podcar-city-conference
Podcar City Conference


poids-lourds
poids lourds
poitou-charentes
poitou charentes


poland
Poland


polands-national-railway
Poland's National Railway


polands-national-railway-pkp-cargo
Poland's National Railway PKP Cargo


police
police


police-officers
police officers


police-stations
police stations


policy-implications
policy implications


policy-leaders
policy leaders


polish-government
Polish Government


polish-state-railways
Polish State Railways


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politics


poll
poll


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poll system
polluted-city
polluted city


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pollution level


polo-ii
polo ii


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Ponant


pont-a-douze-voies-de-circulation
pont à douze voies de circulation


poor-situation-of-the-french-ports
poor situation of the French ports


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porcheville


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port


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port areas


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port authorities


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port authority


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port autonome


port-autonome-de-paris
port autonome de paris


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port officials
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port operation


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Port reform


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Port reform in France


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portal source


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porte de versailles


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porte-conteneurs


ports
ports


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ports autonomes


ports-infrastructure-competing-with-highways-for-investors-attention
Ports Infrastructure: Competing with Highways for Investors' Attention


portugal
Portugal


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positive signs


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poste


poste-italiane
Poste Italiane


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power supply facilities
poznan
Poznan


ppp
PPP


ppps
ppps


ppps-for-the-high-speed-rail
PPPs for the high speed rail


practicas-en-francia-y-evoluciones
prácticas en Francia y evoluciones


prado
prado


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precise answers


precise-data
precise data


preliminary-studies
preliminary studies


premiers-avions-dhl-sur-l%e2%80%99aeroport-paris-vatry
premiers avions DHL sur l’aéroport Paris-Vatry


premium-voyageur
premium voyageur


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presence


presidence-francaise
Présidence Française


presidence-francaise-de-lunion-europeenne
Présidence Française de l'union Européenne
presidency
presidency


president
President


president-and-ceo-of-rouch-intermodal
President and CEO of Rouch Intermodal


president-de-transport-expertise
Président de Transport Expertise


president-guillaume-pepy
President Guillaume Pépy


president-nicolas-sarkozy
president nicolas sarkozy


president-of-alitalia
President of Alitalia


press
Press


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price impact


pricing-strategies
pricing strategies


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pricing zone


prime-minister
Prime Minister


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prisons


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private agreement
private-business
private business


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private buyer


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private car


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private companies


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private company


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private consortium


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private finance initiative


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private investment


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private investors


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private involvement


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private operator


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private operators


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private participation


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private partners
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private railroad


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private sector companies


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private sector involvement


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private sector participation


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private sector roles


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privatisation


privatisation-and-regulation-of-urban-transit-systems
Privatisation and Regulation of Urban Transit Systems


privatisation-of-alitalia
privatisation of Alitalia


privatisation-process
privatisation process


privatization
privatization


privatized
privatized


procurement
procurement


product-quality
product quality


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production logistics
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profession


professional-organisation-for-french-road-haulers
professional organisation for French road haulers


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professionnal


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professionnals


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profits


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program evaluation


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project


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project construction


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project deliveries


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project discussions


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project finance


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project financing


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project management process


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project references
projects
projects


projet-de-loi-sur-la-reforme-des-ports-autonomes-mariti
Projet de loi sur la réforme des ports autonomes mariti


promouvoir
promouvoir


proposal
proposal


proposals
proposals


prorail
prorail


protection-des-oiseaux
protection des oiseaux


prototype
prototype


provide-air-transportation
provide air transportation


prt
PRT


prt-lhr
PRT @ LHR


prtlhr
PRT@LHR


psa
PSA


public-and-private-sectors
public and private sectors
public-authorities
public authorities


public-convenience
public convenience


public-infrastructure-projects
public infrastructure projects


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public interest


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public investment


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public involvement


public-money
public money


public-private-partnership
public private partnership


public-private-partnerships
public private partnerships


public-private-partnerships-french-practices-and-evolutions
Public Private Partnerships French practices and evolut


public-private-partnerships-french-practices-and-evolut
Public Private Partnerships French practices and evolut


public-procurement
public procurement


public-projects
public projects


public-railway
public railway
public-safety
public safety


public-service-delegation
public service delegation


public-transit-agencies
public transit agencies


public-transport
public transport


public-transport-in-france
public transport in france


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public transport network


public-transport-networks
public transport networks


public-transport-systems
public transport systems


public-transportation
public transportation


public-transportation-network
public transportation network


public-transportation-networks
public transportation networks


public-private
public-private


punzo
Punzo


qatar-airways
Qatar Airways
qatar-fuel-company
Qatar Fuel Company


qatar-petroleum
Qatar Petroleum


qatar-science-and-technology-park
Qatar Science and Technology Park


qq3
QQ3


quality-market
quality market


quality-of-service
quality of service


quantities
quantities


quebec
Quebec


quebec-superior-court
Quebec Superior Court


rabat-transit
Rabat transit


rachel-gordon
rachel gordon


radars
radars


rail
rail


rail-activities
rail activities
rail-advocates
rail advocates


rail-authorities
rail authorities


rail-carriers
rail carriers


rail-engineering
rail engineering


rail-express
rail express


rail-freight
rail freight


rail-infrastructure
rail infrastructure


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rail market


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rail network


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rail networks


rail-operator
rail operator


rail-operators
rail operators


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rail passengers


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rail projects
rail-proposal
rail proposal


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rail roads


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rail sector


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rail traffic


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rail transport


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rail transportation


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rail travel


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railcar


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railcar manufacturer


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railcars


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railroad


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railroad companies


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railroads


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railway
railway-carrier
railway carrier


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railway company


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railway infrastructure


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railway network


railway-networks
railway networks


railway-operator
railway operator


railway-system
railway system


railways
railways


rapid-transport
rapid transport


rapport-de-la-commission-pour-la-liberation-de-la-croissance-francaise
Rapport de la Commission pour la libération de la crois


rapport-de-la-cour-des-comptes
rapport de la cour des comptes


ratan-tata
Ratan Tata


ratan-tatas-company
Ratan Tata's company


ratp
ratp
ratp-developpement
RATP Développement


ratp-paris
ratp paris


ray-lahood
ray lahood


reason-foundation
reason foundation


reauthorization-act
reauthorization act


recent-performance
Recent Performance


reckless-driving
reckless driving


recovery-act
recovery act


reduce
reduce


referrals
referrals


reform
reform


reforme
réforme


reforme-des-ports
réforme des ports


reforme-des-ports-autonomes-maritimes
réforme des ports autonomes maritimes
region-ile-de-france
region ile de france


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region paris


regional-president
regional president


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regional public transport


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regional transport


regions-of-france
regions of france


registration-mark
registration mark


reglementation
reglementation


regulation
regulation


reiner
reiner


relevant-model
relevant model


reliable-networks
reliable networks


renault
Renault


renault-nissan
Renault-Nissan
rench-railway-infrastructure
rench railway infrastructure


rench-railway-infrastructure-owner-and-manager
rench railway infrastructure owner and manager


rench-transportation
rench Transportation


rench-transportation-minister
rench Transportation Minister


renewal-contract-of-336-metro-rail-cars
renewal contract of 336 metro rail cars


rennes
Rennes


renovate
renovate


reorganization
reorganization


report
report


report-from-the-french-dot
report from the French DOT


report-presentation
report presentation


report-ref
report ref


request-for-information
Request for Information


rer
RER
resafret
RESAFRET


research-project
research project


reseau-ferre-de-france
réseau ferré de france


reseau-ferroviaire
réseau ferroviaire


reset-2000
RESET 2000


results
results


ret-t
RET-T


retirement
retirement


reversible-lanes
reversible lanes


revista-sinergia
Revista Sinergia


rff
rff


rfid
rfid


rhin-rhone
Rhin-Rhône


rhine
Rhine
rhine-river
rhine river


rhone
Rhône


rhone-to-rhine-high-speed-rail
Rhône to Rhine High-Speed Rail


rhythm
rhythm


riding-the-rails
riding the rails


right-place-at-the-right-time
right place at the right time


rion-antirion
Rion-Antirion


rion-antirion-bridge
Rion-Antirion bridge


rivet
rivet


road
road


road-carriers
road carriers


road-congestion
road congestion


road-congress
road congress


road-construction
road construction
road-freight
road freight


road-haulers
road haulers


road-hauliers
road hauliers


road-map
road map


road-markings
road markings


road-safety
road safety


road-safety-division
Road Safety Division


road-space
road space


road-tax
road tax


road-transport
road transport


road-transport-industry-links
Road Transport Industry Links


road-transport-package
road transport package


road-users
road users


roads
Roads
roal
roal


robert-poole
robert poole


roissy
roissy


roissy-carex
Roissy CAREX


roissy-cargo-rail-express
Roissy Cargo Rail Express


roissy-charles-de-gaulle
roissy charles de gaulle


roissy-charles-de-gaulle-airport
roissy charles de gaulle airport


roissy-cdg
Roissy-CDG


roissy-cdg-hub
Roissy-CDG hub


rolling-highways
rolling highways


rolling-stock
rolling stock


rolling-stocks
rolling stocks


rolls-royce
rolls royce


rolls-royce-plc
Rolls-Royce plc
romano-prodi
romano prodi


rome-fiumicino
Rome Fiumicino


rotterdam
Rotterdam


rouch
Rouch


rouch-intermodal
Rouch Intermodal


rouen
Rouen


roundabout
Roundabout


roundabouts-replacing-some-intersections-in-ny-state
Roundabouts Replacing Some Intersections in N.Y. State


rountable
rountable


route
route


rte
RTE


rubber-tire-on-concrete
rubber tire on concrete


runway-incursions
Runway Incursions


runway-length
runway length
runway-safety
runway safety


runways
runways


rush-hours
rush hours


russell-houston
russell houston


russian-lines
Russian lines


russian-rail
Russian Rail


russian-rail-company
Russian rail company


russian-railway-company
Russian railway company


russian-railways
Russian Railways


rzd
RZD


s-board
s board


sacyr
Sacyr


safety
safety


safety-analysis
safety analysis
safety-challenges
safety challenges


safety-issues
safety issues


safety-progress
safety progress


safety-reasons
safety reasons


sailing-freight-boats-for-short-sea-shipping
sailing freight boats for short sea shipping


saint-barthelemy
saint barthelemy


saint-denis-city
saint denis city


saint-exupery-airport
saint exupery airport


saint-nazaire
saint nazaire


saint-pancras
Saint Pancras


salon-international-du-transport-et-de-la-logistique
Salon International du Transport et de la Logistique


san-francisco-chronicle
san francisco chronicle


sanef
sanef


santa-cruz-in-california
Santa Cruz in California
sarkozy
sarkozy


satellite-tracking-system
satellite tracking system


satisfaction-surveys
satisfaction surveys


saturation
saturation


saturday-night
saturday night


scale-economies
scale economies


schedule-adjustments
schedule adjustments


schenker
Schenker


schipol-amsterdam
schipol amsterdam


school-buses
school buses


sciarrone
Sciarrone


screening-exemptions
Screening Exemptions


sea
sea


sea-transport
sea transport
sea-highway
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    In brief: Vinci Park to operate parking lots in New York City
    http://en.transport-expertise.org/?p=741
    Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000
    Matthieu Desiderio
    transport
    transport
    http://en.transport-expertise.org/?p=741
Vinci Park, subsidiary of the French construction and electrical engineering company, is developing its
activities in New York City. Laz Parking, a 50%-owned subsidiary of Vinci Park was awarded a 7-year
contract on March 5, 2009 to operate 34 car parking lots, for a total of 13,600 parking spots, located
close to New York City subway stations. The contract was awarded by the New York Metropolitan
Transport Authority, due to the innovative nature of the solutions proposed by Vinci Park to improve
service to customers. | 05/03/2009 | 17:56 | Transport et infrastructures Laz Parking, filiale à 50 % de
Vinci Park, a remporté un contrat de sept ans pour la gestion de 34 parkings représentant au total plus
de 13 600 places de stationnement, situés à proximité de quatre lignes du métro de New-York. La
New-York Metropolitan Transport Authority a choisi Laz notamment parce que la société offrira aux
automobilistes des services s'inspirant de ceux proposés par Vinci Park en Europe. Laz Parking se
place ainsi en position de leader aux Etats-Unis dans le domaine du stationnement intermodal avec
plus de 200 parcs et 100 000 places de stationnement ainsi gérés, dans trois des plus grandes
agglomérations du pays : New-York, Washington et Boston <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References </span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: Vinci Park se développe à New-York, Le
Moniteur, March 5, 2009: <a title="Vinci Park se développe à New-Yor"
href="http://www.lemoniteur.fr/147-transport-et-infrastructures/article/actualite/602033-vinci-park-se-
developpe-a-new-york" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> this contract was secured thanks to the It
relies in particular on a mastery of toll collection technology, making it possible to ensure continuity
between the parking facilities and public transport options, and on the fact that LAZ Parking offered to
install in the New York car parks a wide range of services based on those provided by VINCI Park in
Europe. LAZ Parking has thus become a market leader in the United States in the field of intermodal
parking, with more than 200 car parks and 100,000 parking spaces operated in this way in three of the
country's largest urban centres: New York, Washington and Boston. VINCI Park is European market
leader and a major worldwide in parking. It now operates more than 1.2 million parking spaces in
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It is time to begin: Welcome to the Transport Information Group
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Thu, 29 Nov 2007 12:00:05 +0000
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After a couple months meditating upon whether or not editing another blog on the WWW, I gave it a
second thought. I wanted to do something useful, not a simple "<em>here-is-my-life-that-you-do-not-
care-about</em>" usual blog. Actually, it was not that much easy to figure out what to do and I'm not
even sure it will work, I'm still in the "<em>I-hope-and-I-think</em>" phase, what we can call a
"<em>beginning</em>". Anyways, since I do not like not to try... <strong>Here it is !</strong>
<strong><em>What will be here?</em></strong> Information about transportation: what happens in
the transportation world, what's hot in the news, what would be useful for anyone looking for
information about that subject, couple links and lots of other stuff. <strong><em>Why will it be
here?</em></strong> I like to be a kind of "<em>transportation-geek</em>", is that enough? Actually,
I also think that there are others like me who could even like it... You'll tell me. <strong><em>When
will it be here?</em></strong> As quickly as possible (today, tomorrow, the days after, etc.)... and
updated (almost) everyday (?) <strong><em>Who will be here?</em></strong> Hopefully a lot of
"<em>world-of-transport</em>" people... To make it work, I will need your help: readers, writers,
visitors, everybody... please be welcome to participate and make it go through what we called earlier
the "<em>beginning</em>" and reach the "<em>just after the beginning</em>" part (one small step
for a man, one giant leap for <strike>mankind</strike> my kind [sic]). <p align="right"><font
color="#008000"><strong>Thanks, Matt.</strong></font></p>

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Transportation on Demand: where are we now?
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About two years ago (April-July 2005), I wrote a report entitled "<em>Les transports à la demande aux
Etats-Unis</em>" (Transportation on Demand in the United States, see below). Working for the
French Trade Office in Washington, DC, we wanted to gather the US best practices in this field to
provide the French administration and transportation officials with recommendations on how to wisely
develop this type of transportation systems in our country. I recently received the TRB e-newsletter
from Russell Houston (see <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3946" title="TRB e-newsletter">here</a>)
mentionning a new report from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) about paratransit
(Ref.: <em>Improving ADA Complementary Paratransit Demand Estimation</em>, see below) which
deals specifically with one type of on demand transport: complementary paratransit service by public
transit agencies under requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. I then decided that
transportation on demand would be the subject of my first article... <h3><font
color="#800000">Paratransit in the United States, a world example?</font></h3> In the United States,
the <em>Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990</em> imposed on transit authorities to provide
door-to-door transportation services for people with disabilities that could not use regular transit
systems. Seventeen years after it has been implemented, around 6 000 transit authorities are
organizing, financing, and operating paratransit services within 3/4 miles around each of the regular
itineraries they control (bus, light rail, heavy rail, etc.).<!--more--> The operation of such services cost
a lot to the transportation authorities: $2.83 billion were spent on operating cost in 2005. These
expenses accounted for 9.3% of the total operating expenses while reprensenting only 1.3% of
unlinked passenger trips or 2.1% of passenger miles traveled. Moreover, passenger fares only
represented $286 million, letting the user share slightly above 10% (see APTA <em>2007 Public
Transportation Fact Book</em> for more detailed statistics).In spite of the important cost of such
operations, we considered it to be one of the most pragmatic and efficient method to offer a
transportation solution when it is not possible (either technically or financially) to make all public
transportation systems fully accessible. <h3><font color="#800000">What is going on in
France?</font></h3> In the meantime we started writing our study, a law was enacted in France on
Feb. 11th, 2005, called "<em>Loi sur l'égalité des droits et des chances, la participation et la
citoyenneté des personnes handicapées</em>" that boosted the obligations for transit authorities to
provide more accessible transportation systems and make accessible the existing networks. The French
law, in some way similar to the <em>Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,</em> imposes that not
only public transportation systems must be accessible but also the whole "mobility chain": from door-
to-door, people with disabilities should not encounter moving barriers. As a consequence, transit
authorities are not anymore the only ones involved in this mobility improvement process: urban
planners, architects and project managers do have to think their infrastructures in a way it should be
accessible for all. Most of the people with disabilities could then reach and ride the regular transit
networks. Yet, some areas cannot be remodelled, again because of technical and financial problems;
transportation authorities have then, by law, the responsibility to provide transportation alternatives for
people with disabilities and are in charge of operation and financing of these new services: we were
getting closer to the American way of thinking our paratransit networks. Paratransit implementation
really started at this time, even if couple examples of door-to-door transit systems could have been
found since the early 1990's in France. Since 2005, it has really been growing up, and by February
2008, all transit authorities will have to disclose a "Mobility Master Plan" (Schéma Directeur de
l'Accessibilité) detailing all accessible services and alternative solutions that are available in their
area... This will be the occasion to discuss this subject again. <h3><font
color="#800000">Transportation on demand is not only paratransit</font></h3> While paratransit
services account for a large part of on demand transport solutions, our study also mentionned other
kinds of transport systems. From shared ride services such as airport shuttles (eg. <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.supershuttle.com/" title="SuperShuttle">SuperShuttle</a>) to carpooling,
astonishingly expanded since the apparition of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes (HOVs) on US
highways, our paper studied the way America is developing these special "public transportation"
services to bring home some of the US best practices. <em>Thanks for all I learned there at that
time...</em> A subject I am now really interested in is the development of shared-ride airport-to-city
shuttles. The example of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.supershuttle.com/"
title="SuperShuttle">SuperShuttle</a> is a model of efficiency and is not a really expanded
transportation solution in France. Since Paris commuter rail network links the city and the airport, the
need of such shared-ride taxis may not be obvious. However, low-cost airlines are usually flying from
smaller airports, usually not accessible by (efficient) public transportation services... Their use being
more and more frequent for short/cheap leisure trips and sometimes even business flights, door-to-door
shared-ride taxis may become the good and low-priced solution for home-to-airport trips in France
and... in Europe? <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Study:
DESIDERIO (M), GAUTHIER (N), <em>Les transports à la demande aux Etats-Unis</em>,
Washington, DC, Mission économique, 2005 - 87 p., tabl., bibliogr., websites <ul> <li>Download the
report here (French)</li> <li>See references <a target="_blank"
href="http://temis.documentation.equipement.gouv.fr/temis/document.xsp?id=Temis-
0052465&amp;qid=sdx_q0&amp;n=9&amp;q=%20motlibre:|FINANCEMENT%20PUBLIC|"
title="Les transports à la demande aux Etats-Unis">here</a></li> <li>Other references available in
the report's bibliography</li> </ul> </li> <li>Report: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=8246" title="Improving ADA Complementary
Paratransit Demand Estimation">Report 119</a>: <em>Improving ADA Complementary Paratransit
Demand Estimation</em>, 2007.</li> <li>APTA, 2007 Public Transportation Fact Book. Statistical
data about public transportation in the United States: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.apta.com/research/stats/factbook/index.cfm" title="2007 Public Transportation Fact
Book">here</a></li> </ul>

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High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/17/high-speed-rail-tgv-commercial-speed-will-top-
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Mon, 17 Dec 2007 11:00:37 +0000
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<h3><font color="#800000">"223 mph" aka "San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 2 business
hours"... </font></h3> Google Maps™ <a target="_blank"
href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;time=&amp;date=&amp;t
type=&amp;saddr=San+Francisco,+CA&amp;daddr=Los+Angeles,+CA&amp;sll=37.0625,-
95.677068&amp;sspn=50.02446,81.738281&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;z=7&amp;om=1" title="Google
Maps: SF-LA">says</a> "<em>382 mi – about 5 hours 49 mins, up to 7 hours 10 mins in
traffic</em>". And, there is always traffic, isn't it? Anyways, why driving when we can fly? But, how
long would it take you to get from your office in LA to your meeting in SF on a cheap Southwest
flight? Let's say 45 minutes to get to the airport, 45 minutes going through security and board, 45
minutes flight, and 45 minutes to get to your destination, supposing you are not delayed anywhere (we
will discuss on time performance someday...): it looks like 3 hours to me, during which you can work...
at most 30 minutes, incomfortably seated in an aircraft. I tell you something else: "<strong>LA to SF,
</strong><a target="_blank" href="http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/geography/glossary.htm"
title="CBD?"><strong>CBD</strong></a><strong>-to-CBD</strong><strong>, downtown-to-
downtown, in 2 hours</strong>". The TGV (<em>Train à Grande Vitesse</em>), High Speed Rail
(HSR) train from the French manufacturer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.alstom.com/home/"
title="Alstom">Alstom</a> is not only a record beating machine (even if it surely broke the speed
world record on April, 4th 2007 reaching 574.8 kph or 357 mph): it is operated everyday to over 300
destinations by 430 TGV trains riding at 300 kph. A ride in a HSR train between LA and SF would
allow passengers to hop in until two minutes before "<em>take-off</em>", have their seat, plug and
turn on their laptop without waiting for "<em>the light to switch off</em>", work and/or relax for two
hours, get out of the station, and be already right in the city center... What do you think? <h3><font
color="#800000">Reliable networks + high speed = traffic </font></h3> In France, most of the
existing infrastructure, built since the 1980's does not allow trains to ride at 360 kph. However, most of
the French network, which proved to be the most reliable in 26+ years of operation, is already operated
at top speeds of 320 kph (that is already a LA to SF trip in only 2 hours 25 minutes!).<!--more--> New
infrastructure will be designed so that trains at 360 kph can cross each others with a not too important
wind effect: existing rail tracks are actually too close to allow such speeds, even though <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.sncf.fr/index.php?LANG=en_EN" title="SNCF Group">SNCF</a>
(the French railway operator) experimented it successfully on the Paris to Marseille line in 2006. Note
that in Spain, another HSR technology (Siemens trains) already operated by the Spanish railway
operator (Renfe), trains will be reaching 350 kph between Madrid and Barcelona when the
infrastructure will be adapted. Anyways, there is no need to worry: the Californian project, studied by
the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/" title="CA High-Speed Rail
Authority">California High-Speed Rail Authority</a>, would definitely be built so that trains can
cruise at 360 kph and the anticipated cost of around $40 billion (for the whole 700-mile high-speed
corridor, not just the SF-to-LA section) must not be a barrier. Compared to other expensive alternatives
to relieve congestion (eg. $82 billion to build 3,000 miles of freeway and two more airports, <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_7733983" title="LA Daily News: High-
speed rail called transit fix">see the article in the LA Daily News</a>), the high speed rail line would
be half the price. Useless to say it would also be largely more environmentally friendly: the new <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.alstom.com/home/" title="Alstom">Alstom</a> AGV (stands for
<em>Automotrice à Grande Vitesse</em>, high speed automotive) will have the same (already low
per passenger mile) energy consumption as the existing TGV trains for a cruising speed 20% higher
(360 kph instead of 300 kph). One last thing for those who are still skeptical: on a two-hour ride, HSR
has a market share of 80-90% against plane. The best example in Europe is between Paris and Brussels
where airlines do not operate anymore... The new lines that will be built in France to finalize the link
between Paris and Toulouse via Bordeaux (southwest of the country) will bring both cities in a three
hour range from the French capital: the market share of Air France on its Paris-Toulouse line is
expected to fall to 30% (today around 80% of the total traffic). The same thing should definitely
happen between Los Angeles and San Francisco... <h3><font color="#800000">Forecast ridership of
100 million, annual revenue of $3 billion by 2030: let's fund it!</font></h3> The CHSRA may have
optimistic forecast for its HSR corridor but I think it still makes sense. Even though population
densities are not comparable in Europe or Japan (where HSR trains are operated) and in California,
ongoing traffic of both roads and airlines and population expected growth in the next 20 years will
make this possible. The question now is: how to fund such an investment? The $10 billion bond
measure that would fund the system is set for the November 2008 ballot after being postponed twice in
2004 and 2006. Since Governor Schwarzenegger declared that "<em>State [California] must build
high speed rail</em>" (see <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.fresnobee.com/287/story/45687.html?bcsi_scan_29113BEF8D6F0ADE=g8Uy0b7f7
cHw+eD7eUVaJQwAAADMKAMU:1" title="GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: State must
build high-speed rail">Fresnobee</a> article) after a San Francisco Bay Area freeway collapsed, there
is a great chance this measure is finally adopted. The CHSRA will then have to look for federal and
private funds to complete the $30 billion missing part. The brand-new case of private funding through
a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement to finance the new HSR infrastructure in the southwest
of France may be a good example for the Californian project... <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Le TGV roulera bientôt à 360
km/h</em>, Le Figaro, De. 17, 2007: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-
francaises/2007/12/17/04010-20071217ARTFIG00331-le-tgv-roulera-bientot-a-kmh-.php" title="Le
TGV roulera bientôt à 360 km/h">here</a></li> <li>Website: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.sncf.fr/index.php?LANG=en_EN" title="SNCF Group">SNCF</a>: the French
railway operator.</li> <li>Website: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.alstom.com/home/"
title="Alstom">Alstom</a>: the TGV manufacturer.</li> <li>Website: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/tgv/" title="RailEurope: ticket sales">RailEurope</a>:
Official USA site for All TGV, SNCF fares and schedules.</li> <li>Website: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.europeisshrinking.com/" title="Europe is shrinking">Europe is shrinking</a>: TGV
press campaign in New York City.</li> </ul>

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The California High Speed Rail Authority claims SF-LA in 2:38 for express trains, whose only
stop en route would be in San Jose (Silicon Valley). While the top speed will be 220mph, lower
speed limits will apply at either end of the run. Note that plans for a new rail bridge across the
San Francisco Bay have been canceled. Only the southern route out of the Bay Area (via Gilroy) is
still part of the core plan, the alternate route via Tracy may or may not happen as a "high speed
overlay" serving only Northern California.
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Carpooling: from a free beginning until… an expensive end?
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/18/carpooling-from-a-free-beginning-
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<h3><font color="#800000">What is carpooling and why should people carpool?</font></h3>
Carpooling has many names in the United States: car-sharing, ride-sharing, lift-sharing, and so on… It
basically consists in the shared use of a vehicle (a car, sometimes a van provided by an employer), on
commuting trips to and from work. Carpoolers (people who are carpooling) are sharing their rides for
many reasons: usually trying to split transportation costs, some of them also care about environmental
and social issues. Born in the 1970’s, carpooling started in quite traffic congested areas (Washington,
DC metro area and Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.) with people called “sluggers”.
These sluggers gathered at local businesses, government locations, bus stops, or metro stations, waiting
for other drivers to pick them up. Then, carpooling has been extensively developing with the apparition
of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes (HOV lanes: for example “HOV-2” means you must be at least two
people in the car to ride on the HOV lane): built in large urbanized areas, they were conceived to
encourage carpooling and ride-sharing, in order to minimize the number of cars on the road and, as a
consequence, minimize traffic jams. During the “HOV era”, the sluggers became “real carpoolers”.
They still get a free/cheap ride to and from work, and avoid long transit trips, while drivers gain access
to HOV lanes for a shorter commute. During the last 15 years, with the increasing use of new
technologies such as the Internet, cellphones or textmessaging, carpooling has been better organized,
people being now able to know “who is going where and at what time”. Also, with the development of
both carpooling and the increasing number of HOVs infrastructures, some local government even
provided carpoolers with special facilities: designated pick-up points, “Park and Ride” spots, free
parking lots, etc. This system is running quite good!<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">Carpool
lanes may not be free anymore…</font></h3> Driving a car on unclogged HOV lanes seems to
become a privilege that could, sooner or later, disappear from the windshield of many American
commuters, starting by California. Politicians and government officials from the Los Angeles area
definitely see bigger bucks in tolling these “still” free infrastructures (for how long?) to help finance
maintenance costs and capital investments. According to an article from the LA Times published
December 14, 2007 (see <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-
congestion14dec14,1,4838541.story?coll=la-headlines-pecalifornia&amp;ctrack=2&amp;cset=true"
title="Los Angeles Times: Carpoolers' free ride may be over">here</a>), the MTA (Los Angeles
County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) seriously considers converting the existing HOV lanes
into toll roads, with a congestion pricing based system. The toll rates would be variable and determined
by the level of traffic and the time of the day (eg.: rush hours would be more expensive). Carpoolers
will have to pay tolls as any other solo-drivers and would not get anymore benefits from ride-sharing:
no more certainty to commute faster when other lanes are stuck. Although carpoolers feel they will
loose a lot of their advantages, it will still be profitable for them to continue ride sharing. Officials
actually proposed to apply lower toll rates on carpoolers and the cost of their journey would still be
split between 2+ people (cheaper than a solo ride)… HOV turning into HOT (High Occupancy Toll)
may not be as alarming as it looks like for those who already understood that one thing: the more
people you put in a vehicle, the less vehicles you have on the road… <h3><font
color="#800000">What happens in France?</font></h3> While the United States local governments
start to toll (thinking about tolling) their carpool infrastructures among lot of other tolling projects of
“future-ex-freeways”, France is not even at the carpool stage. Even if a large part of the highway
networks are already tolled and operated by private companies, HOV lanes system studied by
Government officials in the past, have never been implemented. The interest for carpooling is
increasing slowly among French commuters: the average number of passengers per car reach 1,3
during rush hours, and it is almost not reasonable to say that carpooling accounts for 5% of home to
work trips… only when transit is not available. Facing this “incredible” growing interest for
carpooling, a couple French websites are somewhat offering dedicated services (see below a list of
French <em>covoiturage </em>websites in References). What should we do and can we actually do
something? Maybe the increasing gasoline prices (topping levels around $100 a barrel), better
environmental and sustainable development considerations, or stronger traffic jams could be, in the
future, the way to “new” solutions for French highways… Maybe these best practices from the United
States will cross the Atlantic. French authorities will in the end, like their American counterparts, start
tolling the free “diamond lanes” (HOVs' nickname) and we will be back again at the beginning: it
seems to me that optimizing road commuting may not the best way to improve our transportation
systems... While the free-carpooling era is slowly dying in the US and that more and more toll roads,
congestion pricing solutions, truck only tolls are discussed for America's roads future, we can ask
ourselves if tolling is the real way to reduce congestion: should we just increase toll rates or use more
complicated pricing policies? Is it possible to totally rethink transportation “without” cars, while
densifying transit networks in and around our cities? I would be glad to further discuss some of these
issues in my next articles about Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and about sustainable development
through the use of better transit systems. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Website: <em>Easy covoiturage : le covoiturage gratuit</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.easycovoiturage.com/" title="Easy Covoiturage">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Covoiturage.com</em>: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.covoiturage.com"
title="Covoiturage.com">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Covoiturage en France et en Europe pour
les particuliers</em>: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.123envoiture.com/" title="1, 2, 3 en
voiture">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Covoiturage Comove.com, le covoiturage efficace</em>:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.comove.com" title="Comove.com, le covoiturage
efficace">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Covoiturage pour la France et trajets de co-voiturage pour
l'europe</em>: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.co-voiturage.fr" title="Covoiturage pour la
France et trajets de co-voiturage pour l'Europe">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Le site national du
covoiturage en France</em>: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.covoiturage.fr/" title="Le site
national du covoiturage en France">here</a></li> </ul>

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SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR trains
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/19/sncf-up-to-eur-9-billion-worth-of-hsr-trains/
Wed, 19 Dec 2007 10:00:57 +0000
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Following-up with the article about the TGV which will top 360 kph in commercial speed (see <a
href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=16" title="High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will
top 360 kph">here</a>), I recently read that SNCF, the French railway operator, will have to replace
most of the rolling stock operated since the 1980's. SNCF plans to replace around 15 to 20 TGV trains
per year between 2014 and 2020, a contract worth EUR 7 to 9 billion. An invitation to tender will be
sent at the end of 2008. Three to five proposals may be received by SNCF: the most serious companies
are Alstom (AGV), Bombardier (Zefiro), and Siemens (Velaro). Talgo, a smaller Spanish rolling stock
manufacturer and the Japanese Shinkansen could also bid but both will definitely be behind the "big-
three" and Ansaldo (Italy), CAF (Spain) or Stadler (Switzerland) may also be part of the bidders.
Among the three major opponents, all of them will offer High Speed Rail technologies capable of
commercial speeds up to 360 kph. The real technological advance is that power units providing
motivity will be divided in all train cars, instead of only being in the locomotive and will allow more
room and comfort for passengers. However, we are still a year away from the tender and the first
Alstom AGV could be coming out of the factory early 2008: we will then have actual things to
discuss... <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: Alstom AGV:
<em>a new High-Speed train concept from ALSTOM</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.transport.alstom.com/home/products_and_services/rail_vehicles/very_high_speed_tr
ains/31173.EN.php?languageId=EN&amp;dir=/home/products_and_services/rail_vehicles/very_high_
speed_trains/" title="AGV, a new High-Speed train concept from ALSTOM">here</a></li>
<li>Website: Alstom AGV:<em> performance and modularity</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.transport.alstom.com/home/elibrary/technical/products/32033.EN.php?languageId=
EN&amp;dir=/home/elibrary/technical/products/" title="AGV : Performance and
modularity">here</a></li> <li>Website: Bombardier Zefiro: <em>High-speed Trains for 200 to 350
km/h</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.bombardier.com/en/1_0/pdf/Bombardier_Zefiro_Technical_Description_en.pdf"
title="High-speed Trains for 200 to 350 km/h">here</a></li> <li>Website: Siemens Velaro: <a
target="_blank"
href="http://www.transportation.siemens.com/ts/en/pub/products/tr/services/highspeed/velaro/concept.
htm" title="Velaro Concept">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the
Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a rel="bookmark" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-rail-tgv-commercial-speed-will-top-360-kph/" title="Permanent
Link: High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph">High Speed Rail: TGV commercial
speed will top 360 kph</a>, Dec. 17, 2007</li> </ul>

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No more airports for France: we are not sure yet…
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/24/no-more-airports-for-france-we-are-not-sure-
yet%e2%80%a6/
Mon, 24 Dec 2007 18:00:27 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
air
air
airport projects
airport projects
dominique bussereau
dominique bussereau
economics
economics
efficient place
efficient place
environment
environment
environmental issues
environmental issues
fillon
fillon
finance
finance
freight
freight
freight movements
freight movements
government policies
government policies
grenelle
grenelle
high speed trains
high speed trains
infrastructure
infrastructure
light rail
light rail
logistics
logistics
mid size
mid size
mobility
mobility
nantes airport
nantes airport
next five years
next five years
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
projects
projects
runways
runways
safety reasons
safety reasons
sarkozy
sarkozy
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sustainable development issues
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transport
transportation secretary
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waterways
waterways
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Environmental issues are being widely discussed in France since President Sarkozy launched "Le
Grenelle Environnement" (Environment Round Table), basically six workgroups discussing ecological
and sustainable development issues to define government policies for the next five years. Among the
decisions that were taken at the end of October, the President announced that road and airport projects
would be frozen and that funding will go to more environmentally friendly projects such as transit
(light rail, buses...), high speed trains for passengers, and rail and waterways for freight movements.
However, he announced that "really needed projects" (the ones that are necessary to help economic
development) would still be financed: basically, it was a "<span style="font-style: italic" class="Apple-
style-span">No more, but...</span>" <h3><span style="color: #800000" class="Apple-style-span">A
second (replacing?) airport around Nantes, in the West of France</span></h3> The national newspaper
Le Monde (see article linked below) announced that Nantes' mayor, worried that his project would not
go on, recently received a confirmation from the Prime Minister François Fillon and the Transportation
Secretary Dominique Bussereau. The project would not be stopped in spite of the President's
declaration during the Environment Round Table: government officials from Nantes region justified
that it will not be a "new" infrastructure but a "replacing" one, to move the traffic from the present
Nantes airport to a new safer and more efficient place, in Notre Dame des Landes 25 kilometers from
Nantes.<!--more--> Safety reasons are the main arguments that supporters of the project used to
justify moving the airport activity outside the city but not all the surrounding cities' officials agreed
with this decision, especially Notre Dame des Landes' mayor. The traffic, already quite important for a
mid-size city like Nantes, reached 2.6 million passengers this year, up 7% from 2006. The new
infrastructure will have one more runways (two total) and the airport will be able to accomodate 3.5 to
4 million passengers and is expected to grow up to 8 or 9 million in 2050. Opponents to the project
still hope that the €500+ million capital investment will be the reason why the French government will
renounce to finance the new airport, if what was decided on ecological issues is not enough to justify
that plane is not welcome anymore in the TGV country... <h3><span style="color: #800000"
class="Apple-style-span">Environment vs. On-time performance...</span></h3> When in the United
States, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposes rules to limit flights in New York City airports
to improve on-time performance in already overcrowded airports (see article linked below), France
officials discuss whether or not building a new infrastructure. It would be interesting to observe how
both countries develop their public policies and evaluate how both solutions benefit to passengers who
travel each year to and from our countries. <h3><span style="color: #800000" class="Apple-style-
span">Ressources</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>La construction de l’aéroport Grand-Ouest est
confirmée</em>, Le Monde, Dec. 25, 2007: <a href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/wp-
content/uploads/2007/12/new-french-airport.pdf" title="La construction de l’aéroport Grand-Ouest est
confirmée">here</a> </li> <li>Website: <em>Western airport project</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.aeroport-grandouest.fr/" title="Western airport project">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>The Environment Roundtable, Le Grenelle de l'Environnement</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.legrenelle-environnement.fr/" title="Le Grenelle Environnement">here</a></li>
<li>Press release: AASHTO Journal, Dec. 21, 2007, volume 107, number 50: <a target="_blank"
href="http://news.transportation.org/journal.aspx" title="AASHTO Journal">here</a></li> </ul>
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Spain: first HSR network by 2015?
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/26/spain-first-hsr-network-by-2015/
Wed, 26 Dec 2007 13:00:45 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
cordoue
cordoue
environment
environment
european union
european union
final segment
final segment
finance
finance
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
hsr
hsr
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
kilometers
kilometers
luis rodriguez
luis rodriguez
luis rodriguez zapatero
luis rodriguez zapatero
madrid
madrid
malaga
malaga
moniteur expert
moniteur expert
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
spain
spain
spanish network
spanish network
transport
transport
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A quick note today to announce that Spain opened the final segment of the High Speed Rail line
between Madrid and Malaga, in the South of the country. The new €2.5 billion infrastructure linking
Cordoue and Malaga was mainly financed by the European Union and brings the Spanish network to
around 1,000 kilometers of HSR lines. Chief of government José Luis Zapatero announced that Spain
will become, in 2010, the country with the largest HSR network and hopes that it will reach 7,000
kilometers by 2015 thanks to a €41 billion plan. Next step for the Spanish network: Renfe is supposed
to start operating AVE trains on the HSR line between the capital city and Barcelona on the east coast
of the country. The article from Railway Technology referenced below gives a great overview of the
infrastructure planning countrywide. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: Le Moniteur Expert: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=2&amp;acces=0&amp;id=DC7C98005&amp;mode=0"
title="Espagne : inauguration de la LGV Madrid-Malaga">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Renfe
official website, AVE page</em>: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.renfe.es/ave/" title="Renfe
official website: AVE page">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>New High-Speed Train to Link Málaga
to Madrid by the End of the Year</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://gospain.about.com/b/2006/09/12/new-high-speed-train-to-link-malaga-to-madrid-by-the-
end-of-the-year.htm" title="New High-Speed Train to Link Málaga to Madrid by the End of the
Year">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>AVE Spain High-Speed Rail Network</em>, Railway
Technology: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/spain/"
title="AVE Spain High-Speed Rail Network, Spain">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Spanish Prime
Minister opens high speed train line from Madrid to Málaga</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_14294.shtml" title="Spanish Prime
Minister opens high speed train line from Madrid to Málaga">here</a></li> <li>Wikipedia: AVE: <a
target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVE" title="AVE article in
Wikipedia">here</a></li> </ul>

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Airbus 450 - Boeing 445…
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Wed, 02 Jan 2008 15:00:25 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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economics
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Expertise
Expertise
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finance
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financial scandal
forgeard
forgeard
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freight
french newspapers
french newspapers
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
ny times
ny times
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organizational structure
passengers
passengers
reorganization
reorganization
selling stocks
selling stocks
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singapore airlines
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superjumbo a380
superjumbo a380
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thomas enders
times article
times article
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transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
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Right, Airbus delivered 450 aircrafts this year... against "445 to 450" for Boeing... Needless to say that
both companies produced almost the same quantities and that French newspapers have a French point
of view (see article in Le Figaro below). What does the US press say about this? Actually, I did not
find a lot of articles about the subject in the US news (see NY Times article below) but if you would
have any links available, feel free to post them in a reply to this article. <h3><font
color="#800000">Airbus 2007: a financial scandal?</font></h3> 2007 has been a tough year for the
European aircraft manufacturer: the financial scandal that followed the announcement that the double-
decker superjumbo A380 would be delayed again shot down top management of the company. Noël
Forgeard (ex-French co-chief executive of EADS) and his German counterpart Thomas Enders have
been replaced and Forgeard has then been accused of selling stocks right before the company released
this information in the press, making the stocks fall 30%. <h3><font color="#800000">Power 8,
restructuring a wounded company...</font></h3> The goal was then to review the organizational
structure of the company: Louis Gallois, appointed CEO of EADS after Forgeard and Enders
departure, launched the implementation of the Power 8 cost-cutting and industrial reorganization
program.<!--more--> At the end of December Airbus announced it will achieve cost reductions of
€400 million, more than the €300 million expected earlier. Power 8 program anticipates to cut cost by
one more billion this year: a real need if the exchange rate remain around 1.45 dollar per euro, when a
10 cents difference between both currencies can represent a billion euros difference (plus or minus) in
Airbus turnover! Not only Airbus is changing, its mother company European Aeronautic Defence
&amp; Space Co. (EADS) will soon have new plans for its future. On January 10, 2008, Louis Gallois
will present its "Vision 2020" program that would, among other changes, reduce Airbus share in EADS
total revenues from 64% now to around 50% by 2020 to equilibrate military and civil activities.
<h3><font color="#800000">Order today, get it by... 2012?</font></h3> The end of the year has been
far better for the company, especially with the A380 entering commercial operation on October
25<sup>th</sup>. The Singapore Airlines flight landed in Sydney with around 450 passengers: a total
success for the company, even though some analysts remain skeptical about the success of the plane
against the future Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Then, Airbus announced December 14<sup>th</sup> it has
delivered its 5,000<sup>th</sup> aircraft, an A330-200 to Qantas, the Australian airline and revealed
that the order book is full! Boeing is not far behind: the company received the 1,000<sup>th</sup>
order for its B777 on August 29<sup>th</sup> from the Brazilian airline TAM and also has a full
order book. The European company has received 1,204 orders on the first 11 months of 2007, against
1,144 for Boeing on the same period. Airbus expects to reach 1,300 for the whole year when
announcing the results early 2008. Order books totaled 3,218 aircrafts for Airbus and 3,174 for Boeing
as of December 2007, which means that today's order will not be delivered before 2012. Should
airlines and aircraft rental companies have to worry about future delays? Maybe stocks market will tell
us... <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Airbus redevient
le numéro un mondial</em>, Le Figaro, January 1, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2008/01/01/04010-20080101ARTFIG00245-airbus-
redevient-le-numero-un-mondial-.php" title="Airbus redevient le numéro un mondial">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Qantas décroche le 5000e avion d'Airbus</em>, Le Figaro, December 14, 2007: <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2007/12/14/04010-
20071214ARTFIG00268-qantas-decroche-le-e-avion-dairbus-.php" title="Qantas décroche le 5000e
avion d'Airbus">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>EADS présente le plan «Vision 2020»</em>, Le
Figaro, December 13, 2007: <a target="_blank" href="http://http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-
francaises/2007/12/13/04010-20071213ARTFIG00462-eads-presente-le-plan-vision-.php"
title="EADS présente le plan «Vision 2020»">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Boeing Net Up, but
Outlook Is Curbed by Delays on 787</em>, New York Times, October 25, 2007: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/business/25boeing.html" title="Boeing Net Up, but
Outlook Is Curbed by Delays on 787">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>A380 superjumbo lands in
Sydney</em>, BBC News, October 25, 2007: <a target="_blank"
href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7061164.stm" title="A380 superjumbo lands in
Sydney">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>EADS Executives Meet, Seeking Ways to Right
Airbus</em>, New York Times, June 20, 2007: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/20/business/worldbusiness/20airbus.html" title="EADS
Executives Meet, Seeking Ways to Right Airbus">here</a></li> <li>Press release: <em>Qantas takes
delivery of Airbus' 5,000th aircraft</em>, December 14, 2007 : <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/pressreleases/pressreleases_items/07_12_14_5000th_airb
us_delivery.html" title="Qantas takes delivery of Airbus' 5,000th aircraft">here</a></li> <li>Press
release: <em>Brazil's TAM Airlines Orders 1,000th Boeing 777</em>, August 29, 2007: <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2007/q3/070829e_nr.html" title="Brazil's
TAM Airlines Orders 1,000th Boeing 777">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>European Aeronautic
Defence &amp; Space Co.</em> (EADS): <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eads.com/"
title="European Aeronautic Defence &amp; Space Co. ">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Airbus</em>: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.airbus.com/en/"
title="Airbus">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Boeing</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.boeing.com/" title="Boeing">here</a></li> </ul>
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Congestion pricing, from London to Milan
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London has it since February 2003, the main goal was to reduce congestion, one of the biggest issue in
the United Kingdom capital city. Milan in Italy just got something alike (January 2, 2008): first
implemented as an experiment, it is supposed to last a full year, in order to evaluate how it reduces
pollution and as a consequence, diseases caused by pollution and how it would be possible to avoid
cars in the historical city center. Also, some German cities (Berlin, Cologne, and Hanover) prohibited
access to polluting vehicles in city centers starting January 1, 2008 and will all develop it in 2008. <p
style="text-align: center"><img width="200" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/congestioncharging.jpg" alt="London Congestion Charging Logo"
height="200" /></p> However, New York City failed to implement it and Paris did not think much
about such a solution... <h3><font color="#800000">What happens (happened) in
London?</font></h3> <blockquote>"<em>Congestion charging is a way of ensuring that those using
valuable and congested road space make a financial contribution. It encourages the use of other modes
of transport and is also intended to ensure that, for those who have to use the roads, journey times are
quicker and more reliable.</em>" (source: Transport for London <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.cclondon.com/whatis.shtml" title="Transport for London">website</a>)<!--more--
></blockquote> A couple fast facts about London congestion charging zone that are important to
know: it is operating Monday through Friday, from 7:00AM till 6:00PM except Holidays; the zone is
clearly defined by signs and/or road markings at entrance and exit points (see London Congestion
Pricing Zone map: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.cclondon.com/download/DetailMapECCZ.pdf" title="London Congestion Pricing
Zone map">here</a>); and users are charged £8 daily (prices may vary if toll is paid the next day or if
people are residents of the area, see Transport for London website for more details) to enter, stop in or
cross the area. Once paid for the day, you can go in and out anytime you want but no matter what, you
have to pay and do not worry it is enforced by high-tech systems. <blockquote>"<em>Cameras read
your vehicle registration mark as you enter, drive within or exit the Congestion Charging Zone and
check it against the database. Once your vehicle registration mark has been matched, showing that you
have paid or do not have to pay the charge (because your vehicle is exempt or 100% discounted), the
photographic image of your vehicle is automatically wiped from the database.</em>" (source
Transport for London <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cclondon.com/Penalties-
Enforcement.shtml" title="Transport for London">website</a>).</blockquote> One last fact that could
be interesting: before February 2003, around 334,000 vehicles entered the zone each day and the report
published by Transport for London in July 2007 (see below: <em>Central London Congestion
Charging: Impacts monitoring, Fifth Annual Report</em>) stated that during the year 2006, an average
of 70,000 fewer vehicles entered the area each day: a 21% decrease. After four years, the
implementation of the congestion charging in London reduced traffic in the area, raised £123 million
during FY06/07 and allowed the city to invest in its transport system and improve the transit network
to accommodate extra passengers. Since February 2007, the original area has even been extended on
its west side. Add this to environmental benefits (less traffic means less emissions) and road safety
improvements (less traffic means less accidents), among other advantages, and London becomes an
example for cities across the world! <h3><font color="#800000">What was just implemented in
Milan?</font></h3> Starting January 2, 2008, a urban tolling system called "Eco-Pass" is operated in
Milan city center. Vehicles that were sold after 2000 (Euro 3 standard) and 2005 (Euro 4 standard) are
exempted from paying the toll. Also, motorbikes, and transit, public services, paratransit and electric or
natural gas propelled vehicles are exempted from paying the toll. All other vehicles, build before the
year 2000 and Euro 3 standard implementation, and all commercial trucks will have to pay between 2
and 10 euros depending on how much the vehicles affect the environment. As in London, enforcement
is (one of) the key: all 43 access points to the area are monitored by high-tech cameras and fines will
be issued, from 74 to 285 euros. The money raised will be used to improve the transit systems, which
apparently, is really needed in Milan. Milan Mayor expects his citizens to let their cars out of the
historical center of the city and that they will either walk or use buses and subways. However, some
are worried about the efficiency of the transit networks and say that it will not address the increasing
demand. Many questions that logically come in mind when a city start such a revolution... Let's just
wait for the experiment to go on and get a feedback to see if urban tolling can be a worldwide reality.
<h3><font color="#800000">And what about New York and Paris?</font></h3> This part will be
treated in a second article "<em>Congestion pricing: Why New York failed and why Paris is not really
thinking about it?</em>" to be published later this month. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Transport for London website: <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.cclondon.com/index.shtml" title="Transport for
London">here</a></li> <li>Report: Laura Blow, Andrew Leicester, and Zoë Smith - <em>London's
congestion charge</em>, Oct. 2003: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ifs.org.uk/bns/bn31.pdf"
title="London's congestion charge">here</a></li> <li>Report: <em>Central London Congestion
Charging: Impacts monitoring, Fourth Annual Report</em>, June 2006: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/Fourth-Annual-Report-Overview.pdf" title="Central
London Congestion Charging">here</a></li> <li>Report: <em>Central London Congestion
Charging: Impacts monitoring, Fifth Annual Report</em>, July 2007: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/fifth-annual-impacts-monitoring-report-2007-07-
07.pdf" title="Central London Congestion Charging">here</a></li> <li>Wikipedia article:
<em>London congestion charge</em>: <a target="_blank"
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_congestion_charge" title="Wikipedia: London congestion
charge">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Congestion Charging four years on - traffic still down across
central London</em>, July 11, 2007: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/5474.aspx" title="Congestion charging four
years on">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>A Milan, un péage urbain pour combattre la
pollution</em>, January 2, 2008: <a target="_blank" href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-
0@2-3214,36-995253@51-995587,0.html" title="A Milan, un péage urbain pour combattre la
pollution">here</a></li> </ul>

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I recently wrote an article about carpooling entitled "<a href="/index.php/carpooling-from-a-free-
beginning-until%e2%80%a6-an-expensive-end/" rel="bookmark" title="Carpooling: from a free
beginning until… an expensive end?">Carpooling: from a free beginning until… an expensive
end?</a>" and read another article about this subject in yesterday's (Wednesday, January 2, 2008)
issue of the Daily Transportation Update from AASHTO (free subscription <a
href="http://news.transportation.org/" target="_blank" title="AASHTO News">here</a>).
<em>Planned carpool fee is driving motorists mad</em>, From the Los Angeles Times, December 31,
2007: see the article from LA Times website <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
localgovtqa31dec31,1,3953039.story?coll=la-headlines-california&amp;ctrack=1&amp;cset=true"
target="_blank" title="Planned carpool fee is driving motorists mad">here</a> (Planned carpool fee is
driving motorists mad ) if the LA Times link is not available. Please, feel free to add your articles
about the carpool fee in Los Angeles in a comment on this post. <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/carpooling-from-a-free-beginning-until%e2%80%a6-an-expensive-end/"
rel="bookmark" title="Carpooling: from a free beginning until… an expensive end?">Carpooling:
from a free beginning until… an expensive end?</a>, Dec. 18, 2007</li> </ul>

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Transport and Environment: report from the French DOT
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Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:07:20 +0000
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A report on "greenhouse gas effects and how to reduce transport carbon dioxyde emissions" has been
recently published online by the French Department of Transportation (Tome 1 in Sep. 2007, Tome 2
in Dec. 2007). An article about this issue will follow in the near future. The report is available on the
French DOT's website: <ul> <li>Tome 1 : Instruments économiques de lutte contre l’effet de serre: <a
title="Tome 1 : Instruments économiques de lutte contre l’effet de serre"
href="http://www.statistiques.equipement.gouv.fr/article.php3?id_article=841"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Tome 2 : Instruments économiques de lutte contre l’effet de serre:
<a title="Tome 2 : Instruments économiques de lutte contre l’effet de serre"
href="http://www.statistiques.equipement.gouv.fr/article.php3?id_article=864"
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Expo in Paris: L'art entre en gare
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Mon, 07 Jan 2008 12:06:10 +0000
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<p align="center"><strong>SNCF, the French railways operator, is 70 years old!</strong></p> <p
style="text-align: center"><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0049.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-215"
title="Alstom TGV" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/img_0049-
300x200.jpg" alt="Alstom TGV" width="300" height="200" /></a></p> To commemorate this event,
an exposition was organized in Le Grand Palais in Paris, from December 21, 2007 until January 6,
2008.Showing arts related to the French railways operator (photos, posters, books &amp; writings,
movies, fashion, architecture, design, etc.), nine different areas retracing the SNCF story were set up
under the recently renovated atrium of Le Grand Palais, nicely purple-floodlighted. Yesterday was the
last day and starting January 8, an expo-train will go through 18 different cities in France, from station
to station, for another month...<!--more--> I visited the expo yesterday and wanted to share a couple
pictures in this article. <p align="left"><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0011.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-216"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
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width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0018.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-217"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0018-150x150.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0028.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-218"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0028-150x150.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="150" height="150" /></a></p> <p align="right"><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0031.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-219"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0031-150x150.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0036.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-220"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0036-150x150.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0038.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-221"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0038-150x150.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="150" height="150" /></a></p> <p align="left">Visiting the driving cab of a 1981 TGV train,
that is still in operation on the Paris to Marseille high speed rail line, was definitely worth the one hour
wait in a queue! I also enjoyed seeing again the April 4, 2007 world speed record (574.8 kph or 357
mph) video, shot from the on-board cameras.</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/img_0040.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-
image-222" title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0040-300x200.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="225" height="150" /></a>c<a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0043.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-223"
title="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/img_0043-300x200.jpg" alt="Expo in Paris: L\'art entre en gare"
width="225" height="150" /></a></p> There were also three other locomotives exposed: a 150 P 13
steam locomotive, one of the electric BB 9004 that beated the world speed record on March 29, 1955
reaching 331 kph, and the future Transilien Automotive that will enter operation on the commuter rail
lines around Paris in late 2009. On the evidence of the crowd attending the last day, the expo was a
total success: <strong>long life to SNCF!</strong> The expo's website is <a title="SNCF 70th
Anniversary Expo" href="http://www.evenement.sncf.com/expoanniversaire/index_flash.html"
target="_blank">here</a> and the pressbook is also available in <a title="Pressbook: L'Art entre en
gare" href="http://www.evenement.sncf.com/expoanniversaire/pages/DP-artentregare.pdf"
target="_blank">PDF</a>.
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High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320 kph
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Mon, 07 Jan 2008 23:58:57 +0000
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It is now possible! Since December 7, 2007, SNCF, the French railway operator, has equipped three
train sets so that passengers on board can be connected to the Internet through a broadband
wifi/satellite network. At this time, the system is only in a test phase for three month and passengers
do not know in advance if they buy a ticket on a "connected" train or not. Anybody riding the TGV
Est, from Paris to the East of France and Germany, could then board a train with an Internet connection
and enjoy the new technological experiment. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Internet on trains:
new technologies, new (high) cost!</span></h3> In the past, SNCF already tried to implement a
system to allow passengers to check emails and get information from the Internet but the connection
was based on the GSM network. It was definitely not as efficient as the new satellite and wifi
connection but it was for sure not so expensive: €20 million have already been spent for R&amp;D
cost to adapt computer systems and satellite connections to the railway network. And €80 million more
will be spent in the next four years to pursue the implementation of the whole technology. <!--more-->
This project is lead by SNCF, partnering with two consortiums including four major companies:
Capgemini to develop the software, Eutelsat to arrange the satellite connections, Orange to implement
the wireless networks in areas not covered by satellites (eg. tunnels), and Alstom to install wires on the
infrastructure and wireless systems in the trains. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Is it financially
sustainable?</span></h3> Internet and wireless computer base entertainment system in every TGV is
for sure a great idea that will make riders happy but one question remains: is it possible to at least
cover the cost? It seems like SNCF learned its lessons: they estimated that 50 passengers on each train
(the actual maximum system's capacity) paying each €3 would be enough to compensate the operation
cost and could even be profitable. I would really like to see the figures... One thing for sure, SNCF
and its high speed rail trains is not the first in transportation history to try implementing Internet
connection on board. Others, like Boeing with its subsidiary Connexion by Boeing, failed; however, I
remember Internet being available on couple transatlantic Lufthansa flights (B777 aircraft I think).
Recently, I also read about a middle-sized community in the United States that connected its buses to
wifi networks. So, why not in a TGV? If, as SNCF officials say, riders need it and are ready to pay for
it, it may be more than successful. Let's wait until the end of the experiment by March 2008 and see
what's next. I would easily pay up to 5 euros to get 2/3 hours of online airtime while riding the train...
<strong>Keep alert: I may post a future article about HSR seated in the fastest train in the
world!</strong> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Ressource</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>La SNCF relance l'Internet embarqué</em>, Ville &amp; Transports Magazine, N°438, Dec. 26,
2007 (French, paper)</li> <li>Press release: <em>TGV lance son nouveau portail de services et
d'accès Internet</em>, SNCF Entreprise, Dec. 7, 2007 (French): <a title="Press Release"
href="http://www.entreprise-
sncf.com/communiq/Pièces%20jointes%202007/TGV%20nouveau%20portail%20services%20et%20a
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    Special thanks to Bernie Wagenblast, who supports my initiative since the beginning and who
    linked this article in his Newsletter on Tuedsay, Jan. 8, 2008:
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http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/08/intelligent-roads-not-a-word-about-the-united-
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Tue, 08 Jan 2008 17:05:09 +0000
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absorb solar energy
absorb solar energy
and Brazil
and Brazil
asphalt
asphalt
Australia
Australia
Colas
Colas
Colas asphalt made with vegetable
Colas asphalt made with vegetable
Ecological and intelligent roads
Ecological and intelligent roads
Ecological roads
Ecological roads
Eurovia
Eurovia
Eurovia heat-sensitive coating
Eurovia heat-sensitive coating
freight
freight
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
heat-sensitive coating
heat-sensitive coating
hov
hov
infrastructure
infrastructure
Intelligent roads
Intelligent roads
ITS
ITS
ITS
ITS
mobility
mobility
new technologies
new technologies
Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia
passengers
passengers
reversible lanes
reversible lanes
road
road
spain
spain
transport
transport
United States!
United States!
Végécol
Végécol
vegetable based binders
vegetable based binders
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I feel a bit angry about an article I read in Le Monde on Sunday, January 6. The title is "<a
title="Routes écologiques et intelligentes" href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-
3238,36-996207,0.html" target="_blank">Routes écologiques et intelligentes</a>", in English:
Ecological and intelligent roads. Even though interesting, the end of the article discusses the reversible
lanes systems and only mentions Australia, Spain, and Brazil... Where are the United States in this list?
Don't they know about the reversible lanes on the Golden Gate Bridge or about the 9.6 miles of 2-lane
exclusive HOV-2 in Northern Virginia, near Washington, DC? These are the example that came to
mind when I read it... and even <a title="Wikipedia article: Reversilble lanes"
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversible_lane" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a> knows about
these infrastructures!<!--more--> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">These new technologies they
talk about</span></h3> Except this little thing, the article makes mention of couple interesting new
road technologies that really are of interest and that will be used a lot in the next couple years' projects:
Colas asphalt made with vegetable based binders (patented in France in 2004), called Végécol, that
received an award in September 2007; Eurovia heat-sensitive coating that changes color under 1°C to
indicate road users that road may be icy and slippy; and automatic variable speed limits depending on
weather, traffic, number of trucks. Also, the article refers to several future technologies that will are
not yet implemented but which would be interesting to see produced on a large scale: asphalt that
would absorb solar energy, intelligent road surfacing that would recognize vehicle's course and that
would melt in case of emergency to ease car stopping, etc. Yet, these intelligent/ecological roads
remain roads with cars and trucks cruising on it. Is it this much ecological? <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> Article: <em>Routes écologiques et intelligentes</em>, Le
Monde, Jan. 6, 2008: <a title="Routes écologiques et intelligentes"
href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3238,36-996207,0.html"
target="_blank">here</a> (subscription needed)<a title="Routes écologiques et intelligentes"
href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/20080105-ecological-and-
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Wed, 09 Jan 2008 04:00:29 +0000
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1858 automatic radars
1858 automatic radars
Alsace
Alsace
Alsacian Automobile Club
Alsacian Automobile Club
automatic
automatic
automatically control speed
automatically control speed
automobile
automobile
Automobile Club
Automobile Club
cars
cars
Comité Interministériel de la Sécurité Routière
Comité Interministériel de la Sécurité Routière
control speed
control speed
Contrôle Sanction Automatisé
Contrôle Sanction Automatisé
CSA
CSA
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desiderio
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DOT
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
freight
freight
French
French
French DOT
French DOT
Intedepartmental Committee for Road Safety
Intedepartmental Committee for Road Safety
ITS
ITS
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
passengers
passengers
police officers
police officers
politics
politics
radars
radars
reckless driving
reckless driving
regulation
regulation
road
road
road
road
road safety
road safety
Road Safety Division
Road Safety Division
safety
safety
safety
safety
Speed
Speed
Speed checked by radars
Speed checked by radars
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
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It all started a couple years ago, after a meeting of the <em>Comité Interministériel de la Sécurité
Routière</em> (Intedepartmental Committee for Road Safety) held December 18, 2002: France had a
bad road safety record with more than 8,000 casualties annually. The government then decided to
drastically improve road safety with a new tool: automatic radars that automatically control speed and
fine drivers (Contrôle Sanction Automatisé, CSA)... <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Big brother
is watching you</span></h3> Installed on hazardous areas of French roads, 1,858 automatic radars
(either stationary or mobile - embarked in police vehicles) flashed 14 million times in 2007. Only
around 50% of these pictures are however readable and actually used to fine drivers: 7 million tickets
were sent in 2007, up from 5,8 million in 2006. <!--more--> The system works well: when drivers
exceed speed limits, the radar shoots a digital pictures and the computer system analyses the licence
plate number; data is sent to the collection center in Rennes (west of France) and fines are
automatically issued since the police officer validates the infraction; the ticket is then sent to its
recipient who needs to pay in the next 30 days. The statistical figures are also in favor of the system:
average speed started decreasing after the announcement of the radars implementation, even before the
first radar was actually installed in November 2003. As of March 2006, speeding of 10 kph over the
limit was reduced to 20% in 2005 (from 35% in 2002) and speeding of 30+ kph was divided by 5 in
the same period. The report from the Road Safety Division of the French DOT, <em>L'impact du
contrôle sanction automatisé sur la sécurité routière</em>, provide with more detailed data about the
impact of radars and automatic controls on road safety (see below). <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">An autoclub denounce the reliability of the radars</span></h3> Recently in Alsace (east of
France), the Alsacian Automobile Club announced that the speed measures of automatic radars were
not reliable. They advised drivers, and especially their members, to deny the fines they receive. The
automobile club asked the government to check the position of all radar installations to confirm their
reliability and to take responsibility of the accuracy of the measures already taken and fines already
sent. Errors in the speed measurement may be due to an incorrect positioning of the radar antenna
(stationary systems) in relation to the road axis. Concerning embarked radars, the automobile club
suggested the police officers should use a marking system to ensure the antenna is well positionned
and takes accurate measures. However, the government position seems a bit different: lawyers hired
by drivers who got fined attest that denials are almost all refused. The French governement actually
"denies" being stronger on this position and says that denials do account for only 2 to 3% of all the
ticket sent (150,000 to 210,000 tickets). Also, the government insures that stationary automatic radars
are well positionned and operators (ie. police officers) do know how to operate them: if you get fined,
you get your fine! <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Website:
Sécurité routière (road safety), French DOT: <a title="French DOT, road safety division"
href="http://www.securiteroutiere.equipement.gouv.fr/infos-ref/regles/csa/csa.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li><a title="Radars map"
href="http://www.securiteroutiere.equipement.gouv.fr/data/radars/index.html"
target="_blank"></a>Website: Comité Interministériel de la Sécurité Routière: <a title="Comité
Interministériel de la Sécurité Routière" href="http://www.securiteroutiere.equipement.gouv.fr/infos-
ref/politique/organisation/cisr/" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Map of all automatic radars
implanted in France: <a title="Radars map"
href="http://www.securiteroutiere.equipement.gouv.fr/data/radars/index.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Report: <span class="Titre"><em>L'impact du contrôle sanction
automatisé sur la sécurité routière,</em> March 2006: <a title="L'impact du contrôle sanction
automatisé sur la sécurité routière,"
href="http://www.securiteroutiere.equipement.gouv.fr/cnsr/2_documents_page_travaux/306_rapport_c
sa.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> </span></li> <li>Article: <em>Eurolaser et radar automatique :
même mensonge ?</em>, MotoMag, Dec. 19, 2007: <a title="Eurolaser et radar automatique : même
mensonge ?" href="http://www.motomag.com/Eurolaser-et-radar-automatique-2218.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Les radars français sont-ils fiables</em>,
L'Essentiel, Jan. 7, 2008: <a title="Vitesse: les radars français sont-ils fiables?"
href="http://www.lessentiel.lu/news/luxembourg/story/22791616" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Radars : les PV de plus en plus difficiles à contester</em>, Le Figaro, Jan. 8, 2008:
<a title="Radars : les PV de plus en plus difficiles à contester "
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualites/2008/01/08/01001-20080108ARTFIG00367-radars-les-pv-de-
plus-en-plus-difficiles-a-contester-.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <!--adsense#post-
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    2008-01-25 16:29:04
    2008-01-25 15:29:04
    Seen in AASHTO Daily Newsletter: <strong>Utah Legislature has Traffic Ticket Quotas on Its
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HSR "breaking" news: Top secret? Not that much...
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/10/hsr-breaking-news-top-secret-not-that-much/
Thu, 10 Jan 2008 13:30:42 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger Considers France's TGV Train For
Arnold Schwarzenegger Considers France's TGV Train For
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California Governor
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Expertise
Expertise
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Gare de l'Est
Gare de l'Est station
Gare de l'Est station
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high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
hsr
hsr
Le TGV Est a été testé par Arnold Schwarzenegger
Le TGV Est a été testé par Arnold Schwarzenegger
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paris
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
rail
rail
train
train
train station
train station
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
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Le Figaro published an article on January 4, 2008 entitled "Le TGV Est a été testé par Arnold
Schwarzenegger !" (see references below); in English: "Schwarzenegger rode the TGV east".
Annoucing this "top secret" rated information, they were kind of 6+ months late, thanks to the French
government not to communicate about this! A good thing is that, for real, California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger visited the Gare de l'Est station in Paris and rode on the brand new TGV
(innaugurated on June 10, 2007): the ride is dated June 25, 2007 and a video has been available on the
web since this day (see references below).<!--more--> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">The
video</span></h3> It looks like Governor Schwarzenegger had a good time there, enjoying a breakfast
at a little coffee place right in the train station. I really hope that will help him and his staff to fund the
high-speed rail line in California. View the video: <em>Arnold Schwarzenegger Considers France's
TGV Train For California</em>, X17 Video, Jun. 25, 2007: <a title="Arnold Schwarzenegger
Considers France's TGV Train For California"
href="http://x17video.com/celebrity_video/arnold_schwarzenegger/arnold_schwarzenegger_observes.
php" target="_blank">here</a> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Le TGV Est a été testé par Arnold Schwarzenegger !</em>, Le Figaro, Jan. 4, 2008:
<a title="«Le TGV Est a été testé par Arnold Schwarzenegger !»"
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2008/01/04/04010-20080104ARTFIG00457-le-tgv-
est-a-ete-teste-par-arnold-schwarzenegger-.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paris</em>, Xposure, Jun. 25, 2007: <a title="Arnold
Schwarzenegger in Paris" href="http://www.planetxposure.com/pictures_518171/Arnold-
Schwarzenegger-in-Paris.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <!--adsense#post-banner-->

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Tata Nano, the cheapest car ever
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Sat, 12 Jan 2008 11:00:51 +0000
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100000 rupees
100000 rupees
1700 euros
1700 euros
2000 euros car
2000 euros car
2500 US dollars
2500 US dollars
33 horsepower
33 horsepower
624 cc engine
624 cc engine
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car
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cheapest
cheapest car
cheapest car
Chery
Chery
Citroën
Citroën
company
company
economics
economics
energy
energy
environment
environment
finance
finance
Fukang
Fukang
Geely
Geely
Jaguar
Jaguar
Land Rover
Land Rover
M800
M800
Merry Star
Merry Star
mobility
mobility
Nano
Nano
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
QQ3
QQ3
Ratan Tata
Ratan Tata
Ratan Tata's company
Ratan Tata's company
Renault-Nissan
Renault-Nissan
road
road
SR-V
SR-V
Suzuki
Suzuki
Tata
Tata
Tata anticipates a production of 250000 vehicles per ye
Tata anticipates a production of 250000 vehicles per ye
Tata Motors
Tata Motors
Tata Nano
Tata Nano
Three meters long
Three meters long
top-speed around 105 kph
top-speed around 105 kph
transport
transport
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Everybody is discussing this issue, so do I. Just a quick note of what I read and found everywhere
talking about the cheapest car on earth: 100,000 rupees, 1,700 euros, 2,500 US dollars, whatever the
currency is, the car is cheap and many newspapers worldwide put the news on its front page. Ratan
Tata's company found a way to reduce manufacturing cost to the minimum and build this low-cost car,
while on the other hand, Tata Motors is looking into buying British manufacturers Jaguar and Land
Rover… not so low cost. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Web-invitation to tender for 40 to 50%
of the car’s pieces</span></h3> Three meters long, 624 cc engine – not more than a motorbike, 33
horsepower, top-speed around 105 kph (65 mph), and a front trunk that fits no more than a piece of
luggage… no A/C, no electric windows, no useless-costly accessories: this is what the Tata Nano is.<!-
-more--> The main solution found to reduce costs is how Tata Motors will buy the car components.
While car manufacturers usually buy 10 to 15% of the car parts from multiple suppliers in a
concurrential environment, Tata plans to open invitation to tender on the web and buy up to 40-50% of
the car parts. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Great expectation for Tata Motors, great fear for
India? </span></h3> Tata anticipates a production of 250,000 vehicles per year at the beginning, built
in 3 or 4 manufacturing plants in India, and expects to top one million vehicles per year by 2015.
However, Tata's anticipated success in India and other emerging countries should not hide possible
pollution and congestion problems. In India, there are only 8 cars for 1,000 inhabitants and Tata's very
low-priced car may dramatically change people habits. The risk is to amplify these phenomenons, in a
country that already is affected with gridlocks and environmental issues. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">What do the others manufacturers do?</span></h3> In China, the Chinese company Chery
sells the QQ3 around 3,300 euros, Geely manufactures two models for less than 4,000 euros: SR-V
(3,900 euros) and the Merry Star (3,700 euros). In India, Maruti, in partnership with Suzuki,
commercializes the M800 around 3,500 euros since 1983. Renault-Nissan announced it would build a
2,000 euros car in partnership with the Indian company Bajaj in two to four years. Another French
manufacturer, Citroën, already sells its Fukang model (an old Citroën ZX from the 1980s) for a little
more than 6,000 euros in India. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Tata présente la voiture la moins chère du monde</em>, Le Monde, Jan. 11, 2008:
<a title="Tata présente la voiture la moins chère du monde"
href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3234,36-998302@51-997626,0.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>L’Inde lance l’automobile la moins chère du
monde</em> &amp; <em>Le groupe indien Tata Motors dévoile la Nano</em>, la voiture la moins
chère du monde, Les Echos, paper edition, Jan. 11-12, 2008.</li> <li>Article: <em>L’indien Tata
dévoile sa voiture à 1700 euros</em>, Le Figaro, paper edition, Jan. 11, 2008.</li> <li>Article:
<em>One-lakh car takes populist road</em>, Financial Times, paper edition, Jan. 11, 2008.</li>
<li>Article: <em>Tata places big bet on its $2,500 car</em>, Wall Street Journal, paper edition, Jan.
11-13, 2008.</li> <li>Article: <em>A 1700 euros pièce, la Nano déboule dans les pays
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http://www.matthieudesiderio.com
208.59.119.78
2008-01-18 18:25:42
2008-01-18 17:25:42
One more aricle about the cheapest car in the world... which is "environmentally costly": <a
href="http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40805" title="INDIA: 'World's Cheapest Car
Environmentally Costly'" rel="nofollow">INDIA: 'World's Cheapest Car Environmentally
Costly'</a>
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In brief: Alstom will be allowed to bid on Montreal Metro invitation to tender
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/13/in-brief-alstom-will-be-allowed-to-bid-on-
montreal-metro-invitation-to-tender/
Sun, 13 Jan 2008 11:00:48 +0000
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allowed to bid
allowed to bid
alstom
alstom
bombardier
bombardier
Canadian
Canadian
Canadian firm Bombardier
Canadian firm Bombardier
contracts
contracts
finance
finance
french manufacturer
french manufacturer
French manufacturer Alstom
French manufacturer Alstom
invitation to tender
invitation to tender
metro rail cars
metro rail cars
Montreal Metro
Montreal Metro
Montreal transit authority
Montreal transit authority
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
Quebec Superior Court
Quebec Superior Court
rail
rail
regulation
regulation
renewal contract of 336 metro rail cars
renewal contract of 336 metro rail cars
Société de Transport de Montréal
Société de Transport de Montréal
STM
STM
transport
transport
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May 2006: the STM (Société de Transport de Montréal, Montreal transit authority) decided to
negotiate its contract to renew metro rail cars exclusively with the Canadian firm Bombardier without
any invitation to tender. The French manufacturer Alstom filed a complaint with the Quebec Superior
Court to be allowed to bid for this contract. Early January 2008, the Quebec Superior Court
recognized the right for Alstom to participate in an invitation to tender. The company will bid for a
renewal contract of 336 metro rail cars evaluated around $1,2 billion (more than €800 million).
<h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>Société de
Transport de Montréal</em>: <a title="STM" href="http://www.stm.info/"
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In brief: Paris Metro subscribers will all go "Navigo"
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/14/in-brief-paris-metro-subscribers-will-all-go-
navigo/
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 07:30:15 +0000
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Carte Orange
Carte Orange
Imagine R
Imagine R
Intégrale
Intégrale
ITS
ITS
magnetic paper ticket
magnetic paper ticket
mobility
mobility
monthly and weekly passes
monthly and weekly passes
monthly passes
monthly passes
Navigo
Navigo
Navigo Pass
Navigo Pass
navigo ratp
navigo ratp
Paris Metro
Paris Metro
Paris transit authority
Paris transit authority
Passe navigo
Passe navigo
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
ratp
ratp
road
road
transit
transit
transport
transport
weekly passes
weekly passes
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No more paper tickets! Frequent Paris area transit riders will have to switch to the electronic card
Navigo. Starting soon in 2008, holders of a paper "Carte Orange" and magnetic paper ticket (weekly
and monthly subscribers) will all need to get the electronic, credit-card sized, Passe Navigo, choosing
between the three options detailed below. As of November 30, 2007, there were 2.4 million
subscribers to the service: <ul> <li>870,000 "Orange" Navigo subscribers for monthly and weekly
passes (weekly or monthly payment in stores, RATP booth, ticket machines, etc.);</li> <li>775,000
"Intégrale" Navigo subscribers for monthly and weekly passes (monthly payment by automatic wire
transfer); and</li> <li>755,000 "Imagine R" Navigo subscribers (student subscription).</li> </ul>
People choosing the option "Intégrale" get cheaper monthly subscription. Having a Passe Navigo
allows the holder to change zones they want to travel in (there are 6 metro zones covered by the Paris
area transit network), suspend their subscription while on vacation, check their account through the
Internet, etc. Since July 2007, Passe Navigo holders can also subscribe the Velib' service: free access
bikes all over Paris city (subscription starts at €1 for a day, €5 for a week, and €29 per year) and rent a
bike (around 20,000 bikes are accessible in Paris) just using their electronic card on one of the 1,450
terminals that were installed since last July. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>RATP, Paris transit authority, Navigo
Pass page</em>: <a title="RATP Navigo" href="http://www.ratp.fr/corpo/service/navigo.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Navigo</em>: <a title="Navigo"
href="https://www.navigo.fr/pages/accueil.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Velib'</em>: <a title="Velib'" href="http://www.velib.paris.fr/" target="_blank">here</a></li>
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In brief: Alstom trains go full speed!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/16/in-brief-alstom-trains-go-full-speed/
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 01:23:55 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
10 more train sets
10 more train sets
agv
agv
AGV train sets
AGV train sets
alstom
alstom
alstom agv
alstom agv
alstom tgv
alstom tgv
Alstom trains
Alstom trains
Argentineans
Argentineans
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires and Cordoba
Buenos Aires and Cordoba
Cordoba
Cordoba
desiderio
desiderio
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
french manufacturer
french manufacturer
high speed rail
high speed rail
Italian passenger rail operator
Italian passenger rail operator
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
ntv
ntv
passengers
passengers
rail
rail
rail
rail
Spanish
Spanish
TGV
TGV
train
train
trains
trains
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
Veloxia
Veloxia
€700 million
€700 million
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=48
In my <a title="In brief: Alstom will be allowed to bid on Montreal Metro invitation to tender"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/13/in-brief-alstom-will-be-allowed-to-bid-
on-montreal-metro-invitation-to-tender/" target="_self">previous article (In brief: Alstom will be
allowed to bid on Montreal Metro invitation to tender)</a>, I discussed Alstom issue with Montreal
transit authority but that was not the only Alstom (great) news this week. The French manufacturer
just closed a contract for 25 AGV train sets (conceived to top 350 kph commercial speed), its new
high-speed rail train that will replace actual TGVs, with NTV, a new Italian passenger rail operator.
The contract also includes an option for 10 more train sets and is worth at least €700 million. This
contract is another great opportunity for Alstom that also sold its TGV in Morocco and which is
supposed to close its $1.5 billion contract in Argentina on Jan. 16, 2008, for the high-speed rail link
between Buenos Aires and Cordoba, in a consortium named Veloxia with Argentineans and Spanish
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    2008-01-18 07:43:36
    2008-01-18 06:43:36
    An article about Argentina HSR line was published in Le Moniteur (French) on Jan. 18, 2008:
    "L'Argentine, nouvel eldorado des constructeurs de LGV", read article <a
    href="http://www.lemoniteur-
    expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=1&acces=0&id=DAD1EEFEF&mode=0&info=1"
    title="L'Argentine, nouvel eldorado des constructeurs de LGV" rel="nofollow">here</a> on Le
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    2008-01-18 16:10:08
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Things you want to know about… roundabouts
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/17/things-you-want-to-know-about%e2%80%a6-
roundabouts/
Thu, 17 Jan 2008 14:00:10 +0000
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Approche géographique de la répartition des carrefours
Approche géographique de la répartition des carrefours
Certu
Certu
freight
freight
Girabase (calculates a roundabout capacity)
Girabase (calculates a roundabout capacity)
Giratoires en villes - Mode d'emploi
Giratoires en villes - Mode d'emploi
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
Magic Roundabout
Magic Roundabout
mobility
mobility
new york
new york
new york city
new york city
NYC
NYC
NYC rounds its intersections
NYC rounds its intersections
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
road
road
road
road
Roundabout
Roundabout
Roundabouts Replacing Some Intersections in N.Y. State
Roundabouts Replacing Some Intersections in N.Y. State
safety
safety
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=51

They were born in the United Kingdom in the mid 1960's and other countries adopted them since then.
France built its first roundabouts in this period but the priority rule to vehicles that are already on the
circle was only implemented in 1983. France now have a zillion of them: more than 20,000
roundabouts all over the country among 40,000-ish worldwide. <p style="text-align: center"><img
class="alignnone size-full wp-image-214" title="Roundabout road sign" src="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/600px-zeichen_215svg.png" alt="Roundabout road sign"
width="300" height="300" /></p> The United States, however, were not so familiar with this kind of
road infrastructure even though implementing a couple of them. However, it seems like New York
State infrastructure planners have been recently looking into it and replacing some of the State's
intersections by these circular and left yielding infrastructures.<!--more--> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">NYC rounds its intersections</span></h3> Traffic circles are not "new" in New York State
and the United States: circles of 400 to 600 feet in diameter have been implemented since the 1990s.
What transportation planners recently analyzed is a new design (100 to 200 feet in diameter, with
narrow lanes to reduce speed) that exists in Europe. Among other advantages, these roundabouts
improve traffic flows, reduce vehicle speed at intersections, and minimize accidents and crash
severity... These advantages have also been discussed in a national study that proved roundabouts are
safer than stop signs or traffic lights. We now have to wait for the traffic and safety records on these
new infrastructure that will be built in the near future. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Roundabouts Replacing Some
Intersections in N.Y. State</em>, TTNews.com, Jan. 17, 2008: <a title="Roundabouts Replacing
Some Intersections in N.Y. State"
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19003"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Study: <em>Approche géographique de la répartition des
carrefours giratoires en France métropolitaine</em>, Maxime Truffier, Université Denis Diderot (Paris
VII), Jun. 1998: <a title="Approche géographique de la répartition des carrefours giratoires en France
métropolitaine" href="http://membres.lycos.fr/giratoires/" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Study:
<em>Giratoires en villes - Mode d'emploi</em>, Certu, Jan. 1, 2000: <a title="Giratoires en villes -
Mode d'emploi" href="http://www.eyrolles.com/BTP/Livre/9782841074105/livre-giratoires-en-villes-
mode-d-emploi.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Sens Giratoire</em>: <a
title="Sens Giratoire" href="http://www.sens-giratoire.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Software: <em>Girabase</em> (calculates a roundabout capacity), Certu: <a title="Girabase"
href="http://www.certu.fr/catalogue/p433/GIRABASE_(logiciel_version_4.0_-
_1999)/product_info.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>The Magic
Roundabout</em>, Wikipedia: <a title="The Magic Roundabout"
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_%28Swindon%29"
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Port reform in France: the show MUST go on!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/18/port-reform-in-france-the-show-must-go-on/
Fri, 18 Jan 2008 14:03:38 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
bordeaux
bordeaux
desiderio
desiderio
dominique bussereau
dominique bussereau
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
France
France
françois fillon
françois fillon
freight
freight
french prime minister
french prime minister
French Prime Minister François Fillon
French Prime Minister François Fillon
Hamburg
Hamburg
infrastructure
infrastructure
La Rochelle
La Rochelle
Le Havre
Le Havre
leader container handling port
leader container handling port
leader container handling port in the Mediterranean Bas
leader container handling port in the Mediterranean Bas
maritime
maritime
maritime
maritime
Marseille
Marseille
marseilles
marseilles
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
Mediterranean Basin
Mediterranean Basin
merchant marine
merchant marine
Nantes Saint-Nazaire
Nantes Saint-Nazaire
North Range ports
North Range ports
politics
politics
poor situation of the French ports
poor situation of the French ports
port
port
port authorities
port authorities
Port reform
Port reform
Port reform in France
Port reform in France
Prime Minister
Prime Minister
projects
projects
reform
reform
Rotterdam
Rotterdam
Rouen
Rouen
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
transportation secretary
transportation secretary
Transportation Secretary Dominique Bussereau
Transportation Secretary Dominique Bussereau
waterways
waterways
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<h3><span style="color: #800000;">France: a port reform announced for spring 2008</span></h3>
French Prime Minister François Fillon announced Monday, January 14, 2008 that the French port
reform would be launched during spring this year… Not surprisingly, the announcement was made
in… Marseille, well known city for its highly unionized port! A day after, Transportation Secretary
Dominique Bussereau meets with port and unions representative: this is just the beginning. When other
ports in Europe like Hamburg in Germany have their shares quoted on the stock exchange, France
needs to renew its policy in port management. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">The poor situation
of the French ports</span></h3> Last year, a strike totally paralysed petrol and gas traffic for more
than three weeks in Marseilles' port. A new government being composed after the Presidential election
in May 2007, Transportation Secretary Dominique Bussereau was immediatly ordered by Prime
Minister to propose new policies for French marine autonomous ports: France needed to have more
competitive and efficient marine transport infrastructures. After a couple month of work, regulatory
reform is expected to begin by spring 2008.<!--more--> Among the Government’s propositions, Prime
Minister Fillon is in favor of more privately owned activities, especially on terminals operation. This
reform is expected to create 30,000 jobs and generate more private investment for port infrastructure
development. Port governance will also be reformed but many questions remain unanswered yet: <ul>
<li>How important all these reforms will be?</li> <li>How much could be the private
investment?</li> <li>How will unions accept it?</li> <li>Etc.</li> </ul> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">An ambitious target for seven port authorities with real differences</span></h3> Not all
the French marine ports are concerned by the reform. Only 7 of them, called autonomous ports, which
have the status of Industrial and Commercial Public Authority (in French:<em> Etablissement Public à
caractère Industriel et Commercial</em>, EPIC) will have to change their practices: <ul>
<li>Marseilles;</li> <li>Le Havre;</li> <li>Dunkirk;</li> <li>Nantes Saint-Nazaire;</li>
<li>Rouen;</li> <li>Bordeaux; and</li> <li>La Rochelle.</li> </ul> The difficulty is all these seven
ports are not exactly the sames: this is due to their history, the geography of the region around, the
marine shippers that call, etc. This makes their traffic so different from one to another: container being
important for Marseilles and Le Havre, which is not true for Nantes for example… Such a situation
will have to be dealt with while discussing the reform, which definitely cannot be "one fits all". That is
why Prime Minister Fillon announced that all debates would take place with local partners and local
governments: to be profitable, the reform needs to involve all local partners, especially unions, if the
French government wants to succeed. Goals are clear: ports have to be competitive and attract more
traffic. Their development should generate employment and increase and improve international
exchanges in a sustainable environmentally way: more maritime traffic should mean less road
transport. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Catch-up with the rest of Europe: dream or
reality?</span></h3> French ports are far behind other European ports by their traffic, and they have
become, in the last couple years, more and more behind North Range ports (Rotterdam, Hamburg,
Amsterdam, etc.). Twenty years ago, Marseilles was the leader container handling port in the
Mediterranean Basin and is now only ranked 11th. Estimates from marine organization even say that
only one third of containers imported in France are transiting through a French port… The target is
now to reach 10 million TEUs per year handled in French ports by 2015, while actual traffic is only 3.6
million TEUs as of 2007. However, this level is still far behind other European and worldwide ports:
Rotterdam traffic is already 10 million TEUs… one North Range port in 2006 already equals all
French ports in 2015… <h3><span style="color: #800000;">A reform that will be difficult to
implement</span></h3> Reforming ports in France is not an easygoing task. The government will
have to be careful on every step: being determined but understanding. Unions, really strong in the
French port sector, will not agree to “sell their staff” to private companies and CGT (one of the
strongest French unions) estimates and claims that this reform will "kill" public service in ports.
However, the reform is sort of due to the union action last year when in March 2007, Marseilles port
was blocked for three weeks following an announcement that the gas terminal in Fos sur Mer will be
operated by a private company and not by Marseilles dockers. The union wanted the French
governement and port authorities to agree with their request to employ a couple Gaz de France (French
national gas providing company) operators. President Sarkozy announced in June 2007 “a minority
cannot be the reason why a majority who wants to work cannot do so”. He confirmed his involvement
in a speech on December 20, 2007 and confirmed he wants to see the results of this reform. <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">A three-month race already started</span></h3> After he announced the
reform will be implemented starting spring this year, Transportation Secretary Dominique Bussereau
visited Le Havre port, second port in France. Decision has been taken that port directors will have to
deal with local debates and negotiations with unions. However, unions already asked for a national
(and NOT local) discussion and CGT quickly visited the Transportation Secretary after his declaration:
even though unions accept the levels of investments promised by the French government, they refuse
any privatization of terminal operation (cranes, containers and bulk handling, etc.). Mr. Bussereau
confirmed a huge investment is needed to be sure that French ports will be able to follow traffic growth
in the next years and that private operation is part of the solution. Started January 15, 2008, the
negotiations will be six week long and a project bill is to be proposed in April or May before the
Parliament. We will then know what the reform will be like. Until then, we can expect some big talks
and eventually a couple strikes… <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Ports Infrastructure – A New Frontier for Public-Private Ventures?</em>,
Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski, Dec. 8, 2007: <a title="Ports Infrastructure - A New Frontier for
Public-Private Ventures?" href="http://www.innobriefs.com" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>La réforme des ports autonomes annoncée pour le printemps</em>, Mer et Marine,
Jan. 14, 2008: <a title="La réforme des ports autonomes annoncée pour le printemps"
href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=106591&amp;u=23317"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Manutention portuaire : une réforme attendue
depuis 1992</em>, Les Echos, Sep. 18, 2007: <a title="Manutention portuaire : une réforme attendue
depuis 1992" href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/focus/300202646.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>L'Isemar en appelle à l'Etat pour réformer les ports
français</em>, Les Echos, Jul. 17, 2007: <a title="L'Isemar en appelle à l'Etat pour réformer les ports
français" href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/dossier/300158718.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Ports à conteneurs : la France victime du sous-
investissement</em>, Les Echos, Jul. 17, 2007: <a title="Ports à conteneurs : la France victime du
sous-investissement" href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/dossier/300162727.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Les ports : enjeux de la globalisation</em>, Les
Echos, Jul. 17, 2007 : <a title="Les ports : enjeux de la globalisation"
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/dossier/300113082.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>La filière portuaire plaide pour une nouvelle
réforme</em>, Les Echos, Apr. 16, 2007</li> <li>Article: <em>Réforme des ports : Dominique
Bussereau reçoit professionnels et syndicats</em>, Mer et Marine, Jan. 16, 2008: <a title="Réforme
des ports : Dominique Bussereau reçoit professionnels et syndicats"
href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=106605" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Ports autonomes : Une réforme impérative ?</em>, Mer et Marine, Sep. 27, 2007:
<a title="Ports autonomes : Une réforme impérative ?"
href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=105606" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <!--
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CMA CGM new investment in Asia
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/19/cma-cgm-new-investment-in-asia/
Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:32:24 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Asia
Asia
bouygues
bouygues
Busan
Busan
Busan 2-3
Busan 2-3
Busan Port Authority
Busan Port Authority
China
China
CMA CGM
CMA CGM
CMA CGM group
CMA CGM group
CMA CGM new investment in Asia
CMA CGM new investment in Asia
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<h3><span style="color: #800000;">Investing in infrastructure: controlling the supply-
chain</span></h3> CMA CGM, the French merchant marine operator bought a 12% participation in
the future “Busan 2-3” container terminal in Busan, South Korea. This investment is the second CMA
CGM sealed in Asia after its cooperation deal with Xiamen in China, signed in November 2007 and
the 23rd worldwide investment for the French company. The new strategy of CMA CGM group is to
ensure quality of service that its ships will benefit on terminals and this way, reduce handling time
while on call. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Big projects, big ships</span></h3> Operation is
expected to begin in 2011 and CMA CGM and its partners will jointly operate the terminal:
Macquarie, Bouygues, Hyundai, KMTC, Busan Port Authority, and KUKJE and KCTC, two local
operators. This brand-new high-tech infrastructure will be able to handle up to 2.7 million TEUs
annually, on the 1,400 meters long, 17 meters deep pier, equipped with 12 cranes. The infrastructure
will be able to welcome 12,000 TEUs ships. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Nouvel investissement portuaire pour
CMA CGM en Asie</em>, Mer et Marine, Jan. 18, 2008: <a title="Nouvel investissement portuaire
pour CMA CGM en Asie" href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=106624"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: CMA CGM Group: <a title="CMA CGM Group"
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Freight traffic: a big issue for Eurotunnel
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Sun, 20 Jan 2008 13:40:39 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=55

I recently read an article that has been published in Le Figaro a couple month ago already but this will
allow me to begin a serial of article about freight rail, that will be a frequent topic on this website in the
near future. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Eurotunnel has a new future: freight
rail</span></h3> Eurotunnel, the company that manages traffic under the Channel tunnel between
United Kingdom and France has great expectations on the freight traffic that will transit through the
tunnel. Suffering big financial problems, the company started in 2006 a one-year restructuring plan to
save itself from bankruptcy and to recover its debt. The plan ended June 2007 and Eurotunnel
announced its semi-annual results on October 13, 2007: the deficit was reduced by 67% to €32 million
and the revenue was up 7% to €373 million.<!--more--> Still named Eurotunnel, the company will
become Groupe Eurotunnel (GET) this year and the newly restructured company has great
expectations and counts on freight to develop the traffic, increase revenues, and recover the rest of the
debt. While freight rail transportation has been liberalized in Europe, Eurotunnel obtained a licence to
operate its own freight railroad company, Europort 2 that remained inactive until then. Eurotunnel
recently started to operate trains from the tunnel to a rail yard in Fréthun in the North of France. The
company also announced that it would be able to handle the operation of Fréthun rail yard to increase
its operational capacity. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Operating trains is not an easy thing is
you are not SNCF</span></h3> Last summer, a first train operated by Europort 2 has been authorized
for operations on the SNCF network, outside the Eurotunnel concession-operated tunnel tracks from
the tunnel to the rail yard in Fréthun. However, Europort 2 expects to drive its trains not only to
Fréthun but everywhere else in France. The main problem is that Fréthun rail yard capacity is quite low
and subject to congestion if still operated the way it is today. The solution Eurotunnel offered was to
operate the Fréthun rail terminal itself as it already does in Dollands Moor on the other side of the
Channel since November 2006. This would make the customs and technical procedures easier.
Eurotunnel entered in negotiations with SNCF… the same “French” problem happens: Eurotunnel staff
would replace SNCF employees (27 people) who work today in Fréthun, and the public railroad
company’s Unions do not really agree. Since Eurotunnel estimates that it only needs 20 persons to
handle even more rail cars, Jacques Gounon, the company’s CEO declared this could eventually
represent a €5 million euros saving. The actual budget shows a deficit of €15 million and could this
way be reduced to €10 million. Eurotunnel estimates that the French government could provide the
company with a subsidy to cover the remaining deficit, considering the rail yard as an intermodal
infrastructure and the tunnel as passing through a natural barrier: these two reasons justifying a subsidy
fairly accepted by the European Union (UK carrier EWS receives a €10 million this way). Jacques
Gounon estimates Europort 2 could carry at least 3 million tons of goods annually since the French
administration accepts the project and Eurotunnel employees are trained by SNCF to manage the rail
yard operation. Europort 2 is already all set, owning 7 locomotives (Bombardier)… <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Eurotunnel mise gros sur le
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High Speed Rail: News from Spain
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Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:37:11 +0000
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<h3><span style="color: #800000;">Spain to France high-speed network: one step
beyond</span></h3> Sacyr, the Spanish contractor, will be leading the consortium in charge of the
construction of the tunnel that will be build under Barcelona. The news has been released by the
Spanish public company Adif that manages the rail infrastructure in Spain. This new €179.3 million
tunnel will allow the Madrid to Barcelona high-speed rail line to be linked with the future French
network from Perpignan (France) to Figueiras (Spain). <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Portugal
to Spain: the story begins</span></h3> Looking on the west side of the country, Portuguese Prime
Minister José Socrates announced that an invitation to tender will be released early June 2008 for the
construction of the first segment of the Lisbon to Madrid high speed rail line. This first project will
cross Portugal from west to east, from Lisbon suburb city Poceirao to Cala, right at the Spanish border
and the line is expected to enter operation in 2013. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>LeMoniteur-expert.com</em>: <a
title="Le Moniteur Expert" href="http://www.lemoniteur-expert.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li>
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Less cheese, more PPPs
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Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:00:53 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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passengers
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politics
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power supply facilities
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PPP
PPP
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PPPs for the high speed rail
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<h3><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Fed up with cheese, Beaujolais and accordions?
</strong></span></h3> <strong><em><span style="color: #000000;">France can show you its
modern face as well… through public private partnerships</span></em></strong> by Sébastien
Gourgouillat, Transportation attaché, French Trade Office/Embassy of France in the United States
This is not yet the most famous facet of France, but since 1955, we have been evolving into a modern
nation partly thanks to innovative solutions to finance public facilities. After World War II, at the dawn
of a 30-year period of growth, enormous issues had to be faced, and building a modern country with
little money became the actual challenge. By involving private investors guaranteed to get their money
back plus some financial benefits from toll revenues, under public-regulated contracts to ensure public
utility while securing the private investment, the French ministry for public works created a new
concession model. This idea has been implemented in many areas of public interest involving large
investment needs: waterways, railways, bridges and tunnels, highways, power supply facilities, waste
and water treatment plants, public transportation, hospitals, prisons, stadiums, airport management.
Local public authorities are also great users of PPPs.<!--more--> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">From the beginning: PPPs to put the highway system together</span></h3> Transportation
is a big part of the issue: the 8000-kilometer French highway network, started in 1955, would not exist
without this concession model, improved since then. The following examples will talk for themselves.
In South-western France, the 2,460-meter long, 245 meter-high Millau viaduct was built in three years
thanks to a design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) public-private partnership that allowed fast
delivery. The 400-million euro total cost was financed by the private partner through a 78-year
concession. The bridge remains a public-owned infrastructure of the national highway network, tolled
6 euros on average. In western Paris, the A-86 super-ring is about to be completed by a two-level
tunnel dedicated to light vehicles, which will greatly relieve congestion while improving the quality of
environment on the surface. The 1.7 billion euro infrastructure is totally funded by the private partner,
under a 70-year concession contract signed in 1999. The toll, depending on the density of traffic, will
range from 2 to 7 euros. In the Alps, the A-41 link between Geneva and Annecy is to be completed by
spring 2008: a 20-kilometer mountain highway including a 3-kilometer tunnel and 4 viaducts. This 871
million euro, highly profitable highway is 100% financed by private equity, under a 55-year
concession contract signed in October 2005. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Towards the XXIst
century’s transportation networks: PPPs for the high speed rail</span></h3> PPPs are now
implemented with success in railroads as well. A new 300-kilometer, 7.2 billion euro high-speed rail
line towards the Southwest is planned to be build under a concession contract. Even though a public
subsidy will still be necessary to cover high construction costs of high-speed rail tracks, the operation
is expected to generate profits. Travel time from Paris to Bordeaux will be reduced to 2h05 by 2015,
from more than three hours now. Also, a new 182-kilometer high-speed line extending the TGV
network towards Brittany (West), will cut the trip by more than 40 minutes, putting the Western cape
of France only 3 hours from Paris before 2020. A DBFO contract is being planned for this 2.4 billion
euros infrastructure. A concession contract is being negotiated to build and manage the new light rail
link between Paris city and Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Starting operation in 2012, this
new 32-kilometer, 640 million euros line will be built without public funding. Work on the new cross-
border high speed line from Perpignan to Barcelona (Spain) is nearly over. This 45-kilometer, 952
million euro project was financed 40% by private funds under a 50-year concession contract. High
costs due to an 8.2-kilometre tunnel crossing the Pyrenees Mountains explain the major public
commitment to this new European link, which will make possible a 5h30 trip from Paris to Barcelona
(down from 9 hours today). A total of 15 major transportation projects are underway in France, mainly
thanks to efficient PPP schemes. This is without mentioning local projects, nor to mention PPPs in
other fields of public interest. Furthermore, a recent general overview of public policies in the field of
environment led to a new ambitious program for public transit, including a 40-billion euro, 2,000-
kilometer upgrade to the high-speed rail network. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Principles and
guidelines for the management of PPPs</span></h3> The French success in developing PPPs rests
upon some basic principles. A strong commitment to serve public interest, precise and complete
contracts, a thorough valuation of costs, risks and revenue streams, a good risk-sharing equation, and
lastly, two simple ideas, exempt from ideology. First, both parties must benefit from the partnership
(the idea that the private partner makes some money has to be shared!). Second, PPP doesn’t make a
bad project become a good one: private investment will never compensate for the lack of profitability.
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High Speed Rail: SNCF modify its fares
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Wed, 23 Jan 2008 13:00:43 +0000
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La SNCF modifie ses tarifs TGV
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http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=56

<h3><span style="color: #800000;">From minus €8.20 to plus €2.10</span></h3> Starting January
29, 2008, TGV (French high-speed train) fares will increase 1.6% on certain lines. Fares will actually
not all go up and SNCF, the French railway operator, talks more about "fare evolution" instead of "fare
increase": price would then be decreased up to €8.20, or inscreased up to €2.10, depending on
passenger volumes on the lines: <ul> <li>TGV Est (TGV East): +€0.30 from Paris to Reims and
+€0.70 from Paris to Strasbourg;</li> <li>TGV Sud-est (TGV Southeast): +€1.40 from Paris to
Marseille;</li> <li>The trip from Avignon (southeast) to Le Havre (northwest) will decrease
€8.20;</li> <li>The trip from Lille (north) to Nice (southeast) will increase €2.10.<!--more--></li>
</ul> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Unfair vs. fair fares</span></h3> Compared to what
happened in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the year, with some 15% price increases
depending on the operators and lines, French rail fare "evolution" is not that much a big deal.
<blockquote><em>Passengers and rail user watchdogs reacted angrily yesterday to "outrageous" new
year price increases which will see the cost of some train tickets rise by almost 15%.</em>
<em>Despite punctuality problems, chronic overcrowding and terrible consumer satisfaction ratings,
train operators will increase fares tomorrow - a move described by Passenger Focus, the rail users'
watchdog, as "unjustified and unfair".</em> <p align="right">From Guardian Unlimited (see article
below)</p> </blockquote> <span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color: #000000;">We can
even say SNCF is fair enough with its customers while French high-speed rail lines (almost) do not
suffer from the "British sickness" of "<em>punctuality problems, chronic overcrowding and terrible
consumer satisfaction ratings</em>"... </span></span> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Yield
management for train tickets</span></h3> <span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color:
#000000;">Since October 2007, SNCF has been using airlines yield management model to calculate
ticket prices and also changed its modify/refund policy but started proposing more and more
promotionnal offers. </span></span> <span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color:
#000000;">The railway operator will even launch a new attractive low-fare program called
"</span></span><span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em>Les bons plans
du net</em>" ("Web good deals") starting January 28, 2008: last minute fares (bought from 3 to 10
days before departure) sold 40 to 60% cheaper than regular price. </span></span> <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>TGV official
website</em>: <a title="TGV" href="http://www.tgv.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Fare increases of up to 15% anger rail passengers</em>, Guardian Unlimited, Jan. 1,
2008: <a title="Fare increases of up to 15% anger rail passengers"
href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/transport/Story/0,,2233769,00.html?gusrc=rss&amp;feed=networkfr
ont" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>La SNCF augmente le prix des billets TGV à
partir du 29 janvier</em>, La Tribune, Jan. 22, 2008: <a title="La SNCF augmente le prix des billets
TGV à partir du 29 janvier" href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/La-SNCF-augmente-le-prix-des-billets-
TGV-a-partir-du-29-janvier-~-ID63C8377DA0FE9218C12573D8001D62F0"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>SNCF : les trains à moitié prix sur le net dans 10
jours</em>, La Dépêche, Jan. 21, 2008: <a title="SNCF : les trains à moitié prix sur le net dans 10
jours" href="http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2008/01/21/427731-La-SNCF-casse-les-prix-a-partir-du-
28-janvier.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Transports : La SNCF modifie ses
tarifs TGV</em>, France Bourse, Jan. 22, 2008: <a title="Transports : La SNCF modifie ses tarifs
TGV" href="http://www.francebourse.com/fiche_news_22606.fb" target="_blank">here</a></li>
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    Three articles about UK railway fares: <a
    href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3221872.ece" title="Rail fares in Britain
    are the most expensive in Europe" rel="nofollow">Rail fares in Britain are the most expensive in
    Europe</a> from The Times; January 21, 2008. <a href="http://www.atoc-
    comms.org/dynamic/atoc-press-story/997834/ATOC-responds-to-Liberal-Democrats-research-on-
    fares" title="ATOC responds to Liberal Democrats research on fares" rel="nofollow">ATOC
    responds to Liberal Democrats research on fares</a> from The Association of Train Operating
    Companies; January 21, 2008. <a
    href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=YD5DVKP3XNUT5QFIQMFCFG
    GAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/21/nrail121.xml" title="Britain has dearest rail fares in
    Europe " rel="nofollow">Britain has dearest rail fares in Europe </a> from the Daily Telegraph;
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Thu, 24 Jan 2008 17:43:55 +0000
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réseau ferré de france
rff
rff
Roissy CAREX
Roissy CAREX
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sncf
SNCF TGV
SNCF TGV
SNCF TGV La Poste
SNCF TGV La Poste
TGV La Poste
TGV La Poste
the French railway infrastructure manager
the French railway infrastructure manager
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transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
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Transport Information Group
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I know that when talking rail transport, Americans mostly think freight. In Europe, people think mostly
passengers, even though freight rail remains a big issue. <a title="Deutsche Bahn AG"
href="http://www.bahn.de/" target="_blank">Deutsche Bahn AG</a>, the German railway operator
succeeds while SNCF, the French railway operator kind of fails transporting freight on its tracks (€260
million lost in 2006)... or at least fails to be efficient doing so. <p style="text-align: center"><img
class="alignnone size-full wp-image-213" title="TGV La Poste" src="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/20080124-tgv-postes.jpg" alt="TGV La Poste" width="500"
height="235" /></p> However, something works quite well on some particular French rail tracks and
moves, not only passengers, but also goods: high speed rail lines! This could definitely be of interest in
North America and especially in States like California, Texas, and Florida which officials already think
about high speed rail.<!--more--> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">From three yellow La Poste
TGVs to a new company: "Fret GV"</span></h3> As of today, La Poste, the French postal carrier,
already operates TGV trainsets operated by SNCF to transport its "high speed mail". A total of 7 half
train sets of SNCF TGV La Poste (one power unit and four cars used to form 3 full trains, the last
remaining half being a backup) were built or converted from passenger TGVs by Alstom, the French
high-speed train manufacturer. These three trainsets are operated on the TGV Sud-est line (8 trips per
day) between Paris and Cavaillon (south) via Mâcon (Burgundy). The joint venture project to create
Fret GV has been announced late 2006 and Réseau Ferré de France (RFF, the French railway
infrastructure manager) announced the creation of the company in its newsletter (see References
below). Fret GV is now a 50/50 subsidiary of both SNCF and La Poste that will start operating service
in January 2009. Both partners plan to install their hub in Roissy, south of Charles de Gaulle
international airport and to serve more cities, beginning with two more trainsets: Strasbourg, Dijon,
Rennes, Lyon, Bordeaux, and Lille. Fret GV even expects to operate outside the French boundaries by
2010, and serve European cities like Amsterdam (Netherlands), Cologne (Germany), London (UK),
Bâle (Switzerland), Turin (Italy), and also a link between Spain and Italy. SNCF plans to boost the
financial results of its freight subsidiary. The joint venture will commercialize and ship high added-
value goods, mail, and express packages. Both partners anticipate Fret GV would triple the actual
traffic (volumes moved) from around 56,000 tons shipped annually to 150,000 tons. <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">Another high-speed freight projects</span></h3> It is important to mention
another high-speed freight rail projects that is developed in France and more largely in Europe: Roissy
CAREX (for CArgo Rail EXpress), <a title="CArgo Rail EXpress"
href="http://www.valdoise.fr/content/heading3379/content326670.html" target="_blank">here</a>. I
will be writing about this project in the future. <strong>Now that goods are riding as fast as people in
high-speed trains, there is no more reason not to choose and implement high-speed trains in
America!</strong> <a href="http://www.uic.asso.fr/gv/article.php3?id_article=96"></a> <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Lettre mensuelle éditée par
la direction de la communication de Réseau Ferré de France</em>, Réseau Ferré de France, Dec. 20,
2007: <a title="RFF newsletter" href="http://www.rff-lalettre.fr/index.php?ID=12-
631bf8a4efc94333e3c3bcd25d06cf48" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>La Poste et
la SNCF s'allient pour développer le fret postal</em>, Le Monde, Nov. 20, 2006: <a title="La Poste et
la SNCF s'allient pour développer le fret postal" href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/wp-
content/uploads/2008/01/20061120-fret-sncf-laposte.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>La Poste et la SNCF misent sur un TGV postal européen</em>, L'Expansion, Nov. 20, 2006: <a
title="La Poste et la SNCF misent sur un TGV postal européen"
href="http://www.lexpansion.com/economie/actualite-entreprise/la-poste-et-la-sncf-misent-sur-un-tgv-
postal-europeen_117676.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Le joint-venture
avec La Poste est créé: Fret GV</em>, CCI du Loiret, Dec. 12, 2007: <a title="Le joint-venture avec
La Poste est créé: Fret GV."
href="http://revuedepresse.loiret.cci.fr/blogs/index.php/rrevuedepresse/2007/12/19/le_joint_venture_a
vec_la_poste_est_cree" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Report: <em>Rapport fait au nom de la
Commission des finances, de l'économie générale et du plan sur le projet de loi de finances pour 2008
(n° 189)</em>, Assemblée Nationale, Oct. 11, 2007: <a title="Rapport fait au nom de la Commission
des finances, de l’économie générale et du plan sur le projet de loi de finances pour 2008 (n° 189)"
href="http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/pdf/budget/plf2008/b0276-a19.pdf"
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In brief: TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to Strasbourg
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/25/in-brief-tgv-vs-air-france-on-paris-to-
strasbourg/
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 09:00:26 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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air
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air france
desiderio
desiderio
energy
energy
environment
environment
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed train
high speed train
hsr
hsr
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
mobility
mobility
Paris to Strasbourg
Paris to Strasbourg
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
rail
rail
sncf
sncf
TGV Est
TGV Est
TGV Est line
TGV Est line
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=59

I have been pro-high-speed-rail these last days (quite a bit, isn't it?) and it will go on, at least today...
Five month after operation started on TGV Est line (from Paris to Strasbourg), the high-speed train
market share against plane reached 60%... a target that was only expected after 12 to 18 months by
SNCF. Air France knew that TGV would take a big share of its market between the two cities and
explained it had anticipated the demand would fall and removed some of its daily scheduled flights
when the TGV Est started operation. Specialists at Air France estimates that for a trip between 2 and 3
hours, high-speed train catches around 60% and plane 40% of the market, under 2 hours it comes to
90%-10% in favor of TGVs... It has been verified between Lyon and Paris (around 90% SNCF TGVs
against 10% Air France flights) and even between Paris and Brussels in Belgium where... there is no
more flights for a 1h20 train ride, from CBD to CBD! Once again, why not between San Francisco
and Los Angeles, between Houston and San Antonio, or between Miami and Jacksonville? <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Le train dégage l'avion de
la ligne Paris - Strasbourg</em>, Jan. 22, 2008: <a title="Le train dégage l'avion de la ligne Paris -
Strasbourg" href="http://www.quotidiendutourisme.com/site/transport-ferroviaire-le-train-degage-l-
avion-de-la-ligne-paris-strasbourg-28711.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>TGV Est : 60% de parts de marché face à l'avion sur Paris-Strasbourg</em>, AFP, Jan. 21, 2008:
<a title="TGV Est : 60% de parts de marché face à l'avion sur Paris-Strasbourg"
href="http://www.daily-bourse.fr/news.php?news=AFP080121164129.dne2i20p"
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Economic Importance of Belgian Transport Logistics
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logistics/
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:30:12 +0000
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Economic Importance of Belgian Transport Logistics
Economic Importance of Belgian Transport Logistics
economics
economics
Frédéric Lagneaux
Frédéric Lagneaux
freight
freight
intermodal
intermodal
logistics
logistics
maritime
maritime
National Bank of Belgium
National Bank of Belgium
rail
rail
road
road
transport
transport
transportation in Belgium
transportation in Belgium
waterways
waterways
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=60

I would like to share with you a report on transportation in Belgium, published by the National Bank of
Belgium. Working Paper 125: <em>Economic Importance of Belgian Transport Logistics,
</em>Working Paper Document by Frédéric Lagneaux, January 2008: <a title="Economic Importance
of Belgian Transport Logistics" href="http://www.nbb.be/doc/ts/publications/wp/wp125en.pdf"
target="_blank">here</a> <blockquote><em>This paper is the outcome of a first research project on
the Belgian transport logistics sectors. In the past few years, the logistics business has turned out to
play a significant part in wealth creation in our country, whose economy is driven by services. An
overview of some developments per sub-sector is provided for the period 2000 - 2005, with the
emphasis on 2005. The core of the analysis looks more specifically into developments in terms of
value added, employment, investment and the financial situation of the companies concerned. A first
estimate is also provided for 2006. </em> <p align="right">Source: National Bank of Belgium
website</p> </blockquote> <p align="left"></p>

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High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow projects
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/25/high-speed-rail-fast-trains-slow-projects/
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:00:38 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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download
economics
economics
Fast trains
Fast trains
finance
finance
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
HSR Line
HSR Line
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
project
project
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
slow projects
slow projects
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=61

<h3><span style="color: #800000;">How fast can we build a HSR Line?</span></h3> The short
answer would be... around 15 years, from the political engagement until operation begins. The
complete answer is contained in the PDF file linked here: High Speed Rail: <a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/200801-fast-trains-slow-
projects.pdf">Fast trains, slow projects</a>. The document shows a schematic agenda, detailing all
successive steps of a high-speed rail infrastructure project in France. It is totally possible to improve
these delays depending on the governmental decisional process and financing capacities of the public
and private investors. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">New Transport Information Group
section</span></h3> With this message, I hereby start a new "<a title="Free Downloads from
Transport Expertise" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/downloads/"
target="_self">Downloads</a>" section in the website, that will provide you with free resources about
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Infrared camera to detect stolen vehicle
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/26/infrared-camera-to-detect-stolen-vehicle/
Sat, 26 Jan 2008 00:00:14 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Automated Licence Plate Reading
Automated Licence Plate Reading
camera
camera
detect stolen vehicle
detect stolen vehicle
experimentation
experimentation
Infrared
Infrared
Infrared camera
Infrared camera
Infrared camera to detect stolen vehicle
Infrared camera to detect stolen vehicle
ITS
ITS
Lapi
Lapi
Lecture Automatisée des Plaques d'Immatriculation
Lecture Automatisée des Plaques d'Immatriculation
paris
paris
passengers
passengers
police
police
road
road
safety
safety
security
security
stolen vehicle
stolen vehicle
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=65

After publishing an article about automatic radars (<a title="Warning! Speed checked by radars"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/09/warning-speed-checked-by-radars/"
target="_self">Warning! Speed checked by radars</a>, Jan. 9, 2008), I would like to share with you a
new technology used by Police officers in France to detect stolen vehicles. Apparently in test phase in
Paris, I only discovered it this morning in the newspapers... <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">70,000 vehicles screened monthly</span></h3> As Christophe Cornevin says in his article
published Jan. 24 in Le Figaro, a police officer, even a zealous one, could manually/visually check
around 200 to 300 vehicles per month. The new technology implemented is able to verify around
70,000 vehicles in the same period. A rotating infrared video camera is installed on the rooftop of a
Police car and scrutinized licence tags while Police officers drive their car in traffic flow. Operated
from inside the car by a laptop with touchscreen, the front passenger can aim the infrared video camera
lens depending on traffic flows, and a software specially developped analyzes what the camera reads.
<!--more--> By night, under the rain or through the fog, or in any other weather conditions, the system
is able to recognize either French or international licence tags numbers even on cars passing up to 300
kph (at such speeds, the video camera should also be radar equipped, they would <em>kill two birds
with one stone</em>). <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Is this really efficient?</span></h3> The
system, called "Lapi" (<em>Lecture Automatisée des Plaques d'Immatriculation</em> for Automated
Licence Plate Reading), checks all cars in a 30 meters radius while Police officers looking for stolen
vehicles only rely on their own feelings to scan far less vehicles... The data from the video camera is
sent into the software and automatically compared to the national stolen vehicles database. If there is a
match, the computer sends an alert message, shows the plate numbers, and a second camera shots a
picture of the car and passengers. The vehicle can then be intercepted... Since the system is in use
(March 2007), 6 prototypes have been developed and tested, mostly in high traffic areas (Paris inside
and outside ringroads for example). It allowed Police services to arrest 233 drivers riding in stolen or
wanted vehicles: among those vehicles were commercial light trucks, luxury cars, rental cars not
restituted, etc. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Un détecteur de voitures volées passe Paris au crible</em>, Le Figaro, Jan. 24, 2008: <a
title="Un détecteur de voitures volées passe Paris au crible"
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualites/2008/01/25/01001-20080125ARTFIG00002-un-detecteur-de-
voitures-volees-passe-paris-au-crible.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: light rail to Lyon airport... not yet
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Sun, 27 Jan 2008 13:42:26 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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desiderio
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
infrastructure
infrastructure
light rail
light rail
light rail project
light rail project
line T3
line T3
lyon airport
lyon airport
lyon saint exupery
lyon saint exupery
lyon satolas
lyon satolas
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
Meyzieu
Meyzieu
mobility
mobility
Part Dieu
Part Dieu
Part Dieu train station
Part Dieu train station
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
to Saint Exupery airport
to Saint Exupery airport
train station
train station
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
west side of Lyon
west side of Lyon
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=66

The commissioner in charge of the project examination announced its conclusions last week: he goes
against the light rail extension from Meyzieu, west side of Lyon, to Saint Exupery airport, Lyon
international aerial gateway. A 7 km (4.4 miles) light rail link (line T3) would have been built to
complete the Part Dieu train station (accessible by TGV) to Saint Exupery airport. Even though against
the project as is, the commissioner explained that four major points needs to be clarified before he goes
along with the project realization. If built, the express light rail line would link Part-Dieu station in
Lyon core business district to the airport in less than 30 minutes, with two stops maximum. The
delivery of the last 7 km segment was expected at the end of 2009 but may probably be delayed. When
operation starts, fares are expected to be €13 one-way and €20 roundtrip.

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    Rooo. So, we'll have to wait. Actually, it's cheaper by bus, the trip takes also half an hour and if
    you miss one, you just have to wait 20 minutes for the next one. And this service is not really
    congested...So, what's the point ?
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    Every city (every Mayor?) wants its light rail... this should be part of the answer. More seriously,
    a light rail, subway, or commuter rail access to an airport allows to move more passengers with a
    better frequency (with a train every 2, 3 or 4 minutes) and is (that may be discussed, I agree)
    environmentally friendly. Unless the bus rides on a dedicated lane, a half-hour trip supposes that
    road is not congested: that may be true in 2008 but will not necessarily be in... 2015, 2020, etc.
    Rail transport will not be subject to traffic delays and peak hours (unless trains are full, with a 2
    minute interval, which I do not see coming in Lyon). There should be other reasons why rail may
    be a relevant solution that I do not think about right nown but will be glad to post when time
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In brief: almost 100 more airports for China by 2020!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/28/in-brief-almost-100-more-airports-for-china-by-
2020/
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 05:00:27 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
100 airports
100 airports
2020
2020
80% of Chinese people will have an airport less than 10
80% of Chinese people will have an airport less than 10
air
air
airport
airport
China
China
China will have 13 airports with more than 30 million p
China will have 13 airports with more than 30 million p
economics
economics
finance
finance
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
transport
transport
€42 billion investment
€42 billion investment
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=67

I previously wrote about <a title="No more airports for France: we are not sure yet…"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/24/no-more-airports-for-france-we-are-not-
sure-yet%e2%80%a6/" target="_self">a possible airport west of Paris in France</a>, I will soon write
about United States overcrowded airports, but I write a brief today about China: some countries are
definetely still in need of infrastructure, but are these 100 airports a real need? <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">A €42 billion investment</span></h3> China expects to have a 11+%
passenger and 14% freight annual traffic increase in the next years and plans to build 97 airports by
2020. In 2006, passenger traffic grew 16% to 185 million people transiting through Chinese airports.
The civil aviation administration said it would invest up to 450 billion yuans (€42 billion, around $60
billion) to finance this program approved by the government. Compared to both France and United
States investments in transportation, this is quite impressive and will have to be taken into
consideration while there will probably be consequences on international traffic, security, environment,
energy consumption, and other transportation related problems. By 2020, China will have 13 airports
with more than 30 million passengers annually, from 3 in 2006. With this huge investment, 80% of
Chinese people will have an airport less than 100 km (63 miles) from home. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>La Chine prévoit de construire une
centaine d'aéroports d'ici à 2020</em>, Les Echos, Jan. 26, 2008: <a title="La Chine prévoit de
construire une centaine d'aéroports d'ici à 2020"
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/300236901.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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A freight train between Beijing and Hamburg
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Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:06:11 +0000
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Beijing
Beijing
deutsche bahn ag
deutsche bahn ag
Deutsche Bahn AG freight train
Deutsche Bahn AG freight train
economics
economics
energy
energy
environment
environment
faster than a ship
faster than a ship
freight
freight
freight train
freight train
freight train between Beijing and Hamburg
freight train between Beijing and Hamburg
german rail
german rail
German rail operator
German rail operator
Hamburg
Hamburg
intermodal
intermodal
logistics
logistics
maritime
maritime
operator
operator
projects
projects
rail
rail
transport
transport
Transport &amp; Logistics subsidiary
Transport &amp; Logistics subsidiary
waterways
waterways
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=68

<h3><span style="color: #800000;">15 days trip, faster than a ship...</span></h3> A Deutsche Bahn
AG freight train left Beijing on January 9, 2008; it crossed Mongolia, Russia, Bielorussia, and Poland,
and arrived fifteen days later, on January 24, 2008 in Hamburg port in Germany. A 10,000-kilometer
(6,215-mile) test trip for the Transport &amp; Logistics subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, the German
rail operator. Now that the company showed it is able to operate a train between China and Germany,
Deutsche Bahn officials will evaluate whether or not an intercontinental rail link could be successful.
<h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>China-to-
Germany Cargo Train Completes Trial Run in 15 Days</em>, Bloomberg, January 24, 2008: <a
title="China-to-Germany Cargo Train Completes Trial Run in 15 Days"
href="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&amp;sid=aqUyRa4wf95g&amp;refer=g
ermany" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>De Pékin à Hambourg en quinze
jours</em>, Le Temps, Jan. 24, 2008: <a title="De Pékin à Hambourg en quinze jours"
href="http://www.letemps.ch/template/economie.asp?page=9&amp;article=224110"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Six pays étudient une liaison ferroviaire entre la
Chine et l'Europe</em>, AFP on Cyberpresse, Jan. 10, 2008: <a title="Six pays étudient une liaison
ferroviaire entre la Chine et l'Europe"
href="http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080110/CPVOYAGES/801100936/5298/CPVOYAGES"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Pékin-Hambourg : le Pont terrestre eurasiatique
devient réalité</em>, Solidarité et Progrès, Jan. 13, 2008: <a title="Pékin-Hambourg : le Pont terrestre
eurasiatique devient réalité" href="http://www.solidariteetprogres.org/spip/sp_article-
breve.php3?id_article=3694&amp;bcsi_scan_29113BEF8D6F0ADE=4ODORog/yoseticLNDRIzAUA
AADjDMYH&amp;bcsi_scan_filename=sp_article-breve.php3" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>De Pékin à Hambourg, le rail nouvelle route pour les marchandises chinoises</em>,
AFP, Jan. 12, 2008: <a title="De Pékin à Hambourg, le rail nouvelle route pour les marchandises
chinoises" href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j_bDqWzhUwt2JMM8Prmy7gwg-J1g"
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    Bahn AG freight train left Beijing on January 9, 2008; it crossed Mongolia, Russia, Bielorussia,
    and Poland, and arrived fifteen days later, on January 24, 2008 in Hamburg port in Germany. A
    10,000-kilometer (6,215-mile) test trip for the Transport &#38; Logistics subsidiary of Deutsche
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    This is off the topic of this post. As a civil engineer specialized in precast Bridges and retaining
    walls, I want to tell you that I like your blog, it's French vs US approach (open the eyes, both side)
    and the source of informations. Keep going Matthieu. Jacques
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    2008-01-29 13:40:13
    Even off the topic, I appreciate the feedback and support. For those who visit the website on a
    regular basis and for all "one-time" visitors, I will keep going! Thank you very much.
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Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/29/toward-the-us-airlines-open-skies/
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 09:00:24 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
accord ciel ouvert
accord ciel ouvert
air
air
ciel ouvert
ciel ouvert
economics
economics
EU-US Open Skies Agreement
EU-US Open Skies Agreement
European or US airline
European or US airline
finance
finance
freight
freight
mobility
mobility
Open Skies
Open Skies
open skies agreement
open skies agreement
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=70

Starting April 1, 2008, the EU-US Open Skies agreement will allow any European or US airline to fly
any route between any United States and European cities. The Open Skies agreement was negotiated
between the United States and the European Union, and finally signed in Washington, DC on April 30,
2007. It will remove current restrictions that prohibit, for example, a French airline to operate a flight
between London and the United States. In the negotiations, I would say (but this only is my point of
view) the big winners will be United States airlines: they will be given the right to fly between
European cities while Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, and other European airlines will not be
able to operate flight, and this way compete with US airlines, between Chicago and Los Angeles!
However, European airlines gain the right to operate direct flights between the United States and non-
European countries like Switzerland... <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Airlines started to adapt
their offers</span></h3> The agreement has not come into effect yet but airlines are getting prepared.
British Airways created OpenSkies, a subsidiary that will begin service between New York and
Brussels or Paris by the end of the first semester. <!--more--> British Airways intends to operate a
Boeing 757 with three class: Business, Premium Coach and Coach in a plane that will be only 82 seats:
<ul> <li>24 full-bed seats in Business Class;</li> <li>28 comfortable seats with 1.4 meters between
each in Premium Coach Class; and</li> <li>30 seats in regular Coach Class.</li> </ul> Other airlines,
like the French company "L'Avion" (literally, "the plane") anticipated the need in such new offers and
already operates routes with Business Class only aircrafts. As of today, L'Avion operates two planes
only (the second one since January 20, 2008), between Paris Orly airport (IATA Code: ORY) to
Newark New Jersey airport (IATA Code: EWR). Flying to and from "smaller" airports allows L'Avion
to pay less airport fees, minimize costs when aircraft is on the ground, and this way offer cheaper
flights. Tickets cost 30 to 40% less than usual Business Class seats between Paris and New York City,
starting at €1,650 round trip. After a year of operation, 34,000 passengers enjoyed the low-cost
business airline and planes approached a 80% filling rate in December 2007. The company already
thinks about operating a third aircraft either towards Middle East (Dubai?) or the United States east
coast (New York again or a big business cities like Washington, Boston, or Chicago?). <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">Who will win?</span></h3> Oil companies? More flights, more kerosene,
higher petrol prices, higher benefits... that is for sure. Environment? More flights, more kerosene
burnt, more traffic... not so sure. Airlines? More flights or different offers, more competitors, higher
petrol prices, lower fares, eventually more passengers... It is still difficult to conclude, but probably
yes. Passengers? More flights and more competition in a market that is, according to some specialist,
already highly competitive may not lower the fares that much. However opinions diverge: Ryanair, a
low-cost airline confirmed in April 2007 that it would operate flights between Europe and the United
States which could lead the market to provide "airport-fee-plus-€10" tickets (see article from the
International Herald Tribune in references below)... It will take time to have an evaluation of the
impact of the EU-US Open Skies agreement but I hope that for passengers/customers, April 1, 2008
will not be April Fool's Day! <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>EU-US Open Skies Agreement</em>, Wikipedia online encyclopaedia: <a
title="EU-US Open Skies Agreement" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EU-
US_Open_Skies_Agreement" target="_blank">here </a></li> <li>Article: <em>Visions of a €10
ticket to fly across the Atlantic</em>, International Herald Tribune, Apr. 13, 2007: <a title="Visions
of a €10 ticket to fly across the Atlantic"
href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/13/news/skies.php" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Les compagnies aériennes adaptent leur offre transatlantique</em>, Le Monde
(subscription needed), Jan. 20, 2008: <a title="Les compagnies aériennes adaptent leur offre
transatlantique" href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/cgi-
bin/ACHATS/acheter.cgi?offre=ARCHIVES&amp;type_item=ART_ARCH_30J&amp;objet_id=1020
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    Jacques Balzer
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    2008-01-29 19:53:56
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    That’s remind me a speech from Burt Rutan (creator of SpaceShip One) that I attend in February
    2005 in Orlando. In its presentation this genius was reminding us that at the end of the 70’s you
    could flight straight between 2 average airports in the US without having to stop in a hub and wait
    to change of airplane. He presented charts that showed that the same trip took 2 times less in the
70’s than in 2000, even if the planes are now flying higher and faster. I just hope that this new
regulation will take us back in the 70’s (timewise :)), and that very soon I will be able to flight
straight from Toulouse, my hometown, to Denver or Cincinnati. Jacques
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2008-01-30 23:05:46
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I agree that timewise, it could be great to be back in the 70's. The thing that interest me even more
is tbat pricewise... we could find cheap transatlantic tickets and I am more than ready to cross the
ocean more than 10 times a year if it is cheap! Let's wait for this new regulation to be
implemented and for the new offers to be set up and we will be able to see what really means
"Open Skies".
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Skies, January 29, 2008), it would be interesting to see if the newly formed company could take
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In brief: Paris have a dream... car-sharing
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/29/in-brief-paris-have-a-dream-car-sharing/
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:00:59 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
accessibility
accessibility
Bertrand Delanoë
Bertrand Delanoë
car sharing
car sharing
car sharing system in Paris
car sharing system in Paris
Citroën
Citroën
Delanoë
Delanoë
economics
economics
energy
energy
environment
environment
mobility
mobility
paris
paris
passengers
passengers
Peugeot
Peugeot
Peugeot-Citroën-PSA
Peugeot-Citroën-PSA
politics
politics
projects
projects
PSA
PSA
public transport
public transport
Renault
Renault
road
road
transport
transport
Zip Cars
Zip Cars
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=71

Mayor Delanoë has a dream, that one day, Paris will have its own "<em>Zip Cars</em>", more
commonly known as car-sharing system.Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë wants to set up a car sharing
system in Paris. He expects the city to provide 2,000 cars when operation starts in 2009, and wants the
vehicle to be... electric-powered! The invitation to tender will include this particular specification for
the vehicles... As of today, unfortunately no manufacturer expressed any interest in this project, neither
French (Renault, Peugeot-Citroën-PSA) nor foreign companies. Paris Mayor, that may leave the office
by June this year, intends to pursue its "less-parking-spots" policy to reduce the number of cars (and
eventually decrease emissions, improve traffic flows, etc.) in Paris CBD. If the electrical-car-sharing
project is implemented, Mayor Delanoë proposes to create "hundreds" of stations, with free power-
supply to charge the vehicles. We have been riding Velib', free-access-shared-bikes, since July 2007...
We may soon ride Paris made Zip Cars. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3>
<ul> <li>Article: <em>Paris rêve d'automobiles en libre-service</em>, Les Echos (subscription
needed), Jan. 29, 2008: <a title="Paris rêve d'automobiles en libre-service"
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/4678892.htm" target="_blank">here
</a></li> <li>Website: <em>ZipCar</em>: <a title="Zip Cars" href="http://www.zipcar.com/"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Related topics from the
Transport Information Group</span></h3> <ul> <li><a title="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/03/follow-up-reports-about-carpooling/" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/03/follow-up-reports-about-carpooling/">Follow-up: Reports about
carpooling</a>, Tue 18 Dec 2007], Jan. 3, 2008</li> <li><a title="Congestion pricing, from London
to Milan" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/03/congestion-pricing-from-
london-to-milan/" target="_self">Congestion pricing, from London to Milan</a>, Jan. 3, 2008</li>
<li><a title="Carpooling: from a free beginning until… an expensive end?" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/2007/12/18/carpooling-from-a-free-beginning-until%e2%80%a6-an-
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In brief: Is FedEx going to "eat" DHL?
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/29/in-brief-is-fedex-going-to-eat-dhl/
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:00:55 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
air
air
assets depreciation
assets depreciation
deutsche post
deutsche post
Deutsche Post pourrait vendre DHL aux Etats-Unis
Deutsche Post pourrait vendre DHL aux Etats-Unis
dhl
dhl
DHL mother's company
DHL mother's company
economics
economics
express mail
express mail
federal express
federal express
fedex
fedex
finance
finance
Financial Times Deutschland
Financial Times Deutschland
freight
freight
improving the performances
improving the performances
logistics
logistics
packages shipping
packages shipping
projects
projects
road
road
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=72

I read in the article referenced below from Les Echos, that Deutsche Post, DHL mother's company,
could sell DHL's US activities. FedEx, ranked number 2 in the United States for packages shipping,
with 29% market share, should be interested according to the Financial Times Deutschland. Deutsche
Post apparently filed a €600 million assets depreciation for its American subsidiary and declared
nothing more than "the company is working on improving the performances of its express mail
activities in the United States". <blockquote><em>DHL (originally standing for Dalsey, Hillblom and
Lynn) is a Deutsche Post company of Germany that provides international shipping of documents and
freight as well as contract logistics. The company was founded in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry
Hillblom, and Robert Lynn. The trio initially provided a courier service between the Continental
United States and Hawaii then expanded the business from there. In 1998, Deutsche Post began to
acquire shares in DHL, finally reached majority ownership in 2001, and completed the purchase in
2002.</em> <p align="right">Source: Wikipedia article about <a title="Wikipedia article about DHL"
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHL" target="_blank">DHL</a></p> </blockquote> <p
align="left">Could it be a way for FedEx to catch up with its opponent UPS? Will UPS make a
counter offer? The article is quite elusive about FedEx-Deutsche Post potential deal but something will
happen... to be continued!</p> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Deutsche Post pourrait vendre DHL aux Etats-Unis</em>, Les Echos, Jan. 28, 2008:
<a title="Deutsche Post pourrait vendre DHL aux Etats-Unis"
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/4678754.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>FedEx, About FedEx page</em>: <a title="FedEx"
href="http://www.fedex.com/us/about" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>DHL</em>: <a title="DHL" href="http://www.dhl.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>
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    Yannick
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    2008-01-29 18:30:48
    2008-01-29 17:30:48
    What is FedEx buying..DHL ops are contractors and Teamsters..no airplanes. Does FedEx want
    Teamsters - NO; Does FedEx need more contractors..they are already having issues with
    this..Customers - If smart the customers will bid themselves out to UPS / FedEx to keep their rates
down. A trade for US deliveries for EU ones..FedEx bought a UK company that competes with
DHL..also they are bitter rivals in Asia.. This Urban Myth created by the German News Media
and Wall Street analysts just doesnt make sense.
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2008-01-29 18:54:27
2008-01-29 17:54:27
Dear Yannick, I am glad you reacted to this (short) article, if this can be considered as an
"article". I wrote this post actually because I wanted to know more about this issue, and here you
are. So, thanks for your comment, that is quite interesting as far as what I read was just a small
note in Les Echos (linked article) I would be glad to receive any materials you could send me,
that I could publish here. Eventually, could you tell me more about the fact that "Deutsche Post
apparently filed a €600 million assets depreciation": is this also a myth? However, something is
not clear in my mind: you said DHL does not operate airplanes but I also read a <a
href="http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2007/q1/070308a_nr.html" rel="nofollow">press
release</a> from Boeing website, dated March 2007, saying that "Boeing [to Supply] supplied Six
767 Freighters to Re-fleet DHL U.S. Operations"... please, let me know more. Once again, thank
you for stopping by. I hope we could exchange more about transportation issues in the future.
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2008-01-30 13:06:15
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ABX Air and ASTAR are the main US air providers for DHL. DHL ownes half of ASTAR and
ABX is in 2 contract agreements with DHL. They provide majority of their air fleet and majority
of their ground/sort personnel...Research there and you will find out why FEDEX is interested...
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2008-01-30 13:43:18
2008-01-30 12:43:18
Thanks for your comment. I will have a look into it and come back with a more complete article.
Would you mean FedEx would actually be interested in buying not DHL but more ABX Air and
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2008-01-30 18:30:29
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ABX would be a good buy for FedEx. ABX has just purchased Capital Cargo Holdings who
provide aircraft to ATI and BAX Global (now Schenker)a major German freight forwarder. This
could rapidly make FedEx the biggest player in the US and Europe.
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2008-01-30 23:23:22
2008-01-30 22:23:22
Thanks for completing the information about ABX. I also read today in the TTNews Express that
UPS lost money because of pension charge, it is maybe the good time for FedEx to make the
difference? <a href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19080"
rel="nofollow">UPS Takes $2.58 Bln. 4Q Loss on Pension Charge</a> UPS Inc. said Wednesday
it lost $2.58 billion in the fourth quarter, primarily due to a big charge to exit a union pension plan.
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2008-01-31 14:56:10
2008-01-31 13:56:10
A French version of the article about UPS loss in 4Q: <a
href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/ID856DC4DD963897F1C12573E000483BCA" title="UPS
trébuche à cause d'une charge exceptionnelle de 6 milliards de dollars" rel="nofollow">UPS
trébuche à cause d'une charge exceptionnelle de 6 milliards de dollars</a>
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    2008-02-19 05:23:13
    This is very intresting, Fedex buying DHL. I do have a question. Would these be a good thing or a
    bad thing for Fedex ground contractors? anyone with some contractor answers would be
    appriciated.
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These roads that we could sell...
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/30/these-roads-that-we-could-sell/
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:00:37 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Chicago Skyway
Chicago Skyway
Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte
Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte
economics
economics
finance
finance
freight
freight
Indiana Toll Road
Indiana Toll Road
infrastructure
infrastructure
Macquarie Infrastructure Group
Macquarie Infrastructure Group
passengers
passengers
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PPP
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public private partnerships
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Three letters, three times the same letter, the letter P; "PPP", it stands for Public-Private Partnerships.
We already discussed PPPs from a French point of view in the article "<a title="Less cheese, more
PPPs" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/22/less-cheese-more-ppps/"
target="_self">Less cheese, more PPPs</a> - Fed<em> up with cheese, Beaujolais and accordions?
France can show you its modern face as well... through public private partnerships</em>" from
Sébastien Gourgouillat. <p style="text-align: center"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-211"
title="Map of current US Interstates" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/map_of_current_interstates.jpg" alt="Map of current US Interstates"
width="500" height="313" /></p> This is not what I want to do in this new article which will be more
about toll roads related projects than PPPs in general... What I would like to show, without behing
exhaustive (that is for sure), is how much Americans (especially their Governors and other
Governement-like officials) now care (or at least discuss) about the money and benefits that could
come from these infrastructures they so beloved since Dwight D. Eisenhower decided the nation would
build the "National System of Interstate and Defense Highways", aka Interstate System...<!--more-->
Here it is, a sample of the articles that I found in the last couple days/weeks/months/<span style="text-
decoration: line-through;">years</span>... I could have looked for articles in many news feeds or
papers, but I just went through the last issues of the AASHTO Daily Transportation Update, which
gives a good snapshot of the situation: <ol> <li>US Transportation Secretary Supports Alabama Toll
Roads - link to story in The Birmingham News: <a title="PPP Toll Roads"
href="http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1201338991172750.xml&amp;
coll=2" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Governor's Trans-Texas Corridor is a Hard Sell - link to
story in the Houston Chronicle: <a title="PPP Toll Roads"
href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5490227.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Pennsylvania Turnpike Bankrolls PennDOT Again - link to story
in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: <a title="PPP Toll Roads" href="http://www.post-
gazette.com/pg/08026/852504-85.stm" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Officials Want to Keep
North Texas Toll Collections Out of State’s Hands - link to story in the Star-Telegram: <a title="PPP
Toll Road" href="http://www.star-telegram.com/metro_news/story/432103.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Pennsylvania Turnpike Pays High Toll for State, Federal
Lobbying - link to story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08022/851139-85.stm" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Tolls ‘Wave of the Future’ for Washington Highway Projects - link to AP story: <a title="PPP Toll
Road" href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_xgr_tolling.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Lack of Funding Halts I-81 Expansion in Virginia - link to story in
the Bristol Herald Courier: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.tricities.com/tristate/tri/news.apx.-content-articles-TRI-2008-01-17-0017.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Public Meetings Starting on Giant Texas Highway Project - link to
story in the Houston Chronicle: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5458108.html" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Bill Proposes Leasing Pennsylvania Turnpike in Three Parts - link to AP story: <a title="PPP Toll
Road" href="http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/state/s_547464.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Florida I-95 Toll Project Put on Fast Track - link to story in The
Miami Herald: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/376474.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Plan for Toll Lanes on L.A. County Freeways is in Fast Lane -
link to story in the Los Angeles Times: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-congestion9jan09,1,5309757.story?coll=la-headlines-
california" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Tolls to Hit $1 a Mile on California’s 91 Express
Lanes - link to story in the Los Angeles Times: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-
tolls28dec28,1,7856615.story?coll=laheadlines-pe-california" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Panel Mulling Maine Turnpike Tolls Needs More Time - link to story in the Portland Press Herald:
<a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=158010&amp;ac=PHnws"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Pennsylvania Governor Says Turnpike Lease Can Still Work -
link to AP story: <a title="PPP Toll Road" href="http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/state/all-
a8_turnpike.6186528dec15,0,3708114.story" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Congressional Bill
Allows California a Say in Toll Road Planning - link to story in The San Diego Union-Tribune: <a
title="PPP Toll Road" href="http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20071209-9999-
1m9toll.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Los Angeles Carpool Lanes May be Switched to
Toll Lanes - link to story in the Daily Breeze: <a title="PPP Toll Road"
href="http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/regstate/articles/11963276.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ol> Some of the link may be dead at this time but my goal was only
to show how much the press and transportation officials are interested in the potential of toll roads,
private involvment in public projects, and one way or another, Public-Private Partnerships to finance
the future roads and maintain a good level of service on the existing infrastructures. A lot of toll road
operators worldwide have been showing interest in United States highways (tolled ones or not) and
there should be more to come in the next years. At this time, everyone has in mind the few deals that
were signed since 2006 like the Chicago Skyway (99-year lease for $1.8 billion from the Skyway
Concession Company LLC, owned by Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte S.A. and
Macquarie Infrastructure Group), the Indiana Toll Road (75-year lease for $3.85 billion from the
Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, also Cintra and Macquarie), or the Pocahontas Parkway (99-
year lease for $611 million from Transurban)... In France, the Goverment sold its participation in
every road operator, that are now fully private companies. All countries basically do the same thing...
making money by selling or leasing roads may be the good way to finance tomorrow's infrastructure?
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       Another story about toll roads in the Waco Herald-Tribune <a
       href="http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2008/01/30/01302008wactollvote.html
       " rel="nofollow">Toll Lanes Remain in Ambitious I-35 Plan, Texas Board Decides</a>
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       2008-02-01 01:07:18
       2008-02-01 00:07:18
       An article from ENR date January 16, 2008... When PPPs bring peace. Please, use them! <a
       href="http://enr.construction.com/news/transportation/archives/080116b.asp"
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    One great reference to get updates about toll roads in the United States. Toll Road News:
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How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?
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Wed, 30 Jan 2008 13:00:40 +0000
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economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
freight
freight
freight
freight
freight rail
freight rail
freight railroad
freight railroad
French national railway operator
French national railway operator
fret
fret
If SNCF fret was a private company
If SNCF fret was a private company
intermodal
intermodal
logistics
logistics
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
November strikes
November strikes
private company
private company
rail
rail
sncf
sncf
SNCF Fret
SNCF Fret
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
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<h3><span style="color: #800000;">SNCF Fret loses money, though less and less...</span></h3> A
brief note to address an important issue in France: freight rail. SNCF, the French national railway
operator, announced that 2007 would end on a €241 million loss and expects to lose €213 million in
2008. Even though losing money with its freight activities, the financial situation of SNCF Group will
continue to improve. The board will examine 2008 budget on February 13: gross turnover is expected
to be €25.6 billion (up 7% from 2007) and net income, that will reach €930 million for the fiscal year
2007 ended December 31, is expected to grow 32% to €1.23 billion in 2008. The main problem is still
the situation of the freight subsidiary that SNCF tries to improve: new organization, new work-time
rules, etc. However, the way is still long to turn up the results. November strikes spawned a €75
million loss that lowered the freight financial results by 4%.<!--more--> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">Solutions to achieve a better financial situation</span></h3> SNCF Fret expects the
turnover to be €1.94 billion (+1.3% from 2007) and to improve its gross operating surplus rate (Marge
d'Excédent Brut d'Exploitation in French, an indicator close to EBITDA) from -6.5% (2007) to -4.2%.
To achieve these goals, SNCF relies upon an increasing traffic up 2.4% to 41.5 billion tons-kilometers.
A major reform is that SNCF Fret will not anymore handle separated railcars, close a lot of small
freight rail yards and stations, and concentrate its activities in bigger hubs dedicated to intermodal
transport. Intermodal traffic should rise 22% in 2008 and conventional transport will decrease 2.6%
according to the article in Les Echos. Another way for the freight operator to improve its results will
be to drastically reduce its workforce: 2,000 jobs will be "lost", which counts for 10% of the total
employees at SNCF Fret. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">If SNCF fret was a private
company...</span></h3> In the report that will be analyzed February 13 by the board, SNCF claims
SNCF Fret does not operate in a fair competitive market. The national railway operator, considered as
a whole, has to respect rules concerning the professional tax (a tax paid by employers in France) and
the retirement fees that are different from fully private independent companies. If the subsidiary SNCF
Fret was considered as an independent company, its professional tax would be indexed on the added
value generated only by freight activities and retirement fees would be considerably different... The
company estimates that the €213 million could be "reduced" to €80 to €110 millions for 2008: not
enough yet to be called benefits. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>La SNCF prévoit encore 213 millions de perte dans le fret en 2008</em>, Les
Echos, Jan. 30, 2008: <a title="La SNCF prévoit encore 213 millions de perte dans le fret en 2008"
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/4680063.htm"
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    It did not take long for SNCF Unions to react to the 2,000 job cuts proposals to save the freight
    subsidiary SNCF Fret. I read two articles about the issue that you will be probably able to find on
    the internet (I read a printed version and do not have the URLs): <i>La SNCF compte supprimer
    2.000 emplois dans le fret en 2008</i>, La Tribune, Jan. 30, 2008 <i>SNCF : les syndicats
    remontés contre les suppressions d'emplois dans le fret</i>, Les Echos, Jan. 30, 2008 Next step?
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    [...] are low) private and profitable, which is not the case in France (SNCF Fret loses money: see
    How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?). Amtrak loses money on passenger operation,
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Translohr: from Clermont Ferrand to Honolulu?
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Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:00:39 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
alstom
alstom
ALSTOM Transport
ALSTOM Transport
City &amp; County of Honolulu
City &amp; County of Honolulu
desiderio
desiderio
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project
High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project
Honolulu
Honolulu
infrastructure
infrastructure
light rail
light rail
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
new generation of light-rail urban tramways
new generation of light-rail urban tramways
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
Request for Information
Request for Information
road
road
rubber tire on concrete
rubber tire on concrete
tramways
tramways
Translohr
Translohr
Translohr rubber tire on concrete
Translohr rubber tire on concrete
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
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transport expertise association
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urban tramways
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Honolulu has a "High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project" and the City &amp; County of Honolulu sent
a Request for Information (RFI). Twelve submittals were received from suppliers of fixed guideway
transit system vehicles and include all four technology options for evaluation: "steel wheel on steel
rail", "rubber tire on concrete", "monorail", and "magnetic levitation". Among these twelve proposals,
I particularly like one for multiple reasons I can not really explain here: Lohr Industrie Translohr
rubber tire on concrete, rail-guided, light rail. This system has been implemented in the city of
Clermont Ferrand in France (entered operation on October 14, 2006) and chosen also by four other
cities: three in Italy (Padua, L'Aquila, and Mestre-Venice) and one in China (Tianjin).
<blockquote>The Translohr is a part of the new generation of light-rail urban tramways. Being a real
tool to re-conquer the urban space and to transform the city as well as its use in-depth, it offers a
unique ease of urban insertion thanks to its manoeuvrability and its man-sized gauge. <p
align="right"><em>Source: Lohr Industrie website</em></p> </blockquote> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">Twelve submittals, more than one French!</span></h3> Despite that I am a Translohr fan,
I would say that 12 submittals is really good for such a project, and could also be good for French
international commercial development, Alstom Transport and Thales being in the game. <!--more-->
Here is the list of all proposals received by the City &amp; County of Honolulu: <ol> <li>Advanced
Public Transport Systems, submitted rubber tire vehicles that run on concrete;</li>
<li><strong>ALSTOM Transport, submitted steel wheel/steel rail vehicles</strong>;</li>
<li>AnsaldoBreda Transportation, Inc., submitted steel wheel/steel rail vehicles;</li> <li>Bombardier
Transportation, submitted steel wheel/steel rail vehicles;</li> <li>Hitachi America, submitted
monorail vehicles;</li> <li>IHI Corporation, submitted rubber tire vehicles that run on concrete;</li>
<li>Mitsubishi-Itochu, submitted magnetic levitation vehicles;</li> <li>Mitsubishi-Sumitomo,
submitted steel wheel/steel rail vehicles;</li> <li>Siemens Transportation Systems, Inc., submitted
steel wheel/steel rail vehicles;</li> <li>Siemens Transportation Systems, Inc., submitted rubber tired
vehicles that run on concrete;</li> <li><strong>Thales, submitted specialized train control
systems</strong>; and</li> <li><strong>Translohr, submitted rubber tired vehicles that run on
concrete</strong>.</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: center"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-
image-210" title="Translohr Padoue. Credits:Lohr 2006" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/padoue.jpg" alt="Translohr Padoue. Credits:Lohr 2006" width="353"
height="500" /></p> <p style="text-align: center"><strong>Credits: Lohr 2006</strong></p>
<h3><span style="color: #800000;">Public transit may not only mean "mass transit"</span></h3>
However, I would like to mention what I read in a Google Group I recently subscribed: Transport
Innovators. This group is discussing innovative transport systems (see references below) and posted a
message about Honolulu's project. Definitely, all proposals submitted are only ligh-rail-like products
("cattle cars" as said in the Transport Innovators' messages) and none of them include innovative
products such as PRTs or lighter vehicles that could fit more with Honolulu's public transport needs.
Indeed, as Mr. Walter Brewer says in the discussion, "<em>the real problem will be getting people to
ride</em>". <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Press release:
<em>Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project</em>, Jan. 29, 2008: <a title="Honolulu High-
Capacity Transit Corridor Project News Release"
href="http://www.honolulutransit.org/pdfs/whats_new/RFI%20Release.pdf"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor
Project</em>: <a title="Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project"
href="http://www.honolulutransit.org/" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Lohr
Industrie, Translohr page</em>: <a title="Translohr from Lohr Industrie"
href="http://www.lohr.fr/transport-public_gb.htm" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Clermont Ferrand Transit Authority, Tramway's page</em>: <a title="Translohr in Clermont
Ferrand" href="http://www.letram-clermontferrand.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Google
Group: <em>Transport Innovators</em>: <a title="Transport Innovators"
href="http://groups.google.com/group/transport-
innovators/browse_thread/thread/1e8191f89ad90335#1ce1bd8e1470280b"
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Taxis, strike time in Paris
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/31/taxis-strike-time-in-paris/
Thu, 31 Jan 2008 09:00:30 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Commission pour la libération de la croissance français
Commission pour la libération de la croissance français
economics
economics
Fédération nationale des artisans du taxi
Fédération nationale des artisans du taxi
fnat
fnat
French National Association of Taxi Drivers
French National Association of Taxi Drivers
Jacques Attali
Jacques Attali
paris
paris
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
public transport
public transport
Rapport de la Commission pour la libération de la crois
Rapport de la Commission pour la libération de la crois
road
road
strike
strike
taxi
taxi
taxi driver
taxi driver
taxi strike
taxi strike
taxi strike in paris
taxi strike in paris
transport
transport
unleash French economic growth
unleash French economic growth
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=79

Yesterday (Wednesday January 30, 2008), some 2,500 to 3,000 (police says 700 to 1,000…) taxi
drivers were protesting against a decision to liberalize the market. This decision would be a
consequence of the proposals contained in the report from the Commission, lead by Jacques Attali, that
was in charge of proposing solutions to “unleash French economic growth” (Commission pour la
libération de la croissance française). <img class="alignleft alignnone size-full wp-image-209"
style="float: left; border: 0; margin: 5px;" title="Taxi Parisien" src="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/20071029_taxi_paris_18.jpg" alt="Taxi Parisien"
width="175" height="175" />The “Attali Commission’s” report was publicly released on January 23,
2008 (see references below) and I will publish soon another article detailing all transportation-realted
measures that have been proposed and that should (must?) be implemented in the next few
weeks/months/years (Who really knows?). Apparently, most of the proposals being controversial (from
one point of view or another), couple strikes may follow… France remains France. <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">What matters to taxi drivers?</span></h3> As of today, there are around
45,000 taxis in France and 16,000 of them in Paris. A numerus closus imposes a maximum number of
taxi licences to be distributed in Paris, upon the “population needs”. It is however sometimes difficult
to find a cab available in Paris, an when one shows up, you need to go somewhere he wants to drive
you unless you will stay on the curb, waiting again for another one. <!--more--> What the report
proposes is to liberalize totally the taxi operation: then, there would be around 50,000 to 60,000 cabs in
Paris and its closest suburbs. What today’s taxi drivers do not want is that the government will provide
taxiTaxi drivers say this reform will lower their revenues and do not improve the situation in Paris
(today, a taxi driver works an average 70 hours a week and makes around €7.63 per hour). licences for
free to drivers that asked for one at the end of 2007, whereas drivers now pay up to €200,000 (and
sometimes more) to get one from a retiring colleague (because of the numerus closus)! <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">Different country, same problem</span></h3> Being in Washington, DC and
attending the Transportation Research Board two weeks ago, I had the chance to ride couple DC cabs
since it is definitely the fastest way to go, from A to B, in the United States capital city. One of them
complained (the whole trip!) about the future implementation of meters in DC cabs. The measure, that
will being applied starting April 6, 2008, will apparently considerably lower DC cabs fares. The zonal
tariffication will be replaced by a meter: <ul> <li>the base rate will be $3;</li> <li>riders will then
pay 25 cents per 1/6 of a mile (the meter will start on the second 1/6 of a mile);</li> <li>each minute
stopped in traffic or traveling slower than 10 miles per hour will cost the rider an additionnal 25 cents;
and</li> <li>the additional passenger surcharge will also be eliminated.</li> </ul> What I told this
furious driver was: “if it is cheaper, I will ride more often, even on shorter trips” but I do not really
think he was convinced: right, a buck is a buck! <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Report: <em>Rapport de la Commission pour la
libération de la croissance française</em>, sous la présidence de Jacques Attali, Jan. 2008 : <a
title="Rapport de la Commission pour la libération de la croissance française"
href="http://www.liberationdelacroissance.fr/files/rapports/rapportCLCF.pdf"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Commission pour la libération de la croissance
française</em>: <a title="Commission pour la libération de la croissance française"
href="http://www.liberationdelacroissance.fr" target="_blank">here </a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Fédération nationale des artisans du taxi</em> (FNAT, French National Association of Taxi
Drivers): <a title="FNAT" href="http://www.artisan-taxi.com/fnat/" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Les taxis manifestent contre la déréglementation de leur profession</em>, Le
Monde (registration required), Jan. 30, 2008: <a title="Les taxis manifestent contre la
déréglementation de leur profession" href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/web/imprimer_element/0,40-
0@2-823448,50-1005257,0.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Fenty to Start
Taxi Meter at $3 for All</em>, Washington Post, Jan. 17, 2008: <a title="Fenty to Start Taxi Meter at
$3 for All" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2008/01/16/AR2008011601823.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Les taxis paralysent les grandes villes</em>, Le Figaro, Jan. 30, 2008: <a title="Les taxis
paralysent les grandes villes" href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualites/2008/01/30/01001-
20080130ARTFIG00415-les-taxis-en-colere-perturbent-la-circulation.php"
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    Another article published February 3, 2008 in Les Echos about the taxi reform (subscription may
    be required): <b><a href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/300238821.htm"
    rel="nofollow">Taxis : Guéant donne raison à Attali comme aux chauffeurs </a></b> <i>Face à
    la colère des chauffeurs de taxis devant les préconisations du rapport Attali, le secrétaire général
    de l'Elysée assure qu'il y a "des solutions pour qu'on augmente le nombre de taxis en faisant en
    sorte que les propriétaires d'un taxi n'y perdent rien". Le secrétaire général de l'Elysée Claude
    Guéant donne raison tant à Jacques Attali pour ses suggestions sur l'organisation des taxis qu'aux
    chauffeurs qui ont protesté mercredi et jeudi contre les recommandations de l'ancien conseiller de
    François Mitterrand. Dans un entretien à "Le Parisien" et "Aujourd'hui en France", M. Guéant
    donne raison "aux deux". "Et je suis sérieux", assure-t-il. ...</i> The article basically says that the
    President cabinet agrees with both Jacques Attali's Commission recommandations and angry taxi
    drivers. Claude Guéant, Secretary General at the Elysée Palace wants to find a solution to increase
    the number of taxis without present drivers losing money... A difficult mission!
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2007: good year for Norbert Dentressangle
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Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:00:04 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Christian Salvesen
Christian Salvesen
Christian Salvesen integration
Christian Salvesen integration
economics
economics
finance
finance
freight
freight
logistics
logistics
ND will become a real leader of the road transport and
ND will become a real leader of the road transport and
Norbert Dentressangle
Norbert Dentressangle
Norbert Dentressangle - Christian Salvesen
Norbert Dentressangle - Christian Salvesen
road
road
transport
transport
turnover up
turnover up
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Norbert Dentressangle (ND), French road carrier and logistics company announced yesterday (January
30, 2008) a turnover up 12.2% to €1.8 billion. The road transport activity accounted for €1.12 billion
(+12%) and logistics for €675 million (+12.6%) of the turnover. ND expects its EBITDA to be up
4.3% from 2006. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Christian Salvesen part of Norbert
Dentressangle: toward new activities</span></h3> October 2, 2007, Norbert Dentressangle launched a
friendly takeover bid on British carrier Christian Salvesen. The operation has been finalized before the
end of the year, and the new group Norbert Dentressangle - Christian Salvesen will probably reach the
top 10 European transport and logistics companies, either topping the 9th or 10th position depending
on Gefco and Dascher turnovers.<!--more--> <strong>2005 top 10 European carriers (Source:
<em>Officiel des transporteurs</em>, n°2397) </strong><strong>Name and turnovers in million
euros:</strong> <ol> <li>DHL (Deutsche Post) with Excel - €36,000;</li> <li>Kuehne + Nagel with
ACR logistics - €10,372;</li> <li>Schenker (Deutsche Bahn) with Bax - €11,200;</li> <li>TNT
express - €5,334;</li> <li>Panalpina - €4,405;</li> <li>Geodis with TFM - €4,378;</li> <li>Groupe
La Poste - €3,509;</li> <li>DSV with Maas - €4,000;</li> <li>Gefco - €3,000; and <em><span
style="color: #800000;">&lt;= Norbert Dentressangle - Christian Salvesen</span></em></li>
<li>Dascher - €2,800. <span style="color: #800000;"><em>&lt;= Norbert Dentressangle - Christian
Salvesen</em></span></li> </ol> ND will become a real leader of the road transport and logistics
market in Europe, with 8,000 trucks and 4 million square meters of warehouses. Turnover is also
expected to grow up to €3 billion for the fiscal year 2008, including Christian Salvesen activity for a
whole year; 2007 share of Christian Salvesen being already €48 million from December 14, 2007.
Whole group activity will be balanced between transport (57%) and logistics (43%). Because of
Christian Salvesen integration, international share is also expected to increase: it will account for 50%
of the total turnover in 2007 against 20% for ND alone. Also Christian Salvesen integration will allow
ND to diversify in flat pallet transport with Darfeuille France, and also have refrigerated transport
activities in Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: Norbert Dentressangle : chiffre d'affaires 2007
en hausse de 12,2%, Les Echos, Jan. 30, 2008 (paper edition)</li> </ul> <!--adsense#post-banner-->

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    Read in e-Lloyd newsletter, published Friday February 1, 2008: <b>Croissance du chiffre
    d'affaires pour Dentressangle</b> Norbert Dentressangle a le vent en poupe. La récente reprise de
    Christian Salvesen et la prise de participation dans l’opérateur de transport combiné Novatrans en
    témoignent...<a href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20385-
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Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal
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Thu, 31 Jan 2008 17:00:46 +0000
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air
air
air france
air france
air france klm
air france klm
Air France-KLM President and CEO
Air France-KLM President and CEO
alitalia
alitalia
alitalia deal
alitalia deal
economics
economics
finance
finance
freight
freight
jean cyril spinetta
jean cyril spinetta
Maurizio Prato
Maurizio Prato
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
President of Alitalia
President of Alitalia
projects
projects
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=82

<a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/af-klm-alitalia.jpg"><img
class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-208" style="float: left; border: 0; margin-top: 5px; margin-
bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Air France KLM Alitalia Logo"
src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/af-klm-alitalia.jpg" alt="Air France
KLM Alitalia Logo" width="245" height="279" /></a>While Italy is suffering a political crisis, Air
France-KLM and Alitalia announced they are still working on their merging project. Since mid-
January, both airlines started exclusive talks to elaborate their industrial program, following Romano
Prodi's government agreement at the end of 2007. The project and a final proposal would be finalized
in two months maximum, by mid-March 2008. However, many Italian politicians are opposed to AF-
KLM offer to buy Alitalia, partly owned by the Italian governement (49.9% shares). Northern rightists
are especially uneasy with the potential decision of the French-Dutch airline to reduce traffic at Milan-
Malpensa.<!--more--> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Dealing with both stockholders and Italian
government</span></h3> Air France is convinced the deal is a good operation since both airlines have
already been cooperating on profitable flights between France and Italy. Air France officials estimate
that Italian market is still really important even though Alitalia went under the 60-to-70% market share
that a national airline usually have on its territory. According to Air France officials, bringing Alitalia
in its group will be the way, and even the only way, for the Italian company to catch-up with economic
growth. To conclude the deal, Air France-KLM will have to satisfy the needs and wishes of many
actors, and not always easy ones: Alitilia employees and their unions, the Italian government, and AF-
KLM stockholders. To ensure its success, Air France-KLM proposal is quite similar to what Maurizio
Prato, President of Alitalia, proposed last year (fall 2007) including moving traffic from Milan to
Rome, and also cutting around 2,000 jobs. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">A good move for both
sides</span></h3> A thing that Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Air France-KLM President and CEO, never
refused to share with its employees and partners: this deal is a good deal. On the outside, transportation
specialists and consultants are convinced the French-Dutch group will benefit from this financial
operation: doing such a good move will allow Air France-KLM not to let other European airlines like
Lufthansa or British Airways take over the Italian company. Also, AF-KLM group will remain the
airline consolidation leader in Europe... With the Open Skies Agreement coming on April 1, 2008
(see: <a title="Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/29/toward-the-us-airlines-open-skies/" target="_self">Toward the
(US-airlines)-Open Skies</a>, January 29, 2008), it would be interesting to see if the newly formed
company could take advantage of the merge to propose real new offers to their customers... <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Crise politique en Italie :
Air France-KLM travaille toujours sur Alitalia</em>, Les Echos, Jan. 30, 2008 (paper edition)</li>
<li>Article: <em>Pour Air France, la reprise d'Alitalia n'est pas risquée</em>, Le Monde, Jan. 8, 2008
(paper edition)</li> <li>Website: <em>Air France Corporate site</em>: <a title="Air France
Corporate" href="http://corporate.airfrance.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>KLM Royal Dutch Corporate site</em>: <a title="KLM Royal Dutch Corporate"
href="http://www.klm.com/travel/corporate_en/corporate.htm" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>Alitalia Corporate site</em>: <a title="Alitalia Corporate"
href="http://corporate.alitalia.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <!--adsense#post-banner-->

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Other country, other point of view... <blockquote><a
href="http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_8110023?nclick_check=1"
rel="nofollow"><b>Oberstar turns up heat on airline mergers</b></a> By John Hughes -
Bloomberg News Article Last Updated: 01/29/2008 02:11:40 PM CST U.S. Rep. James Oberstar,
who is the chairman of the House committee that oversees transportation, said he will try to block
any proposed airline mergers because they reduce competition, raise ticket prices and eliminate
jobs. "Hell no," Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat, said today about allowing carriers to combine.
"We did not enact deregulation in order to create golden parachute opportunities for airline
executives, and that's what results from mergers." Delta Air Lines is in talks with Northwest
Airlines about a possible tie-up, the Northwest pilots union has said. The airlines have declined to
comment. Surging fuel prices and concern that travel demand will fall in a slowing economy are
spurring discussion in the industry about mergers. "They're not in the public interest," Oberstar
said at a news conference in Washington. He said he would urge the Justice Department to
conduct an in-depth inquiry into any merger plan and ask the agency to consider both proposed
combinations and the domino effect they may have in the industry. Airline mergers also may
result in a possible drop in air service for small communities, Oberstar said. He is chairman of the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.</blockquote>
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In brief: Dubaï, think BIG!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/01/in-brief-dubai-think-big/
Fri, 01 Feb 2008 09:00:56 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
1600 meters long bridge
1600 meters long bridge
bridge
bridge
dubai
dubai
Dubai to build world's longest arched bridge
Dubai to build world's longest arched bridge
finance
finance
freight
freight
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
longest arched bridge
longest arched bridge
metro line
metro line
passengers
passengers
pont à douze voies de circulation
pont à douze voies de circulation
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
road
road
transport
transport
United Arrab Emirates
United Arrab Emirates
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=86

Dubaï, the largest city in the United Arrab Emirates could be named "the city of the biggest"... The
tallest tower in the world, two "palm islands", one "world island", a ski resort in the middle of the
desert (now in the middle of the city, but anyways, sand is not that far), everything there is bigger
than... anywhere. A project manager dream in construction and infrastructure. The last huge project
that came out recently: a twelve-lane bridge, that will actually be the world's longest arched bridge, not
much... I just wanted to mention this and simply report the Khaleej Times article... Where and when
will they stop? At least, there will build the infrastructure so that a metro line fits in the middle of the
1,600 meters long bridge. Does this show that this country where gasoline is still cheap thinks about
public transportation? I am not really sure and once again, “<em>the real problem will be getting
people to ride</em>“.<!--more--> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Dubai to build world's longest
arched bridge</span></h3> <blockquote><em>By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter), Khaleej Times,
January 30, 2008</em> DUBAI - Construction of the world's longest arched bridge in Dubai will
begin in March and the project would be completed in four years, the Roads and Transport Authority
(RTA) announced yesterday. The project, the sixth crossing over the Dubai Creek, is estimated to cost
Dh3 billion. The bridge, 1,600 metres long and 64 metres wide, will comprise 12 lanes, 6 in each
direction. In addition, the Green Line of Dubai Metro will run through the centre of the bridge (the
dividing area between the two bridges). The giant arch will be 205 metres high and 667 metres long.
The bridge will link Al Jaddaf in Bur Dubai with the road separating The Lagoons and Dubai Festival
City. The crossing would also provide entry and exit points for the Creek Island, on which Opera
Building, a project of Sama Dubai, will be constructed. The Chairman of the Board and Executive
Director of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, said the project, developed by a United States-based company,
would be completed in six phases. "The construction of the first phase would begin in March this
year," he pointed out. The crossing would facilitate free traffic flow at all intersections and allow free
navigation throughout the day as it would be15 metres above the water surface. The 50-metre-wide
navigation corridor would enable movement of large yachts.</blockquote> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Dubai to build world's longest arched
bridge</em>, Khaleej Times, January 30, 2008: <a title="Dubai to build world's longest arched
bridge"
href="http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2008/January/theuae_Januar
y927.xml&amp;section=theuae" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Dubaï projette la
construction d'un pont à douze voies de circulation</em>, Le Moniteur Expert, January 30, 2008: <a
title="Dubaï projette la construction d'un pont à douze voies de circulation"
href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=2&amp;acces=0&amp;id=D0FFE1A09&amp;mode=0"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <!--adsense#post-banner-->

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In brief: is high-speed rail killing the plane?
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/01/in-brief-is-high-speed-rail-killing-the-plane/
Fri, 01 Feb 2008 13:00:24 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
air
air
air france klm
air france klm
airline
airline
economics
economics
energy
energy
environment
environment
France
France
French-Dutch airline
French-Dutch airline
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed train
high speed train
hsr
hsr
jean cyril spinetta
jean cyril spinetta
lyon saint exupery
lyon saint exupery
Paris Orly
Paris Orly
Paris Orly and Lyon Saint Exupery
Paris Orly and Lyon Saint Exupery
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
TGV
TGV
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=88

Are the six daily flights between Paris Orly and Lyon Saint Exupery airports threatened? Maybe. Air
France-KLM, the French-Dutch airline, said the traffic could be considerably reduced in the next few
month, down to one daily flight only. Air France-KLM President Jean-Cyril Spinetta apparently said
the reason why these flights could be cut is because of the greenhouse gas emissions reduction
program his company is implementing. According to Mr. Spinetta, the better way to reduce emissions
would be to minimize the number of links where high-speed rail (TGV in France) is competitive
(better than?) against plane. I kind of feel like environment starts to be a good way for companies
officials to show the whole world they are doing their best to respect our planet, while actually simply
reducing their costs and optimizing revenues. So please, be honest; do not tell the newspapers your
environmental program is the reason why your removing five daily flights between Paris and Lyon.
Just show us the figures and confess that it is as fast (or even faster, and of course "environmentally-
friendlier" too) to ride a TGV for two hours from Lyon CBD to Paris CBD as driving to Saint Exupery
airport for 30+ minutes, then flying for 45-60 minutes (if on-time) and driving again for 30+ minutes
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Airbus go green! A380 superjumbo fly on alternative fuel
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/01/airbus-go-green-a380-superjumbo-fly-on-
alternative-fuel/
Fri, 01 Feb 2008 17:00:23 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
A380
A380
A380 green fuel
A380 green fuel
a380 superjumbo
a380 superjumbo
air
air
airbus
airbus
Dubai Airshow
Dubai Airshow
Dubai Airshow 2007
Dubai Airshow 2007
eads
eads
energy
energy
environment
environment
freight
freight
green fuel
green fuel
gtl
gtl
GTL kerosene
GTL kerosene
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways
Qatar Fuel Company
Qatar Fuel Company
Qatar Petroleum
Qatar Petroleum
Qatar Science and Technology Park
Qatar Science and Technology Park
Rolls-Royce plc
Rolls-Royce plc
Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
superjumbo
superjumbo
Synthetic Jet Fuel
Synthetic Jet Fuel
transport
transport
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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, subsidiary of EADS, started on February 1, 2008 the test-flight
experimentation: the A380 superjumbo became the first commercial aircraft to fly using "<em>green
fuel</em>". <p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/php1mohpx.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-207"
title="Airbus A380 Greener Cleaner Quieter Smarter" src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/php1mohpx.jpg" alt="Airbus A380 Greener Cleaner Quieter Smarter"
width="500" height="375" /></a> <em>Credits: A.net member Kaneporta1</em></p> <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">Go progressively green: 25% at the beginning</span></h3> The fuel used is
a synthetic liquid fuel processed from gas which is called GTL, for Gas To Liquids (see references
below). Also, Airbus provided an A380 airliner, partly because it is one of the less gas-guzzling
aircraft on the market. The Airbus A380 was propelled by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, and Shell
International Petroleum provided the "alternative/green/clean/... fuel". <blockquote><em>GTL is a
technology that takes natural gas and converts it to liquid kerosene. The properties of GTL kerosene
are largely similar to conventional jet fuel making it a "drop in" replacement for today's kerosene,
capable of being used in today's aero engines, aircraft and airports without any modifications.</em> <p
align="right">Source: Qatar Science &amp; Technology Park</p> </blockquote> The superjumbo
took off from Airbus' industrial plant in Filton, England at 9:00 am Friday February 1, and flew for
three hours before landing at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France.<!--more-->
<blockquote><em>"Fuel and energy are key challenges aviation is facing and for which technology
and international research collaboration open up new horizons"</em> <p align="right">Airbus CEO,
Tom Enders</p> </blockquote> Even though this experiment is a great step beyond, it is important to
note that the A380 had only one of its four engines alimented by gas to liquids fuel, the other three
running on regular kerosene. This way, Airbus engineers could evaluate the comportmental differences
between engines running on different type of gas. The results of the experimentation will be exploited
by the researchers that initiated this project last November in Dubai. Among other advantages, the fuel
used for this test-flight had better characteristics than kerosene: improving (hurting less?) air quality,
lower consumption, lower sulfur rate. Sjoerd Post, Shell Aviation VP, said the press that he hopes the
plane could be flying with even greener energy like bio-fuels; Airbus however indicates this would not
be conceivable before 2020. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">A smart deal signed at Dubai
Airshow 2007</span></h3> On November 13, 2007 at the Dubai Airshow, a bunch of Gulf and
European companies signed an agreement to research the potential benefits of Synthetic Jet Fuel in
aviation engines: <ul> <li>Qatar Airways;</li> <li>Qatar Petroleum;</li> <li>Qatar Fuel Company
(WOQOD);</li> <li>Airbus;</li> <li>Rolls-Royce plc;</li> <li>Shell International Petroleum
Company Limited; and</li> <li>Qatar Science and Technology Park.</li> </ul> The group was
formed to evaluate potential improvements in local air quality, fuel economy, and overall reduction in
carbon dioxydes and other greenhouse gases emissions. The different partners are also interested in
conducting studies on operational benefits for airlines (enhanced payload-range, reduced fuel-burn and
increased engine durability). Now we almost have green airliners, what is coming next? Electric ones?
=) <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Definition: <em>GTL,
Gas to Liquids</em>, Wikipedia: <a title="Gas to Liquids, Wikipedia"
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_to_liquids" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Un A380, alimenté au gaz liquide, réalise un premiervol d'essai</em>, Boursorama, Feb. 1,
2008: <a title="Un A380, alimenté au gaz liquide, réalise un premiervol d'essai"
href="http://www.boursorama.com/infos/actualites/detail_actu_marches.phtml?news=5102843"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Airbus A380 begins 'green' flight</em>, The Press
Association, Feb. 1, 2008: <a title="Airbus A380 begins 'green' flight"
href="http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jUYoXh20pQ0ubPgcxuAtKCIeXa7g"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Airbus to fly an A380 on synthetic fuel</em>,
Reuters, Feb 1, 2008: <a title="Airbus to fly an A380 on synthetic fuel"
href="http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSL0120071420080201"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Airbus' fuel research efforts begin with test flight of
A380</em>, Reliable Plant, Feb. 1, 2008: <a title="Airbus' fuel research efforts begin with test flight
of A380"
href="http://www.reliableplant.com/article.asp?pagetitle=Airbus'%20fuel%20research%20efforts%20b
egin%20with%20test%20flight%20of%20A380&amp;articleid=10308"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Airbus A380 becomes first commercial jet to fly on
alternative fuel</em>, The Star Online, Feb. 1, 2008: <a title="Airbus A380 becomes first commercial
jet to fly on alternative fuel"
href="http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/2/1/apworld/20080201212553&amp;sec=apwo
rld" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Airbus poised for alternative fuel first with
A380 demonstration flight</em>, Flight, Jan. 31, 2008: <a title="Airbus poised for alternative fuel
first with A380 demonstration flight"
href="http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/01/31/221190/airbus-poised-for-alternative-fuel-first-
with-a380-demonstration-flight.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Study
launched into synthetic jet fuel</em>, Qatar Science &amp; Technology Park, Nov. 13, 2007: <a
title="Study launched into synthetic jet fuel" href="http://www.qstp.org.qa/output/page1902.asp"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Press release: <em>Shell signs agreement at the Dubai Airshow
Qatar Airways to study benefits of Synthetic Jet Fuel</em>, Shell.com, Nov. 22, 2007: <a title="Shell
signs agreement at the Dubai Airshow Qatar Airways to study benefits of Synthetic Jet Fuel"
href="http://www.shell.com/home/content/ae-
en/news_and_library/press_releases/2007/pr_airshow2007.html" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Press release: <em>Qatar Airways, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Fuel Company (WOQOD), Airbus,
Rolls-Royce, Shell International Petroleum Company limited and the Qatar Science and Technology
Park sign agreement to study benefits of Synthetic Jet Fuel</em>, Rolls Royce, Nov. 13, 2007: <a
title="Qatar Airways, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Fuel Company (WOQOD), Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Shell
International Petroleum Company limited and the Qatar Science and Technology Park sign agreement
to study benefits of Synthetic Jet Fuel " href="http://www.rolls-
royce.com/media/showPR.jsp?PR_ID=40572" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <!--adsense#post-
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    2008-02-21 01:56:35
    2008-02-21 00:56:35
    I posted below an article about Virgin Airlines flying a bio-fuel jet, with passengers on board.
    From the Nation Media Group, published February 20, 2008. One thing is still not confirmed...
    How many tons of CO2 are produced to make a gallon of bio-fuel? The environmental impact still
    seems to be more that flying with regular kerosene... to be continued. <a
    href="http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=3&newsid=11
    7230" rel="nofollow"><b>Virgin to fly first bio-fuel passenger jet</b></a> Story by NATION
    Correspondent Publication Date: 2/20/2008 The first ever bio-fuel commercial jet will fly next
    week on a trial basis. The launch of the jet by Virgin Atlantic is expected to herald a new chapter
    of environmental conservation by aviation companies, if it succeeds. The demonstration from
    London’s Heathrow to Amsterdam would be on one of the company’s Boeing 747s on February
    22. President of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, said in a statement: “This breakthrough
    will help Virgin Atlantic to fly its planes using clean fuel sooner than expected. The demonstration
    flight next will give us crucial knowledge that we can use to dramatically reduce our carbon
    footprint. Virgin Group pledged to invest all its profits from its transportation companies towards
    developing clean energy and with this breakthrough we are well down the path to achieving our
    goals.” A plane with a capacity of 320 passengers is estimated to release 460 tones of carbon
    dioxide into the air within a distance of 13,680 kilometres. “It will be the first time that a
    commercial aircraft will run bio-fuel in-flight and is part of a major initiative among some airlines
    and Boeing to discover sources of sustainable aircraft fuel for the future,” read a statement signed
    by Ms Sharon N’deritu of the Energy Source, a public relations organisation. The demonstration
    flight, with no passengers on board, will use a truly sustainable type of bio-fuel that does not
    compete with food and fresh water resources, the statement read in part.
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http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/03/transport-information-group-a-month-after/
Sun, 03 Feb 2008 22:50:38 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
infos
infos
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=93

After a full month of activity, a lot of things have progressed on the Transport Information Group
website &amp; newsletter, and I wanted to share this with you. There is still a long way to go (where?
I do not know yet actually), and many things still have to be improved (I am definitely aware of this
point) but I have been having a great time since the beginning in reading (a lot!) about transportation,
writing (trying to?), hoping to catch the readers' interest, and have them react. As we say in French,
"<em>la mayonnaise commence à prendre</em>" (basically "what I try to do, starts to work"). The
traffic is growing, step by step, and the number of articles published also. I started slowly by writing
around one article daily, week-ends included, and went up to three a day in the last couple days.
Experiencing a better traffic with a more frequent publication, I decided that "3" will be the number (at
least for now) and from now on, <strong>I will edit them at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm Paris
time, every business day</strong>. As you just read, I also chose not to publish on week-ends
anymore, so that I keep this time to work on bigger studies (I still have a PhD about freight rail
planning and financing to finish!), synthesis, and also to "advertise" about the website among my
contacts. Also, publishing more articles got me more feedback on what I write, and I really appreciate
these comments that offer me the possibility to improve my work. Without You, this project would be
nothing; so I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who is: 1) simply visiting the
website and reading the articles, 2) visiting, reading, and commenting, or 3) visiting, reading, and
sending me feedback through my email. If you qualify for one or more of these categories, please take
as many thanks as you deserve =). Well, I have been long enough, but it was worth to share. I would
love this project to continue, progress, and go beyond (what? I am not sure yet actually) if it is
possible. Please continue the "<em>1)+2)+3)-s</em>" right above and this way, I will be able improve
what I write for you all. Once again, thank you for your support and please, be sure that I am looking
forward to "seeing" you here! <p align="right"><em><span style="color:
#008000;"><strong>Matt</strong></span></em></p>

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lolita.lb@msn.com

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2008-02-04 21:11:23
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toujours aussi intéressant de vous lire !!! bon continuation
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81.57.8.165
2008-02-04 23:48:31
2008-02-04 22:48:31
Merci encore. N'hésitez pas à diffuser auprès de vos contacts et également, vous pouvez vous
inscrire à la newsletter qui paraît chaque semaine, le mercredi.
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2008-02-05 15:39:17
2008-02-05 14:39:17
Keep on going transportation guy. Tu sais que ton domaine de compétences n'est pas le mien et
pourtant j'aime bien lire ton blog de temps en temps...
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    2008-02-05 19:33:12
    2008-02-05 18:33:12
    I will! I really enjoy writing articles and feedback from people I know or I do not know makes me
    feel it is a good idea to continue. Thanks for the continuing support!
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In brief: Colas unites its rail activities
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/04/in-brief-colas-unites-its-rail-activities/
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 09:00:57 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Benoît de Bodman
Benoît de Bodman
bouygues
bouygues
Colas
Colas
Colas Rail
Colas Rail
consolidation
consolidation
economics
economics
finance
finance
freight
freight
French construction company
French construction company
infrastructure
infrastructure
rail
rail
rail activities
rail activities
Seco-Rail
Seco-Rail
Spie Rail
Spie Rail
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=91

Read in Le Moniteur Expert (February 1, 2008), Colas, a subsidiary of Bouygues, will consolidate the
activities of two of its rail companies. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">"Seco-Rail + Spie Rail =
Colas Rail"</span></h3> Colas bought <a title="Spie Rail" href="http://www.amec.com/rail"
target="_blank">Spie Rail</a> on May 31, 2007, a leading provider of rail services to Network Rail
and LUL in the United Kingdom. Spie Rail is also an international specialist in major rail projects. The
French construction company will now merge this entity with <a title="Seco-Rail"
href="http://www.seco-rail.com/gb/index.html" target="_blank">Seco-Rail</a>, its historical
subsidiary dedicated to <span class="textepagesgras">building and maintenance of railway tracks
(</span><span class="textepagesgras">French #1). </span> The newly formed entity will have 3,000
employees, worth €510 million turnover. When formed, Colas Rail will be divided into two divisions:
conception and construction, and will be lead by Benoît de Bodman, current President and CEO of
Seco-Rail. Since he is in charge of Seco-Rail, Benoît de Bodman worked to obtain licences for Seco-
Rail to operate its own trains on the French network: Colas is now able to operate freight trains, to
transport aggregates from its quarries to its asphalt mixing plants. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Seco-Rail + Spie Rail = Colas
Rail</em>, Le Moniteur Expert, Feb. 1, 2008: <a title="Seco-Rail + Spie Rail = Colas Rail"
href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/actualite/transports_infrastructures/seco_rail_spie_rail_colas/D0C26D2BD.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>AMEC SPIE Rail: Name change to COLAS Rail
Limited</em>, TSSA, Aug. 28, 2007: <a title="AMEC SPIE Rail: Name change to COLAS Rail
Limited" href="http://www.tssa.org.uk/article-250.php3?id_article=3664"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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Alitalia anticipates potential buyer's moves
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/04/alitalia-anticipates-potential-buyers-moves/
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 13:00:30 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Aeroporti di Milano
Aeroporti di Milano
air
air
air france
air france
air france klm
air france klm
air france klm deal
air france klm deal
Air One
Air One
alitalia
alitalia
economics
economics
finance
finance
freight
freight
klm
klm
Less flights in Milan Malpensa
Less flights in Milan Malpensa
milan malpensa
milan malpensa
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
privatisation of Alitalia
privatisation of Alitalia
privatization
privatization
projects
projects
Rome Fiumicino
Rome Fiumicino
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=94

Just a few days after publishing the article about Air France-KLM potential buying of Alitalia (see <a
title="Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/31/in-brief-air-france-klm-pursuing-alitalia-deal/" target="_self">Air
France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal</a>), I read that Italy's Economy Minister declared "<em>The
privatisation of Alitalia will go ahead despite a government collapse and legal challenges from a rival
airline and Milan's airport</em>". By "rival airline", the Minister means Air One, a small Italian
airline, that planned to make an offer for Alitalia's buy out and that disagrees with the exclusive talks
between Air France and Alitalia. However, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, head of the Treasury in Italy,
rejected Air One's request to make a financial offer. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Less flights
in Milan Malpensa: Alitalia does not wait for Air France-KLM to begin </span></h3> Starting April 1,
2008, Alitalia will reduce to 105 the number of flights from Milan Malpensa airport from 360 today.
All these flights will be transfered to Rome Fiumicino airport and Alitalia will sell the newly available
time slots to other airlines, by putting it up for auction. Protests very quickly came after Alitalia's
decision: Lombardy region President Roberto Formigoni (Forza Italia) complained to ex-Government
Chief Romano Prodi; also the airport authority (SEA - Aeroporti di Milano) protested against Alitalia's
bidding process and flights reduction. SEA will also request €1 billion compensatory damages for the
money invested to make Milan airport become Alitalia's main hub.<!--more--> What is unclear yet is,
if yes or no, Alitalia took its decision with or without Air France-KLM "help". Minister Padoa-
Schioppa however said the press that "<em>Alitalia's plan to reduce flights at (Milan) Malpensa has
been known since August and was made before the Air France plan. It was not a request from Air
France</em>"... Who really knows? <h3><span style="color: #800000;"> Is it really about the
deal?</span></h3> All political rightist parties requested the Italian government fire Alitalia's CEO
Maurizio Prato and stop the discussions with Air France-KLM... Romano Prodi resigned recently and
rightists hope the deal will wait until the new government is formed, so that they could "save
Malpensa". The majority is not even clear about this deal: Antonio Di Pietro, the Construction
Minister said Alitalia's officials should not work this out by themself while many rightists considered
the "acting-resigning" government should not take such a decision... To the contrary, Transportation
Minister Alessandro Bianchi argues that Maurizio Prato is totally capable of negociating the deal with
the French-Dutch airline. While Alitalia financial situation is getting worse, Italian politicians are
fighting, trying to save their pork project airport. Alitalia officials said that capitalization needs of €750
million must be found before June this year unless the company would go bankrupt. This said, it is
clear Alitalia needs the deal to be sealed. Thus, sometimes politicians should honestly think first about
their country's businesses interests before caring of their owns, shouldn't they? <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Alitalia déclenche une
tempête à Milan</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 1, 2008: <a title="Alitalia déclenche une tempête à Milan"
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-etrangeres/2008/02/02/04011-20080202ARTFIG00164-alitalia-
declenche-une-tempete-a-milan.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Italy economy
min sure Alitalia sale on track</em>, Reuters, Feb. 3, 2008: <a title="Italy economy min sure Alitalia
sale on track"
href="http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSL0362816220080203?p
ageNumber=3&amp;virtualBrandChannel=0" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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Deutsche Bahn: privatized by fall 2008?
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/04/deutsche-bahn-privatized-by-fall-2008/
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 17:00:18 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Amtrak
Amtrak
DB
DB
desiderio
desiderio
deutsche bahn
deutsche bahn
Deutsche Bahn privatization
Deutsche Bahn privatization
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
freight
freight
freight
freight
french railway
french railway
fret
fret
fret sncf
fret sncf
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
privatization
privatization
privatized
privatized
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
railroads
railroads
railway
railway
sncf
sncf
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=96

Hartmut Mehdorn, German rail company's President announced in the Financial Times Deutschland
that he wants Deutsche Bahn to be privatized by October this year. Hartmut Mehdorn and Chief
Financial Officer Diethelm Sack presented a privatization plan to the public company's Supervision
Committee on Friday, February 1. Both company leaders are urging the Committee to accept their
project, hoping to bring funds to recover the €19 billion debt of the railway. However, with the
Assembly elections coming in 2009, most of German politicians will refuse any move before the next
legislature. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">SNCF or Amtrak: could they become private
companies?</span></h3> The French and American cases are not really comparable but both railways
could be deeply reformed. In France, SNCF, the historical railway company operates both freight and
passengers and benefits essentially come from highly profitable high-speed rail corridors.<!--more-->
In the United States, Amtrak only operates passengers, freight on the other hand, behing (I would say
"highly", but margins are low) private and profitable, which is not the case in France (SNCF Fret loses
money: see <a title="How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/2008/01/30/how-do-you-other-countries-deal-with-freight-rail/"
target="_self">How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?</a>). Amtrak loses money on
passenger operation, and is subsidised around $1.3 billion but has couple money making corridors. In
both countries, companies officials started to find ways to improve operational results but we do not
talk about "privatization" yet. Although both Amtrak and SNCF evolutions start to look like they are
getting closer to a privately-operated model (creating independent subsidiaries, reducing costs,
stopping unprofitable activities, etc.), none of the two railroads are really officially using the word
"privatization". I do not want to be a psychologist here but since people do not have in mind that
privatizing could be the way to make profitable either passengers (in the United States) and freight (in
France) traffics, nothing will concretely change... This is just my feelings about the question: I would
be glad to see SNCF Fret making as much money as Deutsche Bahn while Amtrak would operate
profitable high-speed train on high traffic corridors. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Deutsche Bahn : le patron voudrait une
privatisation dès l'automne</em>, Les Echos (subscription needed), Feb. 3, 2008: <a title="Deutsche
Bahn : le patron voudrait une privatisation dès l'automne"
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/300238821.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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Alstom AGV launched: on track in France by 2014
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/05/alstom-agv-launched-on-track-in-france-by-
2014/
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 09:00:12 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
574.8 kph
574.8 kph
agv
agv
agv 360
agv 360
agv train
agv train
alstom
alstom
Alstom agv 360
Alstom agv 360
Automotrice à Grande Vitesse
Automotrice à Grande Vitesse
between Rome and Naples
between Rome and Naples
ferrari
ferrari
fiat
fiat
Fiat/Ferrari's President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Fiat/Ferrari's President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed train
high speed train
high speed world record
high speed world record
high-speed
high-speed
InterCityExpress
InterCityExpress
mobility
mobility
Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori
Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
Shinkansen
Shinkansen
tod's
tod's
Tod's President Diego Della Valle
Tod's President Diego Della Valle
transport
transport
V150 train-set
V150 train-set
world record
world record
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=97

The new high-speed train from French railcar manufacturer Alstom got off the factory on Tuesday,
February 5, 2008. A revolution: in France, the press even says this is the train of the future! Named
AGV for Automotrice à Grande Vitesse (High-Speed Automotive, a high-speed self-propelled
carriage), the train-sets does not have separate power cars at both ends of the train (as in current
TGVs), but motors are located under the floors (like most regular-speed multiple-unit trains). This
way, more space is saved in the passenger cars, offering trains with up to 650 seats (see key figures
below). It will also be the case of other high-speed trains technologies, such as the German third
generation InterCityExpress (ICE) and the Japanese Shinkansen that are not ready yet. Train-sets
however will not be "duplex" or two-floors, because of the space needed to fit the power supply under
the ground: the volume did not leave enough space to fit two-floor trains under existing catenaries.
One interesting thing is that, as aircraft manufacturers do, Alstom will now offer its clients the
possibility to choose interior fitting-outs: entertainment systems, plugs, etc.<!--more--> Most of these
innovations have already been tested on the V150 train-set that beated the world record on April 4,
2007, reaching a top speed of 574.8 kph. We can easily understand how these new AGVs will easily
reach a commercial speed of 360 kph. One last thing about the Alstom AGV is that its energy
consumption is 20% less than existing TGV trains, meaning that at 360 kph, AGV trains will use as
much electricity as TGV trains at 300 kph... increasing speed at "no cost" is quite a progress. Another
environmental impact that will be reduced is noise: while a plane taking off is 120 dB, a TGV between
Paris and Marseille is 100 dB, and new AGVs will be "only" 90 dB. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">Alstom AGV launched: on track in France Italy by 2014 2009</span></h3> Alstom signed
a contract in January 2008 for 25 train-sets of its brand new, not even shown up yet, AGV trains. The
order was placed by the Italian operator Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori (NTV), and will be delivered
starting 2009. The company, created by Fiat/Ferrari's President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and
Tod's President Diego Della Valle will start operating AGVs between Rome and Naples. France will
get its first AGVs probably by 2014, while a request for proposals will be send at the end of the year
by SNCF to replace all its high-speed rolling stocks between 2014 and 2020, buying 15 to 20 train-sets
a year during the period. The cost is evaluated between €7 and €9 billion and could be a great
opportunity for Alstom to catch up with its Canadian competitor Bombardier, that won Paris commuter
trains market in 2007. Alstom is not sure to win the bid, while other manufacturers will probably make
proposals to sell their own newly developed technologies: Bombardier Zefiro or Siemens Velaro
(operated in Spain, at 350 kph). <h3><span style="color: #800000;">2010: When the passenger traffic
will be opened to competition...</span></h3> It is still one step beyond but we have to think about it.
When the passenger traffic will be opened to competition, as it is the case for freight rail transport, new
operators will be able to operate passenger trains on the French (and any other European countries)
network. These new players will probably come with their own rolling stock and it will not be
surprising to see all three technologies (Alstom, Bombardier, and Siemens) rolling on French tracks:
Alstom will not have the monopoly of the French TGV market anymore. SNCF even proposed to split
the request for proposals in multiple parts so that the contract will not be attributed to only one
manufacturer. SNCF also argued that they could propose a "business offer" to their client, by selling
tickets on Siemens trains, that are more expensive (capital investment speaking) but apparently more
comfortable, and a "leisure/classical offer" for other riders that will board Alstom trains, usually
cheaper than their German counterpart but also a bit less comfortable. This last point, what I read in
Le Figaro, surprised me quite a bit (Siemens, more expensive, more comfortable than Alstom trains)
and I would love to ride an ICE to make my own mind of the question... Is this just an urban legend or
a wink at the competition between Renault and BMW cars? <h3><span style="color: #800000;">AGV
Key figures from Alstom website</span></h3> <ul> <li>Modular design: 7 to 14 cars (130 to 250
m)</li> <li>Seats: 250 to 650</li> <li>Mass: 270 to 510 tonnes</li> <li>Power: 6,000 to 12,000 kW
(22 kW/t)</li> <li>Traction equipment : Quadri-voltage 25 kV 50 Hz / 15 kV 16.7 Hz / 3 kVdc / 1.5
kVdc, water-cooled IGBT traction converters, permanent magnet motors</li> </ul> <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Alstom dévoile son
nouveau TGV</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 4, 2008: <a title="Alstom dévoile son nouveau TGV"
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2008/02/02/04010-20080202ARTFIG00650-alstom-
devoile-son-nouveau-tgv.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>AGV tailors capacity
and performance to the market</em>, Railway Gazette, Aug. 31, 2007: <a title="AGV tailors capacity
and performance to the market"
href="http://www.railwaygazette.com/news_view/article/2007/08/7720/agv_tailors_capacity_and_perf
ormance_to_the_market.html " target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Document: <em>AGV Technical
Sheet</em>, Alstom: <a title="AGV Technical Sheet PPT"
href="http://www.transport.alstom.com/home/elibrary/technical/products/_files/file_32033_13411.ppt
" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Press release: <em>First very high speed line in Latin America :
Argentina chooses Alstom-led consortium</em>, Alstom: <a title="First very high speed line in Latin
America : Argentina chooses Alstom-led consortium"
href="http://www.transport.alstom.com/home/news/hot_news/34495.EN.php?languageId=EN&amp;di
r=/home/news/hot_news/ " target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Press release: <em>NTV, first Italian
private railway operator, chooses Alstom for the supply and maintenance of 25 AGV tr</em>ains,
Alstom: <a title="NTV, first Italian private railway operator, chooses Alstom for the supply and
maintenance of 25 AGV trains"
href="http://www.transport.alstom.com/home/news/hot_news/34494.EN.php?languageId=EN&amp;di
r=/home/news/hot_news/ " target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References from the Transport Information Group</span></h3> High-Speed Rail coverage
on the Transport Information Group: <ul> <li><a title="Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom
AGV" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-the-new-alstom-
agv/">Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a
title="Alstom AGV launched: on track in France by 2014" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/alstom-agv-launched-on-track-in-france-by-2014/">Alstom AGV launched: on
track in France by 2014</a>, Feb. 5, 2008</li> <li><a title="High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow
projects" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-rail-fast-trains-slow-
projects/">High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow projects</a>, Jan. 25, 2008</li> <li><a title="In brief:
TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to Strasbourg" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-
tgv-vs-air-france-on-paris-to-strasbourg/">In brief: TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to Strasbourg</a>,
Jan. 25, 2008</li> <li><a title="High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-freight-rail-already-a-reality/">High Speed Freight Rail: already a
reality</a>, Jan. 24, 2008</li> <li><a title="High Speed Rail: SNCF modify its fares"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-rail-sncf-modify-its-fares/">High Speed
Rail: SNCF modify its fares</a>, Jan. 23, 2008</li> <li><a title="High Speed Rail: News from Spain"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-rail-news-from-spain/">High Speed Rail:
News from Spain</a>, Jan. 21, 2008</li> <li><a title="In brief: Alstom trains go full speed!"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-alstom-trains-go-full-speed/">In brief:
Alstom trains go full speed!</a>, Jan. 16, 2008</li> <li><a title="HSR “breaking” news: Top secret?
Not that much…" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/hsr-breaking-news-top-secret-not-
that-much/">HSR “breaking” news: Top secret? Not that much…</a>, Jan. 10, 2008</li> <li><a
title="High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320 kph" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/tgv-surfing-the-internet-at-320-kph/">High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at
320 kph</a>, Jan. 8, 2008</li> <li><a title="Spain: first HSR network by 2015?"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/spain-first-hsr-network-by-2015/">Spain: first HSR
network by 2015?</a>, Dec. 26, 2007</li> <li><a title="SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR
trains" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/sncf-up-to-eur-9-billion-worth-of-hsr-
trains/">SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR trains</a>, Dec. 19, 2007</li> <li><a title="High
Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-rail-tgv-commercial-speed-will-top-360-kph/">High Speed Rail:
TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph</a>, Dec. 17, 2007</li> </ul>

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    As we could have anticipated, all French newspapers write about the new high-speed rail
    technology: <a href"http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2008/02/05/alstom-presente-le-
    prototype-de-l-agv-son-nouveau-train-a-tres-grande-
    vitesse_1007459_3234.html#ens_id=1007460" rel="nofollow">Alstom présente le prototype de
    l'AGV, son nouveau train à très grande vitesse</a>, Le Monde, Feb. 5, 2008 (subscription may be
    required) <a
    href="http://www.boursorama.com/infos/actualites/detail_actu_marches.phtml?news=5112750"
    rel="nofollow">Alstom dévoile son nouveau train à grande vitesse, baptisé AGV</a>,
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Every newspaper talks about AGV, here is another article from AFP. These papers almost (funny
"Alstom" anagram by the way) all say the same thing... <a
href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iK0ARwIWZYlsQDNAOEuv9rOPDk6A"
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The official press release from Alstom is accessible from the link below. Also, a lot of information
about AGV, TGV, and a lot more on the company's website... Enjoy your visit of the fastest train
in the world! <a
href="http://www.alstom.com/pr_corp_v2/2008/corp/48523.EN.php?languageId=EN&dir=/pr_cor
p_v2/2008/corp/&idRubriqueCourante=23132" rel="nofollow">Alstom unveils the AGV, its
latest very high speed train, capable of reaching a commercial speed of 360 kph</a>, Feb. 5, 2008
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SNCF: e-Services available for freight shippers
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/05/sncf-e-services-available-for-freight-shippers/
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 13:00:27 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
Clic Services
Clic Services
Clic Services Fret SNCF
Clic Services Fret SNCF
desiderio
desiderio
e-LV
e-LV
e-Services
e-Services
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
freight
freight
freight
freight
fret
fret
fret sncf
fret sncf
invoicing data
invoicing data
ITS
ITS
logistics
logistics
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
rail
rail
rail freight
rail freight
RESAFRET
RESAFRET
sncf
sncf
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
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SNCF has developed a website with e-Services called "<a title="Clic Services Fret SNCF"
href="http://www.servicefret.sncf.com/Applications/pnp/auth.php5" target="_blank">Clic Services
Fret SNCF</a>", for its freight clients, that has been available since January 21, 2008. The service is
accessible 24/7 and allows the customers to check their orders and their transport contracts
(<em>Lettres de Voiture</em>), track their deliveries, and get information about their invoice and
detailed bill. All the characteristics of these new services are detailed on the e-Services website (<a
title="e-Services" href="http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-serv.asp"
target="_blank">http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-serv.asp</a>) and accessible through the
following pages: <ul> <li>Commande @ RESAFRET (orders): <a
href="http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-serv.asp#c">http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-
serv.asp#c</a>;</li> <li>Info @ RESAFRET (tracking): <a
href="http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-serv.asp#i">http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-
serv.asp#i</a>;</li> <li>e-LV (transport contracts): <a href="http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-
serv.asp#e">http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-serv.asp#e</a>; and</li> <li>Info Facture (billing):
<a href="http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-serv.asp#s">http://www.fret.sncf.com/fr/espclnt/e-
serv.asp#s</a>.</li> </ul> SNCF expects its clients to buy time while using the Internet to access their
shipping data. The system allows customers to optimally use the information they need, and insures
security and confidentiality of their files.<!--more--> Orders history are available for the last six
months, calendar and event management has been improved, international orders can easily be tracked
and the website provides shipment (railcars) arrivals estimates (date and time). Transport contracts can
be filed directly on the website and also accessed through the web portal. As far as the bills are
concerned, the customers can access their outstanding payment, get a PDF file of their bill, and check
invoicing data. This way, SNCF Fret expects to attract (and keep) customers, with a more accessible
interface and improved customer service. e-Services is available in multiple languages to ensure
international clients to find their way through usually complicated paperworks; languages available as
of today are French, English, and German.

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CMA CGM gains 65-year concession in Malta port
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/05/cma-cgm-gains-65-year-concession-in-malta-
port/
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 17:00:17 +0000
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CMA CGM
CMA CGM
finance
finance
Freeport
Freeport
freight
freight
infrastructure
infrastructure
intermodal
intermodal
logistics
logistics
Malta Freeport
Malta Freeport
Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd
Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd
Malta port
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Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd, a subsidiary of the French merchant marine company CMA CGM,
obtained yesterday, February 4, 2008, the right to operate (through a concession contract) its terminals
in Mediterranean see in Malta port for an extra 35 years. The French group, third merchant marine
shipper worldwide, would be adding €130 million ($190 million) of investment to the $421 million
dollars paid in 2004 to obtain the initial contract. This new concession contracts extends to 65 years
total the 30 years contract that was signed in October 2004 for CMA CGM to operate the containers
terminal of Malta Freeport. CMA CGM gained in credibility by dint of activity growth since 2004,
constant growing investment, and multiple job creations. Malta government, more confident with the
foreign operator after a couple years of operation, finally decided to grant the French company with a
longer contract. Since 2004, CMA CGM have already invested €45 million and already created 143
jobs; also containers handled grew from 1.2 million in 2002 to 1.9 million annually in 2007.<!--more--
> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">CMA CGM in Malta: A concession in favour of port
development</span></h3> The agreement signed between CMA CGM for the extended contract is
quite ambitious. CMA CGM and Malta port plan to develop the infrastructure in order to be able to
accommodate 13,000 TEUs ships. This new contract is also expected to generate 500 new jobs in the
port within five years. <blockquote>"A €130 million (Lm55.77 million) investment will [...] make
Malta the best port in the Mediterranean," the president of CMA CGM, Jacques Saadé, said after
signing the agreement. <p align="right">Source: Times of Malta</p> </blockquote> The projected
works on the port infrastructures (dredging of the seabed from 15.5 to 17 metres, grounds works to
extend the yard area over the sea by 133,000 square metres, installation of modern equipment,
expansion of Terminal 1 West Quay, etc.) will allow the company and port authority to increase
handling capacity up to 3 million TEUs annually. CMA CGM also includes the training of workers in
its investment. This way, CMA CGM will remain the first operator of the third biggest Mediterranean
port. The company will be developing its hub strategy at the crossroads of Asia, Middle East, Egea
See, Adriatic See, Black See, and even the rest of Europe. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>CMA CGM : une concession de 65 ans
pour développer le terminal conteneurs de Malte</em>, Mer et Marine, Feb. 5, 2008: <a title="CMA
CGM : une concession de 65 ans pour développer le terminal conteneurs de Malte"
href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=106783" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>French shipper CMA CGM to invest 130 mn euros in Malta Freeport</em>, Times
of Malta, Feb. 4, 2008: <a title="French shipper CMA CGM to invest 130 mn euros in Malta Freeport"
href="http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1202147224.85" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Freeport concession extended</em>, Times of Malta, Feb. 5, 2008: <a
title="Freeport concession extended"
href="http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080205/local/freeport-concession-extended "
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>CMA CGM plans Malta Freeport capacity
boost</em>, Lloyd's List, Jan. 25, 2008: <a title="CMA CGM plans Malta Freeport capacity boost"
href="http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/news/viewArticle.htm?articleId=20017499017"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>House approves Freeport extension motion</em>,
Times of Malta, Jan. 24, 2008: <a title="House approves Freeport extension motion"
href="http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080124/local/house-approves-freeport-extension-
motion" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>More investment, jobs at Freeport</em>,
Times of Malta, Jan. 15, 2008: <a title="More investment, jobs at Freeport"
href="http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080115/local/more-investment-jobs-at-freeport"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Freeport to be extended in €130m project, 500 new
jobs in five years</em>, Times of Malta, Jan. 14, 2008: <a title="Freeport to be extended in €130m
project, 500 new jobs in five years"
href="http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080114/local/freeport-to-be-extended-in-130m-
project" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>French shipper CMA CGM to invest 130
mn euros in Malta Freeport</em>, EUbusiness, Feb. 4, 2008: <a title="French shipper CMA CGM to
invest 130 mn euros in Malta Freeport" href="http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1202147224.85 "
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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DHL + FedEx... Is there a deal somewhere?
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/06/dhl-fedex-is-there-a-deal-somewhere/
Wed, 06 Feb 2008 09:00:35 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
abx
abx
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air
ASTAR
ASTAR
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deutsche post
dhl
dhl
DHL FedEx deal
DHL FedEx deal
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economics
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fedex
FedEx deal
FedEx deal
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finance
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freight
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projects
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road
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I would like to continue the debate we had in the previous post (<a title="In brief: Is FedEx going to
“eat” DHL?" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-is-fedex-going-to-eat-dhl/"
target="_self">In brief: Is FedEx going to “eat” DHL?</a>, Jan. 29, 2008) about the potential buy out
of DHL (Deutsche Post subsidiary) by FedEx... True or not, a lot of things have been exchanged in the
comments' page. It has been quite intriguing me since then and I did not find any answer that I am
satisfied with... The reason why I would like to know is mainly because of these two strangely "blurry-
precise" comments: <blockquote><em>"This Urban Myth created by the German News Media and
Wall Street analysts just doesnt make sense."</em> <em>"ABX Air and ASTAR are the main US air
providers for DHL. DHL ownes half of ASTAR and ABX is in 2 contract agreements with DHL. They
provide majority of their air fleet and majority of their ground/sort personnel…Research there and you
will find out why FEDEX is interested…"</em><!--more--><em> </em></blockquote> The first
quote comes from an author who may apparently know a lot about these deals between UPS, FedEx,
and DHL activities but who seem not wanting a fight "FedEx + DHL against UPS"... I am still not
convinced by the "<em>Urban Myth</em>" idea because the second quote comes from someone who
seems to have a good idea of what is happening inside, and who apparently do not believe in the
"<em>Urban Myth</em>" theory: he gives a clue but I can not reach enough information to get an
answer... <h3><span style="color: #800000;">Not only the press cares...</span></h3>
<blockquote><em>"According to the UBS analysis, a deal between DHL and FedEx revolving around
DHL’s domestic U.S. parcel business conceptually makes sense."</em> <em>"In 2007, 42 percent of
customers thought it “unlikely” DHL will become a strong competitive threat in the U.S. airfreight
industry, according to the UBS survey." </em> <p align="right">Source: Wilmington News
Journal</p> </blockquote> If a "<em>Urban Myth</em>" it is, why does UBS is caring about
knowing if a DHL-FedEx deal would or would not make sense? <blockquote><em>"In an interview
with the Wilmington News Journal last week, DHL Americas Director of Corporate Communications
Jonathan Baker said the company in general would not respond to future media reports “speculating”
on the future of DHL in the United States." </em> <p align="right">Source: Wilmington News
Journal</p> </blockquote> If a "<em>Urban Myth</em>" it is, why isn't DHL Americas Director of
Corporate Communications would not answer the questions? <blockquote>"A DHL spokesman says
parent company Deutsche Post World Net has no plans to sell its U.S. Express delivery service to its
Memphis-based rival FedEx Corp. "There is no question about our exiting the U.S. business, a
withdrawal can be completely ruled out," DHL spokesman Jonathan Baker said in a Friday phone
interview with the Memphis Business Journal." <p align="right">Source: South Florida Business
Journal</p> </blockquote> <p align="left">If a "<em>Urban Myth</em>" it is, why is Jonathan
Baker saying different things in different papers? Did somebody really interviewed this Mr. Baker or J.
Baker is the new nickname for John Doe?</p> <blockquote> <p align="left"><em>"CFO John Allan
said Deutsche Post intends to retain "a significant presence in the U.S.," but that the company is
exploring many options for the business, such as giving up a controlling stake in its U.S. express
division (DHL Express US)."</em></p> <p align="right">Source: Supply Chain Digest</p>
</blockquote> <p align="left">If a "<em>Urban Myth</em>" it is, why is the CFO <em>"exploring
many options for the business"</em>?</p> <p align="left">And, as the Motley Fool's confer a title on
its article <em>"FedEx + DHL Isn't Necessarily Bad for UPS"</em>... Is it this true?</p> <strong>I
wish I could get answers to these questions... Tell me "Mister UPS", if your company would be afraid
of a "FeDHexL"? </strong> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Analyst: DHL, FedEx deal 'makes sense'</em>, Wilmington News Journal, Jan. 31,
2008: <a title="Analyst: DHL, FedEx deal 'makes sense'"
href="http://http//www.wnewsj.com/main.asp?SectionID=49&amp;SubSectionID=156&amp;ArticleI
D=162521&amp;TM=78856.6" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>DHL denies sale to
FedEx</em>, South Florida Business Journal, Jan. 28, 2008: <a title="DHL denies sale to FedEx"
href="http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2008/01/28/daily2.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>FedEx-DHL US tie-up mooted</em>, Impact
Publication, Feb. 4, 2008: <a title="FedEx-DHL US tie-up mooted"
href="http://www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;i
d=1180&amp;Itemid=60" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Logistics News: Are
Reports of DHL’s Possible US Exit Premature?</em>, Supply Chain Digest, Feb. 5, 2008: <a
title="Logistics News: Are Reports of DHL’s Possible US Exit Premature?"
href="http://www.scdigest.com/assets/On_Target/08-02-05-1.php?cid=1470"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>FedEx + DHL Isn't Necessarily Bad for UPS</em>,
The Motley Fool, Feb. 4, 2008: <a title="FedEx + DHL Isn't Necessarily Bad for UPS"
href="http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2008/02/04/fedex-dhl-isnt-necessarily-bad-for-ups.aspx"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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2008-02-07 14:55:19
2008-02-07 13:55:19
Info or scam, I am not sure yet. One thing is sure though, people talk: <a
href="http://www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11
80&Itemid=60#begin" rel="nofollow">FedEx-DHL US tie-up mooted</a>, Impact Publications,
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2008-02-09 21:37:31
2008-02-09 20:37:31
This is a statement from internal news from dpwn "there can be no question of exiting the U.S.
business. Any options which include a withdrawal can be completely ruled out."
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2008-02-11 00:50:02
2008-02-10 23:50:02
Interesting news that may conclude the debate. I still wish to see what will happen in the next
couple month about this issue. Sometimes, such statements simply help companies to buy time...
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    2008-02-11 00:54:35
    2008-02-10 23:54:35
    One more article to feed into the debate... <a
    href="http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080207/20080207005991.html?.v=1" rel="nofollow">DHL Wins
    Global Freight Contract With Siemens</a>, Yahoo! Finance press release, Feb. 7, 2008
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In brief: Taxis, strike time in France, the return!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/06/in-brief-taxis-strike-time-in-france-the-return/
Wed, 06 Feb 2008 12:50:29 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
attali
attali
economics
economics
finance
finance
paris
paris
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
road
road
strike
strike
taxi
taxi
taxi drivers
taxi drivers
taxi drivers strike
taxi drivers strike
taxi strike
taxi strike
transport
transport
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=111
Following the previous article about taxi drivers' strike (<a title="Taxis, strike time in Paris"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/taxis-strike-time-in-paris/" target="_self">Taxis,
strike time in Paris</a>, Jan. 31, 2008), I would like to mention today's events in France and do a short
press review to while many people read the first article about this issue. In order to prevent any
Government decision that could go against their needs and especially lower their revenues, taxi drivers
and their union decided to go on strike. Once again, this strike is objecting to Attali's commission
proposals. These "<em>Décisions</em>" (decisions, proposals) are not yet converted into laws but,
according to the Government, will probably be in the near future. Today, nine major cities in France,
Paris included, are gridlocked by convoys of cabs driving slowly on highways and streets... <h3><span
style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Artcile: <em>Les taxis à nouveau en
grève aujourd'hui</em>, Les Echos, Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Les taxis à nouveau en grève aujourd'hui"
href="http://www.lesechos.fr/journal20080206/lec2_services/4683148.htm"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Deuxième grève préventive des chauffeurs de taxi
ce mercredi</em>, La Tribune, Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Deuxième grève préventive des chauffeurs de
taxi ce mercredi" href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Deuxieme-greve-preventive-des-chauffeurs-de-
taxi-ce-mercredi-~-ID9BE55D99086F11C1C12573E7003202DC" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Les taxis à nouveau en grève contre le rapport Attali</em>, La Tribune, La Tribune,
Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Les taxis à nouveau en grève contre le rapport Attali,"
href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Les-taxis-a-nouveau-en-greve-contre-le-rapport-Attali-448-~-AP-
SOCIAL-TAXIS-MANIFESTATIONS-SYNTHESE-$Db=News/News.nsf-$Channel=Economie-
$SubChannel=France" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Taxis : une nouvelle
«journée-escargot»</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Taxis : une nouvelle «journée -escargot»"
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualites/2008/02/06/01001-20080206ARTFIG00332-taxis-une-
nouvelle-journee-escargot.php" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Grève: les taxis
haussent le ton</em>, Lyon Gratuit, Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Grève: les taxis haussent le ton"
href="http://www.lyon-webzine.com/lyon/event-2964-greve-les-taxis-haussent-le-ton.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Forte mobilisation dans 9 grandes villes</em>,
RMC, Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Forte mobilisation dans 9 grandes villes"
href="http://www.rmc.fr/edito/info/30326/forte-mobilisation-dans-9-grandes-villes/"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Les taxis remettent ça... à la porte Maillot</em>, Le
Parisien, Feb. 6, 2008: <a title="Les taxis remettent ça... à la porte Maillot"
href="http://www.leparisien.fr/home/maville/paris/articles.htm?articleid=296034119"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Paris est-il vraiment en panne de taxis ?</em>, TF1,
Jan. 30, 2008: <a title="Paris est-il vraiment en panne de taxis ?"
href="http://tf1.lci.fr/infos/economie/social/0,,3697605,00-paris-est-vraiment-panne-taxis-.html"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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SFR launches a carpooling service on mobiles
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/06/sfr-launches-a-carpooling-service-on-mobiles/
Wed, 06 Feb 2008 13:00:53 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
ADEME
ADEME
carpool
carpool
carpooling
carpooling
economics
economics
energy
energy
environment
environment
environment
environment
Fondaterra
Fondaterra
French Agency for Environment and Energy Management
French Agency for Environment and Energy Management
Green Cove Ingénierie
Green Cove Ingénierie
ITS
ITS
ITS
ITS
mobility
mobility
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
road
road
SFR
SFR
students
students
T.écovoiturage
T.écovoiturage
transport
transport
Vodafone Live ! for SFR
Vodafone Live ! for SFR
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SFR, one of the three major cellphone operators in France, partnered with <a title="Fondaterra"
href="http://www.fondaterra.com/" target="_blank">Fondaterra</a>, and <a title="Green Cove
Ingénierie" href="http://www.greencove.fr/" target="_blank">Green Cove Ingénierie</a>, with the
support of the Ile de France Regional Office of <a title="ADEME"
href="http://www.ademe.fr/anglais/vadefault.htm" target="_blank">ADEME</a> (the French Agency
for Environment and Energy Management), created the first carpooling service dedicated to 350,000
students from 28 campus in the Paris region. The aims of this new carpooling service is to provide the
students with home-to-school trips and promote "sustainable mobility". The innovation is that the
service is not only available through the website (<a href="http://www.covoiturage-
campus.com/">www.covoiturage-campus.com</a>) but also from mobile phones subsribed with SFR:
students can find passengers or a driver at anytime from their cellphones,
<strong>T.écovoiturage</strong> (for Telephone-Ecological-Carpooling probably) is born!<!--more--
> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">An easy way to find a carpool</span></h3> Already available
via Vodafone Live ! for SFR customers, the service will be fully accessible to all cellphone users
starting mid-February 2008 (whichever is the operator of the student cellphone). The system is
definitely simple to use for SFR customers who can be geopositionned directly thanks to the signal
emitted by their cellphone: they do not even need to enter their starting point, the system knows!
Subscribers to other phone operators will have to send a textmessage including the
word TECOVOITURAGE to 30130, and they will receive a link to access the carpooling website.
Benefiting not only the environment, this solution is also a way for students, who are mostly either
driving alone to school or riding public transportation, to reduce their transportation costs. While
carpooling is working well in the United States for home-to-work trips, I am wondering if American
students are carpooling as much as their employed-relatives do. This kind of "fancy" way to access a
carpool service could be really attractive, and could probably be easily implemented in huge university
campus overseas... <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>SFR, l’opérateur le plus engagé sur le front de l’environnement, lance un service de co-voiturage
novateur sur le mobile</em>, tekit.fr, Feb. 5, 2008: <a title="SFR, l’opérateur le plus engagé sur le
front de l’environnement, lance un service de co-voiturage novateur sur le mobile"
href="http://www.tekit.fr/article-t-ecovoiturage-de-sfr,3966.html" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Un service de covoiturage lancé par les opérateurs de téléphone portable</em>, La
Chaîne Verte, Feb. 4, 2008: <a title="Un service de covoiturage lancé par les opérateurs de téléphone
portable" href="http://lachaineverte.fr.msn.com/actualites/article.aspx?cp-documentid=7443846"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>T.écovoiturage, le 1er service de covoiturage dédié
aux étudiants d'Ile-de-France</em>, Feb. 5, 2008: <a title="T.écovoiturage, le 1er service de
covoiturage dédié aux étudiants d'Ile-de-France" href="http://www.mobifrance.com/news/2008-02-
05/id10986/T-ecovoiturage--le-1er-service-de-covoiturage-dedie-aux-etudiants-d-Ile-de-France/"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Fondaterra - Fondation Européenne pour des
Territoires Durables</em>: <a title="Fondaterra" href="http://www.fondaterra.com/"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Green Cove Ingénierie</em>: <a title="Green
Cove Ingénierie" href="http://www.greencove.fr/" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management</em>: <a
title="ADEME" href="http://www.ademe.fr/anglais/vadefault.htm" target="_blank">here</a></li>
</ul> <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References from the Transport Information
Group</span></h3> <ul> <li><a title=" In brief: Paris have a dream… car-sharing"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-paris-have-a-dream-car-sharing/"
target="_self">In brief: Paris have a dream… car-sharing</a>, Jan. 29, 2008</li> <li><a
title="Follow-up: Reports about carpooling" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/follow-
up-reports-about-carpooling/" target="_self">Follow-up: Reports about carpooling</a>, Tue 18 Dec
2007], Jan. 2, 2008</li> <li><a title="Carpooling: from a free beginning until… an expensive end?"
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/carpooling-from-a-free-beginning-until%e2%80%a6-
an-expensive-end/" target="_self">Carpooling: from a free beginning until… an expensive end?</a>,
Dec. 18, 2007</li> </ul>
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In brief: In Europe, freight rail will move like a bull
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/06/in-brief-in-europe-freight-rail-will-move-like-a-
bull/
Wed, 06 Feb 2008 17:00:33 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
alliances
alliances
basf
basf
basf ag
basf ag
bertschi
bertschi
desiderio
desiderio
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
ferrovie nord milano
ferrovie nord milano
firsts
firsts
freight
freight
freight products
freight products
freight rail
freight rail
freight railroad
freight railroad
freight requirements
freight requirements
fret
fret
fret sncf
fret sncf
germany
germany
gmbh austria
gmbh austria
grupo comsa
grupo comsa
hoyer
hoyer
intermodal
intermodal
international alliance
international alliance
lte logistik und transport gmbh
lte logistik und transport gmbh
main objective
main objective
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
quality market
quality market
rail
rail
rail freight
rail freight
rail operators
rail operators
rail transport
rail transport
railroad companies
railroad companies
railways
railways
sncf
sncf
spain
spain
subsidiaries
subsidiaries
subsidiary
subsidiary
traffics
traffics
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
turnover
turnover
vtg
vtg
vtg ag
vtg ag
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VFLI, a subsidiary owned 100% by Fret SNCF became January 30, 2008, a member of <a
href="http://www.european-bulls.com/" title="European Bulls" target="_blank">European Bulls</a>,
the first international alliance of independant freight rail operators in Europe. The European Bulls is a
partnership of freight railroad companies that decided to bring together the know and their specialties
to offer, on the European market, a range of commercial offers with a high level of quality and safety.
Since the opening ceremony, on January 13, 2005, a couple European railroads became members of
this alliance: <ul> <li>Grupo Comsa (Spain); <a href="http://www.european-
bulls.com/company1.php" title="COMSA" target="_blank">http://www.european-
bulls.com/company1.php</a></li> <li>fer Polska S.A. (Poland), created in October 2006, is a
subsidiary of rail4chem and Comsa Rail Transport; <a href="http://www.european-
bulls.com/company2.php" title="FER POLSKA" target="_blank">http://www.european-
bulls.com/company2.php</a></li> <li>LTE Logistik und Transport GmbH (Austria) is a joint venture
formed by Porr Infrastruktur and Graz-Koeflach Eisenbahngesellschaft; <a
href="http://www.european-bulls.com/company3.php" title="LTE Logistik und Transport GmbH"
target="_blank">http://www.european-bulls.com/company3.php</a></li> <li>NORDCARGO (Italy)
is a company of the Ferrovie Nord Milano Group; <a href="http://www.european-
bulls.com/company4.php" title="NORDCARGO" target="_blank">http://www.european-
bulls.com/company4.php</a></li> <li>rail4chem Eisenbahnverkehrsgesellschaft mbH (Germany) is a
joint venture of BASF AG, Bertschi, Hoyer, and VTG AG; and <a href="http://www.european-
bulls.com/company5.php" title="rail4chem Eisenbahnverkehrsgesellschaft mbH"
target="_blank">http://www.european-bulls.com/company5.php</a></li> <li>viamont, a.s. (Czech
Republic). <a href="http://www.european-bulls.com/company6.php" title="viamont, a.s."
target="_blank">http://www.european-bulls.com/company6.php<!--more--></a></li> </ul> The press
is not yet talking a lot about European Bulls but the constant growth of freight rail and the
environmental issues that appears to be more and more important to decision makers could help this
association to be more pointed up in the future. <blockquote><em>"Its main objective is to offer the
demand side of the market reliable, high-quality, market-oriented international rail freight products and
related services. The alliance will give European industry a new, strong partner for its rail freight
requirements."</em> <p align="right">Source: European Bulls website</p> </blockquote> <h3><font
color="#800000">Quick facts about VFLI</font></h3> The company was created in 1998 and became
a railroad (obtained a licence to operate) in August 2006. Its 766 employees allowed VFLI to achieve a
2005 turnover of €65 million which grew up to €70.4 million in 2006 (+8.3%). VFLI organizes the
freight traffic, inbouhas 40 operations on industrial plants and 4 on the national railway network. VFLI
operates 120 motor machines and performs maintenance in 7 different sites, 3 workshops. The
company also has subsidiaries: an engineering and a training departments. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>European Bulls</em>: <a
href="http://www.european-bulls.com/" title="European Bulls" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>European Bulls, VFLI's profile</em>: <a href="http://www.european-
bulls.com/company7.php" title="European Bulls VFLI" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>VFLI</em>: <a href="http://www.groupevfli.com" title="VFLI" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>European Bulls on track for the future, Rail Cargo Information Netherlands</em>,
Dec. 7, 2007: <a href="http://www.railcargo.nl/index.cfm/menuid/6/Product/2257" title="European
Bulls on track for the future" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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Aircraft noise mapping: a guide from the French Aviation Administration
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/07/aircraft-noise-mapping-a-guide-from-the-
french-aviation-administration/
Thu, 07 Feb 2008 09:00:42 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
aerial photography
aerial photography
air
air
aircraft noise
aircraft noise
aircrafts
aircrafts
airport projects
airport projects
airports
airports
altitude
altitude
aviation administration
aviation administration
aviation civile
aviation civile
avions
avions
closeness
closeness
decision makers
decision makers
dgac
dgac
engineering firms
engineering firms
environment
environment
exposition
exposition
freight
freight
french aviation
french aviation
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructures
infrastructures
maps
maps
noise impact
noise impact
noise mapping
noise mapping
noise pollution
noise pollution
noise prevention
noise prevention
passengers
passengers
planes
planes
politics
politics
road map
road map
safety
safety
sens
sens
transport
transport
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The Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC, French Aviation Administration) recently
published a guide to elaborate a mapping of aircraft noise impact. The main aim of the DGAC is to
harmonize the practices among the different partners involved in airport projects and improvement:
Government administrations, consulting and engineering firms, and people directly using these "noise
maps" to plan the infrastructure and airports operations. Noise mapping softwares provide a
representation of the noise pollution around airports: it allows to overlay a road map or aerial
photography with graphs that represent the level of noise, depending on the planes position and altitude
while landing or taking off.<!--more--> These noise maps are used to assist those who determine the
framework of noise prevention plans, to inform citizens living close to an airport, or to decide which
housing areas have to be soundproofed. Noise mapping is definitely an important tool for decision-
makers when planning, designing, or building new airports or airports extensions. This guide is now
here for them all to consider the noise impact with a unique point of view. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Book: <em>Guide pour l’élaboration des cartes
de bruit aérien - Plans d’exposition au bruit - Plans de gêne sonore - Cartes stratégiques de bruit au
sens de la directive 2002/49,</em> 2nd edition, Sep. 2007, <span class="contact">Direction Générale
de l'Aviation Civile, Service Technique de l'Aviation Civile: <a href="http://www.stac.aviation-
civile.gouv.fr/publications/documents/guidmet_bruitv2_2.pdf" target="_blank" title="Guide pour
l’élaboration des cartes de bruit aérien">here</a></span></li> <li>Article: <span
class="titressrub"><em>Parution : guide pour l’élaboration des cartes de bruit des avions</em>,
Infobruit, Feb. 4, 2008: <a
href="http://www.infobruit.org/FR/info/Actualites/de/la/gestion/des/nuisances/sonores/1505/12"
target="_blank" title="Parution : guide pour l’élaboration des cartes de bruit des
avions">here</a></span></li> </ul>

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In brief: Taxis' strike or "When the Government surrenders"...
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/07/in-brief-taxis-strike-or-when-the-government-
surrenders/
Thu, 07 Feb 2008 09:08:08 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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This will not be a long article but just a small note about this issue that shakes France since Attali
Commission's report has been released. Alain Estival, National Taxi Drivers Association President
(FNAT, Fédération nationale des artisans taxis) declared that the conflict between 55,000 taxi drivers
and the Government is ended... <blockquote>"O<em>n peut dire qu'aujourd'hui, le conflit entre les 55
000 chauffeurs de taxi et le gouvernement, si tant est qu'il y en ait eu un, est terminé"</em> <p
align="right">Source: Le Monde</p> </blockquote> Major national newspapers revealed that Prime
Minister François Fillon accepted not to liberalize the taxi market and admit to increase fares up to 3 or
4%. However, this information has not been confirmed yet by the French Prime Minister official press
service. The Government remains really cautious on this issue and solely announced that they are open
to a consultation with taxi professionnals.<!--more--> Next step for the taxi drivers, their associations,
and unions: a meeting Friday, February 8, with President Nicolas Sarkozy. Government expected a lot
from Attali Commission's report and is however already "refusing" (accepting not to?) to implement its
proposals... I planned about writing an article detailing the transportation-related measures contained
in this report; now I simply hope some of them will remain when I publish the article. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Taxis : Fillon enterre le rapport
Attali</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 7, 2008: <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualites/2008/02/07/01001-
20080207ARTFIG00013-taxis-fillon-enterre-le-rapport-attali.php" target="_blank" title="Taxis :
Fillon enterre le rapport Attali">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Les taxis mettent fin au conflit, le
gouvernement engage une concertation</em>, Le Monde (subscription may be required), Feb. 7, 2008:
<a href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2008/02/06/taxis-le-gouvernement-renoncerait-aux-
propositions-du-rapport-attali_1008316_3224.html#ens_id=1005278" target="_blank" title="Les taxis
mettent fin au conflit, le gouvernement engage une concertation">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-taxis-strike-time-in-france-the-return/"
title="In brief: Taxis, strike time in France, the return!">In brief: Taxis, strike time in France, the
return!</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/taxis-strike-
time-in-paris/" title="Taxis, strike time in Paris">Taxis, strike time in Paris</a>, Jan. 31, 2008</li>
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Environment: Low emissions area in London
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Thu, 07 Feb 2008 13:00:23 +0000
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Starting February 4, 2008, London implemented a new tax in a “Low Emission Zone” (LEZ): trucks
will not be allowed to access the area for free if they are not at least respecting the “EURO 3” pollution
norm. However, Transport for London estimates two thirds of European trucks and half the buses are
already respecting this pollution level. <p style="text-align: center"><img src="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/lez-background.gif" alt="Low Emission Zone (LEZ)"
height="157" width="444" /></p> <p style="text-align: center">Credits: Transport for London</p>
Ken Livingstone, London’s Mayor, wanted to create the largest low emission area in the world, his
goal being to improve progressively the emission norms for vehicles by forcing drivers either to pay
the toll or change their vehicle to a new more environmentally friendly one. Being the most polluted
city in Occidental Europe, London is also the first to implement such a measure. <h3><font
color="#800000">Which vehicles will be concerned? Step by step... all of them </font></h3> To drive
their vehicles of more than 12 tons, that are not “EURO 3” at least, drivers will have to pay a £200 fee
(around $390) if they need to access the 7 million inhabitants, 1,500 square kilometres area of Greater
London.<!--more--> Starting July this year, the measure will be extended to all buses, coaches, and
trucks of more than 3.5 tons. From October 2008, vans and minibuses will have to pay the fee. And the
measure would then be applied to vehicles of more than 1.2 ton by 2010. Trucks drivers associations
do not agree with the measure and estimates that it concerns only around 10,000 vehicles annually.
According to the Freight Transport Association, the environmental benefits would be really low
compared to the price they will have to pay. They complain that the measure will not be applied to
cars, that are the real polluting vehicles in London. <h3><font color="#800000">LEZ: Costs vs.
Benefits</font></h3> According to its supporters, the LEZ tax will allow a 16% emission reduction by
2012 when a new European norm about airborne particles will be implemented. They also estimated
that it would reduce the health costs by £250 million (about $500 million) per year. The cost of
implementation has been evaluated at £49 million but the operating cost is still not revealed by
Transport for London. Annual profits are however estimated at £5 million annually (fees and fines) and
cost reduction for health care at £50 million (even if these costs are really difficult to estimate). The
fee is quite high: £200 to enter Greater London would be worth trying to cheat. Not really, the £1,000
fine for not paying the LEZ tax is dissuasive and will probably lead drivers of polluting vehicles to
upgrade to newer ones if they have to drive back and forth in the City. This is at least what London’s
Mayor expects. <h3><font color="#800000">Livingstone will not give up</font></h3> In a Jan. 31
interview with the Guardian Unlimited newspaper, Ken Livingstone also declared that he wants a £25
congestion-charge fee for the highest polluting vehicles implemented within a month. Political vows
or not, London is about to become if not the less polluted city, at least the most congestion-charge
capital in the world… it already is actually but others will have difficulties to catch up. Once again,
London is one step beyond. Are cities like New York or Paris will try to use the United Kingdom as a
model? New York City is evaluating a congestion charge program and will probably find a way to
implement it in the next couple months but Paris is still not at all thinking about it… <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Livingstone pushes forward with
£25 congestion charge</em>, Guardian Unlimited, Jan. 31, 2008: <a
href="http://politics.guardian.co.uk/gla/story/0,,2249742,00.html?gusrc=rss&amp;feed=networkfront"
title="Livingstone pushes forward with £25 congestion charge" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Pour devenir "verte", Londres taxe les poids-lourds les plus polluants</em>,
Boursorama, Feb. 3, 2008: <a
href="http://http://www.boursorama.com/infos/actualites/detail_actu_marches.phtml?news=5106061"
title="Pour devenir " target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Londres inaugure une "zone à
faibles émissions"</em>, Lloyd NV, Feb. 4, 2008: <a href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20391-
Londres_inaugure_une_zone__faibles_missions.html" title="Londres inaugure une "
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Health benefits of £130m low emission zone ‘a lot
of hot air'</em>, Times Online, Feb. 5, 2008: <a
href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3308422.ece" title="Health benefits
of £130m low emission zone ‘a lot of hot air'" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Transport for London, LEZ page</em>: <a
href="http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/default.aspx" title="TfL LEZ"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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$16.6 billion for Algeria's rail network
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Thu, 07 Feb 2008 17:00:50 +0000
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A revolution for Algeria's rail, a $16.6 billion budget will be allocated to improve and develop railway
networks in the northern Africa's country. Mr. Hassen Saïdi, CEO of the national agency in charge of
planning and managing of rail investments (Agence nationale d'études et de suivi de la réalisation des
investissements ferroviaires, Anesrif) declared this important ammount of money is to be used to
finance the current investment programs. <h3><font color="#800000">Algeria will modernize its
current infrastructures</font></h3> Algeria's Government intends to develop the rail networks that are
in really poor condition. The goal is to transport up to 80 million passengers a year by 2015. The
national railway operator, SNTF (Société nationale des transports ferroviaires), chose to modernize a
east-west line between Annaba and Oran, to complete the rail lines going toward the interior of the
country and to launch two studies for the construction of a link to the Hauts-Plateaux and a Southern
Ring (Boucle du Sud).<!--more--> The framework of these rail projects follows is basically close to
what is being done for the large road projects the Algerian state already started. Also, the financing
program includes improvement of northern networks to link them with industrial and port areas. The
link between east and west boundaries of the country will be electrified and tracks will be doubled.
<h3><font color="#800000">Better rolling stocks for a better operation</font></h3> Around Algiers,
the rail infrastructures will also benefit from the $16.6 billion budget, especially to build the link
between the city to the airport, essential to the future economic development. From now on, Anesrif
officials claim that a 3h30 trip from Algiers to Oran is possible thanks to new trains reaching 160 kph
and all the infrastructure improvements. SNTF, the national railway operator, also plans to acquire 64
self-propelled carriage trains. Also 17 railcars will complete the recent deliveries of 16 locomotives for
freight transport, and 5 of the 14 locomotives ordered for passenger transport. All these investments
made definitely go in favor of the economic development of the country. The articles I read did not
mention any of the contractors, engineering and consulting companies, or rolling stock manufacturers
that have been involved in these projets. There is probably still room for companies from France or the
United States to provide assistance and to share best practices and experience... <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>16,6 milliards de dollars pour le
rail</em>, L'expression, Feb. 4, 2008: <a href="http://www.lexpressiondz.com/article/2/2008-02-
04/49546.html" target="_blank" title="16,6 milliards de dollars pour le rail">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Avec 16,6 milliards de dollars alloués par l'Etat, le secteur ferroviaire passe à la
vitesse supérieure</em>, Le Maghreb, Feb. 4, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lemaghrebdz.com/lire.php?id=8317" target="_blank" title="Avec 16,6 milliards de
dollars alloués par l'Etat, le secteur ferroviaire passe à la vitesse supérieure">here</a></li> </ul>

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€59 million EU subsidies for environmentally-friendly freight transport
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Fri, 08 Feb 2008 09:00:48 +0000
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The European Commission launched in 2007 the Marco Polo II program covering the period from
2007 until 2013. <blockquote>On 15th July 2004 the Commission presented a proposal COM (2004)
478 to establish a second, significantly expanded "Marco Polo" programme from 2007 onwards.
Relying on the proven mechanisms of the current programme, Marco Polo II includes new actions such
as motorways of the sea and traffic avoidance measures. The programme, which will have a budget of
€400 million for 2007-2013, has been extended to countries bordering the EU. The Commission
estimates that every €1 in grants to Marco Polo will generate at least €6 in social and environmental
benefits. <p align="right">Source: European Commission, MARCO POLO II Programme</p>
</blockquote> February 4, 2008, the European Commission sent a request of interest to receive
proposals of projects aimed to develop freight transport in a more environmentally respectful way. €59
million will be available to qualified projects. Proposals have to be submitted by April 7, 2008.<!--
more--> <h3><font color="#800000">Applicants have five categories for their projects</font></h3>
All projects submitted will have to fit in one of the following five categories: <ol> <li><strong>Modal
shift actions</strong>: Provide aid to start up a service or develop an existing service. Projects should
aim to shift freight off the road;</li> <li><strong>Catalyst actions</strong>: Aim to overcome
structural barriers in the market. Projects should be highly innovative, aiming to achieve a real
breakthrough;</li> <li><strong>Common learning actions</strong>: Aim to improve co-operation
and sharing of know-how. Objective is mutual training or exchange of information to help cope with
an increasingly complex transport and logistics market;</li> <li><strong>Motorways of the sea
actions</strong>: Aim to shift freight from road to short sea shipping or a combination of short sea
shipping with other modes of transport; and</li> <li><strong>Traffic avoidance actions</strong>:
Aim to integrate transport into production logistics to avoid a large percentage of freight transport by
road. These actions are different from the other actions in Marco Polo because avoidance of road
transport is in focus instead of modal shift off the road.</li> </ol> Depending on the category, the
subsidies provided by the European Commission through its MARCO POLO II program could top €1
per 500 ton-km shifted off the road (modal shift and motorways of the sea actions) or could have a
minimum threshold of €2 million, up to 35% of eligible costs, for catalyst actions, etc. The program is
quite flexible and all details can be found on the web-page of the MARCO POLO II Programme
referenced below. An <a
href="http://ec.europa.eu/transport/marcopolo/calls/doc/call2008/executive_summary.pdf"
target="_blank" title="Executive Summary">executive summary</a> is also available and gives a
good snapshot of this request of interest main goals. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>L'appel à candidatures pour des
projets Marco Polo est ouvert</em>, Lloyd NV, Feb. 4, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20397-
Lappel__candidatures_pour_des_projets_Marco_Polo_est_ouvert.html" target="_blank" title="L'appel
à candidatures pour des projets Marco Polo est ouvert">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>The
MARCO POLO II Programme, OJ C 31, p.13 of 5 February 2008</em>, European Commission: <a
href="http://ec.europa.eu/transport/marcopolo/guide_proposers/index_en.htm" target="_blank"
title="The MARCO POLO II Programme, OJ C 31, p.13 of 5 February 2008">here</a></li> </ul>

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Aircraft: a market worth $2,800 billion by 2026
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Airbus and its parent company EADS announced February 7, 2008, that it estimates the world aircrafts
market will be worth $2,800 billion or the equivalent of 24,300 planes (both freighters and passengers)
from 2008 until 2026. The announcement was made in London by the European aircraft manufacturer
who announced its 20-year forecasts. Previous forecast were less optimistic in 2006 (for the period
from 2006 to 2025), with "only" 22,700 aircrafts worth $2,600 billion... The figures published this year
are based on an estimated average annual delivery of around 1,215 aircrafts, up from 1,130 previously.
<h3><font color="#800000">Meeting not only the increasing demand but also environmental
issues</font></h3> If these 24,300 aircrafts are delivered in the next 20 years, engines will have to be
more fuel efficient to meet the increasing demand in traffic. Also, older planes will have to be replaced
by more environmentally friendly ones. <!--more--> Passenger traffic is expected to grow by 4.9%
annually (up from 4.8% in 2006 estimates) which means traffic will almost triple in the next 20 years.
By 2026, Airbus estimates that fuel consumption will be equivalent to 3 liters (3/4 of a gallon) per 100
kilometers per passengers and advertised that its new superjumbo, the Airbus A380, already meets this
criteria. According to Airbus officials, this increasing traffic will be due to different factors: use of
bigger aircrafts, higher seat occupancy rates, increased frequencies, etc. <h3><font
color="#800000">A fleet that will change its face</font></h3> The European manufacturer indicates
that the growing demand in traffic will not lead to a uniform growth of the fleet. Planes of 100 seats
and more will be the most demanded by airlines: Airbus expects their number to double from 13,300 in
2008 to 28,550 in 2026. Also, the demand will come from the developing markets of Asia and Pacific
which will represent 31% of the total, followed by North America (27%), and Europe (24%). Good
years to come for Airbus and Boeing, if these big two manage to meet the customers expectations on
time... "Bad start" for them, both announced delays in their development programs, on the Airbus
A380, and on the Boeing B787. As said in the Chicago Tribune article (see references below), it
"allow[s] more fine-tuning!" <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Airbus prévoit un marché aéronautique mondial de 2.800 mds USD d'ici à 2026</em>, AFP,
Feb. 7, 2008: <a href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jMl6RfvFyCHrfAuJXeqwWK6XExcQ"
target="_blank" title="Airbus prévoit un marché aéronautique mondial de 2.800 mds USD d'ici à
2026">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>EADS : Airbus prévoit une demande de 24.300 avions au
cours des 20 prochaines années</em>, Boursier.com, Feb. 7, 2008: <a
href="http://www.boursier.com/vals/FR/eads-airbus-prevoit-une-demande-de-24-300-avions-au-cours-
des-20-prochaines-annees-news-271399.htm" target="_blank" title="EADS : Airbus prévoit une
demande de 24.300 avions au cours des 20 prochaines années">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Airbus prévoit une demande de 24.300 appareils d'ici 2026</em>, Reuters, Feb. 7, 2008: <a
href="http://today.reuters.fr/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=businessNews&amp;storyID=2008-02-
07T120235Z_01_RIV740626_RTRIDST_0_OFRBS-AIRBUS-PERSPECTIVES-20080207.XML"
target="_blank" title="Airbus prévoit une demande de 24.300 appareils d'ici 2026">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Exec: 787 delays allow more fine-tuning</em>, Chicago Tribune, Feb. 7, 2008: <a
href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-thu_3brief_0207feb07,0,3039981.story"
target="_blank" title="Exec: 787 delays allow more fine-tuning">here</a></li> <li>Article: Boeing
expecting to land lower revenues after delays to 787, Times Online, Jan. 31, 2008: <a
href="http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/engineering/article3279340.ece"
target="_blank" title="Boeing expecting to land lower revenues after delays to 787">here</a></li>
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GAO Month in Review - January 2008
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I received the U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) reports about transportation right
into my email when they come up. Every month, a "Month in Review" is publish and includes top 10
reports from any topic. I am sure readers from North America already know what the GAO is. What I
wanted to do here was to present European readers the last publication or the "investigative arm" of the
U.S. Congress, the "congressional watchdog". From a French point of view, the GAO is a sort of
"<em>Cour des Comptes</em>" (see references below), this is the closest Government entity that
comes to (my) mind when discussing what GAO is. <blockquote><em>GAO supports the Congress in
meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and ensure the
accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. GAO's work includes
oversight of federal programs; insight into ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical
and equitable; and foresight of long-term trends and challenges. GAO's reports, testimonies, legal
decisions and opinions make a difference for Congress and the Nation.</em> <p align="right">Source:
U.S. Government Accountability Office website<!--more--></p> </blockquote> Also, for North
American readers and others, I extracted "the better" from the Month in Review, the transport related
reports, the only ones we actually care about here, isn't it? <ul> <li>Federal-Aid Highways: Increased
Reliance on Contractors Can Pose Oversight Challenges for Federal and State Officials. GAO-08-198,
January 8, 2008 (74 pages). <a href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
198">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-198</a></li> <li>Freight
Transportation: National Policy and Strategies Can Help Improve Freight Mobility. GAO-08-287,
January 7, 2008 (53 pages). <a href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
287">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-287</a></li> <li>Motor Carrier
Safety: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Has Developed a Reasonable Framework for
Managing and Testing Its Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 Initiative. GAO-08-242R, December
20, 2007 (22 pages). <a href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
242R">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-242R</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>U.S. Government Accountability
Office</em>: <a href="http://www.gao.gov/" target="_blank" title="U.S. Government Accountability
Office (U.S. GAO)">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Cour des Comptes</em>: <a
href="http://www.ccomptes.fr/" target="_blank" title="Cour des Comptes">here</a></li> </ul>

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Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV
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<h3><font color="#800000"><strike>As fast as</strike> Faster than a plane...</font></h3> The new
Alstom AGV has just been released and the first customer in France could be... An airline! Air France
KLM, the French-Dutch company, is interested in the new high-speed train that could be operated at
360 kph. The airline could start operating a first link between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and
Amsterdam-Schiphol, both airports being the company's hubs in Europe. This new high-speed train
will be able to link Paris to Amsterdam in 2 hours, <strike>as fast as</strike> faster than a the flight
(no check-in, no security controls). The main goal is to transfer passengers from air to rail when
possible, to minimize the impact on the environment. The French Governement totally supports this
initiative, following the decisions taken during the "Environment Roundtable". <h3><font
color="#800000">An idea born in 2006</font></h3> In 2006, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, CEO of Air France
KLM, proposed to run a TGV high-speed train labelled with Air France KLM colors and logo. Since
then, the company has been working on this project and may run its own trains by 2010. <!--more-->
By this time, the European passenger rail market will be liberalized and SNCF will not have the
monopoly to operate passenger trains on the French railway system anymore. Either Air France KLM
will have the choice to acquire and run the AGVs itself or let SNCF or another new private railroad to
do so. Also, the high-speed rail line that is already opened from Paris to Bruxelles will be built up to
Amsterdam, allowing . If this project goes to its end (to its beginning?), Air France KLM will be the
first company to have AGVs in France, while SNCF will not receive the new high-speed train before
2014, subject to Alstom winning SNCF call for tender that will be launched in August 2008.
<h3><font color="#800000">From Paris to Bruxelles, to a hub-to-hub link</font></h3> Air France
KLM already operates trains between Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport to Bruxelles, the market share
of airlines between Paris and Bruxelles now being null! The new link between both hubs will be
replacing flights that are not so financially profitable. However, Air France KLM declared that it will
probably first rent the AGVs as it does with aircrafts. AGV trainsets being a large investment €25 to
€30 million, Air France KLM may wait for 2017 and the "full" liberalization of railway networks to
buy AGV trains. In the end, Air France KLM plans to open other lines between Roissy airport and
cities in France, to replace its domestic flights (Angers, Tours, or Vendôme were evoked). Even
though Siemens, Bombardier, and other manufacturers will have products that may compete against
the French train, all these projects look like a good start for the new Alstom AGV... This could be time
for the United States to think about Very High-Speed Rail, couldn't it? <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Air France à bord de l'AGV
d'Alstom</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 7, 2008: <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-
francaises/2008/02/07/04010-20080207ARTFIG00320-air-france-a-bord-de-l-agv-d-alstom.php"
target="_blank" title="Air France à bord de l'AGV d'Alstom">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Le
nouveau TGV intéresse... Air France !</em>, Le Parisien, Feb. 7, 2008: <a
href="http://www.leparisien.fr/home/info/economie/articles.htm?articleid=296037332"
target="_blank" title="Le nouveau TGV intéresse... Air France !">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Bientôt l'AGV aux couleurs d'Air France?</em>, Le Post, Feb. 7, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lepost.fr/visuel/2008/02/07/1095342_bientot-l-agv-aux-couleurs-d-air-france.html"
target="_blank" title="Bientôt l'AGV aux couleurs d'Air France?">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/alstom-agv-launched-on-track-in-france-by-2014/"
title="Alstom AGV launched: on track in France by 2014">Alstom AGV launched: on track in France
by 2014</a>, Feb. 5, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-
rail-fast-trains-slow-projects/" title="High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow projects">High Speed Rail: fast
trains, slow projects</a>, Jan. 25, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-tgv-vs-air-france-on-paris-to-strasbourg/" title="In brief: TGV vs. Air
France, on Paris to Strasbourg">In brief: TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to Strasbourg</a>, Jan. 25,
2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-freight-rail-already-a-
reality/" title="High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality">High Speed Freight Rail: already a
reality</a>, Jan. 24, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-
rail-sncf-modify-its-fares/" title="High Speed Rail: SNCF modify its fares">High Speed Rail: SNCF
modify its fares</a>, Jan. 23, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-
speed-rail-news-from-spain/" title="High Speed Rail: News from Spain">High Speed Rail: News from
Spain</a>, Jan. 21, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-
alstom-trains-go-full-speed/" title="In brief: Alstom trains go full speed!">In brief: Alstom trains go
full speed!</a>, Jan. 16, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/hsr-
breaking-news-top-secret-not-that-much/" title="HSR “breaking” news: Top secret? Not that
much…">HSR “breaking” news: Top secret? Not that much…</a>, Jan. 10, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/tgv-surfing-the-internet-at-320-kph/" title="High
Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320 kph">High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320 kph</a>,
Jan. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/spain-first-hsr-network-by-
2015/" title="Spain: first HSR network by 2015?">Spain: first HSR network by 2015?</a>, Dec. 26,
2007</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/sncf-up-to-eur-9-billion-worth-of-
hsr-trains/" title="SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR trains">SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth
of HSR trains</a>, Dec. 19, 2007</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-
speed-rail-tgv-commercial-speed-will-top-360-kph/" title="High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed
will top 360 kph">High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph</a>, Dec. 17, 2007</li>
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Under investment in French infrastructures
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Under investment in ground transport infrastructures investment is a threat to modernization and
development of French economy. This is the main observation of the commission that studied, since
October 2007, how does France spends money to build and manage infrastructure. The report from the
Commission for Economic Affairs (<em>Commission des Affaires économiques</em>) of the French
Senate, written by French Senators Francis Grignon (UMP, rightist), Michel Billout (PCF, leftist),
Claude Biwer (UDF, rightist), and Daniel Reiner (PS, leftist), stated that the agency in charge of
managing French budget dedicated to transportation infrastructures financing (Agence de financement
des infrastructures de transport de France, Afitf) will not have enough resources to pursue its activities
beyond 2009... <h3><font color="#800000">Environment rountable and what?</font></h3> The
situation is critical... Added to current infrastructure projects previously programmed, all new projects
proposed during the Environment Rountable will have to be studied and then funded. Public financing
will become more and more restrained, and solutions will have to be found. The report recommends
that financial resources available should be streamlined and used with more care.<!--more--> The
Commissionners even proposed to lower the actual level of technical standards, that are consided too
high, too perfectionist, compared to other European practices. As an example, Commissionners
recommended not to build complex highways' ramps that cost €2 to €6 million a piece, and build
"lighter" ones... <h3><font color="#800000">Finding funds: new ways for publicly financed
infrastructures</font></h3> The context is almost the same in every country... Public financing of
infrastructures requires funds. And funds do not grow on trees. In the United States, the problem is
quite the same: shortfall in Federal money for transportation projects, and a need for Governments at
all levels to find financing solutions for their roads, transit systems, etc. Public-private partnerships
(PPPs), dedicated taxes, private finance are some of the solutions Government use to improve their
infrastructures. The report recommends to find new resources to develop transport networks, and gives
five main guidelines: <ul> <li>implementing new taxes on large-trucks use;</li> <li>adding a special
tax on insurance policies (€20 to €60 per year);</li> <li>increasing the share of traffic fines dedicated
to Afitf;</li> <li>modifying railway infrastructure tolls in accordance with the lines profitability and
traffic; and</li> <li>taxing capital gains related to transport infrastructures.</li> </ul> With this
report, added to the recommendations of the commissions that were in session during the Environment
Rountable, and also the proposals made in Jacques Attali's Commission report, our Government has
basis to start a second step: acting! Even necessary, thinking is not the (only) way to develop projects...
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>Mission
d’information sur les transports terrestres: infrastructures, fonctionnement et financement</em>, Sénat
(French Senate): <a href="http://www.senat.fr/commission/missions/transports/index.html"
title="Mission d’information sur les transports terrestres" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Report:<em> Infrastructures de transport : remettre la France sur la bonne voie, commission des
affaires économiques et de la mission d'information</em>, n° 196 (2007-2008), Feb. 6, 2008: <a
href="http://www.senat.fr/noticerap/2007/r07-196-notice.html" title="Infrastructures de transport :
remettre la France sur la bonne voie" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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French air controlers on strike: Feb. 11-15
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When air controlers go on strike, hopefully not all aircrafts remain on the ground. What happens this
week in France shows that "minimum service in transportation" really means something. In Orly
airport, half the flights have been canceled by Air France and in Charles de Gaulle international
airports, flights only suffer delays, but none have been cancelled yet by the French airline. Actually, a
total of 48 on 830 air controlers were on strike this morning... <h3><font color="#800000">What do
unions disagree with?</font></h3> Basically, what only one air controler union (CGT,
<em>Confédération générale du travail</em>) objects to is "only" the reorganization of air control in
the Paris region. At first, all unions accepted to gather the three Paris air control centers that are located
in Orly, Roissy, and Athis-Mons in Athis-Mons by 2015-2017. However, the CGT did not accept to go
on with the first phase of this project: some of the controlers (volunteers) were supposed to move from
Orly to Roissy in 2011. Patrick Gandil, Director of the French Aviation Administration, stated that it
only is an experimentation, that will start with 40 volunteers from the 110 total employees based in
Orly. The strike is definitely overmuch and unjustified, according to the French authorities... Mr.
Gandil also announced that an agreement has been reached, that another experiment would start in
2009 with the move of air controlers from Orly to Athis-Mons. Union asks for a global consultation
with all the 830 Paris air controler whereas the Administration advocates to deal only with the
employees directly concerned by the experiments. <!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">Traffic
fluidity, less pollution... but a strike</font></h3> The main goal of these experiments is to test, during
a "low traffic" period, a new approach of the aircrafts landing in both Orly and Roissy airports. In the
end, the new organization will allow aviation authorities to better manage flights entering Paris air
space, when in 2011 aircraft trajectories will be higher than they are today. It follows a decision taken
during the Environment Roundtable to minimize environmental impact of flights by changing the way
aircrafts approach airports. As it is working already in other places worldwide (e.g. in New York City,
or even Lyon and Nice airports), there is a real need to control aircrafts approaches and landings in
airports located in the same area from only one place. Among other advantages, optimizing trajectories
and air control will allow to add two more flights per hour while flying higher above residential areas.
Inhabitants wishes to see this going on, the French Government and most of air controlers also, but one
of their unions is still reluctant. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Trafic aérien perturbé en raison de la grève des contrôleurs</em>, Le Monde, Feb.
10, 2008: <a href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2008/02/10/la-greve-des-controleurs-
aeriens-pourrait-affecter-fortement-le-trafic-a-partir-de-lundi_1009665_3234.html#ens_id=1005435"
target="_blank" title="Trafic aérien perturbé en raison de la grève des contrôleurs">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Un avion sur deux à Orly, des retards à Roissy-CDG</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 11,
2008: <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/economie/2008/02/11/04001-20080211ARTFIG00319-un-
avion-sur-deux-a-orly-des-retards-a-roissy-cdg-.php" target="_blank" title="Un avion sur deux à Orly,
des retards ç Roissy-CDG">here</a></li> <li>Article:<em> Grève du contrôle aérien: fortes
perturbations des vols la semaine prochaine</em>, AFP, Feb. 10, 2008: <a
href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gMnW3MjF1Bgmw-h3kTcRwu4Ok2pw" target="_blank"
title="Grève du contrôle aérien: fortes perturbations des vols la semaine prochaine">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Grève contrôle aérien: un vol sur deux à Orly de lundi à vendredi</em>, AFP, Feb.
8, 2008: <a href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j2AvQofEi-R3hndzjfEM2O5MX7-Q"
target="_blank" title="Grève contrôle aérien: un vol sur deux à Orly de lundi à
vendredi">here</a></li> <li>Official press release: <em>Mouvement de grève du contrôle aérien du
11 au 15 février 2008</em>, Direction générale de l'aviation civile, Feb. 8, 2008: <a
href="http://www.aviation-civile.gouv.fr/html/actu_gd/actu_2008/020802.html" target="_blank"
title="Mouvement de grève du contrôle aérien du 11 au 15 février 2008">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Alcohol check for safer transit trips
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Tue, 12 Feb 2008 09:00:48 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
alcohol ignition interlock
alcohol ignition interlock
automakers
automakers
blood alcohol concentration
blood alcohol concentration
concentration level
concentration level
department of transportation
department of transportation
desiderio
desiderio
dominique bussereau
dominique bussereau
existence
existence
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
fatality rate
fatality rate
firsts
firsts
grams per liter
grams per liter
ignition interlock device
ignition interlock device
important decisions
important decisions
jdd
jdd
le nouvel obs
le nouvel obs
light vehicles
light vehicles
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
measures
measures
passengers
passengers
public transport
public transport
public transport systems
public transport systems
road
road
road safety
road safety
safety
safety
short period
short period
transit trips
transit trips
transit vehicle
transit vehicle
transit vehicles
transit vehicles
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
transportation secretary
transportation secretary
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=123

<span class="cap">The Transportation Secretary Dominique Bussereau announced Monday, February
11, 2008, that he would advocate in favor of implementing, in every transit vehicle, an alcohol ignition
interlock device. </span> <span class="cap">Among all measures that the Department of
Transportation is studying to improve safety in transit, this one is among the most important. Decisions
are to be first discussed and then taken during the next "interdepartment committee on road safety"
(<em>Comité Interministériel sur la Sécurité Routière</em>, CISR).</span> <h3><font
color="#800000">An idea that needs to go further...</font></h3> This project could be realized in a
short period of time, alcohol ignition interlock device already existing in some light vehicles. What is
missing is, according to the Transportation Secretary, just a decision... <!--more--> Dominique
Bussereau also confirmed that the authorized blood alcohol concentration level will not be lowered
from 0.5 grams per liter of blood (50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood). Compared to what is legal in
the United States and Canada, 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood in most areas (or a .08 blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) level), the French rate is already lower. Mr. Bussereau indicates that he
also asked automakers to equip all vehicles with alcohol ignition interlock devices, as they do with
other common accessories. This way, drivers will be able to test themselves before driving, and the car
will not start unless the driver is sober. In transit vehicles, it will improve passengers safety and
problably help decreasing an already low accident (fatality) rate in public transport systems
countrywide. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Bussereau souhaite des éthylomètres anti-démarrage dans tous les transports publics</em>, Le
Nouvel Obs, Feb. 11, 2008: <a
href="http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/depeches/societe/20080211.FAP5893/bussereau_souhaite_des_e
thylometres_antidemarrage_dans_.html" target="_blank" title="Bussereau souhaite des éthylomètres
anti-démarrage dans tous les transports publics">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Transports publics:
Ethylomètres anti-démarrage</em>, Le JDD, Feb. 11, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lejdd.fr/cmc/scanner/societe/20087/transports-publics-ethylometres-anti-
demarrage_94305.html?popup" target="_blank" title="Transports publics: Ethylomètres anti-
démarrage">here</a></li> </ul>

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    208.214.194.15
    2008-02-12 20:40:35
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    Articles in the French newspaper recently reported that these devices were not so reliable, e.g. fake
    positive and fake negative....
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    2008-02-12 23:20:08
    I will have a look into it... It is definitely possible that this system, quite new, should experiment
    little "starting" problems. Even reliable, it will still be possible for someone else (a sober else) to
    blow in the machine and start the car...
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Paris to Cayenne air link will be opened to competition
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/12/paris-to-cayenne-air-link-will-be-opened-to-
competition/
Tue, 12 Feb 2008 13:00:14 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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air
air france
air france
airbus
airbus
airbus a330 300
airbus a330 300
aircrafts
aircrafts
airline
airline
airport management
airport management
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airports
alitalia
alitalia
boursorama
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ceo
ceo
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desiderio
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dubreuil
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fwi
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investments
klm
klm
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matthieu desiderio
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metropolitan france
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monopoly
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nicolas sarkozy
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sarkozy
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tax exemption
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Transport Expertise
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Transport Information Group
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transportation
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=124

President Nicolas Sarkozy visiting French Guyana (South America) announced, in presence of
European Chief Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot, that he intends to open the air link
between Paris and Cayenne to competition. As of today, the link is only operated by the French-Dutch
airline Air France KLM. It seems like the European Commission is looking into creating competition
where it does not exist yet, in the French West Indies, Guyana was the only territory with no airlines
competing on the market. The French President said the Government would exempt from taxes the
company which would make an offer to compete against Air France KLM on Paris-Cayenne. Nicolas
Sarkozy made this announcement while in visit at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Guyane,
the authority in charge of airport management and operation. <h3><font color="#800000">Who could
be operating the link?</font></h3> According to the President, the main problem is the airline has the
monopoly of the operation of this link: prices would be lowered and quality of service would be
definitely improved if other companies could be competing against Air France KLM. Such a link
could be interesting for companies like Air Caraïbes, that operates links between Metropolitan France
and the French West Indies (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Barthelemy, etc.). <!--more--> President
Sarkozy said the tax exemption he proposed for the company which would offer to operate the link,
even contrary to usual French Administration practices, is "an investment of France to insure Right
after the French President's speech, Mr. Jean-Paul Dubreuil, CEO of Air Caraïbes (13 aircrafts, one
million passengers in 2007), announced that starting December 15, 2008, the airline could operate
three flights a week with an Airbus A330-300 between Paris and Cayenne. That would bring a seven
days a week offer from Paris to French Guyana, three times with a direct flight and four times with a
stop in the FWI. According to Air Caraïbes' CEO, the tax exemption will simply compensate the
operating costs losses for the first three to four years. Indeed, the transatlantic flight between Paris and
Cayenne is not profitable enough for two airlines... <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Nicolas Sarkozy veut ouvrir à la
concurrence la desserte Paris-Cayenne</em>, AFP/Boursorama, Feb. 12, 2008 : <a
href="http://www.boursorama.com/infos/actualites/detail_actu_marches.phtml?news=5139863"
target="_blank" title="Nicolas Sarkozy veut ouvrir à la concurrence la desserte Paris-
Cayenne">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Vers l'ouverture d'une liaison concurrente Paris-
Cayenne</em>, Yahoo! Actualités France, Feb. 12, 2008: <a
href="http://fr.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080212/tbs-france-guyane-sarkozy-aviation-7318940_1.html"
target="_blank" title="Vers l'ouverture d'une liaison concurrente Paris-Cayenne">here </a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Paris-Cayenne:ouverture à la concurrence?</em>, AFP/Le Figaro, Feb. 12, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2008/02/12/01011-20080212FILWWW00292-paris-cayenne-
ouverture-a-la-concurrence-.php" target="_blank" title="Paris-Cayenne:ouverture à la
concurrence?">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport
Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-air-france-klm-pursuing-
alitalia-deal/" title="Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal">Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia
deal</a>, Jan. 31, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/toward-the-us-airlines-open-skies/"
title="Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies">Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies</a>, Jan. 29,
2008</li> </ul>

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No, not all French waterways transport fell 5.1% in 2007!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/12/no-not-all-french-waterways-transport-fell-51-
in-2007/
Tue, 12 Feb 2008 17:00:51 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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benelux
capital investment
capital investment
coal demand
coal demand
conseil d etat
conseil d etat
container traffic
container traffic
containers
containers
continuous growth
continuous growth
desiderio
desiderio
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economics
environment roundtable
environment roundtable
estimates
estimates
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
freight
freight
french waterways
french waterways
grain harvest
grain harvest
harvest season
harvest season
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructures
infrastructures
intermodal
intermodal
investments
investments
kilometres
kilometres
marseilles
marseilles
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
modes
modes
next five years
next five years
owned company
owned company
participation
participation
public convenience
public convenience
teus
teus
traffic growth
traffic growth
traffics
traffics
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
trucks
trucks
unions
unions
vnf
vnf
waterway
waterway
waterways
waterways
waterways
waterways
waterways transportation
waterways transportation
winter weather
winter weather
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=119

With 7.54 billion tons.kilometres, and 61.7 million tons transported in 2007, the French waterways
system went down respectively 5.1% (tons.km) and 0.9% (tons) after ten years of continuous growth.
Voies navigables de France (VNF), the state owned company that manages and operates the French
waterways system, announced that the decrease is due to a low coal demand (winter weather has not
been too cold) and a bad grain harvest season. <h3><font color="#800000">Bulk is down but
containers are up</font></h3> As it is the case worldwide, container traffic was up in 2007, even on
French waterways. Countrywide, container traffic went up 10% (around 460,000 TEUs), after a 5%
growth in 2006 (418,666 TEUs) which is very positive, following the leads of the Environment
Roundtable of October 2007 while in the Seine basin, container grew 30% in 2007. <!--more--> <p
align="center"><img src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/waterways-
1997-2006-mtkm.PNG" alt="Total traffic on French Waterways from 1997 to 2006" width="480"
/></p> <p align="center"><strong>Total traffic on French Waterways from 1997 to 2006
(tons.kilometres, source VNF)</strong> Containers share in waterway transport is now 8% of total
traffic, which really shows a transfer from road to "cleaner" modes, once again in favour of
environment. <p align="center"> <img src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/containers-2006.PNG" alt="Containers traffic on French Waterways from
1986 to 2006" /></p> <p align="center"><strong>Containers traffic on French Waterways from 1986
to 2006 (TEU, source VNF)</strong> <h3><font color="#800000">Waterways transportation needs
investment</font></h3> In 2007, capital investment to improve and modernize the waterways system
accounted for €158.5 million, down from €162 million in 2006. VNF estimates it will need to invest up
to €1.3 billion in the next five years to guarantee traffic growth and reliability of the infrastructures.
What VNF expects the most is the construction of the Seine-Nord Europe canal, that would link the
Seine basin to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) waterways. The total capital
investment will be around €4 billion (2010 value) and construction would be completed in 2014. This
new link will have four intermodal sites, that would gather road, rail and waterways networks. The
project has been presented to the Conseil d'Etat (State Council) and wait for the certificate of public
convenience and necessity (déclaration d'utilité publique, DUP). A report about financing of the
Seine-Nord Europe canal is to be released this summer and a public-private partnership would be the
most likely conclusion. Also, all French regions that the canal will cross, associated to Belgium and the
Netherlands governement would financially participate to the project. Also, European Union is
expected to provide the €420 million missing which would justify its interest in waterways. Indeed,
waterways account now for 11.5% of the EU budget since the Trans-European Transport Networks
(TEN-T) has been studied, whereas it had been only 1.2% for the last 20 years. <h3><font
color="#800000">Other projects for the future of French waterways</font></h3> Preliminary studies
are conducted for another canal linking the Saône and Moselle rivers, which would link Marseilles'
merchant marine port infrastructures to northern Europe. This would contribute to develop waterways
traffic that mostly depends on marine ports which account for 50% of the waterways traffic. VNF
Director, François Bordry, however expects that the lock project that would link Le Havre port
containers' terminal with the Seine river will catch up with its schedule. This gigantic lock is supposed
to enter operation in 2014 but the project has been delayed. Many projects and reasonable funding
(there is never enough money spent on transportation project, isn't it?) to improve and develop, as
advised during the Environment Roundtable, clean transportation modes. All these "intermodal"
projects go in favor of the environment but also take a lot of time, while trucks roll on the roads. In the
United States also, locks, dams, and waterways need many improvements, and as a consequence, large
fundings from public or private entities... The potential of these alternative solutions for freight
transport is huge, political involvement needs to be, in both our countries, at least as huge. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Le transport fluvial baisse de 5,1%
en 2007, VNF mise sur le redressement</em>, AFP, Feb. 7, 2008: <a
href="http://www.agefi.com/Quotidien_en_ligne/News/index.php?newsID=180316" target="_blank"
title="Le transport fluvial baisse de 5,1% en 2007, VNF mise sur le redressement">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>Detailed 2006 statistics of the French waterways system </em>(30 MB zip file),
Voies Navigables de France: <a
href="http://www.vnf.fr/vnf/img/cms/Tourisme_et_domainehidden/stat2006_200802011632.zip"
target="_blank" title="Detailed 2006 statistics of the French waterways system">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>Voies Navigables de France</em>, VNF: <a href="http://www.vnf.fr/"
target="_blank" title="Voies Navigables de France, VNF">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>The
Trans-European Transport Networks: "TEN-T"</em>, European Commission: <a
href="http://ec.europa.eu/ten/transport/index_en.htm" target="_blank" title="The Trans-European
Transport Networks: ">here</a></li> </ul>

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Feedback: taxi strikes in Paris
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/13/feedback-taxi-strikes-in-paris/
Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:00:43 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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airports
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cabs
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cellphone
congestion
congestion
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department of interior
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desiderio
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driving time
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economics
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Expertise
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free licences
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highways
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investments
late night
late night
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measures
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paris
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passengers
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projects
projects
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rush hours
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taxi drivers
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http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=122

Now that taxi drivers, their unions, and their associations "won" the first battle, they provide the
Government with their requests... The question, taken from Le Monde article (see references below), is
"Are there enough cabs in Paris, and more largely, in France?". As a customer coming back from the
United States, I would definitely say "no!" However, that is not what French taxi drivers think. There
are cabs, right. But the point is that it is quite difficult to find a cab if: <ul> <li>it is rush hours;</li>
<li>it is Saturday night or late night;</li> <li>it is Sunday;</li> <li>you call from a cellphone;</li>
<li>you choose not to go to the airport; and</li> <li>... so on, and so forth!</li> </ul> Taxi drivers
have other arguments: they simply explain that they spend 45% of their driving time (10 hours daily)
stuck in road congestion, with no passengers in their cab. They ask the Government to act, and take
measures, that will allow them to become more efficient, thus justifying that there is no need for more
taxicabs... Paris taxi drivers also proposed to the Government to increase their authorized driving time
to 11 hours (+15,000 customers served) and also to dedicate a lane on highways between the city and
the airports (+10,000 to +15,000 more customers). <em>Did I just said taxis only want to do airport
rides?</em><!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">And yet, the number of cabs is
growing...</font></h3> Regulated since 1937, taxi drivers profession was reformed in 1995 by Interior
Minister Charles Pasqua: he authorized retiring drivers to sell their licence, instead of just giving it
back to the Department of Interior. Nowadays, around 500 to 600 licences are exchanged monthly in
Paris and since then, prices have been increasing because of a low offer (retiring drivers + free licences
delivered by the Administration) and high demand (are there "not enough cabs?"). The good thing:
retiring drivers selling their licences to newbies make enough money for their retirement. Even
though, the growth is not that much significant: the number of taxi licences countrywide is increasing
by 1,000 to 1,500 every year, and by 100 to 300 in Paris. It depends on many factors such as
population evolution, GDP growth, traffic at airports and train stations, and other "touristic" factors.
These new licences are delivered by the administration (for free) but drivers have to keep them for at
least 15 years (which is not the case if you buy one from a retiring driver). 6,000 drivers are on the
waiting list which could last at least... 16 years. What the Government planned (the main reason of
strikes) was to deliver more new free licences, meaning that drivers who paid up to €400,000 (in Nice
for example), or even more sometimes, would have lost their investment because of a more balanced
offer/demand situation... A solution to maybe increase the number of cabs, that drivers did not agree
with. <h3><font color="#800000">"How to increase the number of taxis": another report to be
released February 15</font></h3> Prime Minister François Fillon ordered a report on the potential
methods to increase number of cabs in France. Mr. Pierre Chassigneux is supposed to present the
results on February 15, two days from now... Another strike? Whatever the report will recommend,
the Government will not act before the mayors' election countrywide that are scheduled in March.
<h3><font color="#800000">What do economists think about the problem?</font></h3> Economists
said that the system, as is now, is not really profitable for drivers who have to pay a mortgage or for
those who lease their licence, for up to €4,500 a month... They argue that the solution would be for the
Government to compensate the drivers who paid for their licences. The cost is estimated to be around
€4.5 billion, but the 1995 law has to be modified... Also, Attali's Commission estimated that, since
1981, 8,000 more cabs licences should have been delivered. In order not to change "taxis" regulation,
the report proposed to open the market to limousine services (<em>Véhicules de Petite Remise</em>,
VPR), as it already exists in the United States (this was also a reason why drivers went on strike).
Things still have to be discussed: cab drivers are not totally opposed to a controlled increase of
licences, they however want to secure some of the 1995 regulations. What they are afraid of is to have
their revenues lowered, to lose market share, to the profit of these new drivers. Next update in two
days, when the new report is released... <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Transports : profession taxi, la réforme au ralenti</em>, Le Monde (subscription
needed), Feb. 11, 2008: <a href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/archives/article/2008/02/11/transports-
profession-taxi-la-reforme-au-ralenti_1009935_0.html" target="_blank" title="Transports : profession
taxi, la réforme au ralenti">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the
Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-taxis-strike-or-
when-the-government-surrenders/" title="In brief: Taxis’ strike or “When the Government
surrenders”…">In brief: Taxis’ strike or “When the Government surrenders”…</a>, Feb. 7, 2008</li>
<li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-taxis-strike-time-in-france-the-return/" title="In brief: Taxis, strike
time in France, the return!">In brief: Taxis, strike time in France, the return!</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li>
<li><a href="/index.php/taxis-strike-time-in-paris/" title="Taxis, strike time in Paris">Taxis, strike
time in Paris</a>, Jan. 31, 2008</li> </ul> <a
href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/archives/article/2008/02/11/transports-profession-taxi-la-reforme-au-
ralenti_1009935_0.html"></a>

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London: lower and lower emissions areas to come
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/13/london-lower-and-lower-emissions-areas-to-
come/
Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:00:33 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
alliances
alliances
best practices
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London's mayor Ken Livingstone, after announcing a few days ago the implementation of a Low
Emission Zone for polluting vehicles (at first trucks, before future evolution) to enter city center (see
references below), proposed to triple the congestion fee for gas-guzzlers. Current congestion fee is £8
to enter in London's city center, excepted for clean vehicles that are totally exempted from paying the
toll. Livingstone's ambitious proposal is to increase this fee up to £25 a day for large vehicles that emit
a lot of greenhouse gases. Especially 4WD SUVs or "Chelsea Tractors", as Londonians call them,
vehicles targeted are those which emit more than 225 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Over a
year, this could represent up to £6,500 spent in tolls for a driver entering the congestion fee area on a
daily basis. Also, inhabitants of the congestion fee area were previously exempted from paying the
congestion fee... now, for those who own a "Chelsea Tractors" or a sports car, this will not be true
anymore! Nobody will evade this strong rule, that will probably "erase" these useless cars from the
city... At least for the "<em>poorest among the richest</em>".<!--more--> <h3><font
color="#800000">Many measures, one program: reducing emissions by 60%</font></h3> After a year
of consultation, this new measure is part of a larger program that Ken Livingstone launched to reduce
emissions of London City by 60% before 2025. London is actually accounting for 7% of total Great
Britain's greenhouse gases emissions. Part of its environmental program, London is also leading an
alliance of 40 large urbanized areas that share their knowledge and best practices about environment to
fight against global warming. Mayor Linvingstone expects that two thirds of the "225+ grams"
vehicles will now avoid this area of the city. By contrast, some of the vehicles that emit the less will
now be exempted. Around 17% of vehicles that enter the zone may be concerned by the "£25-fee
measure" and only 2% may be totally exempted from paying it. This way, Mr. Livingstone hopes to
feed transportation budget with £30 to £50 million annually, which will be invested in transportation
improvements: creation and maintenance of bike routes and replacement of elder buses. <h3><font
color="#800000">Velib... Autolib... Free access vehicles are fashion in Europe</font></h3> With its
proposal to increase congestion fee for large gas guzzling vehicles, London's mayor also proposed to
launch a free access bikes program. Paris is already offering such service, called Velib, that truely
originated in Lyon, more commonly know as Velov. Now, Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë goes one
step beyond, once again duplicating Lyon's model. He proposed to offer a "free" access car service,
called Autolib, this time again copying the name of Lyon's service. All these services look "fashion"
and tend to be developed in Europe; however, some citizens (who are also users of these services) have
concerns about the money spent to propose such systems when public transportation could be
improved... An interesting topic about all this vehicle-lib mania will come on the Transport
Information Group in the next couple days. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3>
<ul> <li>Article: <em>Londres : le péage bientôt triplé pour les grosses voitures</em>, Le Moniteur
Expert, Feb. 12, 2008: <a href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/actualite/transports_infrastructures/londres_peage_bientot_triple_grosses/DD4896E58.htm
" target="_blank" title="Londres : le péage bientôt triplé pour les grosses voitures">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Grande-Bretagne : Londres fait la guerre aux voitures les plus polluantes et lance un
plan Vélib</em>, Fenêtre sur l'Europe, Feb. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.fenetreeurope.com/php/page.php?section=actu&amp;id=10281" target="_blank"
title="Grande-Bretagne : Londres fait la guerre aux voitures les plus polluantes et lance un plan
Vélib">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Les 4x4 devront payer 25 livres pour rentrer dans Londres
!</em>, Energie Info, Feb. 13, 2008: <a href="http://www.energetique.info/?2008/02/13/232-les-4x4-
devront-payer-25-livres-pour-rentrer-dans-
londres&amp;bcsi_scan_C9A5957D136929BF=K5b8ojis/hVkq7KElIATdhoAAAAiUrkp:1"
target="_blank" title="Les 4x4 devront payer 25 livres pour rentrer dans Londres !">here</a></li>
</ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3>
<ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/livingstones-transport-plans-for-his-the-
future/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link: Livingstone’s transport plans for (his) the
future?">Livingstone’s transport plans for (his) the future?</a>, Mar. 11, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/environment-low-emissions-area-in-london/" title="Environment: Low emissions
area in London">Environment: Low emissions area in London</a>, Feb. 7, 2008</li> </ul>

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In an interview for Le Figaro, Jean-Louis Borloo, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable
Development and Land Planning, answered about future high-speed rail (HSR) projects in France.
Here is a summary of this article, Q&amp;As between the newspaper and the Minister. <h3><font
color="#800000">During the "Environment Roundtable", the Government announced 2,000 km of
HSR lines, where are we now?</font></h3> After seven years of procrastination, the call for tender for
the construction of the HSR line between Tours and Bordeaux has been launched. The Government,
associated to Centre, Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, and Midi-Pyrennées regions, will provide a €7
billion investment to finance the second part of the Paris-Bordeaux link. It will be an important step to
connect Toulouse and Narbone, and then go toward Spain. Other projects the Minister mentionned
are: the lines extensions between Le Mans and Rennes (TGV Atlantique), Baudrecourt and Strasbourg
(TGV Est), and both bypasses of Nîmes and Montpellier. <!--more--> He also confirmed that
preliminary studies have been launched for West-East lines, such as Nantes to Lyon through Nevers,
Toulouse to Narbonne, or Nimes to Perpignan. The main objective is to connect France, Italy, and
Spain. <h3><font color="#800000">Are these investments only passenger oriented?</font></h3> Mr.
Borloo explains that investing in HSR infrastructure does not only benefit passenger traffic.
Minimizing high-speed train traffic on regular railtracks allows Réseau Ferré de France (RFF, the
owning-managing company of the rail infrastructure in France) to free up time slots for other trains,
and particularly freight trains. <h3><font color="#800000">Minister Borloo other transportation
projects</font></h3> In this interview, the Minister also answered questions about transit planning in
Paris region (Ile de France). Quite a lot of money will be provided by the Ile de France region and the
French State, to develop transit projects in this area: €150 million for a light rail line (Montfermeil to
CLichy-sous-Bois), €400 million for a "transit" link between Massy and Evry, and €20 million will be
immediately unfreezed to improve bus systems in the suburbs. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Borloo : «Mes projets pour les
futures lignes TGV»</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 12, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/politique/2008/02/12/01002-20080212ARTFIG00568-borloo-mes-
projets-pour-les-futures-lignes-tgv.php" target="_blank" title="Borloo : «Mes projets pour les futures
lignes TGV»">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Réseau Ferré de France, new lines pages, links to
HSR projects details</em>: <ul> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=925&amp;lg=en" target="_blank">East
European High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=552&amp;lg=en"
target="_blank">Bretagne- Pays de la Loire High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=585&amp;lg=en" target="_blank">South
Europe Atlantic High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=710&amp;lg=en"
target="_blank">Languedoc-Roussillon High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=480&amp;lg=en" target="_blank">Rhin-
Rhône High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=725&amp;lg=en"
target="_blank">Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=776&amp;lg=en"
target="_blank">BORDEAUX-TOULOUSE High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=839&amp;lg=en"
target="_blank">Poitiers – Limoges High Speed Line</a></li> <li><a
href="http://www.rff.fr/pages/projets/fiche_projet.asp?code=842&amp;lg=en"
target="_blank">Extension of the South Europe Atlantic HSL from Bordeaux to the Spanish
border</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport
Information Group</font></h3> High-Speed Rail coverage on the Transport Information Group: <ul>
<li><a href="/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-the-new-alstom-agv/" title="Air France KLM
attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11,
2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/alstom-agv-launched-on-track-in-
france-by-2014/" title="Alstom AGV launched: on track in France by 2014">Alstom AGV launched:
on track in France by 2014</a>, Feb. 5, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-rail-fast-trains-
slow-projects/" title="High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow projects">High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow
projects</a>, Jan. 25, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-tgv-vs-air-france-on-paris-to-
strasbourg/" title="In brief: TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to Strasbourg">In brief: TGV vs. Air France,
on Paris to Strasbourg</a>, Jan. 25, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-freight-rail-
already-a-reality/" title="High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality">High Speed Freight Rail: already
a reality</a>, Jan. 24, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-rail-sncf-modify-its-fares/"
title="High Speed Rail: SNCF modify its fares">High Speed Rail: SNCF modify its fares</a>, Jan. 23,
2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-rail-news-from-spain/" title="High Speed Rail: News
from Spain">High Speed Rail: News from Spain</a>, Jan. 21, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-
brief-alstom-trains-go-full-speed/" title="In brief: Alstom trains go full speed!">In brief: Alstom trains
go full speed!</a>, Jan. 16, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/hsr-breaking-news-top-secret-not-that-
much/" title="HSR “breaking” news: Top secret? Not that much…">HSR “breaking” news: Top
secret? Not that much…</a>, Jan. 10, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/tgv-surfing-the-internet-at-
320-kph/" title="High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320 kph">High Speed Rail: Surfing the
Internet at 320 kph</a>, Jan. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/spain-first-hsr-network-by-2015/"
title="Spain: first HSR network by 2015?">Spain: first HSR network by 2015?</a>, Dec. 26,
2007</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/sncf-up-to-eur-9-billion-worth-of-
hsr-trains/" title="SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR trains">SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth
of HSR trains</a>, Dec. 19, 2007</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-
speed-rail-tgv-commercial-speed-will-top-360-kph/" title="High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed
will top 360 kph">High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph</a>, Dec. 17, 2007</li>
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Is DHL going bad?
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Thu, 14 Feb 2008 09:00:11 +0000
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I still want to read and write about the DHL story. Today (February 13, 2008), Transport Topics
published an article entitled: <a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19180" target="_blank" title="DHL
to Cut 600 U.S. Jobs">DHL to Cut 600 U.S. Jobs</a>. I pasted it below, so that we have in mind what
happened in the last few weeks <blockquote><em>DHL Express USA will cut 600 jobs to reduce
costs, as a slowing U.S. economy dampens package shipment demand, Bloomberg reported. The
reduction makes up about 3% of DHL’s 21,000 U.S. employees, Bloomberg said, citing a company
official. </em> <em>The move follows DHL parent Deutsche Post saying in January it would write
down the value of the U.S. division by about $875 million.</em> <em>The cuts will help the
company better align its cost structure, a company official said, Bloomberg reported.</em>
<em>DHL Americas is ranked No. 3 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire
carriers.</em> <p align="right">Source: Transport Topics<!--more--></p> </blockquote> This
announcement comes after a tough month for DHL in January, when Deutsche Post said it would
"<em>write down the value of its DHL Americas unit by $874 million</em>". I also pasted what
Transport Topics published on January 23, 2008: <a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19033" target="_blank"
title="Deutsche Post to Take $874 Million Charge on DHL">Deutsche Post to Take $874 Million
Charge on DHL</a>. <blockquote><em>Germany-based Deutsche Post AG will write down the value
of its DHL Americas unit by $874 million, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.</em> <em>The 600
million euros writedown comes as the North American business unit struggles to make a profit,
Bloomberg said.</em> <em>“Deutsche Post World Net still expects the Express division to make
consistent progress in underlying profit and to reach [earnings before interest and taxes of between 900
million euros and 1.1 billion euros [$1.3 billion and $1.6 billion] in 2009,” Deutsche Post said in a
statement.</em> <em>The writedown of assets such as aircraft, trucks and office equipment will hurt
Deutsche Post’s 2007 net income, though it will not its plans to raise the dividend by 20%, Bloomberg
said.</em> <em>Chief Financial Officer John Allan said in a conference call that the company was
committed to retaining its presence in North America, Bloomberg reported.</em> <em>DHL
Americas is ranked No. 3 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire
carriers.</em> <p align="right">Source: Transport Topics</p> </blockquote> I still want to know
which company, UPS or FedEx, would do the first move on DHL's american activities... The
comments I received for the last two articles about this issue provided information that were unclear:
some said FedEx is not interested in DHL, and some said that companies that are operating DHL's
flights might... Who knows? <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>DHL to Cut 600 U.S. Jobs</em>, Transport Topics, Feb. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19180" target="_blank" title="DHL
to Cut 600 U.S. Jobs">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Deutsche Post to Take $874 Million Charge
on DHL</em>, Transport Topics, Jan. 23, 2008: <a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19033" target="_blank"
title="Deutsche Post to Take $874 Million Charge on DHL">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/dhl-fedex-is-there-a-deal-somewhere/" title="DHL + FedEx… Is there a deal
somewhere?">DHL + FedEx… Is there a deal somewhere?</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/in-brief-is-fedex-going-to-eat-dhl/" title="In brief: Is FedEx going to “eat”
DHL?">In brief: Is FedEx going to “eat” DHL?</a>, Jan. 29, 2008</li> </ul>

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In brief: SNCF announces net profit of €930 million
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SNCF Group announces a net profit worth €930 million for FY2007, up 42% from FY2006. In 2006,
net profit was €652 million, lowered by exceptionnal results. Net recurring profit is established at
€701 million in 2007, up from €462 million in 2006. SNCF expects its recurring profit to grow up to
€892 million in 2008. Without its subsidiaries, 2007 current total profit is €777 million, up from €658
million in 2006. Full SNCF 2007 financial results report will be officially released in March 2008, but
the 2008 budget was voted on Wednesday, February 13. Unions denounced that the public railway
company's subsidiaries are becoming more and more independant and benefits-oriented: one more step
and it will be privately owned? What particularly frightens employees and their unions is that SNCF
Fret, in charge of freight operations, could be totally privatized in the near future, because of its critical
financial situation.<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">A fairly good financial situation that has
to be maintained</font></h3> In 2010, SNCF will not have the monopoly of passenger rail operation
anymore. The company has now to modify its strategy, to be competitive enough when the market will
be open to private operators. This evolution (more independant subsidiaries) is a real need and will be
a huge change in SNCF employees habits. In the next two years, it will be interesting to study
passenger rail market evolution, to see if the historical national publicly-owned companies remain
profitable, while competing against newcomers... In Europe, there will be "small" newly created
operators, as it is the case in Italy with NTV (Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori) that will be able to run
Alstom AGV trains between Rome and Naples in 2010, but also national public railways will be able
to compete in other countries in Europe. Who will benefit these changes? Companies will probably
have to lower their prices, and customers will get cheaper rides but alliances may be created and
European Union will have to care about competition concerns... One thing we should read first may be
the United States Government Accountability Office (US GAO) report about freight railroads, that
may be a record of good practices or at least a know-how we should learn from: "<em>Industry Health
Has Improved, but Concerns about Competition and Capacity Should Be Addressed</em>" (see
references below). <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>La
SNCF devrait annoncer un bénéfice net 2007 en hausse, à 930 M EUR</em>, AFP, Feb. 13, 2008</li>
<li>Article: <em>SNCF engrange un bénéfice de 930 millions en 2007</em>, La Tribune, Feb. 14,
2008: <a href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/SNCF-engrange-un-benefice-de-930-millions-en-2007-~-
ID70EAE6F6D15B9C81C12573EF001F9299" target="_blank" title="SNCF engrange un bénéfice de
930 millions en 2007">here</a></li> <li>Report: <em>Industry Health Has Improved, but Concerns
about Competition and Capacity Should Be Addressed</em>, United States Government
Accountability Office, October 2006 (PDF, 2.55 MB): <a
href="http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0794.pdf" target="_blank" title="Industry Health Has
Improved, but Concerns about Competition and Capacity Should Be Addressed">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>SNCF Entreprise</em>: <a href="http://www.entreprise-sncf.com/index.html"
target="_blank" title="SNCF Entreprise website">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Air transport is "cleaner" than maritime?
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This is what was declared in an article published today in Le Monde, and many other newspapers
worldwide. According to a United Nations study, maritime transportation is apparently accounting for
4.5% of total greenhouse gases emissions. Maritime transportation is emitting 1.12 billion tons of CO2
annually. Impressive, since it multiplies by three the latest estimates and would be more than twice
what air transport produces (2% of the total). The most alarming observation is that the World
Maritime Organization forecasts these emissions would increase by 30% from now until 2020
(published in a draft report by international scientists, using data collected from the oil and shipping
industries). However, I think that these figures, even alarming, must be viewed from a different angle.
It would be more relevant if air and maritime tons.kilometers or vehicles.kilometers were compared.
These papers just take the rough figures but do not analyze what is really behind.<!--more-->
<h3><font color="#800000">Why were the last estimates false?</font></h3> All these article
however raise an interesting question: why the last estimates were so different from these ones?
<blockquote><em>This represents three times more than current estimates of 400 million tons, but
also twice as much as the 650 million tons said to be emitted by aeroplanes.</em> <em>The new
calculations, which are thought to be more precise than earlier ones as they take into account not only
the quantity of low grade fuel bought by shipowners but also the size of ships, their fuel efficiency and
horse power - cast fresh doubts over the Commission's decision not to include shipping in its emissions
trading scheme after 2013.</em></blockquote> Hopefully for Government, shipping and aviation
emissions are not accounted for in the international Kyoto Protocol on global warming, because of the
complexity of attributing these emissions to individual states. They will not have to worry about this
sudden increase in the statistics. This short article to say that even on clean modes, the fact that we use
them more and more (worldwide marine shipping is a trillion-ish dollar annual industry, and keeps
growing) never goes in favor of the environment. Next step for the maritime industry: another report
will be released by the International Maritime Organization on how to improve the environmental
impact of maritime transport... to be continued. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3>
<ul> <li>Article: <em>Le transport maritime émettrait deux fois plus de gaz à effet de serre que
l'aérien</em>, Le Monde, Feb. 14, 2008: <a href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/sciences-et-
environnement/article/2008/02/14/le-transport-maritime-emettrait-deux-fois-plus-de-gaz-a-effet-de-
serre-que-l-aerien_1011293_3244.html" target="_blank" title="Le transport maritime émettrait deux
fois plus de gaz à effet de serre que l'aérien">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>UN Study: Ship
Emission Accounts For 4.5 Percent Of C02 Discharge</em>, AHN Media Corp, Feb. 14, 2008: <a
href="http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010021488" target="_blank" title="UN Study: Ship
Emission Accounts For 4.5 Percent Of C02 Discharge">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>UN says
shipping emissions 'grossly underestimated'</em>, EurActiv.com PLC, Jan. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.euractiv.com/en/transport/un-shipping-emissions-grossly-underestimated/article-
170275" target="_blank" title="UN says shipping emissions 'grossly underestimated'">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Shipping emissions three times higher than thought</em>, Telegraph, Feb. 13, 2008:
<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/02/13/eaship113.xml"
target="_blank" title="Shipping emissions three times higher than thought">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Ship CO2 emissions at 3.5 pct of global total: IMO</em>, Reuters, Feb. 13, 2008:
<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKL1311804920080213" target="_blank"
title="Ship CO2 emissions at 3.5 pct of global total: IMO">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Shipping
carbon emissions greater than thought: UN report</em>, AFP, Feb. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/13/2161870.htm?section=justin" target="_blank"
title="Shipping carbon emissions greater than thought: UN report">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>True scale of C0₂emissions from shipping revealed</em>, Guardian, Feb. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/13/climatechange.pollution" target="_blank"
title="True scale of C0₂emissions from shipping revealed">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Shipping
industry insists it provides greenest form of transport</em>, businessGreen, Feb. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2209550/shipping-industry-insists"
target="_blank" title="Shipping industry insists it provides greenest form of transport">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>International Maritime Organisation / Organisation maritime mondiale</em> : <a
href="http://www.imo.org/" target="_blank" title="IMO">here</a></li> </ul>

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    A consequence of the UN report or not, Lloyd NV published today a short brief saying that
    Anvers Port Authority, in Belgium, would launch a study to evaluate ship emissions in and around
    the port. <blockquote><a href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20498-
    Le_port_dAnvers_veut_mesurer_le_score_cologique_des_navires.html" rel="nofollow">Le port
    d'Anvers veut mesurer le score écologique des navires.</a> L'Autorité Portuaire d'Anvers
    envisage de lancer une étude sur les émissions des navires dans et autour de la zone portuaire.
    Lloyd's Register Fairplay avait déjà réalisé une telle étude dans le port de Rotterdam l'année
    dernière. Grâce à une application AIS (Automatic Identification System), le bureau d'étude
    Lloyd's Register Fairplay (LRF) est capable de mesurer les émissions de chaque navire qui se
    trouve dans la zone portuaire à un moment donné. Le bureau se base sur la vitesse du navire, le
    type du moteur principal et de ses moteurs auxiliaires pour établir un score écologique de chaque
    navire. LRF a réalisé cet exercice à Rotterdam le 26 avril 2007 et l'Autorité Portuaire d'Anvers
    aimerait procéder à un mesurage similaire. Date de publication: 15 février 2008</blockquote>
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    Read in February 19, 2008 edition of TruckLine Express <b>Senate Committee Holds Hearing
    On Ship Pollution:</b> The Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    held a hearing February 14 to review a bill that would substantially cut air pollution from the large
    ocean cargo vessels that move freight to and from U.S. ports. According to Senator Boxer, these
    large ocean going vessels - container ships, tankers, and cruise ships - are among the largest
    contributors to deadly diesel air pollution in our port communities. Marine vessels burn fuel with
    sulfur content 1,800 times higher than allowed for on-road and off-road sources in the U.S. As a
    result, these vessels create 70 percent of sulfur oxides emissions in the Southern California Coast
    region. Last year, Boxer was joined by Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Whitehouse (D-RI) in
    sponsoring the Marine Vessel Emission Reduction Act (S 1499) which requires oceangoing
    vessels visiting U.S. ports to use cleaner fuel and cleaner engines, whether they are flagged in the
    U.S. or elsewhere. For more information, ATA members may contact Curtis Whalen at:
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In brief: More Public-Private Partnerships in France
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/15/in-brief-more-public-private-partnerships-in-
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A new regulation project to develop Public-Private Partnerships is evaluated by the Ministers' Council.
It would ease the procedures for local and national Governments to involve private sector in
construction, management, operation of public infrastructures. The main aim of this new law project is
to make PPPs more attractive to private investors. The Government wants to make more flexible PPPs
criteria such as emergency procedures, to accelerate projects deliveries. <h3><font
color="#800000">A law to ease private involvement in public projects</font></h3> The bill was
proposed by Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, and includes new possibilities for managers to
finance their projects through a PPP. Not only transportation projects are concerned but also buiding
construction and operation (schools, universities, police stations, etc.). The main criteria is that PPPs
will (have to) be used when the need in public money is lower than if project would be financed
through a regular tendering process. <!--more--> Officialized in 2004, and extender to rail projects in
2006, PPPs are still "marginal" in French public infrastructure project financing, compared to what the
United Kingdom does. On the other side of the Channel, these contracts represent 15% of total public
investment. However, call it PPP or not, private involvement in public infrastructure projects has been
existing for more than 200 years in France, since the construction of the Canal du Midi by Napoleon.
<h3><font color="#800000">A review of projects potentially financed through PPP
agreements</font></h3> Next step, all Departments of the Administration will have to take inventory
of all their projects that could be financed through a PPP, in the next couple years. At the end of 2007,
135 projects were identified as potential public-private partnerships "enabled" and 27 of them were
finally finance through a PPP agreement. It is probable that we can expect more of these coming in the
next couple years. As in the United States, PPPs are widely discussed positively or unfavorably, there
will be lots of information that France could provide the United States public decision makers with. At
all level (Federal, State, or local), French experience and know-how of PPP practices could be helpful
for American authorities to establish succesful public-private contracts. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Partenariats public-privé (PPP) : le
projet de loi en conseil des ministres</em>, Le Moniteur Expert, Feb. 14, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=1&amp;acces=0&amp;id=D73027AC1&amp;mode=0&amp;info
=1" target="_blank" title="Partenariats public-privé (PPP) : le projet de loi en conseil des
ministres">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport
Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="/index.php/under-investment-in-french-
infrastructures/" title="Under investment in French infrastructures">Under investment in French
infrastructures</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/these-roads-that-we-could-sell/"
title="These roads that we could sell…">These roads that we could sell…</a>, Jan. 30, 2008</li>
<li><a href="/index.php/less-cheese-more-ppps/" title="Less cheese, more PPPs">Less cheese, more
PPPs</a>, Jan. 22, 2008</li> </ul>

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Vinci & Eiffage win Prado Sud tunnel concession in Marseilles
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/15/vinci-eiffage-win-prado-sud-tunnel-concession-
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It has been announced a week ago but writing about PPPs in my previous article, I thought it would be
interesting to give a practical example of a private financing, construction, operation, and maintainance
project in France. <h3><font color="#800000">A team of strong French construction
companies</font></h3> Vinci &amp; Eiffage won the concession contract of the Prado Sud tunnel in
Marseilles, attributed by Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Authority (<em>Communauté Urbaine
Marseille Provence Métropole</em>). Under a public-private agreement, both companies will finance,
design, build, maintain and operate the future 1,500 meters tunnel. This new infrastructure will be an
extension of the existing <em>Prado Carénage </em>tunnel. The consortium that won the bid is lead
by Vinci Construction France (58.5%), partnering with Eiffage Travaux Publics (41,5%). The tunnel
will have two levels, with 2 lanes each way, on each level. Thus, size of vehicles will be limited to
3.20 meters in height. This new infrastructure will have to respect safety and security standards
applying to road construction and will be monitored 24/7.<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">A
€193 million investment, a toll for revenues</font></h3> The total investment is €193 million, of
which €146 million will be spent for studies and construction. The full concession contract will last 46
years, design and construction time included. The future 1,500-meter long tolled tunnel will link
highway A50 to local Marseilles streets: Prado and Boulevard Michelet. Construction work is
expected to last five years, and the concessionnaire will operate the infrastructure for 41 years after
completion. The operation will start by spring 2013. Both Vinci and Eiffage are shareholders of the
operator, the <em>Société Marseillaise du Tunnel Prado Carénage</em> (SMTPC), that already
operates the first tunnel. The company <em>Société Prado Sud</em> will be in charge of toll
collection, which will bring revenues to finance the project. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Official press release: <em>VINCI et EIFFAGE
remportent le contrat pour la concession du Tunnel Prado Sud à Marseille</em>, Vinci, Feb. 8, 2008:
<a href="http://www.vinci.com/vinci.nsf/fr/communiques.htm?OpenAgent&amp;20080208-1655"
target="_blank" title="VINCI et EIFFAGE remportent le contrat pour la concession du Tunnel Prado
Sud à Marseille">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Vinci et Eiffage remportent le contrat pour la
concession du tunnel Prado Sud à Marseille</em>, Le Moniteur Expert, Feb. 8, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/actualite/entreprises_btp/vinci_eiffage_remportent_contrat_concession/DB8E2A3AC.htm"
target="_blank" title="Vinci et Eiffage remportent le contrat pour la concession du tunnel Prado Sud à
Marseille">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Vinci : remporte, avec Eiffage, le contrat pour la
concession du Tunnel Prado Sud à Marseille</em>, Yahoo! Finance, Feb. 8, 2008: <a
href="http://fr.biz.yahoo.com/08022008/17/vinci-remporte-avec-eiffage-le-contrat-pour-la-concession-
du.html" target="_blank" title="Vinci : remporte, avec Eiffage, le contrat pour la concession du Tunnel
Prado Sud à Marseille">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Vinci et Eiffage remportent un contrat de
193 millions à Marseille</em>, La Tribune, Feb. 11, 2008: <a
href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Vinci-et-Eiffage-remportent-un-contrat-de-193-millions-a-
Marseille-~-ID2FEFCBF58D6C9B8FC12573EC00203165-$RSS=1" target="_blank" title="Vinci et
Eiffage remportent un contrat de 193 millions à Marseille">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Communauté Urbaine Marseille Provence Métropole</em>: <a href="http://www.marseille-
provence.com/" target="_blank" title="Marseille Provence Métropole">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Société Marseillaise du Tunnel Prado Carénage</em>: <a href="http://www.tunnelprado.com/"
target="_blank" title="Société Marseillaise du Tunnel Prado Carénage ">here</a></li> </ul>

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Jerusalem light rail: Egis Rail is in!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/15/jerusalem-light-rail-egis-rail-is-in/
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 17:00:42 +0000
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high speed trains
infrastructure
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management operation
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rail
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ratp
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sanef
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school buses
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French transportation companies export their know-how and competences abroad, and do that quite
well: consulting services, engineering, project management, operation, rolling stock, etc. French
businesses are known worldwide: Alstom with its high-speed trains, railcars and other rolling stock
materials; Keolis, RATP, Transdev, and Veolia for transportation networks operation and management
(either transit, school buses, paratransit, airport shuttles, etc.); Cofiroute, Vinci, or Sanef for toll road
operation. One more example with the Lyon-based engineering and consulting company Egis Rail that
will provide assistance for these projects in Jérusalem, Israel. <h3><font color="#800000">Egis Rail
won the Jérusalem tramway contract</font></h3> Egis Rail, specialist in rail engineering, won a
€11.9-million contract in joint venture with local company JTMP (Jérusalem Transportation Master
Plan). The French company will assist JTMP in the project management process to build three light
rail transit lines. <!--more--> The first segment of one of the three light rail lines is already in
construction, and Egis Rail will provide project management for the extension. This first line will be
extended north and south, a total of 7 more kilometers. Another 1.5-kilometer branch will go toward
the Jérusalem Old Town. Also, two new lines will be built, and Egis Rail will provide assistance for
detailed preliminary studies. To manage this project, a team of six Egis Rail specialist has been sent to
Jérusalem. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>TRAMWAY de JERUSALEM : Le groupe Lyonnais EGIS RAIL est impliqué dans le projet du
tramway</em>, Israel Valley, Feb. 13, 2008: <a
href="http://www.israelvalley.com/news/2008/02/13/15739/israel-france-tramway-de-jerusalem-le-
groupe-lyonnais-egis-rail-est-implique-dans-le-projet-du-tramway" target="_blank"
title="TRAMWAY de JERUSALEM : Le groupe Lyonnais EGIS RAIL est impliqué dans le projet du
tramway">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Egis Rail</em>: <a href="http://www.egis-ingenierie-
infrastructures-transports.com/marches/rail" target="_blank" title="Egis Rail">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>Egis Rail corporate brochure in English </em>(PDF file): <a
href="http://www.semaly.fr/images_upload/adequae/Corporate_brochure_gb2_15426648.pdf"
target="_blank" title="Egis Rail corporate brochure in English">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>La
France exporte ses transports</em>, Le Figaro, Jan. 7, 2008: <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-
francaises/2008/01/05/04010-20080105ARTFIG00024-la-france-exporte-ses-transports-.php"
target="_blank" title="La France exporte ses transports">here</a></li> </ul>

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Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM wants to be part of it!
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/18/deltanorthwest-air-france-klm-wants-to-be-part-
of-it/
Mon, 18 Feb 2008 09:00:46 +0000
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Air France KLM is everywhere these days: it has made a proposition to the Italian Government to buy
out Alitalia, and it just concluded a deal to buy the belgian company VLM Airlines, based in Deurne.
This will allow the French-Dutch airline to strenghten its position in the European skies and to offer
better service to its customers even farther than European boundaries. Beyond these investment, Air
France KLM has also been keeping an eye on the consolidation that may happen soon in the United
States, between Delta and Northwest, both members of the Skyteam Alliance that the European airline
is member of. Announced quite a long time ago, the merger of Delta and Northwest is entering its last
phase. However, any deal between the two airlines would need first to win the approval of the U.S.
Department of Justice, which enforces antitrust law. Congress and unions could apply political
pressure to block the deal, competitors and consumers could eventually weigh in. <h3><font
color="#800000">Mergers in airlines sector: Air France KLM takes a close look at it</font></h3> The
deal between elta Airlines and Northwest Airlines, respectivelly third and fifth airlines in the United
States, is not the only merger that is discussed at the moment. United Airlines and Continental Airlines
(ranked respectively second and fourth) are also discussing such a move.<!--more--> What Air France
KLM looks carefully at is that the Delta-Northwest deal would not be "endangered" in any way. Pierre-
Henri Gourgeon, President and Chief Operating Officer of Air France-KLM and Air France, said that
his Group would be ready to help this agreement to be concluded. It would definitely give the
European airline a stronger position in North America. Air France KLM already proposed to be a
shareholder of the future company that would result from the merger. However, under United States
laws, this participation will not exceed 25%: it is the maximum share of foreign participation in a U.S.
airline. Such a participation would still ensure Air France KLM to sit on the board of the newly formed
company, and have a veto right on strategic decisions. Also, the French newspaper Les Echos declared
that Air France KLM may invest up to $2 billion in this operation, something that is totally possible
thanks to the good results recently announced. During the 3Q of FY2007, turnover reached $9 billion,
an increase of +3.9% compared to the same period in 2006, and Air France KLM has around $7.5
billion in cash, that would allow some "shopping"... Since October 2007, Air France and Delta created
a joint venture to operate transatlantic flights, as KLM did ten years ago with Northwest. A merger
between Delta and Northwest would be quite logical. Moreover, both U.S. airlines have strong
positions in the United States and that could be a great option for the French-Dutch company to
increase its business overseas. <h3><font color="#800000">Northwest and Delta: a fair quality of
service expanding Air France KLM offer</font></h3> Below are some of the key figures of both
companies, that shows the quality of service provided to customers last year. <h4>Performance:
percentage of flights arriving within 15 minutes of schedule</h4> <ul> <li>Delta: 76.9%, 5th</li>
<li>Northwest: 69.6%, 13th</li> <li>Industry average: 73.4%</li> </ul> <h4>Baggage handling:
mishandled baggage reports per 1,000 passengers</h4> <ul> <li>Delta: 7.60, 12th</li>
<li>Northwest: 5.01, 4th</li> <li>Industry average: 7.03</li> </ul> <h4>Involuntary bumping:
number per 10,000 passengers</h4> <ul> <li>Delta: 2.47, 16th</li> <li>Northwest: 0.83, 8th</li>
<li>Industry average: 1.12</li> </ul> <h4>Complaingts to US DOT: per 100,000 boardings</h4>
<ul> <li>Delta: 1.81, 18th</li> <li>Northwest: 1.43, 15th</li> <li><span class="template"><span
class="body">Industry average: 1.37</span></span></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">A
merger that could encounter problems... </font></h3> Even though Air France KLM would like to see
the two U.S. airlines becoming a unique company, Congress may not think the same way. James L.
Oberstar, <span class="template"><span class="body">House Transportation Committee Chairman,
</span></span>"<em>fears that one big combination would trigger an avalanche of consolidations,
resulting in higher fares and less service for many communities. He has promised to hold hearings to
generate as much public outcry as possible to pressure the Justice Department into blocking a Delta-
Northwest deal.</em>" <span class="template"><span class="body">Congress already applied
pressure last year when U.S. Airways proposed a hostile takeover of Delta. Lawmakers think it would
result in reduced service and competition. This may happen again with Delta and Northwest but,
according to the Financial Times, Delta's board will meet on Wednesday to vote the merger with
Northwest. </span></span> <span class="template"><span class="body">Are we really almost
there?</span></span> <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Air France-KLM veut sa place dans le ciel américain</em>, Trends, Feb. 15, 2008: <a
href="http://www.trends.be/fr/economie/entreprises/12-1634-44722/air-france-klm-veut-sa-place-
dans-le-ciel-americain.html" target="_blank" title="Air France-KLM veut sa place dans le ciel
américain">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Delta, Northwest merger could be announced this
week</em>, AJC.com, Feb. 16, 2008: <a
href="http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/delta/stories/2008/02/16/delta_0217.html"
target="_blank" title="Delta, Northwest merger could be announced this week">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Le conseil d'administration de Delta se réunit mercredi pour approuver la fusion
avec Northwest</em>, Les Echos, Feb. 16, 2008: <a
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/afp_00055117.htm" target="_blank"
title="Le conseil d'administration de Delta se réunit mercredi pour approuver la fusion avec
Northwest">here</a></li> <li>Wesbite: <em>International Air Transport Association, IATA</em>:
<a href="http://www.iata.org/index.htm" target="_blank" title="International Air Transport
Association">here</a></li> <li>Statisctics: <span id="colwrapper"><span
id="MainContent_phcContent"><em>World Air Transport Statistics (WATS)</em>, IATA: <a
href="http://www.iata.org/pressroom/wats/index" target="_blank" title="World Air Transport
Statistics (WATS) ">here</a> </span></span></li> </ul>

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In brief: Taxi is a luxury...
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Mon, 18 Feb 2008 13:00:32 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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christine lagarde
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couple weeks
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demagogy
deregulation
deregulation
desiderio
desiderio
economics
economics
economy finance
economy finance
employment minister
employment minister
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expert
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Expertise
gouvernement
gouvernement
inflation
inflation
les echos
les echos
march 1
march 1
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matthieu desiderio
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mayors
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mobility
paris
paris
passengers
passengers
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politics
presidency
presidency
public transport
public transport
quality of service
quality of service
reglementation
reglementation
road
road
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sarkozy
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snapshot
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tarifs des taxis
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taxi association
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taxi fares
taxi unions
taxi unions
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A quick snapshot of what happened in the last couple weeks in the French taxi world: <ol>
<li>Deregulation propositions in Attali's Commission report;</li> <li>Taxi strike against
deregulation;</li> <li>The Government maintains its positions;</li> <li>Taxi strike (again) against
deregulation;</li> <li>The Government agrees to review its positions, and discuss with taxi
unions...</li> </ol> <h3><font color="#800000">Fare increase: +3.1%, is this
demagogy?</font></h3> Here is the last update: Economy, Finance, and Employment Minister
Christine Lagarde announced that starting March 1, 2008, taxi fares will increase 3.1%. Last year, the
Government authorized a 2.5% increase. <blockquote><em>La revalorisation annuelle des tarifs des
taxis sera de 3,1 % en 2008, a annoncé le ministère de l'Economie. Elle prendra effet le 1er mars. En
2007, le gouvernement avait autorisé une hausse de 2,5 %.</em> <p align="right">Source: Les Echos,
Feb. 18, 2008<!--more--></p> </blockquote> According to French taxi association, a taxi driver earns
on average €7.63 per hour, working 70 hours per week; if the reform is maintained, they would be
losing between 10 and 15 percent in buying power in 2008. These 3.1% will probably increase their
revenues, or at least cover inflation, and maybe please them for a little while. <h3><font
color="#800000">Where is the so awaited reform?</font></h3> However, we do not have anymore
information about whether or not the sector will (or will not) be deregulated. We are still far from a
deep reform that would really improve quality of service to customers. President Sarkozy however
confirmed the reform will go on, after the mayors elections that will be held countrywide in March. He
declared that he will take into account drivers, unions, and associations wishes but also that he would
use some of the proposals that Attali's commission recommended in its report. Apparently, discussions
at the Elysée Palace ended with a "solution": the question is apparently not anymore about
deregulating, but simply about "modernizing" a reglementation that is not satisfying anymore. What
would have been deeply reformed may not change so much... We are now two month from the next
step, nothing will change by then. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Website:<em> Fédération Nationale des Artisans du Taxi</em>: <a href="http://www.artisan-
taxi.com/fnat/" target="_blank" title="Fédération Nationale des Artisans du Taxi">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Augmentation des tarifs des taxis le 1er mars</em>, Nouvel Obs, Feb. 15, 2008: <a
href="http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/depeches/societe/20080215.FAP6824/augmentation_des_tarifs_
des_taxis_le_1er_mars.html" target="_blank" title="Augmentation des tarifs des taxis le 1er
mars">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Taxis : occasion manquée, par Alain Trannoy</em>, Le
Monde (subscription needed), Feb. 11, 2008: <a
href="http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/opinions/article/2008/02/11/taxis-occasion-manquee-par-alain-
trannoy_1009932_3232.html" target="_blank" title="Taxis : occasion manquée, par Alain
Trannoy">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Taxis : Sarkozy confirme sa volonté de réforme... après les
municipales</em>, Les Echos, Feb. 8, 2008: <a
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/4684814.htm" target="_blank" title="Taxis :
Sarkozy confirme sa volonté de réforme... après les municipales">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/feedback-taxi-strikes-in-paris/" title="Feedback: taxi strikes in Paris">Feedback: taxi
strikes in Paris</a>, Feb. 13, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-taxis-strike-or-when-the-
government-surrenders/" title="In brief: Taxis’ strike or “When the Government surrenders”…">In
brief: Taxis’ strike or “When the Government surrenders”…</a>, Feb. 7, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/in-brief-taxis-strike-time-in-france-the-return/" title="In brief: Taxis, strike time in
France, the return!">In brief: Taxis, strike time in France, the return!</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/taxis-strike-time-in-paris/" title="Taxis, strike time in Paris">Taxis, strike time in
Paris</a>, Jan. 31, 2008</li> </ul>

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Four challenges for the future SNCF president
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Mon, 18 Feb 2008 17:00:11 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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In an article published today in the national newspaper Le Figaro, were announced the four challenges
for SNCF future. I wanted to present these four topics, that I will probably write about a lot in the next
months, according to their evolution. <h3 style="color: #800000">Opening of the passenger rail
operation to competition</h3> After opening the freight rail market to private operators in 2006, the
passenger rail operation will be opened to competition in Europe in 2010. Many companies showed
interest in operating passenger trains on French railways: <ul> <li>Air France KLM, the French-
Dutch airline;</li> <li>Deutsche Bahn AG, the German rail operator;</li> <li>Nuovo Trasporto
Viaggiatori (NTV), the newly formed Italian operator, that bought 25 Astom AGVs trainsets;</li>
<li>Bombardier Transport, the Canadian rail rolling stock manufacturer.</li> </ul> What is known
already is that Deutsche Bahn may bid on regional express intercity trains (Trains Express Régionaux,
TER) in adjoining regions like Alsace and Lorraine in the east of France. Air France KLM said it
would operate high-speed trains toward different destinations (see references below), where trains
could replace short-haul flights that are not profitable. However, there are no more information yet
about the other companies and what they should be interested in.<!--more--> <h3 style="color:
#800000">Reorganization of SNCF freight operation</h3> Maybe the most challenging part for
SNCF, reorganizing its freight operation. It has been ten years that SNCF is restructuring its branch in
charge of freight transport, SNCF Fret. Now, it is time for SNCF to go one step beyond: balancing its
accounts by 2010. To reach this goal, SNCF will need to begin a social revolution. SNCF will enter
negotiations with its employees to reorganize their schedules, shifts, and resting times to allow them to
work 35 hours a week, which is not possible in the actual scheme. A total of 6,000 jobs may be
suppressed by 2010. Also, acquisitions of foreign companies may help SNCF Fret to become more
profitable and to operate on new markets. This would be a way to resist to the Deutsche Bahn
“invasion”, the German operator (profitable in its freight activities, to the contrary of SNCF Fret)
already operating all over Europe. At last, SNCF want to position itself on the high-speed freight rail
market, not only with its Fret GV subsidiary in joint venture with La Poste, the French mail service but
also by answering call for tender to operate high-speed rail freight links between large European
airports. Many new challenges to achieve profitability in less than two years! <h3 style="color:
#800000">Evolution of commuter trains offer in Paris region</h3> Often blamed for a poor offer in
the Paris region (Ile de France), SNCF ordered 172 train sets for its Francilien network during fall
2006. SNCF officials talk about a “Marshall Plan for the suburbs”. Bombardier won the bid and will
deliver the railcars starting at the end of 2009 (see pictures in the article “<a href="/index.php/expo-in-
paris-lart-entre-en-gare/" title="Expo in Paris: L’art entre en gare">Expo in Paris: L’art entre en
gare</a>” from the Transport Information Group). In all, 40% of the commuter trains will be replaced
by the new automotive rail car, that will also be faster and more comfortable. Also, SNCF has been
solicited by Paris transit authority (Syndicat des transports d'Ile-de-France, Stif) which asked the
railway operator to improve frequencies on three regional express intercity trains (TER) networks
toward western and southern suburbs of Paris. Also, the Stif approved and “emergency plan” to
improve the regularity and reliability of the commuter trains on line D (RER D in Paris and its
suburbs). Some politicians also expressed the need for the Stif to borrow up to €2 billion to increase
transit efficiency… this will probably stimulate the challenge for the operator. <h3 style="color:
#800000">Renewal of the high-speed trains fleet</h3> It will probably be the biggest order in the
history of railways: some even call it the deal of the century. As previously presented on the Transport
Information Group, SNCF will launch a call for tender to renew its high-speed trains fleet completely
starting in 2014. The estimated amount could reach €6 to €9 billion and may please many of the world
rolling stock manufacturers, not only Alstom. Even though Alstom should be among the selected
candidates with its brand new AGV train, Bombardier, Siemens, and even smaller companies will be
able to bid and will have competitive products to offer. As of today, SNCF is studying the possibility
to split this offer in several parts, for example an call for tender for “tourist” trains, and one for
“business” trains. SNCF reveals no more details about what the request for proposals will be made of.
<h3 style="color: #800000">References</h3> <ul> <li>Article: <span style="font-style: italic">Les
quatre grands chantiers du futur président</span>, Le Figaro, Feb. 18, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2008/02/18/04010-20080218ARTFIG00299-les-
quatre-grands-chantiers-du-futur-president-.php" title="Les quatre grands chantiers du futur président"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3 style="color: #800000">References from the Transport
Information Group</h3> <ul> <li><a href="/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-the-new-alstom-
agv/" title="Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air France KLM attracted by the
new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-freight-rail-already-a-
reality/" title="High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality">High Speed Freight Rail: already a
reality</a>, Jan. 24, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/expo-in-paris-lart-entre-en-gare/" title="Expo
in Paris: L’art entre en gare">Expo in Paris: L’art entre en gare</a>, Jan. 7, 2008</li> </ul>
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Thales, strong positions worldwide in ground transport
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/19/thales-strong-positions-worldwide-in-ground-
transport/
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 09:00:35 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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airline
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communism
communism
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desiderio
economics
economics
electronic payment systems
electronic payment systems
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finance
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ground transport
infrastructure
infrastructure
integrated communication
integrated communication
integration services
integration services
ITS
ITS
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londoners
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matthieu desiderio
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metro transit
mobility
mobility
mode type
mode type
modes
modes
own security
own security
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
railways
railways
road
road
security integration
security integration
smart cards
smart cards
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turnover
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urban transit
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vending machines
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Transportation is a "good" that France exports well; this topic has already been discussed earlier this
month in the article about Egis Rail contract in Jerusalem (<a
href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com//?p=142" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link: Jerusalem
light rail: Egis Rail is in!">Jerusalem light rail: Egis Rail is in!</a>). I will give here another example
of an internationally successful company: Thales. Rail signaling, electronic payment systems, smart
card-based technologies, automated vending machines, supervision and security systems: this is what
Thales exports for transportation networks worldwide. <h3><font color="#800000">2007: a
successful year for Thales</font></h3> No less than 15 contracts has been signed since January 2007
for transport-related products that Thales manufactures and sells worldwide. These high-tech products
for transportation systems definitely fit the market in terms of security, integration, and modularity.
Transportation is now a key market for Thales, since it integrated two Alcatel Lucent divisions
("Transport Systems" and "Integration &amp; Services") in its own "Security and Services" division.
In 2006, the newly formed department now called "Security Solutions &amp; Services" had a €3.2
billion turnover, with 18,000 employees worldwide.<!--more--> Ground transport related activities
from this "Security Solutions &amp; Services" department accounted for €1.5 billion in turnover, with
6,000 employees. Thales three main products (and specialties) are proposed: rail signaling, integrated
communication systems, and electronic payment systems and smart card-based technologies. These
systems adapt to any kind of transportation mode/type, either freight or passengers, from urban transit
to intercity. <h3><font color="#800000">Thales, a worldwide success</font></h3> Thales is
successful worldwide: in Asia, in Europe, in Africa, and in the Americas. What interests the most
transit and transportation operators and project managers are, among other Thales products, the
contact-less smart cards technologies and also automated transit metros (metro/transit systems with no
driver): <ul> <li>In Toronto, Thales electronic smart cards have been chosen by the transit authority
(buses, light rails, commuter trains);</li> <li> in South Africa, the Gautrain of Johannesburg will be
equipped by a similar technology that could also be used for parking access and bus lines;</li> <li>In
Cairo, Thales will provide the smart cards and a supervision and communication system for the new
metro line;</li> <li>In Europe, Thales will equip Newcastle metro system with its SCADAsoft
communication and supervision system and other Thales technologies will be used on railway systems
in East London, and metro system in Thessalonique (Greece).</li> <li>in Australia, Downer EDI Rail
chose Thales to provide the communication and surveillance system of the rail network in Sydney's
suburbs.</li> </ul> All these examples, got from Thales recently signed contracts, show that France
should not be thought among the "most retarded" countries in terms of new technologies and advanced
products. Either in transit, railways or other transportation systems, French companies are pleased and
proud to share their know-how, expertise, and best practices to be recognized as a reference
worldwide. <h3><font color="#800000">Thales transport activities, by Thales</font></h3>
<blockquote><em>Ground Transportation is one of the division's core markets. With revenues of 1.5
billion euros and a workforce of 6,000, Thales today ranks among the world's top two players in the
transport sector, with a fully integrated, modular offering. Thales is a major supplier with a
comprehensive offering spanning rail signalling, integrated ticketing and command &amp; control
systems. Thales provides mainline and urban transport network solutions to more than 100 customers
worldwide.</em> <em>Airports: Thales is committed to delivering seamless safety &amp; security
solutions to secure airport hubs while enhancing their efficiency.</em> <em>Air and road: A key
player in human safety risk management, providing training solutions for critical system operators
based on sophisticated simulation software, notably airline pilot flight simulators and truck driving
simulators. </em> <p align="right">Source: Thales</p> </blockquote> <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Thales confirme son leadership
dans le transport terrestre</em>, Categorynet, Feb. 11, 2008: <a
href="http://www.categorynet.com/v2/communiques-de-presse/transports/thales-confirme-son-
leadership-dans-le-transport-terrestre-2008021160133/" target="_blank" title="Thales confirme son
leadership dans le transport terrestre">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Thales Security Solutions
&amp; Services</em>: <a href="http://www.thalesonline.com/security-services/index.html"
title="Thales Security and Services" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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    Read in an article from La Tribune, published February 20, 2008: Thalès wont a €145 million
    contract in Singapore to renew the aerial control system of the City-State. I pasted and linked the
    article below. <a href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Thales--contrat-de-145-millions-a-
    Singapour-~-ID2B4B62A4722D612CC12573F5002A7717" rel="nofollow"><b>Thales: contrat
    de 145 millions à Singapour</b></a> Le groupe français de défense a remporté un contrat d'une
    valeur de 145 millions d'euros pour renouveler le système de contrôle aérien de la cité-Etat de
    Singapour. Thales avait déjà fourni le précédent système, qui date de 1995. L'Autorité en charge
    de l'aviation civile de Singapour et Thales ont signé ce mercredi ce contrat à Singapour, en marge
    du Salon aéronautique qui s'y tient actuellement Thales va assurer la conception, la fabrication, la
    livraison, l'installation et les tests de ce nouveau système, précise le groupe dans un communiqué.
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€500 million for railways in the Port of Hamburg
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/19/e500-million-for-railways-in-the-port-of-
hamburg/
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 13:00:21 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
challenges
challenges
concession
concession
containers
containers
desiderio
desiderio
deutsche bahn
deutsche bahn
deutsche bahn ag
deutsche bahn ag
economics
economics
expansion
expansion
expansion program
expansion program
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
freight
freight
freight rail
freight rail
freight trains
freight trains
germany
germany
hamburg city
hamburg city
hamburg port
hamburg port
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructures
infrastructures
inland waterways
inland waterways
intermodal
intermodal
investments
investments
maritime
maritime
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matthieu desiderio
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modes
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national railway
participation
participation
politics
politics
port authority
port authority
private investment
private investment
projects
projects
public private partnerships
public private partnerships
rail
rail
rail carriers
rail carriers
rail operators
rail operators
railways
railways
rhine river
rhine river
sustainable development
sustainable development
teus
teus
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
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transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
transportation modes
transportation modes
waterways
waterways
waterways
waterways
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When I say that we, in France, do not do much for our ports, our railways... I am a bit provoking or
maybe just "challenging". What I see on the other side of the Rhine river, in Germany, is quite
interesting... Everybody in France discusses about private investment for public infrastructures, about
easing Public-Private Partnerships, supporting clean transportation modes such as rail and inland
waterways, promoting environment and sustainable development... but these are just words. The new
(June 2007) Government even changed the name of the Department of Public Works and Transport for
a new bombastic one: "Ecology, Sustainable Development and Land Planning". My questions remain...
Where are the people who are really acting? As Nike motto was in the 1990s: JUST DO IT! <h3><font
color="#800000">France is talking (reform! reform!)...</font></h3> <h3 align="right"><font
color="#800000">... and Hamburg is investing (million! million!) </font></h3> Hamburg City Senate
voted for the implementation of a master plan, that includes expansion of the rail tracks and bridges
located in the port. The investment, estimated at €500 million, will allow the port authority (Hamburg
Port Authority, HPA) to shift the equivalent of 4.5 million TEUs on freight trains.<!--more--> The
Deutsche Bahn AG, German national railway operator, and other private freight rail carriers (i.e. Elbe-
Weser, EVB or the Osthannoverschen Railways, OHE both owning networks south of Hamburg) are
involved in this project that aims to triple the port rail network length. This expansion program will last
from now to 2015 when the volume of containers handled in Hamburg port will reach 18.1 million
TEUs. Among other reasons, of the factors considered was to decrease the enviromental costs. This
"Master Plan" is just started and only €62 million have been allocated as of today, €137 million are
coming by 2011 and the remainder will be distributed until 2015. Many projects will be develop and
private freight rail operators and Deutsche Bahn will have great incentives to participate in the port
development. Why aren't we doing the same in France, by talking less and investing large ammounts
of money to develop intermodal facilities, rail tracks, rail yards, and waterways, which would
strengthen our port activity and maybe reinforce the declining (decadent?) national freight rail...
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Germany: 500 Million
for Port of Hamburg Railway</em>, RZD Partner, Jan. 21, 2008: <a href="http://www.rzd-
partner.com/news/2008/01/21/318089.html" title="500 Million for Port of Hamburg Railway"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Hamburg: 500 Mio. EUR für Ausbau der
Hafenbahn</em>, Eurail Press, 16 janvier 2008: <a
href="http://www.eurailpress.com/news/news.php3?id=19577" title="Hamburg: 500 Mio. EUR für
Ausbau der Hafenbahn" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> These articles are
related to port and merchant marine activities. <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/no-not-all-french-waterways-transport-fell-51-in-2007/" title="No, not all
French waterways transport fell 5.1% in 2007">No, not all French waterways transport fell 5.1% in
2007</a>, Feb. 12, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/e59-million-eu-subsidies-for-environmentally-
friendly-freight-transport/" title="€59 million EU subsidies for environmentally-friendly freight
transport">€59 million EU subsidies for environmentally-friendly freight transport</a>, Feb. 8,
2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/cma-cgm-gains-65-year-concession-in-malta-port/" title="CMA
CGM gains 65-year concession in Malta port">CMA CGM gains 65-year concession in Malta
port</a>, Feb. 5, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/cma-cgm-new-investment-in-asia/" title="CMA
CGM new investment in Asia">CMA CGM new investment in Asia</a>, Jan. 19, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/port-reform-in-france-the-show-must-go-on/" title="Port reform in France: the show
MUST go on!">Port reform in France: the show MUST go on!</a>, Jan. 18, 2008</li> </ul>

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More low-cost flights... more revenues for airports
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/19/more-low-cost-flights-more-revenues-for-
airports/
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:00:38 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
adp roissy
adp roissy
aéroports de paris
aéroports de paris
air
air
air france
air france
aircrafts
aircrafts
airline
airline
airline easyjet
airline easyjet
airport operator
airport operator
airports in france
airports in france
bordeaux
bordeaux
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cargo traffic
charles de gaulle airport
charles de gaulle airport
continuous increase
continuous increase
de gaulle airport
de gaulle airport
desiderio
desiderio
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
fly
fly
fourth consecutive year
fourth consecutive year
infrastructure
infrastructure
klm
klm
low cost airline
low cost airline
low cost flights
low cost flights
lyon saint exupery
lyon saint exupery
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
orly airport
orly airport
paris
paris
paris airports
paris airports
passengers
passengers
profits
profits
ratp
ratp
roissy charles de gaulle
roissy charles de gaulle
roissy charles de gaulle airport
roissy charles de gaulle airport
saint exupery airport
saint exupery airport
sncf
sncf
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traffic growth
traffics
traffics
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
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Transport Information Group
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transportation
turnover
turnover
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<h3><font color="#800000">More low cost flights in Europe, and further</font></h3> Transavia, Air
France KLM low cost company added new flights to the Netherlands. Starting March 31, 2008, two
new flights will leave Orly airport, in the southern suburbs of Paris and land in Rotterdam; prices will
start at €49 one way. Also, the low cost airline will also link Amsterdam from Bergerac (near
Bordeaux, west of France) and Montpellier (south of the country), four times a week, starting à €76
one way. Another low cost airline, EasyJet, will begin service in Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. The
British company recently innaugurated its new hub and expects to take up to 12 million passengers on
board its aircrafts France-wide by 2011. EasyJet will also fly from Lyon Saint Exupery airport starting
this year. These new low cost offers may considerably decrease airfares, now that these companies are
flying from the main airports. However, they will probably pay the same airport fees as bigger airlines,
that may justify why these low prices are not as lower as what could be found from a smaller airport
(often located in the middle of nowhere, like Beauvais for Paris). <!--more--> <h3><font
color="#800000">Aéroports de Paris: 2007 turnover is up 10.4% from 2006</font></h3> More
airlines flying from bigger and smaller airports in France, more flights from airports managed by
Aéroports de Paris (ADP), and increased revenues for the Parisian airport operator. FY2007 turnover
reached €2.29 billion, up 10.4% from 2006, higher than expected in analysts estimates. Airport
services (rental fees, commercial income, airport taxes, etc.) accounted for €1.83 billion, up 6.4% from
2006, thanks to a total traffic of 86.4 million passengers on the three Paris airports managed by ADP
(Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Orly, and Le Bourget). Also, cargo traffic grew 7.5% for a total of 2.41
million tons handled. Aéroports de Paris enjoyed a fourth consecutive year of growth, and is the
leading European airport in terms of traffic growth. This continuous increase in traffic would probably
continue in the next couple years now that these low cost companies fly from airports like Orly and
Roissy. Moreover, Paris airport are accessible by RATP transit networks and SNCF high speed rail
lines, that was not so easy when low cost flights were leaving from Beauvais, and will profit even more
to ADP. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Hausse de
10,4 % du chiffre d'affaires d'ADP en 2007</em>, Les Echos (subscription needed), Feb. 18, 2008: <a
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/4688269.htm" title="Hausse de 10,4 % du
chiffre d'affaires d'ADP en 2007" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: Aéroports de Paris: <a
href="http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/" title="Aéroports de Paris" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Urban mobility needs European tools
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/20/in-brief-urban-mobility-needs-european-tools/
Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:00:35 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
accessibility
accessibility
benefits
benefits
car dependency
car dependency
co2 emissions
co2 emissions
cornerstones
cornerstones
desiderio
desiderio
economic interests
economic interests
environment
environment
euractiv
euractiv
european cities
european cities
european parliament
european parliament
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
freight operation
freight operation
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructures
infrastructures
londoners
londoners
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
mobility
mobility
mobility forum
mobility forum
modes
modes
modes of transport
modes of transport
noise air pollution
noise air pollution
passengers
passengers
politics
politics
projects
projects
public transport
public transport
rail
rail
road
road
sustainable transport
sustainable transport
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traffic conditions
traffic flows
traffic flows
traffic management
traffic management
traffics
traffics
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transport infrastructure
transport infrastructure
transportation
transportation
unions
unions
urban mobility
urban mobility
urban policies
urban policies
urban population
urban population
vice mayor
vice mayor
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During a recent session of the European Parliament, elected officials from European cities and from
the Parliament asked the European Commission to transpose its "Green Paper on Urban Mobility" into
a practical action plan. What cities need is a handbook providing instruments adaptable to multiple
types of urban areas, that would help cities reducing congestion, or at least improving traffic flows, and
also minimizing pollution: noise, air pollution, and impacts on people and environment. According to
local official, European Commission should continue, as it actually does, not to impose regulation at a
local level but should eventually ensure that cities' policies are consistent. What has been proposed
would be to harmonize some of the rules and regulations: for example technological development in
traffic management should be controlled at a European level, which would avoid multiple local
regulations that alter an efficient freight operation in and around the cities. <h3><font
color="#800000">Five cornerstones for a better urban mobility</font></h3> In an interview of Klaus
Bondam, chairman of Eurocities' Mobility Forum and vice-mayor of Copenhagen read on EurActiv,
five major issues are to be considered to ensure the development of sustainable transport infrastructure
and greener urban policies.<!--more--> <ol> <li>Severing urban population car dependency, by
shifting people to more environmentally friendly modes of transport;</li> <li>Supporting bicycling,
which, among other advantages, moves people efficiently in cities and reduces CO2-emissions;</li>
<li>Creating traffic conditions to the benefit of the "softest" people: cyclists and pedestrians;</li>
<li>Congestion charging: introducing a similar scheme to the ones set up in London and
Stockholm;</li> <li>Putting health and environment over economic interests.</li> </ol> Mr. Bondam
was also asked whether he is in favour of EU-level action to improve the situation. He answered that a
very strong Paper from the European Union would give cities' officials tools to create sustainable
modern city lives. <h3><font color="#800000">Background from EurActiv</font></h3>
<blockquote><em>At the heart of economic activities, cities are major emitters of greenhouse gases.
These days, many also suffer heavily from congestion, noise, accidents and air pollution, largely
caused by the excessive use of private cars.</em> <em>Outlining the need for a European vision for
sustainable cities, Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström, last June, stressed that Europe's
"quest for a sustainable future will be lost or won in our urban areas", pointing to the fact that 80% of
the European population already live in cities and towns (EurActiv 13/06/07).</em> <em>As more
than 1,500 cities across Europe are to take part in this year's edition of the European Mobility Week,
Klaus Bondam, chaimanr of the EuroCities' Mobility Forum and vice-mayor of Copenhagen, spoke to
EurActiv about his vision of the "future European city", where traffic conditions are geared towards
the benefit of the weakest users and health and environmental concerns take precedence over economic
interests.</em> <p align="right">Source: EurActiv</p> </blockquote> <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>La mobilité urbaine a besoin
d'outils européens</em>, E-Lloyd NV, Feb. 14, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20484-La_mobilit_urbaine_a_besoin_doutils_europens.html"
target="_blank" title="La mobilité urbaine a besoin d'outils européens">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Entretien: l'EU doit donner plus d'outils aux villes pour une mobilité durable</em>,
EurActiv.com, Sep. 17, 2007: <a href="http://www.euractiv.com/fr/transport/entretien-doit-donner-
outils-villes-mobilite-durable/article-166765" target="_blank" title="Entretien: l'EU doit donner plus
d'outils aux villes pour une mobilité durable">here</a></li> <li>Report: <em>Sustainable
Transport</em>, EurActiv: <a href="http://www.euractiv.com/en/transport/sustainable-
transport/article-117545" target="_blank" title="Sustainable Transport">here</a></li> <li>Report:
<em>Urban Transport,</em> EurActiv: <a href="http://www.euractiv.com/en/transport/urban-
transport/article-161223" target="_blank" title="Urban Transport">here</a></li> <li>Report:
<em>Green Paper on Urban Mobility</em>, European Union, Sep. 25, 2007: <a
href="http://ec.europa.eu/transport/clean/green_paper_urban_transport/followup_en.htm"
target="_blank" title="The Green Paper on urban mobility (Adopted 25 September
2007)">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Air France KLM large investment in Alitalia
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/20/in-brief-air-france-klm-large-investment-in-
alitalia/
Wed, 20 Feb 2008 13:00:46 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
agv
agv
air
air
air france
air france
aircrafts
aircrafts
airline
airline
alitalia
alitalia
alstom
alstom
bln
bln
closeness
closeness
delta air lines
delta air lines
delta air lines inc
delta air lines inc
desiderio
desiderio
dutch airline
dutch airline
economics
economics
european airline
european airline
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
fleet
fleet
freight
freight
guardian unlimited
guardian unlimited
investments
investments
italian airline
italian airline
italian government
italian government
klm
klm
leo van wijk
leo van wijk
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
medias
medias
merged company
merged company
national airline
national airline
northwest air
northwest air
northwest airlines
northwest airlines
northwest airlines corp
northwest airlines corp
passengers
passengers
presidency
presidency
projects
projects
singapore airshow
singapore airshow
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
transport information
transport information
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
wall street journal
wall street journal
http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/?p=153

Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the French-Dutch airline will invest up to €3 billion over
six years to completely take over the Italian airline. Air France KLM Group would then own 100% of
the Italian carrier.During Singapore airshow, Leo van Wijk, Air France KLM Vice President, declared
that a deal may be concluded with the Italian Government who owns 49.9% of Alitalia's shares to sell .
Alitalia is in need of cash to renew its fleet. Such an amount of money could definitely save the Italian
national airline. <h3><font color="#800000">Air France KLM VP confirms interest in
Delta/Northwest deal</font></h3> As discussed in previous articles (see references below), the
French-Dutch airline, that has close commercial relations with Delta (Air France) and Northwest
(KLM), would like to see a merger between the two major U.S. airlines.<!--more-->
<blockquote><em>Mr. Van Wijk, echoing a previous statement by the company's chief executive, also
said the group is interested in buying a stake in the entity formed by a merger between Delta Air Lines
Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. He added, however, that Air France-KLM is still considering how
much money it would inject into the merged company, if a deal between the two U.S. carriers goes
through. Media reports have said the investment could be about $1 billion.</em> <p
align="right">Source: The Wall Street Journal</p> </blockquote> A deal between Delta and
Northwest would allow the European airline to invest in the newly formed company and buy up to
25% of the shares. Air France KLM could then offer a larger service in North America. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Air France to inject 3 bln euros in
Alitalia-paper</em>, Reuters for Guardian Unlimited, Feb. 19, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/feedarticle?id=7319980" title="Air France to inject 3 bln euros in
Alitalia-paper">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Air France Lays Plans for Alitalia</em>, The Wall
Street Journal, Feb. 19, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120337859821875573.html?mod=googlenews_wsj" title="Air
France Lays Plans for Alitalia">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the
Transport Information Group</font></h3> Here are related articles from the Transport Information
Group from the last couple weeks, dealing with Air France KLM investment and interests: <ul>
<li><a href="/index.php/deltanorthwest-air-france-klm-wants-to-be-part-of-it/" title="Delta/Northwest:
Air France KLM wants to be part of it!">Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM wants to be part of
it!</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-the-new-alstom-agv/"
title="Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air France KLM attracted by the new
Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/aircraft-a-market-worth-2800-billion-
by-2026/" title="Aircraft: a market worth $2,800 billion by 2026">Aircraft: a market worth $2,800
billion by 2026</a>, Feb. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/alitalia-anticipates-potential-buyers-
moves/" title="Alitalia anticipates potential buyer’s moves">Alitalia anticipates potential buyer’s
moves</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-air-france-klm-pursuing-alitalia-deal/"
title="Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal">Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal</a>, Jan. 31,
2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/toward-the-us-airlines-open-skies/" title="Toward the (US-
airlines)-Open Skies">Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies</a>, Jan. 29, 2008</li> </ul>

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Freight is back on the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/20/freight-is-back-on-the-silk-road-and-the-trans-
siberian/
Wed, 20 Feb 2008 17:00:35 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
asia and europe
asia and europe
asia trade
asia trade
container traffic
container traffic
containers
containers
corridors
corridors
current features
current features
desiderio
desiderio
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diversification
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It was largely covered by medias worldwide when it happened in January: a freight train leaved
Beijing and crossed Asia, Russia, to finally reach Hamburg only 15 days after departure. After this
successful experiment, it should be worth to give it a real try. <blockquote><em>One of the main
effects of the development of trade between Europe and Asia has been the faster growth of maritime
container traffic, at rates of the order of 6 % per year. The growth in maritime transport, which has
carried the bulk of Europe-Asia trade flows to date (for the purposes of comparison, container traffic
carried by Trans-Siberian rail, which reached record levels in 2004 still accounted for only 155 000
TEU), has been becoming increasingly concentrated in both Europe and Asia on just a few major
maritime hubs, partly because of the increase in vessel size. For the future, although experts are
generally optimistic about the capacity of these ports to accommodate ships and about the development
of associated services on the major maritime routes, they are concerned about the problems of
congestion and saturation that are becoming steadily more apparent with land access to ports, despite
the fact that transhipment to "feeder ships" seems to be quite efficient.</em> <em>Overall, an
analysis of the current features of Europe-Asia trade points to two factors that militate in favour of the
diversification of routes and the opening up of new land routes between Europe and Asia or, in some
cases, the revival of old trade routes such as the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian route...</em> (<a
href="http://www.cemt.org/topics/Eurasia/index.htm" title="European Conference of Ministers of
Transport" target="_blank">continued on ECMT website</a>) <p align="right">Source: European
Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT)</p> </blockquote> <h3><font color="#800000">An
agreement to develop ground transport from Asia to Europe</font></h3> Nineteen countries
representatives met in Geneva on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 to sign an agreement aimed to develop
ground transport links across Asia and Europe. Several corridors were considered, starting in Europe
and linking either Shanghai in China or Vladivostok in Russia, on the Pacific Ocean coast.<!--more-->
Countries' Government attending the meeting, some even represented by their Ministers, signed a joint
declaration before the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Europe (<em>Commission
économique des Nations unies pour l'Europe</em>, CEE-ONU). The declaration plans the launch of a
second phase of a four-year project: participants commit theirselves to have, among their transportation
priorities, the development of these Eurasian transport corridors. <h3><font color="#800000">A vital
project considering the future port congestion</font></h3> Port traffic is increasing tremendously
worldwide, and especially in Asia with the largest traffics directed to European countries. In the near
future, these Asian mega-ports will probably suffer (if not already) congestion problems (handling
containers, transporting goods to and from ports areas, etc.). In order to ensure economic growth in
Europe and Asia, and to maintain freight flows growth between both continents, this project is
necessary. The Commission defined a consistent network of road, rail, and waterways itineraries that
crosses 18 countries such as Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Iran, and most of the ex-USSR countries located
in Central Asia. Then, these corridors are running toward the Pacific coast, either using a path north of
Mongolia or crossing China. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>19 pays s'engagent pour les liaisons terrestres entre Europe et Asie</em>, Le Moniteur Expert,
Feb. 19, 2008: <a href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/actualite/transports_infrastructures/19_pays_engagent_liaisons_terrestres/DCA72622A.ht
m" title="19 pays s'engagent pour les liaisons terrestres entre Europe et Asie"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Study: <em>Les liaisons de transport entre L'Europe et
l'Asie</em> (French), Lavoisier Editions, Nov. 2006: <a
href="http://www.lavoisier.fr/notice/fr416623.html" title="Les liaisons de transport entre L'Europe et
l'Asie (French), Lavoisier Editions" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Europe-Asia
Links -- Activities</em>, European Conference of Ministers of Transport: <a
href="http://www.cemt.org/topics/Eurasia/index.htm" title="Europe-Asia Links -- Activities,
European Conference of Ministers of Transport" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Europe-Asia - Documents</em>, European Conference of Ministers of Transport: <a
href="http://www.cemt.org/topics/Eurasia/Eurdocs.htm" title="Europe-Asia - Documents, European
Conference of Ministers of Transport" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/a-freight-train-between-beijing-and-hamburg/" title="A freight train between Beijing
and Hamburg">A freight train between Beijing and Hamburg</a>, Jan. 28, 2008</li> </ul>

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Lost in Paris airport? ADP found a solution
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/21/lost-in-paris-airport-adp-found-a-solution/
Thu, 21 Feb 2008 09:00:17 +0000
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They will not tell you about strikes (neither Air France's ones, nor air controllers'), they will not be
more pleasant than the average French "John Doe", but they are at least supposed to get you back on
track when lost in Paris airports. Who are they? Simply new signs that Aéroport de Paris, the company
that manages and operates the three Parisian airports (Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Orly, and Le Bourget)
will implement starting <h3><font color="#800000">Are France's infrastructure really a “mess” for
users?</font></h3> Aéroport de Paris (ADP) announced today that it will change all direction signs in
Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, in order to improve passengers mobility within the airport
terminals. Marketing experts and architects of ADP worked on a benchmark study to identify best
practices for directions signs installation from different international airports worldwide, and find
ways to adapt it to Paris infrastructures.<!--more--> New signs will have three different colors, to
organize the information into a hierarchy. Also, these signs will include “time planner” data, that will
help passengers to know the time they need to go from one point to another. <h3><font
color="#800000">Customers satisfaction surveys by 2Q</font></h3> Customers (passengers?) will be
regularly surveyed, starting during the second quarter of 2008, to evaluate how satisfied they are with
the new direction signs. This step will conclude a two-phase study, which started in 2006. 800
volunteer passengers “tested” (were tested? were used as guinea-pigs) the models which were then
validated by ADP. In February 2007, ADP proposed the first prototypes of its new direction signs to a
cross section of passengers, and will now start to install them, before asking for satisfaction...
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>ADP: va modifier la
signalétique à Roissy et Orly</em>, Cercle Finance, Feb. 19, 2008: <a
href="http://bourse.lci.fr/news.hts?urlAction=news.hts&amp;idnews=CFX080219_16450000&amp;nu
mligne=0&amp;date=080219" title="ADP: va modifier la signalétique à Roissy et Orly"
target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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DHL, FedEx & Co: Deutsche Post Names New CEO
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Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:00:12 +0000
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At the question: "<a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/is-dhl-going-bad/"
rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link: Is DHL going bad?">Is DHL going bad?</a>" that I asked in
a previous post on February 14, I did not get any answers from UPS, DHL, FedEx, or ABX people.
Previous posts about DHL-FedEx future-ex-love story were more animated, and since I still want to
know a little bit more about what is happening to DHL Americas, I keep up with this debate.
<h3><font color="#800000">A little bit of background</font></h3> Couple weeks ago, the financial
Times Deutschland put about a rumor that FedEx could buy DHL Americas... Then, Deutsche post
said it would cut 600 jobs in the United States due to a slowing economy, and now in less than five
days, Deutsche Post CEO resigns because of a tax scandal and a new one has been named. Despite
these problems, Transport Topics magazine ranked DHL Americas as the No. 3 on its "<a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/tt100/2007/index.asp" title="2007 Transport Topics 100"
target="_blank">Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers</a>."<!--more-->
<h3><font color="#800000"><font color="#800000">From "Deutsche Post CEO to Resign in Tax
Scandal" to "</font>Deutsche Post Names New CEO"</font></h3> In less than a week, Deutsche Post
changed its CEO. Below is the press coverage from Transportation Topics, that also gives a couple
more details about this saga... In the 1930s, some Alphone "Al" Gabriel Capone served his sentence in
Alcatraz for Federal income taxes evasion... Where will Mr. Klaus Zumwinkel go? Probably not
anymore to any of Lufthansa AG or Morgan Stanley's board of directors...
<blockquote><em>Deutsche Post AG Chief Executive Officer Klaus Zumwinkel will step down from
the position he has held for 18 years after German prosecutors announced he was under investigation
for tax evasion, Bloomberg reported Friday.</em> <em>Zumwinkel has told the board’s executive
committee “that in the interest of the company, he plans to resign,” Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche
Post said in an e-mailed statement Friday, Bloomberg reported.</em> <em>Deutsche Post did not
name a successor for Zumwinkel, 64, who is being probed by German authorities for evading 1 million
euros, or about $1.5 million, in taxes by transferring money to foundations in Liechtenstein,
Bloomberg said.</em> <em>His successor will need to focus on the unprofitable DHL business in the
Untied States and decide whether to sell retail banking unit Deutsche Postbank AG, Bloomberg
reported.</em> <em>Zumwinkel also sits on the airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s supervisory board
and on U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley’s board of directors, the Associated Press reported.
[...]</em> <p align="right">Source: Transport Topics</p> </blockquote> It just need four days to
Deutsche Post AG to name a new Chief Executive Officer. Will it change the situation in the United
States? that is not quite sure... <blockquote><em>Deutsche Post AG said it appointed Frank Appel its
new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Klaus Zumwinkel, Bloomberg reported
Monday.</em> <em>Appel will become CEO immediately, following the resignation of Zumwinkel,
who resigned after 18 years in the post following a tax scandal, Bloomberg reported.</em>
<em>Appel is currently head of Deutsche Post's logistics unit.</em> <em>Bonn, Germany-based
Deutsche Post is the parent company of DHL Americas, ranked No. 3 on the Transport Topics 100
listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.</em> <p align="right">Source: Transport Topics</p>
</blockquote> <p align="left">As it has been asked by a visitor on a previous article, any new
information about a potential reorganization of DHL and its activities in America would be greatly
appreciated. Also, any information related to the potential impact of this scandal on international DHL
business could help clarifying DHL Americas situation. With this post, I am only restarting the debate,
and do not provide more information than what is available in the newspapers... It is your turn now to
bring up what you have in your basket.</p> <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3>
<ul> <li>Article: <em>Deutsche Post CEO to Resign in Tax Scandal</em>, Transport Topics, Feb.
15, 2008: <a href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19192" title="Deutsche
Post CEO to Resign in Tax Scandal" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Deutsche Post
Names New CEO</em>, Transport Topics, Feb. 19, 2008: <a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19203" title="Deutsche Post Names
New CEO" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the
Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/dhl-fedex-co-deutsche-post-names-new-ceo/" title="DHL, FedEx &amp; Co:
Deutsche Post Names New CEO">DHL, FedEx &amp; Co: Deutsche Post Names New CEO</a>,
Feb. 21, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/is-dhl-going-bad/"
title="Is DHL going bad?">Is DHL going bad?</a>, Feb. 14, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/dhl-fedex-is-there-a-deal-somewhere/" title="DHL +
FedEx… Is there a deal somewhere?">DHL + FedEx… Is there a deal somewhere?</a>, Feb. 6,
2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-is-fedex-going-to-eat-dhl/"
title="In brief: Is FedEx going to “eat” DHL?">In brief: Is FedEx going to “eat” DHL?</a>, Jan. 29,
2008</li> </ul>

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In brief: A textmessage-train-ticket in Belgium
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/21/in-brief-a-textmessage-train-ticket-in-belgium/
Thu, 21 Feb 2008 17:00:48 +0000
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SNCB, the National Railway Company of Belgium (<em>Société Nationale des Chemins de fer
Belges</em>), will start a testing phase to implement a textmessaging system for its train tickets
deliveries. The textmessaging system will be tested by frequent train riders of SNCB lines: holders of
monthly or annual ticket, and some professionals traveling for business purpose. The system is "quite
simple": travelers will receive a code by textmessage on their cellphone and will show this SMS to the
ticket controller in the trains. The code will allow SNCB employees to check ticket validity on their
terminal. In a second phase, the experimentation will be extended to lonely travellers, that will be able
to receive their tickets over their phone. After the development of e-ticketing for flights on airlines and
sometimes for train rides, here comes phone-ticketing: no more papers, not even from your own
printer.<!--more--> Cellphone is used more frequently for high-tech improvements in transportation
systems. For example, at the end of last year, London transit authority experimented the integration of
the Oyster Card (London transit smart card) in a cellphone. In partnership with O2, leading mobile
phone supplier in the United Kingdom, Transport for London tested it in the city's subway system with
volunteers subscribers of O2 cellphone plans. We are getting closer to a "all-in-one-electronic-tooled"
world... <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>SNCB: un
SMS pour remplacer le billet de train</em>, Le Vif, Feb. 19, 2008: <a
href="http://www.levif.be/belga/economie/78-2-37915/sncb--un-sms-pour-remplacer-le-billet-de-
train.html" target="_blank" title="SNCB: un SMS pour remplacer le billet de train">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>National Railway Company of Belgium</em>: <a href="http://www.b-
rail.be/main/index.html" target="_blank" title="National Railway Company of
Belgium">here</a></li> </ul>

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Public Private Partnerships, French practices and evolutions
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/26/public-private-partnerships-french-practices-
and-evolutions/
Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:00:16 +0000
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<h3><font color="#800000">What really are PPPs and PFIs? A wide concept, difficult to
define</font></h3> A common definition of PPPs would be: "Public-private partnership (PPP)
describes a government service or private business venture which is funded and operated through a
partnership of government and one or more private sector companies." The appellation "Public Private
Partnership" actually covers all forms of private sector participation in financing and realization
(design, building, operation, management, maintenance) of public infrastructures and services. In the
United Kingdom, the term PFI (Private Finance Initiative) refers to private financing of a public order.
The capital investment is made by the private sector, based on a contract signed in agreement with a
local or national Government. The private company or consortium then provides agreed services, when
Government contribution may sometimes be the transfer of existing assets. The biggest difference with
PPPs in France, is that the French concept of private involvement in public projects includes a more
important discharge of duties from public to private sector. French PPPs emphasize the need of
performance of the private actor in all the different phases of a project, from design to operation and
maintenance. The main aim of PPPs is to wisely exploit performances of both public and private
sectors. PPP contracts have many advantages: faster project deliveries (private financing), innovative
financing process and use of private sector's creativity, a global cost approach, a performance
guaranteed over the period of the contract, optimally sharing the risks (financial, technical, juridical,
etc.) between public and private sector, etc. However, private and public involvement share may vary a
lot between the different PPP agreements that are concluded. Since the United States showed interest
in PPPs in the last couple years, the Department of Transportation analyzed what all the PPPs' options
were, depending on the level of involvement of the private sectors, and provides and interesting
summary on FHWA website: <a href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/PPP/options.htm" target="_blank"
title="PPP website from FHWA, US DOT">http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/PPP/options.htm</a>.<!--more--
> <h3><font color="#800000">PPP history: from the "Canal du Midi" to the "Contrats de
Partenariats"</font></h3> France has a longstanding experience of Public-Private cooperation in
infrastructures: concessions have been existing since the <em>Ancien Régime</em> and allowed
France to build its first public infrastructures. During XVIth and XVIIth centuries, public-private
cooperation allowed the construction of canals and bridges: The Canal du Midi, in the south of France,
is one of the first PPP examples, but Paris urban modernization by Haussmann was also financed under
a PPP-like agreement. Then, in the XIXth century Government collaborated with private sector for
railway, metro, water, sanitation, or electricity infrastructures projects. In the XXth century,
motorways, waste management plants were built under public-private contracts. It evolved even more
in the last decade with PPPs to build stadiums, museums, hospitals, prisons, and many other public
buildings. This evolution gave birth to "Concessions", and the operating form called "Affermage",
consisting in the tranfer (delegation) of a public service to a private company. Since 1955, France
developed these innovative solutions to finance public facilities, with little public funds: it is the
beginning of private involvement in all phases of infrastructure projects (designing, building, financing
and operating over a long time period). However, the projects always remain under the control of the
administration, the private business being paid from user fees. Nowadays, this idea has been widely
developed and used not only to finance transport infrastructure, but also to finance any projects of
"public interest" from any level of Government. Any project that needs a large capital investment may
be financed through what France now calls "Contrats de Partenariat" (Partnership Contracts, CP):
waterways, railways, bridges and tunnels, highways, power supply facilities, waste and water treatment
plants, public transportation, hospitals, prisons, stadiums, airport management... The last review of
PPPs projects status that the Department of Economy, Finance and Employment provided is dated
January 2008: the study estimates that all sort of PPP contracts that are in development progress are
worth €10 billion, of which €7.2 billion will be signed as "Partnership Contracts", the new French PPP
scheme. <h3><font color="#800000">PPPs Regulation in France and Europe</font></h3> At the
European Union level, the expression "public-private partnership" is not really defined, nor regulated.
Meanwhile, the European Community regulations apply indirectly to PPP contracts, when assimilated
to public procurement process or concession contracts. Also, the European Commission distinguishes
PPP agreements that are contracted by a mixed capital funds public-private entity (Institutionalised
Public-Private Partnerships, IPPP), from Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (CPPP) that are based
on a contract between two different organization, one private, the other public. A European regulation
is awaited later in 2008. Until then, the European Commission already adopted on February 5, 2008, an
Interpretative Communication on the application of Community law on Public Procurement and
Concessions to Institutionalised Public-Private Partnerships (IPPP). This Communication will be
published in all official Community languages in the first half of 2008, on the following website: <a
href="http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/ppp_en.htm" target="_blank" title="PPP
European Commission
Website">http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/ppp_en.htm</a>. Facing an increase
in PPP contracts across European countries, the Commission needs to harmonize the process, to ensure
an equal treatment of private contractors in any European country. In France, the legal frame of
partnership contract is defined in the Ordonnance n°2004-559 du 17 juin 2004, also known as
Ordonnance sur les contrats de partenariat (NOR: ECOX0400035R, publié au JORF n° 141 du 19 juin
2004 page 10994). CP were defined and then precised by two decrees that allows all public entities to
use them (National Government, local Governments, public authorities, and corporate bodies that are
in charge of a public service). Recently, "Partnership Contracts" regulation has been reviewed and
extended to ease their use, since CPs were first created only to ensure better (and faster) development
of emergency or complex public projects. Later in 2004, the French Government created the French
Treasury PPP Taskforce (Mission d'appui à la réalisation des contrats de partenariat, MAPPP) by
decree (Décret n° 2004-1119 du 19 octobre 2004 portant création de la mission d'appui à la réalisation
des contrats de partenariat, JO du 21 octobre 2004). This entity from the Department of Economy,
Finance and Employment provides public authorities and Governments with technical help and
consulting at every steps of Partnership Contracts. The MAPPP could also evaluate and rate PPP
projects. Recently in February 2008, a new regulation project to ease the Public-Private Partnerships
procedures has been evaluated by the French Government. This new law would make PPPs more
"attractive" to private investors, and more flexible for public authorities and Governments to use.
Proposed by Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, the bill includes new possibilities for project
managers to establish PPPs. Public bodies will now be able to resort to PPPs anytime the need in
public money to finance their project will be lower than calling for tender through regular process.
<h3><font color="#800000">The PPP market in France, as of February 2008</font></h3> At the end
of 2007, 135 projects were identified to be potentially financed through a public-private partnerships
and 27 of them were finally concluded. Buildings accounted for 28%, urban equipment for 28%,
transportation projects for 16%, and sport and cultural (museums) infrastructures for 15% of all
proposed projects Of the 27 Partnership Contracts signed as of February 2008, 20 of them were
established by local public authorities, and seven by the French State or by National Public
Authorities. France has a longstanding experience in PPPs. The following figures give a good
overview of what has been financed through PPP since a couple years: <ul type="disc"> <li>Water
and waste treatment plants: 12,000 contracts, and two thirds of the French population is served by
private operators;</li> <li>Motorways: 75% of the 10,000 km network was built and financed through
concessions contracts;</li> <li>Power supply: 99% of the French population power supply is done by
contractors, through concession contracts (EDF, etc.).</li> </ul> Even though France uses PPPs in
many different sectors, the PPP scheme that France has the most experience in is the traditional user-
financed PPP contract. France's toll road operators, previously public concessionaires, are fully private
since 2007, and now sell their know-how worldwide. Also, the following table gives a snapshot of the
size of the PPP market in France. <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"
height="140" width="347"> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50"><strong>Sector
Market</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50"><strong>Size (2005
data)</strong></td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50"><strong>% Private</strong></td>
</tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">Water</td> <td align="center" valign="top"
width="50">€11.5 billion</td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">71%</td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center" valign="top" width="50">Urban waste</td> <td align="center" valign="top"
width="50">€5.9 billion</td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">73%</td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center" valign="top" width="50">District heating</td> <td align="center" valign="top"
width="50">€0.9 billion</td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">93%</td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center" valign="top" width="50">Urban transport</td> <td align="center" valign="top"
width="50">€8.7 billion</td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">16%</td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center" valign="top" width="50">Toll motorways</td> <td align="center" valign="top"
width="50">€6.0 billion</td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">100%</td> </tr> <tr> <td
align="center" valign="top" width="50">Parking lots</td> <td align="center" valign="top"
width="50">€0.8 billion</td> <td align="center" valign="top" width="50">59%</td> </tr> </table>
<h3><font color="#800000">Some examples of recent PPP agreements in France</font></h3>
Transport infrastructure accounted for most of the PPPs at the "beginning" but now, these public-
private contracts tend to develop in many other sectors: as previously said, the French highways
network (10,000 km of roads, of which 8,000 km were built thanks to concessions contracts) was one
of the first "modern era" PPP contract. Then came the 2,460-meter long, 245 meter-high Millau
viaduct (€400 million, concession of 78 years), the A-86 super-ring in southwest Paris (€1.7 billion,
concession of 70 years), the A-41 highway link between Geneva and Annecy (871 million euro,
concession of 55 years). Now, PPPs are implemented with success in railroads as well: <ul
type="disc"> <li>a 300-kilometer high-speed rail line (€7.2 billion project) to southwest of France
will be build under a concession contract; in this case, a public subsidy will cover construction costs of
the rail tracks;</li> <li>a 182-kilometer high-speed line extension (€2.4 billion project) to west of
France will be built under a DBFO contract;</li> <li>a concession contract is being negotiated to
build and manage the future 32-kilometer light rail link between Paris city and Charles de Gaulle
International Airport (€640 million project). Starting operation in 2012, this new line will be built
without public funding.</li> <li>a 45-kilometer cross-border high speed line from Perpignan to
Barcelona (Spain), (€952 million project) financed 40% by private funds under a 50-year concession
contract; there was a major public commitment because of high capital costs due to an 8.2-kilometre
tunnel crossing the Pyrenees Mountains;</li> </ul> A total of 15 major transportation projects are
underway in France, mainly thanks to efficient PPP schemes. This is without mentioning local
projects, nor to mention PPPs in other fields of public interest. Furthermore, a recent general overview
of public policies in the field of environment led to a new ambitious program for public transit,
including a 40-billion euro, 2,000-kilometer upgrade to the high-speed rail network. The list is long;
the list can be even longer. French experience in PPP contracts is quite large, but the most successful
part is probably the concession/affermage model, to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a
network of user-financed roads and highways. French private companies and Government officials,
and all the French people involved in the "PPP world" are generally proud and glad to share their
know-how and the best practices about this issue. These people, though, always remind their assistance
that not all PPP contracts ended successfully. If a PPP agreement could be the salvation of public
authorities (at any level of Government) in case of restricted public funding, PPPs are not necessarily
the only and the best way to develop public infrastructures. A careful evaluation of each project is
always needed to ensure a sufficient quality of service, users satisfaction, and reliable and sustainable
infrastructures. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>PPP
taskforce, les Contrats de Partenariat (Partnership Contracts)</em>, French Department of Economy
and Finance: <a href="http://www.ppp.bercy.gouv.fr/" target="_blank" title="PPP
Taskforce">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement et de
l'Aménagement durables, Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Land Planning</em> :
<a href="http://www.europe-international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=43"
target="_blank" title="PPP on MEDAD website">here</a> <ul> <li>PPP examples in Europe,
Exemples de PPP en Europe: <a href="http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=231">http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=231</a></li> <li>Regulation framework
of PPPs in France, Cadre juridique du PPP en France: <a href="http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=232">http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=232</a></li> <li>European Commission
proposals, La proposition de la Commission européenne: <a href="http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=95">http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=95</a></li> <li>Promoting PPPs, La
promotion du partenariat public-privé (PPP): <a href="http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=94">http://www.europe-
international.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=94</a></li> </ul> </li> <li>Website:
The Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), Financement public-privé (Public Private
Financing): <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/ten/transport/financing/partnership_fr.htm" target="_blank"
title="TEN-T PPP">here</a></li> <li>French documentation about PPP in Europe &amp; France:
<ul> <li>Linotte Didier, Un cadre juridique désormais sécurisé pour les contrats de partenariat,
AJDA, n° 1/2005 du 10 janvier 2005.</li> <li>Monera Frédéric, Les financements innovants de
services et de projets publics, Revue de la Recherche Juridique - Droit prospectif, PUAM, 2005-1,
p.337 &amp; s.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Web Blog: <em>Le Moniteur Expert, BTP &amp; PPP</em>: <a
href="http://moniblogs.lemoniteur-expert.com/btp_ppp/" target="_blank" title="BTP &amp; PPP
Moniteur Expert Blog">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">Related articles from the
Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul type="disc"> <li><a href="/index.php/vinci-eiffage-
win-prado-sud-tunnel-concession-in-marseilles/" title="Vinci &amp; Eiffage win Prado Sud tunnel
concession in Marseilles">Vinci &amp; Eiffage win Prado Sud tunnel concession in Marseilles</a>,
Feb. 15, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-more-public-private-partnerships-in-france/"
title="In brief: More Public-Private Partnerships in France">In brief: More Public-Private Partnerships
in France</a>, Feb. 15; 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/under-investment-in-french-
infrastructures/" title="Under investment in French infrastructures">Under investment in French
infrastructures</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/these-roads-that-we-could-sell/"
title="These roads that we could sell...">These roads that we could sell...</a>, Jan. 30, 2008</li>
<li><a href="/index.php/less-cheese-more-ppps/" title="Less cheese, more PPPs">Less cheese, more
PPPs</a>, Jan. 22, 2008</li> </ul>

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In brief: RATP may get out of Transdev
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Tue, 26 Feb 2008 13:00:27 +0000
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Since 2002, RATP, Paris transit operator, has 25% of Transdev's shares and may have to sell quickly
this participation in its "subsidiary" Transdev, a transit company that operates several networks in
France. Relations between both companies are complicated, since Philippe Segretain, Transdev
President, did not agree with this alliance with RATP since the beginning. The other major investor in
Transdev, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, sort of forced Transdev to accept RATP entering in
its capital five years ago. Trandev President seems to already have contacted banks to break the
"agreement" and release Transdev from RATP. If the "break-up" goes on, it will be a hard time for
Pierre Mongin, RATP President, who thought his company would buy out the transit operator. Mr.
Segrétain always considered that this alliance makes not that much sense and that the publicly owned
company should not be shareholder of Transdev. Things will probably move in the next couple days...
to be continued. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Transdev pourrait dénouer son accord avec la RATP</em>, La Tribune, Feb. 25, 2008: <a
href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/IDE7C8CAAAA925F47CC12573FA0028BDC5" target="_blank"
title="Transdev pourrait dénouer son accord avec la RATP">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>La
RATP pourrait être obligée de sortir du capital de sa filiale Transdev</em>, Le Figaro, Feb. 25, 2008:
<a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2008/02/25/04010-20080225ARTFIG00330-la-
ratp-pourrait-etre-obligee-de-sortir-du-capital-de-sa-filiale-transdev.php" target="_blank" title="La
RATP pourrait être obligée de sortir du capital de sa filiale Transdev">here</a></li> </ul>

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Veolia Cargo is about to buy Rail4Chem
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/26/veolia-cargo-is-about-to-buy-rail4chem/
Tue, 26 Feb 2008 17:00:32 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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<h3><font color="#800000">Mergers and Acquisition to increase revenues</font></h3> Veolia
Cargo, subsidiary of Veolia Transport, will buy this year its German competitor Rail4Chem. Veolia
Cargo expects to increase its revenues to €200 million in 2008 (+64%), from €122 million in 2007. In
2007, Rail4Chem revenues reach €80 million. Adding this revenues to its results will bring Veolia
Cargo closer of its 2010 goal of reaching €500 million annual turnover. The acquisition will be
effective when the antitrust authorities will be giving their approval. Veolia Cargo is a serious
competitor of SNCF Fret, the freight subsidiary of the French national railway operator. Rail4Chem
shareholders are BASF, Hoyer, Bertschi, and VTG since the company was saved from bankruptcy
seven years ago. Rail4Chem is a specialist in international freight rail transport. <!--more-->
<h3><font color="#800000">A new investment to intensify European activities</font></h3> This
new investment confirms Veolia Transport and Veolia Environnement commitment in freight rail
operation. Cyrille du Peloux, Veolia Transport CEO, announced that this merger will strengthen Veolia
Cargo's place as a reference in Europe, as an independant freight railroad. The French freight railroad
is already operating trains in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and also in Belgium and Italy (more
recently). Rail4Chem buyback will allow Veolia Cargo to double its activities in Germany and access
new markets in Poland and Switzerland. It will also open new markets for the railroad, mainly
chemicals and agribusiness, and will increase Veolia Cargo's position in container transport market.
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul type="disc"> <li>Article: <em>Veolia
Cargo achète Rail4Chem</em>, Le Lloyd, Feb. 20, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20534-Veolia_Cargo_achte_RailChem.html" target="_blank"
title="Veolia Cargo achète Rail4Chem">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Veolia: accord pour
l'acquisition de Rail4Chem dans le fret</em>, Cercle Finance, Feb. 20, 2008: <a
href="http://www.cerclefinance.com/default.asp?pub=valactu&amp;isin=FR0000124141&amp;art=19
4476" target="_blank" title="Veolia: accord pour l'acquisition de Rail4Chem dans le
fret">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Veolia Transport se renforce dans le fret en rachetant l'allemand
Rail4Chem</em>, La Tribune, Feb. 20, 2008: <a href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Veolia-Transport-
se-renforce-dans-le-fret-en-rachetant-l-allemand-Rail4Chem-~-
ID4AEEC5B878C69F35C12573F5005A7DEA" target="_blank" title="Veolia Transport se renforce
dans le fret en rachetant l'allemand Rail4Chem">here</a></li> </ul>

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Air France KLM may invest €750 million in US deal
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/02/27/air-france-klm-may-invest-e750-million-in-us-
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Wed, 27 Feb 2008 10:00:58 +0000
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Air France-KLM announced it would be ready to invest up to €750 million in the newly formed group
if the merger deal between Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines is concluded. The merger would
create the biggest US airline and Air France KLM group is totally favourable with this deal, that would
offer the French-Dutch airline a great opportunity to develop its offer on the US market. <h3><font
color="#800000">Full support from Air France-KLM to become the #1 airline</font></h3> Signed in
October 2007, the joint venture agreement between Air France and Delta will be effective when Open
Skies agreement is enacted in April 2008. This deal will allow Air France and Delta to jointly operate
flights between Europe and the United States and share the revenues equally. By 2010, this alliance
will be extended to all Air France-KLM and all Delta (eventually Delta-Northwest) routes. It will then
create the leading airline across North Atlantic, with 30% market shares, $12 billion turnover, ahead of
the current leader British Airways. Also in October 2007, Air France-KLM already proposed to create
a four-company joint venture to operate transatlantic flights, by joining both Air France-Delta and
KLM-Nothwest alliances. If these joint venture deals are concluded, it will offer the airlines greater
possibilities than usual commercial alliances like OneWorld (British Airways and American Airlines)
or Star Alliance (United Airlines and Lufthansa). Sharing costs and profits allows airlines to propose
better schedules, more frequent flights (even out of peak hours, when flights are not profitable) to their
customers: this model already works between Air France and KLM which market share on
international flights have been growing since their joint venture. <!--more--> It is easy then to
understand why Air France-KLM supports the merger between Delta and Northwest. Investing in the
newly company will also ensure Air France-KLM not to lose Delta-Northwest in favor of other
competitors. However, what company leaders wishes is not necessarily what Delta and Northwest
employees unions and United States Administration will agree with... <h3><font
color="#800000">Opposition against merger...</font></h3> Even though American press seems pretty
sure that the deal will be concluded, there is some opposition against this merger, among airlines'
employees. As said in Reuters article (see references below), the "<em>merger talks may fail on the
inability of pilots to agree on how to combine their ranks.</em>" Also "<em>the labor union
representing baggage handlers and customer service workers at Northwest spoke out forcefully against
any deal, saying the combination was bad for workers and service</em>." <blockquote><em>"There's
some opposition against a possible merger between Northwest and Delta Airlines. The International
Association of Machinists say airline mergers hurt workers and passengers. The union represents
baggage handlers and ticket agents at Northwest, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Pilot unions at
Northwest and Delta have been in talks to work out a possible merger. Northwest is Michigan's largest
passenger air carrier."</em></blockquote> Apparently, there is still a long way to go before Delta and
Northwest form a single company. We will not miss this event and follow-up with the news and event
that could create the biggest airline worldwide. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3>
<ul type="disc"> <li>Article: <em>750 millions d'euros pour une part du ciel US</em>, Le Figaro,
Feb. 25, 2008: <a href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes-francaises/2008/02/25/04010-
20080225ARTFIG00360--millions-d-eurospour-une-part-du-ciel-us.php" target="_blank" title="750
millions d'euros pour une part du ciel US">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Air France-KLM prêt à
investir 750 M EUR dans la fusion Delta/Northwest</em>, AFP for L'Expansion, Feb. 25, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lexpansion.com/economie/air-france-klm-pret-a-investir-750-m-eur-dans-la-fusion-
delta-northwest_145041.html" target="_blank" title="Air France-KLM prêt à investir 750 M EUR
dans la fusion Delta/Northwest">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Air France-KLM investirait 750
millions de dollars dans la fusion Delta-Northwest</em>, Les Echos, Feb. 25, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lesechos.fr/journal20080225/lec2_services/4691603.htm" target="_blank" title="Air
France-KLM investirait 750 millions de dollars dans la fusion Delta-Northwest">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Delta, Northwest shares fall amid merger doubts</em>, Reuters, Feb. 25, 2008: <a
href="http://www.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idUSN2536355620080225" target="_blank"
title="Delta, Northwest shares fall amid merger doubts">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> Here are related
articles from the Transport Information Group from the last couple weeks, dealing with Air France
KLM investment and interests: <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-
air-france-klm-large-investment-in-alitalia/" title="In brief: Air France KLM large investment in
Alitalia">In brief: Air France KLM large investment in Alitalia</a>, Feb. 20, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/deltanorthwest-air-france-klm-wants-to-be-part-of-
it/" title="Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM wants to be part of it!">Delta/Northwest: Air France
KLM wants to be part of it!</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-the-new-alstom-agv/" title="Air France KLM
attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11,
2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/aircraft-a-market-worth-2800-
billion-by-2026/" title="Aircraft: a market worth $2,800 billion by 2026">Aircraft: a market worth
$2,800 billion by 2026</a>, Feb. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/alitalia-anticipates-potential-buyers-moves/" title="Alitalia anticipates
potential buyer’s moves">Alitalia anticipates potential buyer’s moves</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-air-france-klm-pursuing-alitalia-deal/"
title="Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal">Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal</a>, Jan. 31,
2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/toward-the-us-airlines-open-skies/"
title="Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies">Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies</a>, Jan. 29,
2008</li> </ul>

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    href="http://www.challenges.fr/actualites/business/20080227.CHA8150/toujours_pas_daccord_su
    r_une_fusion_entre_delta_et_nort.html" rel="nofollow">Toujours pas d'accord sur une fusion
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<h3><font color="#800000">Liège Carex, part of Euro Carex</font></h3> Liege Airport wants to
welcome its first high-speed freight train by 2012. A study from Ernst &amp; Young has just been
released and details the potential role of Liege Airport in the Carex (CArgo Rail EXpress) project.
Discussions about Carex started about ten years ago, but a problem of time slots offered by the
infrastructure managers on their high-speed rail tracks stopped the development of the project. In 2005,
French and Belgian rail authorities freed up time slots, and put the Carex projects "back on tracks.
Ernst &amp; Young Study shows that Liege Airport may be handling between 4 and 10 trains a day,
most likely to be Alstom TGV trainsets. One thing to know: only high added-value products and
express packages are to be transported in high-speed trains. Liège Carex is setting up, so is Euro
Carex: a group of public and private partners promoting high-speed freight rail from airports across
Europe. In France for example, FedEx and Air France are members with the Roissy Carex team.<!--
more--> Liege Carex project President, Mr. Jean-Pierre Grasé, explained that Fret GV, the recent joint
venture between SNCF (French National railway operator) and La Poste (French postal service) may
be a potential partner. As of today, Euro Carex also includes other cities in Europe: Paris (France),
Schipol (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Lyon (France), and London (United Kingdom). It could even
be extended to Germany, Italy, Spain and eventually Eastern Europe in a second phase. <h3><font
color="#800000">A freight TGV station in Bierset near Liege Airport</font></h3> The station,
located close to Liege Airport, would have, in the first phase of the project, two rail tracks and truck-
access roads allowing containers to be directly transferred from trailers to railcars. This first rail yard
will be linked with existing networks toward Brussels and Germany. Ernst &amp; Young study
estimates the total project cost in Liège would be around €90 million, subsidies excluded. It would
become profitable after 20 years of operation, for freight shipped over distances of 500 to 1,000
kilometers: too long for trucks, to short for aircrafts. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul type="disc"> <li>Article: <em>Liège Airport veut
accueillir les premiers TGV fret d'ici 2012</em>, e-Lloyd, Feb. 22, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20558-
Lige_Airport_veut_accueillir_les_premiers_TGV_fret_dici.html" target="_blank" title="Liège Airport
veut accueillir les premiers TGV fret d'ici 2012">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Liège : bientôt un
TGV fret ?</em>, RTC, Feb. 22, 2008: <a href="http://www.rtc.be/content/view/4305/166/"
target="_blank" title="Liège : bientôt un TGV fret ?">here</a></li> <li>Atrticle: <em>Une gare
TGV fret à Bierset en 2012</em>, Le Soir, Feb. 22, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lesoir.be/regions/liege/une-gare-tgv-fret-a-bierset-2008-02-22-579513.shtml"
target="_blank" title="Une gare TGV fret à Bierset en 2012">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Planned Express Freight terminal: CAREX</em>, Roissy Développement: <a
href="http://www.roissy-developpement.com/en/350-news.html" target="_blank" title="Planned
Express Freight terminal: CAREX">here</a></li> <li>Press release: <em>FedEx souhaite développer
l'intermodalité air/rail à Roissy-Charles de Gaulle</em>, FedEx, Jun. 21, 2006: <a
href="http://www.fedex.com/cgi-
bin/content.cgi?template=fr_pr&amp;content=about/pressreleases/emea/fr/pr062106&amp;cc=fr"
target="_blank" title=": FedEx souhaite développer l'intermodalité air/rail à Roissy-Charles de
Gaulle">here</a></li> <li>Website : <em>Le Conseil général du Val d'Oise soutient le projet Roissy
CAREX</em>, Conseil général du Val d'Oise: <a
href="http://www.valdoise.fr/content/heading3379/content326670.html" target="_blank" title="Le
Conseil général du Val d'Oise soutient le projet Roissy CAREX">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul type="disc">
<li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-freight-rail-already-a-reality/" title="High Speed Freight Rail:
already a reality">High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality</a>, Jan. 24, 2008</li> </ul>

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ELTIS: European portal for sustainable urban transport
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transport/
Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:00:31 +0000
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communism
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couple weeks
couple weeks
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decision makers
des communes
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desiderio
desiderio
economics
economics
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energy
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<h3><font color="#800000">Europe's number one web portal on urban transport and
mobility</font></h3> The General Directorate for Transport and Energy of the European Commission
in partnership with the European Towns and Regions Council (<em>Conseil des Communes et
Régions d'Europe</em>, CCRE) recently created ELTIS, the European Local Transport Information
Service. <blockquote><em>The efficient movement of people and goods is one of the main challenges
facing most European towns and cities today. Many initiatives to improve the mobility of people and
the distribution of goods in an economically and environmentally efficient manner have been launched
over the past few years. </em> <em>In an attempt to exchange experiences, a great deal of
information has already been published on the Internet and project reports, yet it is often inconsistent
and hard to find. There is a pressing need for a comprehensive online information portal.</em> <p
align="right">Source: Eltis.org<!--more--></p> </blockquote> <h3><font color="#800000">What
can be found on ELTIS?</font></h3> This new portal will gather information about urban and
regional transport in Europe. It offers a broad range of sector news, presents upcoming events, policies
and other initiatives in cities and regions across Europe. The "Open project calls and tenders" section,
private companies would be able to find information and links to proposals for urban and regional
public transport projects that are financed by the European Union. The "Tools for practitioners" section
provides local policy makers and officials a database of training programs, best practices guides,
evaluation tools, practical guidelines and handbooks. It is still in its first phase and will be probably
improved in the next couple weeks but it will efinitely be a reference for people involved in urban
transport: operators, projects managers, decision makers, etc. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>European Local Transport
Information Service</em>, ELTIS: <a href="http://www.eltis.org/" target="_blank"
title="ELTIS">here</a></li> <li>Brochure: <em>European Local Transport Information
Service</em>, ELTIS: <a href="http://www.eltis.org/docs/Brochure12pgEN_OK.pdf" target="_blank"
title="ELTIS Brochure">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Guillaume Pepy, named new SNCF President
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Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:00:43 +0000
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nomination
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<h3><font color="#800000">A nominee: Guillaume Pepy</font></h3> The Elysée Palace (the
Presidency) named Guillaume Pepy (49) as the new President of SNCF, the French National Railway
Company. Previously Chief executive officer, he will succeed to Anne-Marie Idrac who was candidate
to her own succession. Guillaume Pepy has officially been designated as the new SNCF President on
Wednesday, March 27, 2008 while Anne-Marie Idrac may join the European Commission next year, to
replace Mr. Jacques Barrot, current Commissioner for Transport. <h3><font color="#800000">A
mission: Presiding SNCF...</font></h3> The nomination is one thing, the task is another: in the next
two years, Guillaume Pepy will have to deal with a social reform of SNCF. By 2010, some 6,000 jobs
will be "lost", mostly retirement and reorganization. A "quest" that Pepy will have to pursue, against
strong unions of the national railway. <!--more--> One thing is quite positive though: unions are very
SNCF-tradition-bound. In the last two years, they mostly reproached Anne-Marie Idrac to be "too far"
from these traditions and they are now satisfied that the new President will be someone from "the
inside." They however still regret Louis Gallois for his closeness from SNCF blue collars. Railroaders
were afraid of the Elysée Palace dropping one of their John Doe's, and welcomed the decision of the
Presidency to chose Mr. Pepy, who has been with the company since a while. However, other unions
reproached Mr. Pepy that he has been one of the SNCF policy leaders and policy makers for the last
ten years. They are afraid that he pursues splitting the national company in different subsidiaries
(depending on their activities), and eventually privatizing some of its activities, caring more about
SNCF Group than about the 160,000 employees situations. A lot to come for Guillaume Pepy... Will
the "Eurostar Man" be able to deal with this new challenges? <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>SNCF: Guillaume Pepy et les
cheminots, des atouts maison mais de la défiance</em>, AFP, Feb. 21, 2008: <a
href="http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gdIfVX8DCSuZ0TjB1hAgLVuPCaBg" target="_blank"
title="SNCF: Guillaume Pepy et les cheminots,des atouts maison mais de la défiance">here</a></li>
<li>Article: SNCF : <em>Idrac "heureuse et fière" de son action</em>, Challenges, Feb. 21, 2008: <a
href="http://www.challenges.fr/20080221.CHA7877/sncf__sudrail_votera_contre_la_nomination_de_
pepy.html" target="_blank" title="Idrac ">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Pepy nouveau président de
la SNCF</em>, e-Lloyd, Feb. 21, 2008: <a href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20545-
Pepy_nouveau_prsident_de_la_SNCF.html" target="_blank" title="Pepy nouveau président de la
SNCF">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport Information
Group</font></h3> Below are the articles related to the future SNCF challenges published in the
Transport Information Group in the last couple weeks: <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-guillaume-pepy-named-new-sncf-president/" title="In brief:
Guillaume Pepy, named new SNCF President">In brief: Guillaume Pepy, named new SNCF
President</a>, Feb. 28, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/veolia-
cargo-is-about-to-buy-rail4chem/" title="eolia Cargo is about to buy Rail4Chem">Veolia Cargo is
about to buy Rail4Chem</a>, Feb. 26, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/freight-is-back-on-the-silk-road-and-the-trans-siberian/" title="Freight is back
on the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian">Freight is back on the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian</a>,
Feb. 20, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/e500-million-for-railways-
in-the-port-of-hamburg/" title="€500 million for railways in the Port of Hamburg">€500 million for
railways in the Port of Hamburg</a>, Feb. 20, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/four-challenges-for-the-future-sncf-president/" title="Four challenges for the
future SNCF president">Four challenges for the future SNCF president</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li>
<li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-in-europe-freight-rail-will-move-like-
a-bull/" title="In brief: In Europe, freight rail will move like a bull">In brief: In Europe, freight rail
will move like a bull</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/deutsche-bahn-privatized-by-fall-2008/" title="Deutsche Bahn: privatized by
fall 2008?">Deutsche Bahn: privatized by fall 2008?</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/how-do-you-other-countries-deal-with-freight-rail/"
title="How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?">How do you (other countries) deal with
freight rail?</a>, Jan. 30, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/freight-
traffic-a-big-issue-for-eurotunnel/" title="Freight traffic: a big issue for Eurotunnel">Freight traffic: a
big issue for Eurotunnel</a>, Jan. 20, 2008</li> </ul>

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    Couple other article about the new SNCF President Guillaume Pepy: <a
    href="http://www.capital.fr/actualite/Default.asp?source=FI&numero=67547&Cat=PAM&numpa
    ge=2" rel="nofollow">Guillaume Pepy : le grand vizir de la SNCF</a>, Capital, Feb. 27, 2008 <a
    href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Guillaume-Pepy-officiellement-nomme-president-de-la-SNCF-
    ~-ID24D8CF8FA295F0A7C12573FC0046D8DC-$Channel=Entreprises%20&%20secteurs"
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In brief: Waterways under the spotlights
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Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:00:20 +0000
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desiderio
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economics
energy
energy
environment
environment
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The Transport and Logistics International Week (<em>Semaine Internationale du Transport et de la
Logistique</em>, SITL) celebrates its 25th aniversary next month in Paris. The conference and expo
will be held from March 11 to 14, in Paris Nord Villepinte, Hall 5. <h3><font color="#800000">VNF:
inland waterways solutions and advantages</font></h3> During this international event, Voies
Navigables de France (VNF), the French waterways authority, with its counterparts and partners from
Belgium: the "<em>Office de promotion des voies navigables</em>" (OPVN) and <em>Promotie
Binnenvaart Vlaanderen </em>(PBV), will present the advantages of waterways transportation. Voies
navigables de France is expected to give a presentation of all different inland waterways transportation
solutions and their economical advantages. <!--more--> Voies navigables de France will answer
questions from professionnals about the different topics discussed in a conference, that will be held on
<strong>Wednesday, March 12 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm</strong>: <p
align="center">"<em>Transport fluvial, quels défis pour 2012 ?</em>" (Waterways transport, what
challenges for 2012?) The conference will also discuss the main issues of the Seine-Nord Europe
canal, emphasizing on intermodality and land development. <h3><font color="#800000">Quick facts
about SITL</font></h3> <blockquote><em>The exhibition is a representative snapshot of Transport
and Logistics as it undergoes major changes: frequent economic and social changes, new legislation,
new technologies and new human capital management and as always the imperative requirement to
develop internationally and, of course, the revolution of organisations involved in sustainable
development.</em> <ul> <li>45,000 sq meters of exhibition space;</li> <li>800 exhibitors 30%
from overseas;</li> <li>25,000 professionnal visitors, 15% of visitors are from overseas coming from
over 80 countries;</li> <li>23 regions of France are represented;</li> <li>Over 40 conferences;</li>
<li>6 logistics innovation awards;</li> <li>350 french and foreign journalists;</li> <li>80
medias.</li> </ul> <p align="right">Source: SITL website</p> </blockquote> <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Website: <em>Semaine Internationale du
Transport et de la Logistique</em>, SITL: <a href="http://www.salon-
sitl.com/site/GB,I585.htm?KM_Session=f89617d4b1701a75f1a367ad7a4837d7" target="_blank"
title="Semaine Internationale du Transport et de la Logistique">here</a></li> <li>Website:
<em>Voies navigables de France</em>, VNF: <a href="http://www.vnf.fr/" target="_blank"
title="Voies navigables de France">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Office de promotion des voies
navigables</em>, OPVN: <a href="http://opvn.wallonie.be/" target="_blank" title="Office de
promotion des voies navigables">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Promotie Binnenvaart
Vlaanderen</em>, PBV: <a href="http://www.binnenvaart.be/" target="_blank" title="Promotie
Binnenvaart Vlaanderen">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">Note from the
Editor</font></h3> I will be attending the conference and expo on March 12, 2008, and would be glad
to meet with you to discuss transport issues. I will probably write an article on the Transport
Information Group about the conferences I attended when I get back...

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News from RFF, owner-manager of the French rail tracks
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rail-tracks/
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 18:00:39 +0000
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Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), the French rail infrastructure owner and managing company published
a monthly newsletter. Here are a couple briefs from the last issue published on Wednesday, February
27, 2008. <h3><font color="#800000">The PPP of the southwest Atlantic HSR line</font></h3> RFF
will use innovative financing to fund the future South Europe Atlantic HSR line. RFF expects the PPP
contract agreement will allow a faster development of its national rail network. The new HSR segment
between Tours (Centre) and Bordeaux (Aquitaine, west) will be financed through a PPP and operated
under a concession contract by a private consortium. RFF recently released the projects specifications
for construction and operation of the new line to three candidates consortiums lead respectively by
Bouygues, Eiffage, and Vinci. All teams have six month to provide RFF with proposals that respect
technical, economical and sustainable development criterias for this project. The winner consortium
will be designated in 2009 when RFF will award the winner with the concession contract. Construction
and operation cost will be covered by rail toll fees received by the concessionnaire during the length of
the concession contract.<!--more--> Estimated cost of the project reaches €7.2 billion from which €6
billion will be used for the construction. In a second phase, the line will be extended toward Spain and
Toulouse (southwest France), but nothing has been announced yet concerning the financing of this part
of the project. <h3><font color="#800000">Optimizing network costs</font></h3> Hubert du Mesnil,
RFF President, declared that to ensure sustainable development of the transport sector, the French
railway network needs to be more economically competitive to keep up with its environmental
advantages. A meeting was organized by RFF in February 2008 to discuss economic issues with
officials from private companies and SNCF that are involved in railtracks work and construction.
Hubert du Mesnil argued in favor of cost reductions in the rail sector (only industrial sector where
price growth seems to be unescapable). Hubert du Mesnil expects RFF to review on a regular basis the
results and the impacts of cost cuts, and hopes to reach a 15% prices fall quite quickly. A new meeting
will be held in 2009 to discuss these issues, the progress made and the problems encountered.
<h3><font color="#800000">Reforming rail tolls rates</font></h3> In 2006, the French Government
accepted RFF offer to reform its infrastructure fare policies. Associated to RFF, the General
Directorate for Public Works (Department of Transportation advisors council) and the General
Inspection for Finance (Department of Treasury advisors council) analyzed the situation and provided
the Government with a report durgin summer 2007. Based on the report's proposals, the newly formed
Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Special Planning and the Ministry for Economy,
Finance, and Employment started a consultation with all actors involved in rail operation: transport
authorities, private operators, etc. Before June 2008, RFF is expected to prepare a new fares grid that
will be used starting December 2009, right before the international passenger rail operation market is
opened to competition. These are three of the next challenges for the rail infrastructure managing
company, in the next few years. The face of the rail operating market will considerably change in the
next couple years, and infrastructure needs to adapt to its customers: rail operators, that will be
numerous in the years coming. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Newsletter: <em>Lettre mensuelle éditée par la direction de la communication de Réseau Ferré de
France</em>, Réseau Ferré de France, Feb. 27, 2008: <a href="http://www.rff-
lalettre.fr/index.php?ID=14-2a2360a82f21ff72de7dcedf0593b74c" target="_blank" title="Lettre
mensuelle éditée par la direction de la communication de Réseau Ferré de France">here</a></li>
</ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3>
Here are the related articles about french rail infrastructure that were published on the Transport
Information Group in the last couple weeks: <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-guillaume-pepy-named-new-sncf-president/" title="In brief:
Guillaume Pepy, named new SNCF President">In brief: Guillaume Pepy, named new SNCF
President</a>, Feb. 28, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/veolia-
cargo-is-about-to-buy-rail4chem/" title="eolia Cargo is about to buy Rail4Chem">Veolia Cargo is
about to buy Rail4Chem</a>, Feb. 26, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/freight-is-back-on-the-silk-road-and-the-trans-siberian/" title="Freight is back
on the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian">Freight is back on the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian</a>,
Feb. 20, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/e500-million-for-railways-
in-the-port-of-hamburg/" title="€500 million for railways in the Port of Hamburg">€500 million for
railways in the Port of Hamburg</a>, Feb. 20, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/four-challenges-for-the-future-sncf-president/" title="Four challenges for the
future SNCF president">Four challenges for the future SNCF president</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li>
<li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-in-europe-freight-rail-will-move-like-
a-bull/" title="In brief: In Europe, freight rail will move like a bull">In brief: In Europe, freight rail
will move like a bull</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/deutsche-bahn-privatized-by-fall-2008/" title="Deutsche Bahn: privatized by
fall 2008?">Deutsche Bahn: privatized by fall 2008?</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/how-do-you-other-countries-deal-with-freight-rail/"
title="How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?">How do you (other countries) deal with
freight rail?</a>, Jan. 30, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/freight-
traffic-a-big-issue-for-eurotunnel/" title="Freight traffic: a big issue for Eurotunnel">Freight traffic: a
big issue for Eurotunnel</a>, Jan. 20, 2008</li> </ul>

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Does freight rail work everywhere but in France?
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Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:00:03 +0000
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<h3><font color="#800000">The German case: freight rail traffic is up</font></h3> Not really. It is
true however that in Germany, freight rail traffic grew a lot in the last couple years. German railroads
never transported so much freight than last year. The German Federal Statistical Institute (<a
href="http://www.destatis.de/" target="_blank" title="Destatis">Destatis</a>) reported that freight
volume increased by 4.3% in 2007 compared to 2006. All railroads transported a total 361.1 million
tons of goods, which represents 114.6 billion tons-kilometres (a 7.1% increase from 2006). Average
distance traveled per ton transported also reached a record at 317.4 kilometers. All segments increased
their quantities, domestic traffic grew up to 226.3 million tons (+3.9%), international traffic outbound
reached 56.4 million tons (+3.3%), and inbound topped 59.1 million tons (+5.3%). Also, transit traffic
through Germany was up 10.5% at 19.3 million tons. <blockquote> <p align="center">For further
information from the German Federal Statistical Institute please contact: <strong>Kristina
Walter</strong> - Phone: +49 611 752 661 E-mail: <a
href="mailto:eisenbahnverkehr@destatis.de">eisenbahnverkehr@destatis.de</a></blockquote>
Compared with 1990 figures (103 billion tons-kilometers), global growth reaches 11.3% over the
period.<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">The Belgian case: freight is up in all modes, rail is
the slowest</font></h3> According to Statistics Belgium, global freight volume grow 20.6% between
1999 and 2006, and inland waterways traffic supported the highest growth. Waterways, rail, and road
transport carried a total volume of 713.6 million tons in 2006 (+2.5% compared to 2005). Total traffic
represented 65.8 billion tons-kilometers, up 3.7% from the year before and 17.4% from 1999.
However, rail is not as a King as it is in Germany: trucks transported 484.9 million tons in
2006(+14,9% since 1999) and rail growth is the lowest among other modes. In 2006, freight rail
carried 62.2 million tons of goods, up only 5.1% from 59.2 million tons in 1999. It however
represented 8.6 billion tons-kilometers in 2006, up from 7.4 billion tons-kilometers in 1999 (+16.2%).
<h3><font color="#800000">Facts and figures from France</font></h3> The figures in the table
below only give a snapshot of French domestic freight traffic by mode. Data for international traffic by
mode is not available on the French Department of Transportation website. Domestic freight rail fell
almost 19% from 2001 until 2005, from around 81 million to 65.8 million tons. Tons-kilometers
transported also fell from 29.9 billion to 23.5 billion (-19%) between 2001 and 2005. <em>Click on
the table below to enlarge</em>: <p style="text-align: center"><strong>French domestic freight traffic
by mode</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/freight-domestic-tons-tkm-2001-2005-fr.JPG" title="French domestic freight
traffic by mode"><img src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/freight-
domestic-tons-tkm-2001-2005-fr.JPG" alt="French domestic freight traffic by mode" width="480"
/></a></p> <p align="right">Source: French Department of Transportation</p> In terms of rail traffic,
France is still far from what Germany and its Deutsche Bahn does. It may explain why SNCF, and
eventually its new President Guillaume Pepy, thinks about separating SNCF activities in different
subsidiaries... and in the end, privatizing SNCF Fret? Sometimes, figures speak for themselves...
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Le trafic fret en
Belgique continue de croître</em>, E-Loyd, Feb. 26, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20583-Le_trafic_fret_en_Belgique_continue_de_crotre.html"
target="_blank" title="Le trafic fret en Belgique continue de croître">here</a></li> <li>Article:
<em>Forte hausse du transport ferroviaire de marchandises en Allemagne</em>, E-Loyd, Feb. 28,
2008: <a href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20603-
Forte_hausse_du_transport_ferroviaire_de_marchandises_en_Allemagne.html" target="_blank"
title="Forte hausse du transport ferroviaire de marchandises en Allemagne">here</a></li> <li>Stats:
<em>Performance of rail freight transport at highest level since 1990</em>, <a
href="http://www.destatis.de/" target="_blank" title="Destatis">Destatis</a>, detailed data available
in German only: <a
href="http://www.destatis.de/jetspeed/portal/cms/Sites/destatis/Internet/DE/Presse/pm/2008/02/PD08_
_078__461,templateId=renderPrint.psml" target="_blank" title="Performance of rail freight transport
at highest level since 1990">here</a></li> <li>Stats: <em>Direction Générale Statistique et
Information Economique, Statistics Belgium, A division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs</em>,
Official statistical site for Belgium: <a href="http://www.statbel.fgov.be/" target="_blank"
title="Direction Générale Statistique et Information Economique, Statistics Belgium, A division of the
Ministry of Economic Affairs">here</a></li> <li>Stats: <em>Transport national et commerce
extérieur</em>, French Department of Transportation: <a
href="http://www.statistiques.equipement.gouv.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=223" target="_blank"
title="Transport national et commerce extérieur">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> Here are the related
articles from the Transport Information Group about freight rail in France and Europe: <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/in-brief-guillaume-pepy-named-new-sncf-president/" title="In brief: Guillaume Pepy,
named new SNCF President">In brief: Guillaume Pepy, named new SNCF President</a>, Feb. 28,
2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/veolia-cargo-is-about-to-buy-rail4chem/" title="eolia Cargo is
about to buy Rail4Chem">Veolia Cargo is about to buy Rail4Chem</a>, Feb. 26, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/freight-is-back-on-the-silk-road-and-the-trans-siberian/" title="Freight is back on the
Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian">Freight is back on the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian</a>, Feb.
20, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/e500-million-for-railways-in-the-port-of-hamburg/"
title="€500 million for railways in the Port of Hamburg">€500 million for railways in the Port of
Hamburg</a>, Feb. 20, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/four-challenges-for-the-future-sncf-
president/" title="Four challenges for the future SNCF president">Four challenges for the future SNCF
president</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-in-europe-freight-rail-will-move-
like-a-bull/" title="In brief: In Europe, freight rail will move like a bull">In brief: In Europe, freight
rail will move like a bull</a>, Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/deutsche-bahn-privatized-
by-fall-2008/" title="Deutsche Bahn: privatized by fall 2008?">Deutsche Bahn: privatized by fall
2008?</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/how-do-you-other-countries-deal-with-freight-
rail/" title="How do you (other countries) deal with freight rail?">How do you (other countries) deal
with freight rail?</a>, Jan. 30, 2008</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/freight-traffic-a-big-issue-for-eurotunnel/" title="Freight traffic: a big issue for
Eurotunnel">Freight traffic: a big issue for Eurotunnel</a>, Jan. 20, 2008</li> </ul>

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Thanks to PPPs, Vinci turnover exceeds €30 billion
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Fri, 29 Feb 2008 14:00:42 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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asf
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autoroutes du sud de la france
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bordeaux
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construction activities
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december 31
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economics
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escota
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finance
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highways
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little bit
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operational results
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passengers
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PPP
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relevant model
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road
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segment
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southwest
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French construction and concession world leading company Vinci announced its 2007 turnover
reached €30.4 billion, up 17% from the year before. Operational results is also up 17% to €3.11 billion,
and net benefits topped €1.46 billion (+14.4%). <h3><font color="#800000">Construction: one of
Vinci best assets</font></h3> Construction activities accounted for €13.7 billion turnover (+29%) and
€668 million operational result (+35%). However, Vinci Construction (the division in charge of
construction for Vinci Group) announced that level reached this year could be "too high" and may
require to slow down a little bit to ensure the company remains capable of take on the contracts signed.
Order book is quite full for Vinci Construction and companies officials kind of wish that it stabilizes a
little bit in the next few months. As of December 31, 2007, order book toped €21.5 billion (+20%
compared to 2006) and Vinci expects a 2008 growth of around 10%. <h3><font color="#800000">An
important growth from PPP activities</font></h3> In the concessions business, Vinci Concessions (the
division in charge of concessions for Vinci Group) announced a turnover up 6.7% to €4.6 billion;
operational result reaches €1.7 billion, up 10.5%.<!--more--> Growth in this sector comes from new
highways sections that have been opened this year: for example, a new segment of the A89 highway
between Thenon and Terrasson (Autoroutes du Sud de la France network, ASF) completed the link
between Bordeaux (southwest) and Clermont Ferrand (center). Also, automatic tolling development
and better relationship between the three networks Vinci operates (ASF, Escota, and Cofiroute) allow
the company to improve its EBITDA. Vinci strategy in 2008 will continue with the same relevant
model: the company will continue to provide construction and concession and is already engaged in
couple projects worth €5.7 billion (of which €1.2 billion were directly invested by Vinci). PPP related
activities and long term concessions agreements will probably ensure Vinci to keep its rank among
other European construction and concessions companies. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Vinci passe la barre des 30
milliards d'euros de chiffre d'affaires</em>, Le Moniteur Expert, Feb. 28, 2008: <a
href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=2&amp;acces=0&amp;id=D2545F6D6&amp;mode=0"
target="_blank" title="Vinci passe la barre des 30 milliards d'euros de chiffre d'affaires">here</a></li>
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In brief: a new inland waterways port near Paris
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paris/
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 18:00:42 +0000
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accessibility
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bruyères sur oise
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container traffic
containers
containers
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desiderio
drakkar
drakkar
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economics
expert
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freight
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gennevilliers
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infrastructure
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infrastructure
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investments
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logistics
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While Gennevilliers inland waterways terminal (north of Paris) is behing extended, the Autonomous
Port of Paris (<em>Port Autonome de Paris</em>, PAP) just innaugurated a new containers terminal
in the port of Limay-Porcheville in the Yvelines <em>Département</em> (west of Paris; a
<em>Département</em> is the French subdivision of the territory, comparable to a County in the
United States). The terminal will be operated by Limay Terminal, a subsidiary of SHGT (<em>Société
Havraise de Gestion et de Transport</em>), and by Scat (<em>Société coopérative de transport
fluvial</em>). Two other terminal are in construction in Bruyères-sur-Oise (Val d'Oise, north of
Paris) and in Montereau-Fault-Yonne (Seine et Marne, southeast of Paris). These two new
infrastructures will be operated respectively in 2009 and 2010. They will be increasing annual handling
capacity by 100,000 movements (100,000 more TEUs handled, full or empty) in the region. Paris port
officials explain that these investments will also improve Le Havre port hinterland, and help
anticipating the additionnal traffic that will be generated when the Seine-Nord Europe large clearance
canal will be entering service.<!--more--> These new terminals and waterways infrastructures will
allow Paris port authorities to handle growing traffic: in the last two years, container traffic grew to
80,000 TEUs (+8.2%) from 2005 to 2006, and increased again 25% to 100, 000 containers in 2007.
<h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Un nouveau
terminal fluvial à conteneurs à l'ouest de Paris</em>, Drakkar Online, Feb. 27, 2008: <a title="Un
nouveau terminal fluvial à conteneurs à l’ouest de Paris"
href="http://www.drakkaronline.com/Actualite/Detail_Actu.asp?ID_Actu=75895"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Société Havraise de Gestion et de Transport</em>,
SHGT: <a title="Société Havraise de Gestion et de Transport, SHGT"
href="http://www.shgt.fr/uk/%20index.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul>

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Transport Information Group: two months after
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/01/transport-information-group-two-months-after/
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 23:00:43 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
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Here we are, two months after the beginning. Couple evolutions, couple problems, couple projects.
<h3><font color="#800000">February: review of the Transport Information Group
evolutions</font></h3> In February, I have been trying to follow a regular publication rhythm with 3
articles a day. This will not change during the next month, but the schedule may be modified to fit a
little bit more with Northern America time zones. I will probably publish at 8:00 am, 12:00 am, and
16:00 am EST, giving me more time to analyze transport facts in the mornings. Also, I have been
trying some additional plugins to the WordPress content management system, that you may have
noticed in articles or in the sidebar. The most likely to remain over the next months is the poll system.
<strong>Please, do not hesitate to let me know what you would like to read!</strong> I tried other
different things that have been quicly removed (you may have seen them, coming at the right place, at
the right time): <ul> <li>a PDF plugin, that added a link at the end of each article, allowing readers to
download every paper in a printable format: the page setting was not convenient, and I decided to
remove it and try a new one later.</li> <li>an AJAX plugin, that allows to read the full article on the
main page, without reloading the whole page datas: I was not able to keep track of who was stopping
only on the main page and who was reading the full articles, and decided to remove it.</li> <li>a
Simple Viewer picture gallery plugin: it has not been used already, I will try it later, when a photo-
reportage comes.</li> <li>a Form plugin: it will appear soon on a page dedicated to requests and
orders. I have been sollicited a couple times this month and hope that it will continue: you will have
your own page to ask your questions, order papers, request expertises, or simply say "Hello!"</li>
</ul> I also changed some of the pages linked in the header: <ul> <li>Industry Links has been
modified and still needs to be completed. I remain open to your contributions;</li> <li>Referrals has
been created: I here take inventory of every paper I published that were mentionned in other
publications.</li> <li>Acknowledgement has been modified, thanks to those I have to thank!</li>
<li>DOWNLOADS has been completed with a few documents, more are coming.</li> </ul>
<h3><font color="#800000">Problems encountered...</font></h3> On Thursday, February 21, 2008,
at approximately 5:00 am Pacific Time, Globat.com were the Transport Information Group is hosted,
suffered a major network outage. The primary network switch in Globat main datacenter in downtown
Los Angeles failed completely. The website was down a large part of the day, and being out of the
country from Friday 22 until Monday 25, I could not publish article for 2 days. I apologize for the
inconvenience, as Globat.com President did for the network outage to its customers. Also, the stats
server has been down around seven days this month. Thus, statistical data for February is not complete.
Despite this technical problem, there are more and more visits on the Transport Information Group,
thanks to your support. In the end, <strong>more than 2,500 unique visitors came around 5,000 times
to visit the Transport Information Group webpages </strong>(corrected data would be at least 30%
more, if stats servers did not crash). <h3><font color="#800000">What's next?</font></h3> March
will be the time for me to promote the website among my contacts, that are not yet aware it exists.
<strong>I will also try to attract more people to join the newsletter: do not hesitate to spread the word
among your contacts</strong>, it is only one email a week that helps me keeping track of who
regularly reads the articles. For them and all the others, I will try to keep up at the same rhythm.
Sollicited a couple times about this issue, I decided to change the URL of the website. It still needs to
be worked on (technically speaking, thanks to my geeky-advisor -and-friend <strong>hr/</strong>)
and will probably not be accessible before April. However, I already bought the Domain Name: <a
href="http://www.transport-expertise.com/">http://www.transport-expertise.com/</a> but it is not
working permanently yet. I will migrate the blog database to have the website hosted under this new
name, <a href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/">http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/</a> will
then be forwarded (no worry for those who use bookmarks, I will not let you down!). This will need
quite a lot of work and I want it to be done in only one time, probably during a weekend. Thus, all
future big evolutions will happen in a little while, depending on how fast I can develop them: <ul>
<li>the French version of the site: US news for Europe, in French;</li> <li>a new design with three
columns, based on the current skin;</li> <li>a graphic/color chart: logo, visual identity, etc. also based
on the current skin;</li> <li>a nicer and more efficient menu (scrolling, AJAXed... different?) at the
top of the site, to access pages, categories, and maybe more;</li> <li>a better Search Engines
Optimization to ensure better referencing (even though it is already quite good).</li> </ul> The
website may be unavailable for a couple hours/days (?) and I need to prepare that as well as possible,
so that it does not last for weeks =) <h3><font color="#800000">My last thank of the
month</font></h3> March will be another great step for the Transport Information Group, and I would
like to thank you all one more time for your help, comments, support, advice, and much more.
<strong>I would like this adventure to continue, thank you to continue with me!</strong> <p
align="right"><strong><font color="#008000">Matt</font></strong></p>

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In brief: Emirates to fly its first A380 to NYC and London
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/03/in-brief-emirates-to-fly-its-first-a380-to-nyc-
and-london/
Mon, 03 Mar 2008 11:00:10 +0000
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Emirates Airlines, based in Dubai, is the largest Arab airline, the world's fastest-growing airline, and
also the biggest Airbus customer for the brand new A380 superjumbo. The company has ordered 58
aircrafts and announced it will use its firsts A380 superjumbos to fly to London Heathrow and New
York, and also to Sydney (Australia) and Auckland (New Zealand). After being delayed by about two
years, the delivery of five of the double-decker planes is scheduled this year. Emirates Airlines chose a
luxury 489-seat configuration for its aircrafts, that will fly to New York on October 1, 2008, then
London Heathrow on December 1, 2008 and on a route to Sydney-Auckland starting February 1, 2009.
By comparison, Singapore Airlines' first A380 offers 12 double-bed "suites" in first class, 60 business
class seats and 399 in economy (total: 471), while total seating can reach 800 seats in a charter version.
<h3><font color="#800000">Singapore airline: A380 "guinea-pig" airline</font></h3> Emirates will
be the second airline to operate A380 aircrafts, after Singapore Airline, that already flies the
superjumbo between Singapore and Sydney. The asian airline will soon fly to London Heathrow,
starting March 18, 2008. Delays problems were one thing, but the Airbus A380 needs to show what is
it able to do while in operation: reliability, efficiency, etc. Since it entered operation, it did not suffer
major problems and Emirates Airlines can be confident when it will take off its A380s for their maiden
flight. <!--more--> However, on Feb. 19, 2008, Singapore Airlines announced an A380 superjumbo
flight had to be grounded due to a fuel pump defect. This was the first major technical glitch to affect
the superjumbo. As a consequence, the airline had to substitute a Boeing 747-400 and bump around 70
passengers to other flights (the B747 seating fewer people). Singapore Airlines could not use its second
A380 since it was undergoing maintenance. Airbus needs to ensure that its customers will not care too
much about this technical issue, and that it will be able to meet the demand in the next couple month. It
could be costly for the European company to suffer other delays or technical problems on its flagship
aircraft... <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Emirates to
start A380 flights to New York, London</em>, Reuters, Mar. 2, 2008: <a
href="http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSL0249597320080302"
target="_blank" title="Emirates to start A380 flights to New York, London">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>Introducing the Emirates A380-800</em>, Emirates Airlines: <a
href="http://www.emirates.com/english/flying/our_fleet/airbus_A380-800/a380_800_main.aspx"
target="_blank" title="Introducing the Emirates A380-800">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Emirates
fera voler ses premiers A380 vers New York et Londres</em>, La Tribune, Mar. 2, 2008: <a
href="http://www.latribune.fr/info/Emirates-fera-voler-ses-premiers-A380-vers-New-York-et-
Londres-858-%7E-EMIRATES-EADS-A380-20080302TXT-$Db=News/News.nsf-$Channel=Bourse"
target="_blank" title="Emirates fera voler ses premiers A380 vers New York et
Londres">here</a></li> <li>Website: Singapore Airlines A380: <a
href="http://www.a380.singaporeair.com/" target="_blank" title="A380 Singapore
Airlines">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport
Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/in-
brief-one-more-airbus-a380-in-the-air/" title="Airbus go green! A380 superjumbo fly on alternative
fuel">Airbus go green! A380 superjumbo fly on alternative fuel</a>, Feb. 1, 2008</li> </ul>

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Debate: French High Speed Trains
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/03/debate-french-high-speed-trains/
Mon, 03 Mar 2008 16:00:08 +0000
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This post is more a debate than regular news article. I received recently an interesting request about
French High Speed Rail networks. From what I know and what is publicly (or not) available, I wrote
an answer to the following questions. I also updated what I wrote in the email with some additional
answers I got since then. <h3><font color="#800000">Financial situation of the French high speed rail
system</font></h3> <blockquote>"<em>I realize that it may be impossible to get accurate data - but
every once and a while is see statements that it is making a "profit" and others that say it is losing a lot
of money: </em> <ol> <li><em>Does revenue (from all sources) covers all or part of operating costs?
</em></li> <li><em>What portion of operating costs is covered by fare and freight revenue?
</em></li> <li><em>In addition, are there bond payments that have to be made to pay for the capital
costs?</em>"</li> </ol> </blockquote> I would like to share this in order to bring more precise
answers, and eventually get the figures and data that it is actually very difficult to obtain from SNCF,
RFF, or the French Government. <strong>Please be welcome to comment, and provide answers or
add/correct some of the existing ones</strong>. <h3><font color="#800000">Brief answers to the
questions, while looking for more precise data</font></h3> There is (almost) no way to get accurate
data from either SNCF (operator), RFF (infrastructure manager, that collects the tolls) or the French
Government about rail transport profitability. Nobody provides detailed figures of SNCF
costs/benefits...<!--more--> It is true however that HSR lines are profitable, even though it depends
which ones: operating costs are covered by ticket fares (and also other revenues at the margin) on most
of high speed rail lines (Paris-Lyon-Marseille, Lille-Paris, Paris-Bordeaux). I do not know yet about
traffics and revenues on the Paris-Strasbourg route (the new line that opened in June 2007) but
operating costs may also be covered as far as traffic is higher than expected. Specialist however admit
that the operation of this line may not cover infrastructure costs. Profitability should however be
analyzed comparing total cost (capital + operating) and revenues (from all sources). Considering only
operating results, HSR lines balance is positive, given the traffic on highly profitable corridors as
Marseille-Lyon-Paris-Lille. When considering capital cost, some lines are largely profitable: capital
costs for the Lyon-Paris HSR line, which was the first line of the French HSR network, have been
covered over the years by fare revenues. I need to check if it is also true on the other lines. <h3><font
color="#800000">Financing of HSR network</font></h3> Financing process to build HSR lines
involves many actors: the French Government, SNCF, RFF and also some of the regions crossed by
the HSR line. Since SNCF is now only an operator and RFF owning and managing the infrastructures,
SNCF revenues cover its operating costs. Tolls paid by SNCF for operating trains on RFF network
have to cover capital costs, for RFF to be profitable. However, money invested by the French
Government could be considered as a subsidy and may not account in the cost/profit balance of RFF. I
am not aware of bonds payments to finance capital costs and will look into it. <h3><font
color="#800000">What is profitable, what is not...</font></h3> Compared to passenger traffic, freight
revenues are really low on the HSR network since only three TGV trainsets of La Poste (French Postal
service) ride a couple times a day to deliver express mail. What loses money in SNCF operations is
intercity trains that are not high speed trains, and freight operation (around €280 million loss in 2007).
I will try to find more detailed data and precise figures in the next couple days/weeks but I definitely
wanted to open the debate on this question. Maybe some of the French readers will have information to
provide, I would be glad they post it as a comment or send it via email (<a href="/index.php/contact-
us/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link: Contact Us">Contact Us</a>).

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Against the future Nantes-Paris airport
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/04/against-the-future-nantes-paris-airport/
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:00:34 +0000
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Following the Environment Rountable in October 2007, people thought the new infrastructure would
not be built but, the airport project in Notre Dame des Landes 25 kilometers from Nantes will not be
cancelled in spite of the President's declaration. On Saturday, March 1, around 2,000 to 3,000 people
protested in Nantes to ask for the Grand Ouest airport project cancellation. Many environmental
associations are fighting against the construction, such as the Bird Protection association (Ligue de
protection des oiseaux) or the Farmers Confederation (Confédération paysanne). Their main argument
was that this project does not respect the Environment Rountable conclusions at all. Didier Quéraud,
regional President of the ecologist party (Les Verts, "<em>Greens</em>") specified this infrastructure
is useless since the actual airport will not be overcharged until 2015-2020, only if actual traffic
continue to grow at the same rhythm. A decree of public utility has been published by the Government
on February 10, 2008, confirming the airport project will go on.<!--more--> <h3><font
color="#800000">Why being opposed to the project?</font></h3> I think this opposition makes not
much sense. Environmentalists do not really realize that traffic will continue to grow (actually they do,
but they do not publicly admit it), at least at the same rate. Since Air France announced it is interested
in operating high-speed trains, the service offered to passengers will improve in areas like Nantes,
outside Paris but not so far from the French capital city. It will even probably help to minimize
congestion in Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, both in the airport and on roads and public
transport networks that feed in. Offering such a new solution, to replace the actual Nantes airport, is
(but this is only my view of the situation) a real improvement. Not only it will develop air traffic but
also economic growth in the <em>Grand Ouest </em>area. <h3><font color="#800000">Nantes
airport construction should be a priority</font></h3> Statistics published in July 2007 by the French
Aviation Administration (see references below), traffic for the first semester of 2007 increase 5.9%
from previous years: <ul> <li>International traffic grew 7.3%</li> <li>Domestic traffic grew only
0.9% (+4.7% for west-east traffic)</li> <li>France to French islands and territories increased
8.8%</li> </ul> During this period, traffic in both Paris airports totaled 41.3 million passengers
(+4.5% compared to Januray-June 2006) and Nantes airport had a 1.2 million passengers traffic
(+8.2% compared to Januray-June 2006). Since 2001, Paris airports traffic grew by 13% and Nantes
airport by 20%. Despite evolutions in Charles de Gaulle airport, there will be a need for increased
capacity and Nantes would definitely be a good place to develop air traffic, and the opposi <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Manifestation à Nantes contre
l'aéroport du Grand Ouest</em>, Le Moniteur Expert, Mar. 3, 2008: <a href="http://www.lemoniteur-
expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=2&amp;acces=0&amp;id=DEACF93A9&amp;mode=0"
target="_blank" title="Manifestation à Nantes contre l'aéroport du Grand Ouest">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>La progession du Transport aérien se poursuit au premier semestre 2007</em>,
French Aviation Administration Airport statistics: <a
href="http://www.dgac.fr/html/prospace/stats/pdf_synthese/07_1sem/stats07_07.html" target="_blank"
title="La progession du Transport aérien se poursuit au premier semestre 2007">here</a></li>
<li>Report: <em>La progession du Transport aérien se poursuit au premier semestre 2007</em>,
French Aviation Administration Airport statistics: <a
href="http://www.dgac.fr/html/prospace/stats/pdf_synthese/07_1sem/Note%20de%20synthese_07_09.
pdf" target="_blank" title="La progession du Transport aérien se poursuit au premier semestre
2007">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport Information
Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="/index.php/no-more-airports-for-france-we-are-not-sure-
yet%E2%80%A6/" title="No more airports for France: we are not sure yet…">No more airports for
France: we are not sure yet…</a>, Dec. 24, 2007</li> </ul>
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Beijing opens the world largest airport terminal
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2008 beijing
2008 beijing
50 million
50 million
air
air
aircrafts
aircrafts
airline
airline
airport terminal
airport terminal
arup
arup
communism
communism
construction projects
construction projects
economics
economics
emirates
emirates
finance
finance
football fields
football fields
hectares
hectares
infrastructure
infrastructure
kilometers
kilometers
london heathrow
london heathrow
londoners
londoners
mobility
mobility
multibillion dollar
multibillion dollar
norman foster
norman foster
olympic games
olympic games
passengers
passengers
projects
projects
runway length
runway length
runways
runways
skylights
skylights
square feet
square feet
square meters
square meters
surface runway
surface runway
terminal 3
terminal 3
terminal buildings
terminal buildings
transport
transport
world airports
world airports
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Olympic games in 2008 that created "<em>a multibillion dollar boom in Chinese construction
projects</em>", more and more <strike>tourists</strike> travelers in China everyday, low-cost
workforce, low construction and materials costs, Norman Foster's incredibleness and eventually
communism (?). This is maybe what help Beijing to build the biggest airport terminal worldwide. In
order to allow more aircrafts to land in Beijing, the airport authority needed room and chose to build a
new terminal... here it is. Foster + Partners and Arup unveiled the Terminal 3, last part of Beijing's
Capital International Airport, on February 29, 2008. <h3><font color="#800000">Beijing Terminal 3:
Facts and figures</font></h3> Terminal 3 (aka T3) is the world's largest building and according to its
designer Norman Foster, it is "<em>the most advanced airport building in the world</em>." Here are
some quick (but "large") facts about this incredible building:<!--more--> <ul> <li>Surface of the
terminal buildings: 14 million square feet, or 1.3 million square meters, or 130 hectares, or... 260
football fields;</li> <li>Length from one end to another: 2 miles or 3.2 kilometers;</li> <li>Total
airport extension covers 1,467 hectares, 1.6 times the original airport (T1+T2) surface;</li>
<li>Runway length: this new runway, the third one in Capital International Airport is 12,500 feet or
3,810 meters;</li> <li>10,000 people from nine villages were relocated so the project could be
built;</li> <li>Development cost: $3.75 billion;</li> <li>Four years of work to be completed, started
in March 2004;</li> <li>Terminal will accommodate 50 million passengers annually by 2020 (in
addition to the 53 million 2007 travelers, that places Beijing in the Top 10 world airports), T3 will (in
effect) double the Airport's capacity;</li> <li>Terminal 3's roof contains thousands of skylights and
has an area of nearly 4 million square feet;</li> <li>By 2015, the facility will be able to accommodate
around 580,000 flights a year (to be compared to London Heathrow with 475,000 flights);</li>
<li>300 check-in desks, processing up to 7,000 passengers hourly;</li> <li>30 miles of high-speed
conveyor belts (437), 64 restaurants, 175 escalators, and 173 elevators;</li> <li>Estimated time for
bags to reach carousels: 10 minutes only.</li> </ul> Upon newspapers worldwide, this new
construction in Asia "<em>underscores China's emergence as a financial superpower</em>".
<h3><font color="#800000">Congested airport to be congested again...</font></h3> Operation
started on Friday, February 29, 2008 and will bring airport capacity to 76 million passengers annually,
up from 36 million for T1 + T2. Even though 53+ million passengers were accomodated in 2007, the
actual "real" capacity was almost 50% less than what was needed. During the previous years, the
airport suffered more and more delays (33% departing flights on time in 2007), luggage handling
problems, and other unconvenience for customers/passengers. T3 was awaited and definitely needed.
26 airlines will use the new terminal, starting by Sichuan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, British Airways,
Emirates, Qantas et El Al Israel Airlines that started operation on February 29, 2008. Air China and
Lufthansa will begin landing in Terminal 3 by March 26. Total traffic is expected to reach 60 million
passengers this year, seven years ealier than forecasted. Beijing airport would be able to accomodate
around 90 million passengers in 2012. It will then be ranked fifth world airport, behing London
(Heathrow), Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson), Chicago (O'Hare), and Tokyo (Haneda). The new T3 may
even be quickly saturated when fully operated... Chinese authorities and Government already think
about a second giant airport around the capital city. <h3><font color="#800000">Section D, as
Dedicated?</font></h3> New Terminal 3 section D covers a tenth of the T3 surface, with 12 boarding
gates, will be dedicated to charter flights that will be landing to drop Olympic Games ticket holders. A
total of 100,000 square meters have been allocated by Beijing airport authority for these charter flights.
China expects to welcome more visitors than ever! Also, China wishes to show visitors it offers
efficient services to passengers and also that it managed to organize such a large event. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>L'aéroport de Pékin ouvre le plus
grand terminal du monde</em>, Chine Informations, Mar. 4, 2008: <a href="http://www.chine-
informations.com/actualite/chine-laeroport-de-pekin-ouvre-le-plus-grand-terminal-du-
monde_8757.html" target="_blank" title="L'aéroport de Pékin ouvre le plus grand terminal du
monde">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Pékin inaugure le plus vaste aéroport du monde</em>, Les
Echos (subscription needed), Mar. 3, 2008: <a
href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/4694695.htm" target="_blank" title="Pékin
inaugure le plus vaste aéroport du monde">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Beijing's Giant Airport
Terminal To Open</em>, Business Week, Feb. 27, 2008: <a
href="http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/feb2008/id20080227_097781.htm?chan=innova
tion_architecture_top+stories&amp;bcsi_scan_C9A5957D136929BF=TmksNdisZK1tVuiaTCuniiAA
AABYs6o1&amp;bcsi_scan_filename=id20080227_097781.htm" target="_blank" title="Beijing's
Giant Airport Terminal To Open">here</a></li> <li>Image gallery: <em>Beijing's Giant Airport
Terminal To Open</em>, Business Week, Feb. 27, 2008: <a
href="http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/02/0227_beijing_terminal/index_01.htm" target="_blank"
title="Beijing's Giant Airport Terminal To Open">here</a></li> </ul>

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Berlusconi said Alitalia should remain Italian...
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/04/berlusconi-said-alitalia-should-remain-italian/
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 19:00:15 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
agv
agv
air
air
air france
air france
aircrafts
aircrafts
airline
airline
alitalia
alitalia
alstom
alstom
delta air lines
delta air lines
desiderio
desiderio
dutch company
dutch company
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
freight
freight
government hands
government hands
italian airline
italian airline
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italian government
jeopardy
jeopardy
klm
klm
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
mentionned
mentionned
merger deal
merger deal
merger proposal
merger proposal
merger talks
merger talks
milan airport
milan airport
milan malpensa
milan malpensa
national airline
national airline
national assembly elections
national assembly elections
northwest airlines
northwest airlines
passengers
passengers
pilot groups
pilot groups
politics
politics
poll
poll
positive signs
positive signs
projects
projects
silvio berlusconi
silvio berlusconi
television interview
television interview
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
union pilots
union pilots
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Still in negociation with Air France-KLM, Alitalia's destiny is the Italian Government hands. Final
decision is expected when the new Italian Government will be formed, after the National Assembly
elections scheduled on April 13 and 14, 2008. <h3><font color="#800000">Berlusconi's view of
Alitalia's status</font></h3> Rightist Silvio Berlusconi, ex-Italy Prime Minister is pretty much against
selling Alitalia to Air France-KLM group, since he estimates Italia should keep a national airline. It
appears Mr. Berlusconi may be back leading Italy since his party is leading the polls for the Assembly
elections next month. If elected, Berlusconi would be more in favor of an Italian investor than selling
the Italian airline to the French-Dutch company. Air One recently made an offer and would be ready to
buy out the 49.9% Alitalia's shares the Italian Government still owns. Also, Mr. Berlusconi
mentionned in a television interview that he was disappointed by Alitalia's decision to remove most of
its flights from Milan-Malpensa (-72%). He estimated that Malpensa airport now loses more than a
billion euros, compared to €200 to €300 million that the Airline was losing operating in Milan
airport.<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">Airlines deals are not sealed</font></h3> On the
other side of the Atlantic, the Delta-Northwest deal has not been concluded yet and decisions are still
on hold. Both airlines' pilots still have issues with the merger deal, but still hope they can find a way to
accept this union: "<em>Pilots at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines apparently haven't given up
hope for a solution that would reopen merger talks stalled by differences over how to fuse their union
seniority lists under a combined carrier</em>." However, "<em>no one appears ready to declare the
merger dead. A few positive signs surfaced late last week signaling that the pilot groups are trying to
restart the talks, which broke off Feb. 21.</em>" This deal could still go on. Also, the United-
Continental merger proposal may be in jeopardy even though "<em>Continental is "without question"
United's first choice as a merger partner, but any deal is in limbo until it becomes clear if Delta and
Northwest will combine, said a top United union official who also sits on the company's board</em>."
One interesting thing though is that Continental would be greatly favorable to a Delta-Northwest deal:
<blockquote><em>Analysts expect Houston's Continental Airlines and United to link up if Delta opts
to combine with Northwest. A deal by Northwest would free Continental of a "golden share" that gives
Northwest significant say in any deals pursued by Continental.</em> <p align="right">Source:
Houston Chronicle</p> </blockquote> However, on both sides of the Atlantic, these deals are still in
discussion and they could all be cancelled. In the United States, Congress may not approve the
mergers, and antitrust laws may also be a reason not to accept the airlines to partner. In Italy, the new
Governement may also refuse Air France-KLM Group proposal and attribute Alitalia's ownership to
Air One. What will be the results, we do not know yet... maybe nothing. What do you think?
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Alitalia : pour
Berlusconi, l'Italie doit garder une compagnie nationale</em>, Les Echos (subscription needed), Mar.
4, 2008: <a href="http://transport.lesechos.fr/premium/transport/actu/300246946.htm" target="_blank"
title="Alitalia : pour Berlusconi, l'Italie doit garder une compagnie nationale">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Delta-Northwest merger: pilots' demands hold any deal up</em>, The Christian
Science Monitor, Mar. 4, 2008: <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0304/p02s01-usec.html"
target="_blank" title="Delta-Northwest merger: pilots' demands hold any deal up">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>United union leader says Continental talks in limbo</em>, Houston Chronicle, Mar.
3, 2008: <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/5587690.html" target="_blank"
title="United union leader says Continental talks in limbo">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Airlines
still trying to land merger deal</em>, Salt Lake Tribune, Mar. 1, 2008: <a
href="http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_8421155" target="_blank" title="Airlines still trying to land
merger deal">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport
Information Group</font></h3> Here are related articles from the Transport Information Group from
the last couple weeks, dealing with Air France KLM investment and interests: <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/in-brief-air-france-klm-large-investment-in-alitalia/" title="In brief: Air France KLM
large investment in Alitalia">In brief: Air France KLM large investment in Alitalia</a>, Feb. 20,
2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/deltanorthwest-air-france-klm-wants-to-be-part-of-it/"
title="Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM wants to be part of it!">Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM
wants to be part of it!</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-
the-new-alstom-agv/" title="Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air France KLM
attracted by the new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/aircraft-a-market-
worth-2800-billion-by-2026/" title="Aircraft: a market worth $2,800 billion by 2026">Aircraft: a
market worth $2,800 billion by 2026</a>, Feb. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/alitalia-
anticipates-potential-buyers-moves/" title="Alitalia anticipates potential buyer’s moves">Alitalia
anticipates potential buyer’s moves</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-air-
france-klm-pursuing-alitalia-deal/" title="Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal">Air France-KLM
pursuing Alitalia deal</a>, Jan. 31, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/toward-the-us-airlines-open-
skies/" title="Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies">Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies</a>, Jan.
29, 2008</li> </ul>

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CMA CGM recent moves
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/05/cma-cgm-recent-moves/
Wed, 05 Mar 2008 11:00:11 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
china and the united states
china and the united states
common service
common service
container shipping
container shipping
dalian
dalian
economics
economics
evolution
evolution
existence
existence
existing services
existing services
fleet
fleet
freight
freight
gulf countries
gulf countries
hapag lloyd
hapag lloyd
increased service
increased service
india pakistan
india pakistan
lloyd
lloyd
logistics
logistics
maritime
maritime
north china
north china
serving central
serving central
shipping company
shipping company
shipping group
shipping group
shipping services
shipping services
ships
ships
south china
south china
teu ships
teu ships
teu vessels
teu vessels
teus
teus
tianjin xingang
tianjin xingang
transport
transport
waterways
waterways
yang tse
yang tse
yantian
yantian
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A common service between Asia and United States in partnership with Maersk and MSC, a separation
from Hapag Lloyd and Hambourg Sud for the operation of Northern Europe to India-Pakistan lines,
and an increased service between Asia, India and the Gulf region. These are all recent evolutions in
CMA CGM shipping services that allow CMA CGM to develop and maintain its current rank as the
world's third largest container shipping Group (number one in France). The company operates a fleet
of 377 vessels (101 company-owned), a total capacity of more than 800,000 TEUs, and serves 400
ports worldwide. <h3><font color="#800000">A partnership between the three largest</font></h3>
CMA CGM, Maersk, and MSC will operate new joint services between China and the United States
(West Coast). Starting April 2008, the three shippers will launch: the YANG TSE, serving Central and
South China, and the BOHAI RIM, serving Central and North China.<!--more--> The three major
shipping company will be able to rationalize existing services, providing their customers with a larger
port coverage in China, calling two times a week in China and California. Ten 8,000 TEUs vessels (5
on each loop) will be operated, offering weekly direct service between China and the United States.
The full itinerary of each rotation will be: <ul type="disc"> <li>YANG TSE: Hong Kong, Yantian,
Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Qingdao, Los Angeles, Hong Kong.</li> <li>BOHAI RIM: Dalian, Tianjin
Xingang, Shanghai, Ningbo, Long Beach, Oakland, Dalian.</li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">EPIC service without Hapag Lloyd and Hambourg Sud</font></h3> Starting May
2008, CMA CGM Group will operate the EPIC service, linking Northern Europe to India, Gulf
Countries and Pakistan by itself. Today operated in partnership with Hapag Lloyd and Hambourg Sud.
CMA CGM is the controlling company of this operation, using three 4,000-TEU ships on the first loop
and four 2,800-TEU vessels on the second loop. CMA CGM declared that the fleet used on these two
loops will probably change to bigger vessels carrying up to 6,500 TEUs. With this new organization,
CMA CGM Group will pursue its service, offering competitive transit times from Northern Europe to
India, Gulf Countries and Pakistan. The loop will be the following: Tilbury, Hamburg, Anvers, Le
Havre, Port Said, Korfakkan or Jebel Ali, Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Malte, and Tilbury.
<h3><font color="#800000">New loop on CIMEX service</font></h3> CMA CGM Group
announced it will increase service to Asia, India, and Arabic Gulf countries with a new loop on its
CIMEX service, starting March 2008. The new coverage of CIMEX service departing in Asia will be
composed of two different loops, and will be bi-weekly: <ul> <li>The first loop will serve Gulf
countries, Iran and Irak: Ningbo, Shanghai, Fuqing/Fuzhou, Chiwan, Port Kelang, Jebel Ali,
Khorfakkan, Bandar Abbas, and Port Kelang.</li> <li>The second loop will serve Colombo and the
west coast of India: Xiamen, Shantou, Chiwan, Laem Chebang, Port Kelang, Colombo, Nhava Sheva,
Jebel Ali, and Port Kelang.</li> </ul> CMA CGM Group will operate 10 vessels in partnership with
CNC (Australian subsidiary of CMA CGM) and ANL (Cheng Lie Navigation, Taïwan subsidiary of
CMA CGM), five containers ship on each loop, with a capacity of 2,500 TEUs. Reinforcing CIMEX
services will help CMA CGM Group to match with demand evolution in this area of the world. Traffic
growth is expected to continue at the same rhythm on these lines and the French shipping company
needed to provide its customers with an offer that will match their schedules and transit times
expectancies. CMA CGM also needed to offer new connections and port of calls to ensure better
service (a stop in Shantou port was added, for example). All these evolution will probably allow CMA
CGM Group to continue its development worldwide and maintain high level of service, to keep its
third place in the shippers ranking. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>CMA CGM renforce ses services entre l'Asie, l'Inde et le Golfe</em>, Mer et
Marine, Feb. 29, 2008 : <a href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=106974"
target="_blank" title="CMA CGM renforce ses services entre l'Asie, l'Inde et le Golfe">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Nord Europe - Inde - Pakistan : CMA CGM se sépare d'Hapag Lloyd et Hambourg
Sud</em>, Mer et Marine, Feb. 27, 2008 : <a
href="http://www.meretmarine.com/article.cfm?id=106938" target="_blank" title="Nord Europe - Inde
- Pakistan : CMA CGM se sépare d'Hapag Lloyd et Hambourg Sud">here</a></li> <li>Press release:
<em>CMA CGM, MAERSK and MSC launch a common service</em>, CMA CGM, Feb. 29, 2008:
<a href="http://www.cma-
cgm.com/AboutUs/PressRoom/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?Id=6086&amp;Culture=en-US"
target="_blank" title="CMA CGM, MAERSK and MSC launch a common service">here</a></li>
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    2008-03-05 22:14:42
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    I thing this new grouping of the three biggest is underestimated. It is to do with end of the
    Conference era, the oil prices and the diminishing role of the alliances. maybe we see here a new
    sort of super consortium.
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In brief: UIC HIGHSPEED 2008
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Wed, 05 Mar 2008 14:00:50 +0000
Matthieu Desiderio
amsterdam rai
amsterdam rai
amsterdam the netherlands
amsterdam the netherlands
brand name
brand name
cooperation activities
cooperation activities
customer expectations
customer expectations
desiderio
desiderio
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
global dimension
global dimension
global event
global event
high speed network
high speed network
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
high speed rail
highspeed
highspeed
important event
important event
infrastructure
infrastructure
infrastructure business
infrastructure business
international transport
international transport
march 17
march 17
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
mobile equipment
mobile equipment
passenger rail transportation
passenger rail transportation
passengers
passengers
prorail
prorail
rail
rail
trade exhibition
trade exhibition
transport
transport
transport
transport
Transport Expertise
Transport Expertise
transport expertise association
transport expertise association
Transport Information Group
Transport Information Group
transportation
transportation
uic
uic
world congress
world congress
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The UIC conference on High-Speed Rail will be held March 17-19, 2008 in Amsterdam RAI
Exhibition and Convention Center, Europaplein in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Six major topics will
be discussed during the three-day congress: <ul> <li>Topic 1 - High Speed Rail and Society;</li>
<li>Topic 2 - High Speed Rail in Practice;</li> <li>Topic 3 - From Single Lines to a High Speed
Network;</li> <li>Topic 4 - Strategic Issues in High Speed Rail;</li> <li>Topic 5 - Meeting
Customer Expectations; and</li> <li>Topic 6 - Innovations in Fixed and Mobile Equipment.</li>
</ul> <blockquote><em>The 6th World Congress &amp; Trade Exhibition on High Speed Rail in
Amsterdam will be the most important event in the long distance passenger rail transportation and
infrastructure business. All strategic issues linked to the development of high speed rail systems will be
addressed at this global event organised by UIC, NS and ProRail, with all key players from the
international transport scene expected to attend.</em> <em>UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 follows five
successful editions of this congress under the EurailSpeed brand name. This new brand name, UIC
HIGHSPEED 2008, underlines the new global dimension of UIC's railway cooperation
activities.</em></blockquote> <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Website: UIC HIGHSPEED 2008: <a href="http://www.uic-highspeed2008.com/" target="_blank"
title="UIC HIGHSPEED 2008">here</a></li> <li>Program: UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 program, PDF
file: <a href="http://www.uic-highspeed2008.com/documents/PROGRAMME.pdf" target="_blank"
title="UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 Program">here</a></li> <li>Brochure: UIC HIGHSPEED 2008
brochure, PDF file: <a href="http://www.uic-highspeed2008.com/documents/brochure.pdf"
target="_blank" title="UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 brochure">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></font></h3> High-Speed
Rail coverage on the Transport Information Group: <ul> <li><a href="/index.php/air-france-klm-
attracted-by-the-new-alstom-agv/" title="Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air
France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/alstom-agv-launched-on-track-in-france-by-2014/"
title="Alstom AGV launched: on track in France by 2014">Alstom AGV launched: on track in France
by 2014</a>, Feb. 5, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-rail-fast-trains-slow-projects/"
title="High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow projects">High Speed Rail: fast trains, slow projects</a>, Jan.
25, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-tgv-vs-air-france-on-paris-to-strasbourg/" title="In
brief: TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to Strasbourg">In brief: TGV vs. Air France, on Paris to
Strasbourg</a>, Jan. 25, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-freight-rail-already-a-reality/"
title="High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality">High Speed Freight Rail: already a reality</a>, Jan.
24, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/high-speed-rail-sncf-modify-its-fares/" title="High Speed Rail:
SNCF modify its fares">High Speed Rail: SNCF modify its fares</a>, Jan. 23, 2008</li> <li><a
href="/index.php/high-speed-rail-news-from-spain/" title="High Speed Rail: News from Spain">High
Speed Rail: News from Spain</a>, Jan. 21, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-alstom-trains-
go-full-speed/" title="In brief: Alstom trains go full speed!">In brief: Alstom trains go full speed!</a>,
Jan. 16, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/hsr-breaking-news-top-secret-not-that-much/" title="HSR
“breaking” news: Top secret? Not that much…">HSR “breaking” news: Top secret? Not that
much…</a>, Jan. 10, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/tgv-surfing-the-internet-at-320-kph/"
title="High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320 kph">High Speed Rail: Surfing the Internet at 320
kph</a>, Jan. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/spain-first-hsr-network-by-2015/" title="Spain:
first HSR network by 2015?">Spain: first HSR network by 2015?</a>, Dec. 26, 2007</li> <li><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/sncf-up-to-eur-9-billion-worth-of-hsr-trains/"
title="SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR trains">SNCF: up to EUR 9 billion worth of HSR
trains</a>, Dec. 19, 2007</li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/high-speed-
rail-tgv-commercial-speed-will-top-360-kph/" title="High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top
360 kph">High Speed Rail: TGV commercial speed will top 360 kph</a>, Dec. 17, 2007</li> </ul>

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Containerships Global Fleet 2002-2007
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Wed, 05 Mar 2008 17:00:55 +0000
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I found data about containerships global fleet and wanted to make these figures available to those who
can find it interesting or useful. You will find a PDF file and Excel spreadsheet in the Downloads
section of the website. According to these recent figures, large containerships will definitely be in the
merchant marine future. From 0 unit in 2002, marine companies worldwide now have 180 ships
containing more than 7,500 TEUs, and 300+ more are awaited, already in the order books. <h3><font
color="#800000">Containerships Global Fleet 2002</font></h3> <p style="text-align: center"><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/2002.JPG" title="Containerships
Global Fleet 2002"><img src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/2002.JPG" alt="Containerships Global Fleet 2002" width="480" /></a></p>
<a href="http://www.matthieudesiderio.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/20021.JPG"
title="Containerships Global Fleet 2002"><!--more--></a> <h3><font
color="#800000">Containerships Global Fleet 2007</font></h3> <p align="center"><a
href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/2007.JPG" title="Containerships
Global Fleet 2007"><img src="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/2007.JPG" alt="Containerships Global Fleet 2007" width="480" /></a></p>
<h3><font color="#800000">Containerships Global Fleet evolution and order book</font></h3> <p
align="center"> <a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/evolution.JPG"
title="Containerships Global Fleet evolution and order book"><img src="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/evolution.JPG" alt="Containerships Global Fleet evolution
and order book" width="480" /></a></p> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the
Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/2002-2007-containerships-global-fleet.pdf" title="2002-2007 Containerships
Global Fleet evolution and order book (PDF)">2002-2007 Containerships Global Fleet evolution and
order book (PDF)</a></li> <li><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/03/2002-2007-containerships-global-fleet.xls" title="2002-2007 Containerships
Global Fleet evolution and order book (MS Excel)">2002-2007 Containerships Global Fleet evolution
and order book (MS Excel)</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Deutsche Post Splitting Logistics Unit
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Thu, 06 Mar 2008 13:00:59 +0000
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air
benefits
benefits
bruce edwards
bruce edwards
ceo
ceo
desiderio
desiderio
deutsche post
deutsche post
deutsche post ag
deutsche post ag
dhl
dhl
economics
economics
expert
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freight
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germany
germany
jan 29
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logistics
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matthieu desiderio
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medias
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parent company
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transport
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transport
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<p align="left">Here is a short brief from Transport Topics about Deutsche Post AG, the parent
company of DHL Americas, which situation has been debated previously in the medias, and also on
the Transport Information Group (see references below). I think that creating two divisions should be a
way for Deutsche Post to, first evaluate cost and benefits of each division, and then maybe decide to
sell or not part of its activities.</p> <p align="left">It may revive the debate about FedEx buying DHL
Americas activities even though most of the people who answered the poll I set up in the previous post
said this potential deal is only speculation.</p> <blockquote><em>Deutsche Post AG will split its
logistics division into two businesses, and the company appointed managers for the new units,
Bloomberg reported Tuesday.</em> <em>The Supply Chain division will be headed by Bruce
Edwards, 52, while Hermann Ude, 46, will head the company’s Global Forwarding and Freight unit,
Bloomberg reported, citing a statement from Germany-based Deutsche Post.</em> <em>Deutsche
Post is the parent company of DHL Americas, ranked No. 3 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S.
and Canadian for-hire carriers.</em> <p align="right">By Transport Topics<!--more--></p>
</blockquote> I would like to hereby follow-up with this issue and get some more information on the
eventual future of DHL... Do not hesitate to react and bring up some of your personal hints. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Deutsche Post Splitting Logistics
Unit</em>, Transport Topics, Mar. 4, 2008: <a
href="http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=19286" target="_blank"
title="Deutsche Post Splitting Logistics Unit">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/dhl-fedex-co-deutsche-post-names-new-ceo/" title="DHL, FedEx &amp; Co:
Deutsche Post Names New CEO">DHL, FedEx &amp; Co: Deutsche Post Names New CEO</a>,
Feb. 21, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/is-dhl-going-bad/" title="Is DHL going bad?">Is DHL
going bad?</a>, Feb. 14, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/dhl-fedex-is-there-a-deal-somewhere/"
title="DHL + FedEx… Is there a deal somewhere?">DHL + FedEx… Is there a deal somewhere?</a>,
Feb. 6, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-is-fedex-going-to-eat-dhl/" title="In brief: Is
FedEx going to “eat” DHL?">In brief: Is FedEx going to “eat” DHL?</a>, Jan. 29, 2008</li> </ul>

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In brief: Geodis will not sell Bourgey-Montreuil
http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/2008/03/06/in-brief-geodis-will-not-sell-bourgey-montreuil/
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automobile press
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benefits
ceo
ceo
cost management
cost management
desiderio
desiderio
distribution sectors
distribution sectors
economics
economics
expert
expert
Expertise
Expertise
finance
finance
financial situation
financial situation
freight
freight
gasoline costs
gasoline costs
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holding company
lloyd
lloyd
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logistic company
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logistics
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logistics services
management policies
management policies
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montreuil
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national haulage
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The French transport and logistic company Geodis, partly controlled by SNCF, the French National
railway operator that owns 43% of the shares, once planned to sell its subsidiary more commonly
know as Bourgey-Montreuil or Geodis BM. Geodis BM is a holding company with interests in the
provision of international and national haulage and logistics services to the chemicals and gas,
industrial, automobile, press and distribution sectors. Because of results lower than expected, Pierre
Blayau, Chairman and CEO of Geodis, announced six month ago it would sell this part of his
company's activity. They first tried to sell the subsidiary to its management team through a leveraged
buy out process, but this manoeuvre failed, and strong unions positions made it difficult for Geodis to
find an external private buyer.<!--more--> Since then, the financial situation of Bourgey-Montreuil
improved, with higher benefit margin thanks to improved cost management policies and the ability to
transfer higher gasoline costs to its customers. When Geodis presented its FY2007 results, Pierre
Blayau announced the sale of Bourgey-Montreuil was not anymore in the company's agenda. With the
newly signed contract with Nestlé Waters, in partnership with Transalliance, Geodis now wishes to pep
up Bourgey-Montreuil. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Geodis a retiré Bourgey-Montreuil de l'étalage</em>, Le Lloyd, Mar. 5, 2008: <a
target="_blank" href="http://www.lelloyd.be/nieuws/id20655-
Geodis_a_retir_BourgeyMontreuil_de_ltalage.html" title="Geodis a retiré Bourgey-Montreuil de
l'étalage">here</a></li> <li>Website: Geodis: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.geodis.com/"
title="Geodis">here</a></li> <li>Website: Geodis BM: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.geodisbm.com/" title="Geodis Bourgey-Montreuil">here</a></li> </ul>

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Future new light rail line in Paris
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Fri, 07 Mar 2008 11:00:18 +0000
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accessibility
accessibility
activity projects
activity projects
commercial areas
commercial areas
commuter rail
commuter rail
desiderio
desiderio
dominique strauss kahn
dominique strauss kahn
economics
economics
expert
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paris suburbs
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<h3><font color="#800000">A light rail line in favor of suburbs economic development</font></h3>
The project construction of the fourth light rail line in the Paris region will last three years and the new
line will link Saint Denis city center (north of Paris) to Garges Sarcelles. The 6.6 kilometers line is
expected to transport 30,000 people a day, in 22 minutes from one end to another, stopping in 16
stations. It will be connected to the light rail line T1, the subway line 13, and the commuter rail RER
D. The projected has been supported by the International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss
Kahn, while he was mayor of Sarcelles. According to the new mayor (also a leftist), this new
infrastructure will guarantee economic development, and renewed urban planning for this city in Paris
suburbs. The light rail line will end at the train station in Sarcelles, connecting with intercity trains. A
new commercial and industrial area is being planned around the station, and will probably generate job
creation in the area.<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">A simple light rail? Not
only...</font></h3> A light rail, or any public transportation infrastructure is not only a way for
mayors and elected officials to be remembered after the quit the office. It is definitely a way to ensure
economic development of urban and suburban areas. When such a project is planned, it allows urban
planners not only to design aesthetic light rail projects but also to redefine urban planning around the
rail tracks. Usually, streets where light rails are constructed are totally redesigned from building to
building, from one side of the street ot another. Also, areas around stations and ends of the line are
usually places where new projects are started. A better accessibility allows and eases economic
development with the creation of commercial areas, industrial and services buildings, etc. It is really
important to understand that such projects do not only improve mobility, they also help all what is
around mobility: activity. Projects costs and profits should not only be analyzed as fare box and
subsidies against infrastructure and operating costs. Jobs creation, commercial revenues,
environmental impacts are factors that have their importance, a not a "light" one... <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Trois ans de chantier pour le futur
tramway</em>, Direct Matin, Mar. 7, 2008: paper edition</li> </ul>

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In brief: Eurotunnel first profits in 22 years!
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Fri, 07 Mar 2008 15:00:44 +0000
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1 million
22 years
22 years
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ceo
ceo
channel tunnel
channel tunnel
economics
economics
eurotunnel
eurotunnel
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freight
freight
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high speed rail
infrastructure
infrastructure
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For the first time since its creation in 1986 (22 years ago...), Eurotunnel, the company that operates the
Channel tunnel between France and United Kingdom generated profits in 2007. Jacques Gounon,
Eurotunnel Chairman and CEO announced the company may probably distribute part of these benefits
to shareholders in 2009, but did not confirmed it firmly. Net results before audit is however quite low,
around €1 million, for a €775 million turnover; operational result of FY2007 is estimated at €275
million. However, this result has a symbolic meaning, considering 2006 losses of €204 million! It is
probably the end of a difficult era for the company that has been in jeopardy, almost went bankrupt,
and which shares almost completely lost their value. Eurotunnel announced FY2007 final results will
be published on April 8, 2008. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul>
<li>Article: <em>Premiers bénéfices pour Eurotunnel</em>, Direct Matin, Mar. 7, 2008: paper
edition</li> <li>Article: <em>GROUPE EUROTUNNEL : Des bénéfices en 2007 !</em>, La Vie
Financière, Feb. 20, 2008: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lavf.com/news-
bourse/Groupe_Eurotunnel_Des_benefices_en_2007-GET-0000025781.html" title="GROUPE
EUROTUNNEL : Des bénéfices en 2007 !">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Premiers bénéfices en
20 ans d'existence pour Eurotunnel</em>, L'Expansion, Mar. 6, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.lexpansion.com/economie/actualite-entreprise/premiers-benefices-en-20-ans-d-
existence-pour-eurotunnel_146575.html?xtor=RSS-125" title="Premiers bénéfices en 20 ans
d'existence pour Eurotunnel">here</a></li> <li>Report: <em>Presentation of the results for the first
half of 2007 (PDF)</em>, Eurotunnel, Aug. 30, 2007: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.eurotunnel.com/NR/rdonlyres/12591F19-7439-440F-B75E-
FD7F5A627118/0/2007_interim_results.pdf" title="Presentation of the results for the first half of 2007
(PDF)">here</a></li> <li>Website: Eurotunnel: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eurotunnel.fr/"
title="Eurotunnel">here</a></li> </ul>

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GAO Month in Review - February 2008
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Mon, 10 Mar 2008 11:00:52 +0000
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accessibility
air
air
aviation facilities
aviation facilities
aviation security
aviation security
aviation weather services
aviation weather services
challenges
challenges
desiderio
desiderio
economics
economics
energy
energy
environment
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expert
expert
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federal aviation administration
federal aviation administration
finance
finance
freight
freight
gao reports
gao reports
government accountability office
government accountability office
high speed rail
high speed rail
improvement efforts
improvement efforts
infos
infos
infrastructure
infrastructure
ITS
ITS
leadership technology
leadership technology
logistics
logistics
maritime
maritime
matthieu desiderio
matthieu desiderio
mobility
mobility
modes
modes
national weather service
national weather service
passengers
passengers
performance measures
performance measures
politics
politics
PPP
PPP
product quality
product quality
projects
projects
public interest
public interest
public private partnerships
public private partnerships
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public transport
rail
rail
road
road
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runway safety
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runways
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safety progress
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security
security programs
security programs
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surface transportation
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transit assistance
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transmission lines
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transport
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transportation
transportation security administration
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Here are the last U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) reports about transportation,
published in February 2008. <ul> <li>Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration Has
Strengthened Planning to Guide Investments in Key Aviation Security Programs, but More Work
Remains. GAO-08-456T, February 28, 2008 (46 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
456T">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-456T </a></li> <li>Aviation
Weather: FAA Is Reevaluating Services at Key Centers; Both FAA and the National Weather Service
Need to Better Ensure Product Quality. GAO-08-258, January 11, 2008 (26 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
258">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-258</a></li> <li>Aviation Weather:
Services at Key Aviation Facilities Lack Performance Measures, but Improvement Efforts Are Under
Way. GAO-08-491T, February 26, 2008 (20 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
491T">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-491T</a></li> <li>Emergency
Transit Assistance: Federal Funding for Recent Disasters, and Options for the Future. GAO-08-243,
February 15, 2008 (38 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
243">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-243</a></li> <li>Federal Aviation
Administration: Challenges Facing the Agency in Fiscal Year 2009 and Beyond. GAO-08-460T,
February 7, 2008 (29 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
460T">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-460T</a></li> <li>Highway
Public-Private Partnerships: More Rigorous Up-front Analysis Could Better Secure Potential Benefits
and Protect the Public Interest. GAO-08-44, February 8, 2008 (90 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
44">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-44</a></li> <li>Runway Safety:
Progress on Reducing Runway Incursions Impeded by Leadership, Technology, and Other Challenges.
GAO-08-481T, February 13, 2008 (19 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
481T">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-481T</a></li> <li>Surface
Transportation: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Restructure Current Program. GAO-08-478T,
February 6, 2008 (18 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
478T">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-478T</a></li> <li>Transmission
Lines: Issues Associated with High-Voltage Direct-Current Transmission Lines along Transportation
Rights of Way. GAO-08-347R, February 1, 2008 (30 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
347R">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-347R</a></li> <li>Transportation
Safety: Medical Certification and Background Check Requirements for Pilots, Vessel Masters, and
Commercial Drivers Vary. GAO-08-421R, February 27, 2008 (20 pages). <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-
421R">http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-421R</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: High-Speed Rail news from the world
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<h3><font color="#800000">High-Speed Rail IS highly profitable to the economy</font></h3>
Atkins, a planning and engineering consultants company, said that High-Speed Rail (HSR) links
between London and Scotland may be worth more than £60 billion to the United Kingdom's economy.
However, such HSR lines may not be built and operated before 2026. The study shows that two lines
should be constructed: one going up the west coast towards Glasgow, the other up the east coast
toward Edinburgh. <h3><font color="#800000">High-Speed Rails attracts passengers</font></h3>
On the other side of the world, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp., the company that operates Taiwan HSR
trains, announced that the number of high-speed rail passengers recently topped 20 million on Friday,
March 7, 2008. Slightly more than a year after it began operation of this new train service, the
company reached this level and also beat its monthly passenger volume (reaching 2.095 million in
February).<!--more--> Operations began January 5, 2007, then, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. topped
5 million passengers on May 28, 10 million on September 18, and 15 million on December 21.
<h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Number of high-speed
rail passengers tops 20 million</em>, The China Post, Mar. 9, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.chinapost.com.tw/print/146340.htm" title="Number of high-speed rail passengers
tops 20 million">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Rail links 'may be worth billions'</em>, UK Press
on Google, Mar. 10, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hE3sH55TCRbX_EpCykaTC-MqZd7g" title="Rail
links 'may be worth billions'">here</a></li> </ul>

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In brief: Keolis will operate Narbonne transit
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<h3><font color="#800000">New contract including environmental constraints</font></h3> Keolis, a
subsidiary of SNCF, the French National Railway operator, recently won the call for tender to operate
the urban and periurban public transport network in Narbonne, in the southwest of France. The
periurban area includes 18 township governments, which have a total of 80,000 inhabitants. The
contract will be eight years long, and is evaluated at €45 million over its full length: starting September
1, 2008, Keolis will operate 63 vehicles, and manage 85 employees. The contract also includes
paratransit services, the transport mode dedicated to persons with disabilites, and transportation on
demand service (eventually when regular lines occupancy is low, such as nights and week-ends). Also,
a new way to include environmental consideration has been added to the contract: Keolis will be partly
paid depending on the carbon dioxyde emissions of the Narbonne area transit network. Environment
now has a real meaning in transportation contracts.<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">Keolis,
leader in mid-sized cities' transit networks operation</font></h3> After winning couple new contracts
in Dreux, and Aix les Bains, and renewing existing ones in Alençon, and Alès, the new contract in
Narbonne allows Keolis to maintain its leadership in mid-sized cities countrywide. The Keolis
subsidiary that will operate the network is Keolis Aude (Trans Aude). Prior to this new contract, it had
65 employees, a €4 million turnover, and was operating 55 buses. Keolis is the first private operator of
public transport in France and is owned at 45.5% by SNCF. The group employs a total of 30,000
people, and realized a turnover of €2.7 billion in 2007. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Keolis remporte l'exploitation du
réseau de transport de Narbonne</em>, AFP for Boursorama, Mar. 4, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.boursorama.com/international/detail_actu_intern.phtml?news=5221432"
title="Keolis remporte l'exploitation du réseau de transport de Narbonne">here</a></li> <li>Website:
Keolis Group: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.keolis.com/" title="Keolis">here</a></li> </ul>

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Air France KLM will "propose" on March 14
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Air France-KLM, number one passenger airline worldwide, received the authorization of its board on
Monday, March 10, 2008, to make an offer on March 14 to buy Alitalia, owned at 49.9% by the Italian
Government. The French-Dutch airline will submit a proposal to integrate the Italian airline, and this
way reinforce its European and worldwide first place. Also, if the deal is concluded, Alitalia will get
back the first place in the Italian airline ranking. Romano Prodi's Government will have to give its
approval about Air France-KLM proposal on March 14, but final agreement will be settled in a month,
after the Parliament elections on April 13 and 14. Opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi accepted the
idea that Alitalia may be bought by Air France-KLM on condition that the airline would remain sort of
"national"; the Italian Government may be financially contributing if such a solution is chosen. If
present and future Italian Governments agree with this deal, Air France-KLM Group will have to wait
for the European Commission approval on antitrust and competition issues. <h3><font
color="#800000">Will petrol price impact the deal?</font></h3> Since petrol price rose from $90
when Air France-KLM made its first offer to buy back Alitalia, to more than $108 today, the question
is if this price increase will affect the French-Dutch company's decisions since Alitalia's fleet is old and
ga-guzzling. Nothing has yet been told about this issue but some other costs/profits question have been
raised since then.<!--more--> Alitalia's aircraft maintenance subsidiary AZ Servizi is losing a lot and
was not part of the initial buy out deal. However, the Italian Government in Rome evoked the
possibility to include this company in the call for tender... It may probably not change the terms of the
deal but if AZ Servizi is not profitable enough, Air France-KLM will probably change the organization
and management of the company and maybe integrate it to its own maintenance department.
<h3><font color="#800000">Does Air France-KLM have strong assets?</font></h3> Recently, the
airline announced traffic increased 3.7% in February (in passenger-kilometers transported), compared
to the same period last year, and declared its seat capacity increased 8.4% from February 2007.
Occupancy declined 3.4% to 75.5% but the offer to the customers is of better quality, and this slow
down in occupancy rate has easily been compensated by a higher revenue per passenger. Also, freight
traffic is up +7.8% ton-kilometers with a 68.7% rate of fulfillness of the aircrafts Air France-KLM
may be confident: the company has a strong financial situation, pursues a continuous increase in
capacity and offer to its clients, and also a high quality of service that not all airlines can "afford". The
Alitalia deal will be another way for the French-Dutch airline to improve services to customers, in
Europe and also worldwide. <h3><font color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article:
<em>Air France-KLM va déposer une offre de reprise sur Alitalia le 14 mars</em>, AFP for
Boursorama, Mar. 10, 2008: <a
href="http://www.boursorama.com/infos/actualites/detail_actu_marches.phtml?news=5246145"
target="_blank" title="Air France-KLM va déposer une offre de reprise sur Alitalia le 14
mars">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Air France-KLM: trafic passagers +3,7% en février</em>,
Easybourse.com, Mar. 10, 2008: <a href="http://www.easybourse.com/bourse-actualite/air-france-
klm/air-france-klm-trafic-passagers-7prc-en-fevrier-FR0000031122-411203" target="_blank"
title="Air France-KLM: trafic passagers +3,7% en février">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Air
France-KLM: trafic passagers en hausse en février, tiré par l'offre</em>, RTL Info, Mar. 10, 2008: <a
href="http://www.rtlinfo.be/news/article/105125/--Air+France-
KLM:+trafic+passagers+en+hausse+en+février,+tiré+par+loffre" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Article: <em>Le trafic passager d'Air France-KLM en hausse de 3,7% en février</em>, Reuters,
Mar. 10, 2008: <a
href="http://today.reuters.fr/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=businessNews&amp;storyID=2008-03-
10T071747Z_01_CHE026121_RTRIDST_0_OFRBS-FRANCE-AIR-FRANCE-TRAFIC-
20080310.XML" target="_blank" title="Le trafic passager d'Air France-KLM en hausse de 3,7% en
février">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font color="#800000">References from the Transport Information
Group</font></h3> Here are related articles from the Transport Information Group from the last
couple weeks, dealing with Air France KLM investment and interests: <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/in-brief-air-france-klm-large-investment-in-alitalia/" title="In brief: Air France KLM
large investment in Alitalia">In brief: Air France KLM large investment in Alitalia</a>, Feb. 20,
2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/deltanorthwest-air-france-klm-wants-to-be-part-of-it/"
title="Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM wants to be part of it!">Delta/Northwest: Air France KLM
wants to be part of it!</a>, Feb. 18, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/air-france-klm-attracted-by-
the-new-alstom-agv/" title="Air France KLM attracted by the new Alstom AGV">Air France KLM
attracted by the new Alstom AGV</a>, Feb. 11, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/aircraft-a-market-
worth-2800-billion-by-2026/" title="Aircraft: a market worth $2,800 billion by 2026">Aircraft: a
market worth $2,800 billion by 2026</a>, Feb. 8, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/alitalia-
anticipates-potential-buyers-moves/" title="Alitalia anticipates potential buyer’s moves">Alitalia
anticipates potential buyer’s moves</a>, Feb. 4, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/in-brief-air-
france-klm-pursuing-alitalia-deal/" title="Air France-KLM pursuing Alitalia deal">Air France-KLM
pursuing Alitalia deal</a>, Jan. 31, 2008</li> <li><a href="/index.php/toward-the-us-airlines-open-
skies/" title="Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies">Toward the (US-airlines)-Open Skies</a>, Jan.
29, 2008</li> </ul>

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Livingstone's transport plans for (his) the future?
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Already two times London's mayor, Ken Livingstone launched on Monday, March 10, 2008 his
"<em>transport manifesto</em>", hoping to spend a third term in the office to conclude these huge
transportation improvement projects. <h3><font color="#800000">The capital faces "a disaster" if
very large projects go wrong</font></h3> Several large projects are planned in London: <ul> <li>the
£16bn London Crossrail project (see references below): Transport for London estimated Crossrail
project's benefit to the United Kingdom economy would reach £30 billion;</li> <li>the £1bn-a-year
tube modernisation, raising the standards of service and security on London's "Overground" rail
services; and </li> <li>continuing the improvement of the bus network.</li> </ul> According to Ken
Livingstone, "<em>The biggest task confronting the mayor over the next four years is to successfully
deliver the huge transport projects that are now under way in London - because these are the key not
only to moving around the city but to the entire finances of London</em>." Transport improvement
that has been done over the last eight years will be pursued if Ken Livingstone is reelected, and
environmental concerns will take a more and more important place: "<em>I am running on my record
of successfully delivering major improvements in London's transport system in the last eight years and
on delivering the even bigger schemes to come</em>."<!--more--> <h3><font color="#800000">What
Livingstone proposes for 2008-2012</font></h3> Mayor Livingstone transportation proposals for his
next term are described below. Some have already been discussed on the Transport Information Group,
especially the congestion charge/Low Emission Zone (LEZ) tolling. The public transport network will
see improvements <ul> <li>a complete fleet of <strong>hybrid-powered</strong> buses by
2012;</li> <li><strong>fares concessions</strong> for older Londoners and students; </li>
<li><strong>payment by mobile phone </strong>for Oyster cards holders (London transit smartcard);
and</li> <li>and <strong>minute-by-minute bus information</strong> technology. </li> </ul> Also,
Livingstone proposed two other projects which will help to make London a "greener" city: <ul>
<li>"<em>a revolution</em>" in cycle facilities, encouraging Londoners to ride bikes; and</li> <li>a
<strong>£25 congestion charge for the most polluting vehicles</strong>, even though challenged in
the courts by the carmaker Porsche (see references from the Transport Information Group below).</li>
</ul> One thing that is not clear is whether or not the present congestion charge will be increased or
not. Mayor Livingstone, prior to its second election, dit not clearly announced he was planning a rise
from £5 to £8 in the congestion charge, and people wonder if the same thing will happen again. There
is no update about this issue in his manifesto but only about charging the most fuel-inefficient cars in
the LEZ, up to £25 a day starting in October 2008. In a Times Online article, Transport Correspondent
Ben Webster however announces that Ken Livingstone "<em>is secretly planning much wider use of
congestion charging across London if he is reelected as mayor on May 1</em>." Opponents seems to
be skeptic about what Ken Livingstone will really accomplish during his possible next term. One of
them even declared Mayor Livingstone has been spending more money than expected for his
transportation (and other?) projects: "<em>His administration has consistently fallen behind with
major projects or gone way over budget, costing Londoners millions</em>." We will probably know
more about London's transportation future in the next couple month. <h3><font
color="#800000">References</font></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>Livingstone stresses experience as
he launches transport manifesto</em>, Guardian, Mar. 10, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/mar/10/london08.london" title="Livingstone stresses
experience as he launches transport manifesto">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Livingstone's secret
plan to extend congestion charging</em>, Times Online, Mar. 11, 2008: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article3525570.ece" title="Livingstone’s secret
plan to extend congestion charging">here</a></li> <li>Website: Crossrail: <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.crossrail.co.uk/" title="Crossrail">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><font
color="#800000">References from the Transport Information Group</font></h3> <ul> <li><a
href="/index.php/london-lower-and-lower-emissions-areas-to-come/" title="London: lower and lower
emissions areas to come">London: lower and lower emissions areas to come</a>, Feb. 13, 2008</li>
<li><a href="/index.php/environment-low-emissions-area-in-london/" title="Environment: Low
emissions area in London">Environment: Low emissions area in London</a>, Feb. 7, 2008</li> </ul>

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In brief: One more Airbus A380 in the air
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Airbus, announced Tuesday, March 11 it has delivered the third A380 superjumbo to its first client
Singapore Airlines, less than five months after the delivery of the first aircraft. Since the first aircraft
was delivered on October 15, 2007, Airbus delivered two more, on January 11, and the last one on
March 8. The jet is equipped with Trent 900 Rolls-Royce engines and Airbus announced Singapore
Airlines chose the same luxurious 471 seats configuration as the first one. This new plane will start
regular service on March 18, 2008 between Singapore and London. The two first were operated
between Singapore and Sydney. Airbus already delivered one third of Singapore Airlines firm order of
9 A380 superjumbos. The airline has an option for six more and may probably confirm the order,
which would bring the fleet to 15 aircrafts. <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References</span></h3> <ul> <li>Article: <em>EADS: Airbus livre un troisième A380 à
Singapore Airlines</em>, Cercle Finance, Mar. 11, 2008: <a title="EADS: Airbus livre un troisième
A380 à Singapore Airlines"
href="http://bourse.lci.fr/news.hts?urlAction=news.hts&amp;idnews=CFX080311_15490000&amp;nu
mligne=2&amp;date=080311" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Article: <em>Singapore Airlines
prend livraison de son 3e A380</em>, Challenges, Mar. 12, 2008: <a title="Singapore Airlines prend
livraison de son 3e A380"
href="http://www.challenges.fr/actualites/business/20080312.CHA8846/singapore_airlines_prend_livr
aison_de_son_3e_a380.html" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> <h3><span style="color:
#800000;">References from the Transport Information Group</span></h3> <ul> <li><a title="In
brief: Emirates to fly its first A380 to NYC and London" rel="bookmark" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/in-brief-emirates-to-fly-its-first-a380-to-nyc-and-london/">In brief: Emirates
to fly its first A380 to NYC and London</a>, Mar. 3, 2008</li> <li><a title="Airbus go green! A380
superjumbo fly on alternative fuel" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/airbus-go-green-
a380-superjumbo-fly-on-alternative-fuel">Airbus go green! A380 superjumbo fly on alternative
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In a joint press release, the French Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Land
Planning (<em>Ministère de l'Écologie, de l'Energie, du Développement durable et de l'Aménagement
du territoire</em>), the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME,
<em>Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie</em>) and the Association for the
Development of Vocational Training in Transport and Logistics (AFT-IFTIM, <em>Association pour
le développement de la Formation Transport et Techniques d'Implémentation et de Manutention</em>)
announced the creation of the website ViaCombi (<a
href="http://www.viacombi.fr/">http://www.viacombi.fr/</a>) to promote combined and multimodal
transport modes. Following the Environment Roundtable (<em>Grenelle de l'Environnement</em>)
during which participants pointed out carbon dioxyde emissions from road transport account for 94%
of total freight transport emissions, promoting multimodal and low-emission transport modes (rail,
waterways, short-sea shipping, etc.) is a real need. This new website will provide transportation
professionals and company officials with tools to ease their use of combined transport modes: rail/roal,
waterways/road, short sea shipping, etc.). Many services are already available on the website such as
creating optimal itineraries for shipments, compare prices and environmental impact of different
operators, find specialized carriers, etc.<!--more--> There are also information and documents about
operators, associations, infrastructures managing companies, manufacturers, etc. Also, the website
gathers documentation including best practices and regulations of combined transport modes. The
services are currently only available in French but are expected to be extended to all European
countries by 2009. <h3><span style="color: #800000;">References</span></h3> <ul type="disc">
<li>Website: <em>ViaCombi</em>: <a title="ViaCombi" href="http://www.viacombi.fr/"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Association for the Development of Vocational
Training in Transport and Logistics</em>: <a title="Association for the Development of Vocational
Training in Transport and Logistics" href="http://www.aft-iftim.com/" target="_blank">here</a></li>
<li>Website: <em>French Environment and Energy Management Agency</em>: <a title="French
Environment and Energy Management Agency" href="http://www2.ademe.fr/"
target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Website: <em>Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable
Development and Land Planning</em>: <a title="Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable
Development and Land Planning" href="http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/"
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Please find below the list of "modal pages" that gather links to transportation related websites: <ul>
<li><a title="Air Transport Industry Links" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/transportation-industry-links/air-transport-industry-links/">Air Transport
Industry Links</a></li> <li><a title="Maritime Transport Industry Links" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/maritime-transport-industry-links/" target="_self">Maritime Transport
Industry Links</a></li> <li><a title="Rail Transport industry links" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/rail-transport-industry-links/" target="_self">Rail Transport Industry
Links</a></li> <li><a title="Road Transport industry links" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/road-transport-industry-links/" target="_self">Road Transport Industry
Links</a></li> <li><a title="Waterways Transport industry links" href="http://en.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/waterways-transport-industry-links/" target="_self">Waterways Transport
Industry Links</a></li> </ul>

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Transport Information Group Newsletter - Issue #35 | Transport Expertise

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2008-10-22 16:41:05
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Privatisation and Regulation of Urban Transit Systems | Transport Information Group

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transit-systems/
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2008-10-31 17:26:34
2008-10-31 15:26:34
[...] Also, Transport Expertise team would be glad to receive any request and questions about the
French &#8220;Délégation de Service Public&#8221; model (public service delegation, used by
transit authorities who are contracting with a private company to operate - and more, their transit
systems). We also ceise this opportunity to remind you that Transport Expertise recently published
a report about innovative financing in the transit sector: &#8220;FIRST FRENCH-AMERICAN
WORKSHOP ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION &amp; INNOVATIVE FINANCING”,
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Transport Information Group Newsletter - Issue #36 | Transport Expertise

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2008-10-27 18:32:22
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[...] Our team is specialized in five different areas: Public-Private Partnerships; High-Speed Rail;
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Apparaître dans &#8220;L’offre française dans la mobilité urbaine&#8221; | Transport
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Transport Expertise au salon SITL Temps Réel 2009 | Transport Information Group

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Transport Information Group Newsletter - Issue #37 | Transport Expertise

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STUDY RELEASE: French Offer in the Urban Mobility Sector | Transport Information Group

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ETUDE : French Offer in the Urban Mobility Sector | Transport Information Group

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sector/
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About the Association
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Association Loi 1901
Association Loi 1901
civil engineer
civil engineer
department of transportation
department of transportation
Europe
Europe
freight rail
freight rail
french businesses
french businesses
French Trade Office
French Trade Office
high speed rail
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infrastructure sector
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international
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International Representative
International Representative
Janyce Desiderio
Janyce Desiderio
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matthieu desiderio
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Non-Profit Organization
Non-Profit Organization
President
President
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Transport Expertise
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<h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #800000;">TRANSPORT
EXPERTISE</span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;">French Non-Profit Organization -
Association Loi 1901</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><a title="A propos de l’Association"
href="http://fr.transport-expertise.org/index.php/organisation/a-propos/">Aller à la version française
de cette page</a></em></p> <a href="http://fr.transport-expertise.org/wp-
content/uploads/2008/04/20081218-statuts-final.pdf">Read the articles of association of Transport
Expertise Association (French version only) adopted during the December 19, 2008 General
Assembly</a> <a href="http://fr.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/20081218-
reglement-interieur-final.pdf">Read the Rules of Procedures of Transport Expertise Association
(French version only) adopted during the December 19, 2008 General Assembly</a> <a
href="http://fr.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/20081222-organisation-association-
internet-fr.pdf"></a><a href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/20090209-
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join the Association thank you to contact us by email at: contact [at] transport-expertise [dot] org or <a
title="Contact us" href="http://en.transport-expertise.org/index.php/company/contact-us/">use our
contact form</a>. <p style="text-align: center;">79 rue Brillat Savarin, Bât. F 75013 Paris, France <p
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href="http://fr.transport-expertise.org/index.php/organisation/contact/">Contact</a> <p style="text-
align: center;">[slideshare id=1007829&amp;doc=20090209tepresentationen-123419322677-
phpapp02]</p> <h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #800000;">Members of the Board
</span></h1> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Matthieu
Desiderio</span></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>Transport Expertise
President</strong> High Speed Rail Canada International Representative </em> Transport specialist,
Matthieu Desiderio worked for two years with the French Trade Office in Washington, DC; during this
period, he promoted the activities of French businesses' from the Transport &amp; Infrastructure
sector. Since July 2007, he is back in France employed as a Project manager with the French
Department of Transportation, and working on rail, waterways, and maritime issues. Graduate from
l'Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat (French National Civil Engineer School), Matthieu
Desiderio is now a PhD student, writing a thesis about "Freight Rail Infrastructure Planning and
Financing: a Comparative Study of French and American Cases". Since early 2008, he created
Transport Expertise, an innovative and unique website dedicated to the "transport sphere"; providing
its readers with topical news, studies, and analysis using a comparative "touch of French-American
way of thinking" on how transport is managed in both countries. <h3 style="text-align:
center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Jean-Claude Desiderio </span></strong></h3> <p
style="text-align: center;"><em>Vice-President </em> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span
style="color: #000000;">Christope Mistral</span></strong></h3> <p style="text-align:
center;"><em>Legal advisor </em> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color:
#000000;">Janyce Desiderio</span></strong></h3> <p style="text-align:
center;"><em>Treasurer</em><em></em></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span
style="color: #000000;">Damien Orsini </span></strong></h3> <p style="text-align:
center;"><em>Deputy Treasurer </em> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color:
#000000;">Laurent Diringer </span></strong></h3> <p style="text-align:
center;"><em><strong>Secretary</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Transport specialist,
Laurent Diringer has been working since 2005 as Studies Engineer with Egis Mobilité in Aix en
Provence, France. Egis Mobilité belongs to Egis, one of the major European and worldwide key-player
in land-use planning and development. During this period, he provided several traffic and public
transportation studies for public and private clients or institutions. Laurent Diringer is graduated from
l'Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat (French National Civil Engineer School), and obtained
a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Passenger Transport Studies. He joined Transport Expertise
at the end of 2008, and is a Transport Expertise Association's founder members.</p> <h3 style="text-
align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000000;">Vincent Philip </span></strong></h3> <p
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Referrals
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transport
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Here are the referrals to the articles published on the Transport Information Group from other blogs,
newsletters, etc. <ul> <li>Transportation Communications Newsletter, <a title="Tuesday, February
12, 2008" href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/message/2637"
target="_blank">Tuesday, February 12, 2008</a> (ISSN 1529-1057) for the article: In brief: Alcohol
Check for Safer Transit Trips</li> <li>Transportation Communications Newsletter, <a title="Tuesday,
February 5, 2008 " href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-
communications/message/2632" target="_blank">Tuesday, February 5, 2008</a> (ISSN 1529-1057)
for the article: SNCF: e-Services Available for Freight Shippers</li> <li>DailyWireless.org article <a
title="Permanent Link: Cell Carpooling in France" rel="bookmark"
href="http://www.dailywireless.org/2008/02/06/cell-carpooling-in-france/">Cell Carpooling in
France</a> for the article: SFR launches a carpooling service on mobiles</li> <li>Transportation
Communications Newsletter, <a title="Wednesday, February 6, 2008"
href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/message/2633"
target="_blank">Wednesday, February 6, 2008</a> (ISSN 1529-1057) for the article: SFR launches a
carpooling service on mobiles</li> <li>Transportation Communications Newsletter, <a
title="Tuesday, January 29, 2008" href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-
communications/message/2627" target="_blank">Tuesday, January 29, 2008</a> (ISSN 1529-1057)
for the article: Infrared Cameras to Detect Stolen Vehicles</li> <li>Transportation Communications
Newsletter, <a title="Monday, January 14, 2008"
href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/message/2616"
target="_blank">Monday, January 14, 2008</a> (ISSN 1529-1057) for the article: Warning! Speed
Checked by Radar</li> <li>Transportation Communications Newsletter, <a title="Tuesday, January 8,
2008" href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/message/2612"
target="_blank">Tuesday, January 8, 2008</a> (ISSN 1529-1057) for the article: High Speed Rail:
Surfing the Internet at 320 KPH</li> <li>EXTRASQ (Owen Potts) article No more airports for
France: we are not sure yet..., December 24, 2007, for the article: No more airports for France: we are
not sure yet…</li> <li>Transportation Communications Newsletter, <a
href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/message/2597">Tuesday,
December 18, 2007</a> (ISSN 1529-1057) for the creation of the website.</li> </ul>

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Air Transport Links
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Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:22:35 +0000
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<strong>Government/Administration</strong> <ul> <li>Federal Aviation Administration: <a
href="http://www.faa.gov/">http://www.faa.gov/</a></li> <li>Transportation Security
Administration: <a href="http://www.tsa.gov/">http://www.tsa.gov/</a></li> <li>US House of
Representatives, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, see Subcommittee on Aviation: <a
href="http://transportation.house.gov/">http://transportation.house.gov/</a></li> <li>US Senate,
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, see Aviation Subcommittee: <a
href="http://commerce.senate.gov/">http://commerce.senate.gov/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Associations/Lobbies </strong> <ul> <li>International Air Transport Association: <a
href="http://www.iata.org/">http://www.iata.org/</a></li> <li>Air Transport Association of America:
<a href="http://www.airlines.org/">http://www.airlines.org/</a></li> <li>National Air Transportation
Association: <a href="http://www.nata.aero/">http://www.nata.aero/</a></li> <li>Airport
Consultants Council: <a href="http://www.acconline.org/">http://www.acconline.org/</a></li>
<li>Aerospace Industries Association of America: <a href="http://www.aia-
aerospace.org/">http://www.aia-aerospace.org/</a></li> </ul> <strong>Airlines/Operators </strong>
<ul> <li>Delta Airlines and Delta Cargo: <a
href="http://www.delta.com/">http://www.delta.com/</a> and <a
href="http://www.delta.com/airlogistics/">http://www.delta.com/airlogistics/</a></li> <li>US
Airways/America West Airlines and US Airways Cargo: <a
href="http://www.usairways.com/">http://www.usairways.com/</a> and <a
href="http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/traveltools/cargo/cargo.aspx">http://www.usairways.co
m/awa/content/traveltools/cargo/cargo.aspx</a></li> <li>Northwest Airlines and Cargo: <a
href="http://www.nwa.com/">http://www.nwa.com/</a> and <a
href="http://www.cargo.nwa.com/">http://www.cargo.nwa.com/</a></li> <li>American Airlines and
Cargo: <a href="http://www.aa.com/">http://www.aa.com/</a> and <a
href="http://www.aacargo.com/">http://www.aacargo.com/</a></li> <li>FedEx Express: <a
href="http://www.fedex.com/us/services/expressfreight/intl/aircargo.html">http://www.fedex.com/us/s
ervices/expressfreight/intl/aircargo.html</a></li> <li>UPS Air Cargo: <a
href="http://www.aircargo.ups.com/">http://www.aircargo.ups.com/</a></li> <li>DHL Air express
transportation: <a href="http://www.dhl.com/">http://www.dhl.com/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Infrastructures &amp; Equipments: managers &amp; builders</strong> <ul> <li>Airport
Consultants Council Members List: <a title="ACC Members"
href="http://www.acconline.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Member_Directory&amp;Template=/Cus
tomSource/Directory.cfm" target="_blank">here</a></li> <li>Parsons <a
href="http://www.parsons.com/transport/aviation/"
target="_blank">http://www.parsons.com/transport/aviation/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Press/Blogs/Newsletters</strong> <ul> <li>Air Cargo News: <a
href="http://www.aircargonews.com/">http://www.aircargonews.com/</a></li> <li>Air Cargo: <a
href="http://www.aircargoworld.com/" target="_blank">http://www.aircargoworld.com/</a></li>
<li>Airline Business: <a href="http://www.airlinebusiness.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.airlinebusiness.com/</a></li> <li>Airport Business: <a
href="http://www.airportbusiness.com/" target="_blank">http://www.airportbusiness.com/</a></li>
<li>Airport International: <a href="http://www.airport-int.com/" target="_blank">http://www.airport-
int.com/</a></li> <li>Air Transport World: <a href="http://www.atwonline.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.atwonline.com/</a></li> <li>Aviation International News: <a
href="http://www.ainonline.com/" target="_blank">http://www.ainonline.com/</a></li> <li>Aviation
Week: <a href="http://www.aviationweek.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.aviationweek.com/</a></li> <li>Engineering News-Record (ENR): <a
href="http://enr.construction.com/" target="_blank">http://enr.construction.com/</a></li>
<li>Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski <a title="Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski"
href="http://www.innobriefs.com/">http://www.innobriefs.com/</a></li> <li>Momberger Airport
Information: <a href="http://www.momberger.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.momberger.com/</a></li> <li>Passenger Terminal World: <a
href="http://www.passengerterminaltoday.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.passengerterminaltoday.com/</a></li> <li>Security Technology &amp;
Design: <a href="http://www.securityinfowatch.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.securityinfowatch.com/</a></li> <li>Transportation Communications
Newsletter (ISSN 1529-1057): <a title="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-
communications/" href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/"
target="_blank">http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/</a></li> </ul> <p
style="text-align: center;"><a title="Transport Aérien" href="http://fr.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/sites-transports/transport-aerien/" target="_self">Similar page in French / Page
similaire en Français</a></p>

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Rail Transport Links
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Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:30:39 +0000
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<strong>Government/Administration</strong> <ul> <li>US Department of Transportation, Federal
Railroad Administration: <a title="Federal Railroad Administration"
href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/">http://www.fra.dot.gov/</a></li> <li>US House of Representatives,
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, see Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and
Hazardous Materials: <a
href="http://transportation.house.gov/">http://transportation.house.gov/</a></li> <li>US Senate,
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, see Surface Transportation Subcommittee: <a
href="http://commerce.senate.gov/">http://commerce.senate.gov/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Associations/Lobbies </strong> <ul> <li>Association of American Railroads (AAR): <a
href="http://www.aar.org/">http://www.aar.org/</a></li> <li>High Speed Ground Transportation
Association (HSGTA): <a href="http://www.hsgta.com/">http://www.hsgta.com/</a></li> <li>High
Speed Rail Canada: <a title="http://highspeedrail.ca/" href="http://highspeedrail.ca/"
target="_blank">http://highspeedrail.ca/</a></li> <li>List of Rail Organization Web Sites provided
by APTA: <a href="http://www.apta.com/links/railorg.cfm">
http://www.apta.com/links/railorg.cfm</a></li> <li>High Speed Rail Canada: <a title="High Speed
Rail Canada" href="http://highspeedrail.ca">http://highspeedrail.ca/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Operators/Carriers</strong> <ul> <li>Amtrak (passengers): <a
href="http://www.amtrak.com/">http://www.amtrak.com/</a></li> <li>Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Railway (BNSF) Railway (Class I freight railroad): <a
href="http://www.bnsf.com/">http://www.bnsf.com/</a></li> <li>CSX Transportation (Class I
freight railroad): <a href="http://www.csx.com/">http://www.csx.com/</a></li> <li>Grand Trunk
Corporation/Canadian National Railway (Class I freight railroad): <a
href="http://www.cn.ca/">http://www.cn.ca/</a></li> <li>Kansas City Southern Railway (Class I
freight railroad): <a href="http://www.kcsi.com/">http://www.kcsi.com/</a></li> <li>Norfolk
Southern Railway (Class I freight railroad): <a
href="http://www.nscorp.com/">http://www.nscorp.com/</a></li> <li>Soo Line Railroad/Canadian
Pacific Railway (Class I freight railroad): <a href="http://www.cpr.ca/">http://www.cpr.ca/</a></li>
<li>Union Pacific Railroad (Class I freight railroad): <a
href="http://www.up.com/">http://www.up.com/</a></li> </ul> <strong>Infrastructures &amp;
Equipments: managers &amp; builders</strong> <ul> <li>Alstom Transport: <a
href="http://www.alstom.us/" target="_blank">http://www.alstom.us/</a></li> <li>Bombardier
Transportation: <a href="http://www.bombardier.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.bombardier.com/</a></li> <li>Siemens USA: <a
href="http://www.usa.siemens.com/" target="_blank">http://www.usa.siemens.com/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Press/Blogs/Newsletters</strong> <ul> <li>Links to Railroad History Resources in the
United States: <a href="http://railroads.uconn.edu/links.htm">
http://railroads.uconn.edu/links.htm</a></li> <li>Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski <a
title="Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski"
href="http://www.innobriefs.com/">http://www.innobriefs.com/</a></li> <li>iRail: <a
href="http://www.irail.com/">http://www.irail.com/</a></li> <li>Metro Magazine: <a
href="http://www.metro-magazine.com/">http://www.metro-magazine.com/</a></li> <li>Rail
Magazine (CTAA publication): <a title="Rail Magazine" href="http://www.railmagazine.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.railmagazine.org/</a></li> <li>Railway Technology: <a
href="http://www.railway-technology.com/">http://www.railway-technology.com/</a></li>
<li>Trains Magazine: <a href="http://www.trains.com/">http://www.trains.com/</a></li>
<li>Transportation Communications Newsletter (ISSN 1529-1057): <a
title="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/"
href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/"
target="_blank">http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/</a></li> </ul> <p
style="text-align: center;"><a title="Transport Ferroviaire" href="http://fr.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/sites-transports/transport-ferroviaire/" target="_self">Similar page in French /
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<strong>Government/Administration</strong> <ul> <li>US Department of Transportation, Federal
Highway Administration: <a href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/">http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/</a></li>
<li>Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: <a
href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/">http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/</a></li> <li>National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration: <a
href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/">http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/</a></li> <li>Surface Transportation
Board: <a href="http://www.stb.dot.gov/">http://www.stb.dot.gov/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Associations/Lobbies </strong> <ul> <li>American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials (AASHTO): <a href="http://www.transportation.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.transportation.org/</a></li> <li>American Public Transportation
Association (APTA): <a href="http://www.apta.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.apta.com/</a></li> <li>American Road &amp; Transportation Builders
Association (ARTBA): <a href="http://www.artba.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.artba.org/</a></li> <li>American Concrete Pavement Association
(ACPA): <a href="http://www.pavement.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pavement.com/</a></li>
<li>American Public Works Association (APWA): <a href="http://www.apwa.net/"
target="_blank">http://www.apwa.net/</a></li> <li>American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): <a
href="http://www.asce.org/" target="_blank">http://www.asce.org/</a></li> <li>Community
Transportation Association of America (CTAA): <a title="Community Transportation Association of
America" href="http://www.ctaa.org/" target="_blank">http://www.ctaa.org/</a></li>
<li>International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA): <a href="http://www.ibtta.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.ibtta.org/</a></li> <li>International Road Federation (IRF): <a
title="http://www.irfnet.eu" href="http://www.irfnet.eu"
target="_blank">http://www.irfnet.eu</a></li> <li>Intelligent Transportation Society of America
(ITSA): <a href="http://www.itsa.org/" target="_blank">http://www.itsa.org/</a></li> <li>American
Trucking Association (ATA): <a href="http://www.truckline.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.truckline.com/</a></li> <li>National Asphalt Pavement Association
(NAPA): <a href="http://www.hotmix.org/" target="_blank">http://www.hotmix.org/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Operators/Carriers</strong> <ul> <li>Veolia Transportation: <a
href="http://www.veoliatransportation.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.veoliatransportation.com/</a></li> <li>Greyhound Bus Line: <a
href="http://www.greyhound.com/" target="_blank">http://www.greyhound.com/</a></li> <li>UPS
corporate website: <a href="http://www.ups.com/content/corp/index.jsx"
target="_blank">http://www.ups.com/content/corp/index.jsx</a></li> <li>FedEx Ground corporate
website: <a href="http://www.fedex.com/us/" target="_blank">http://www.fedex.com/us/</a></li>
</ul> <strong>Infrastructures &amp; Equipments: managers &amp; builders</strong> <ul>
<li>Skyway Concession Company: <a href="http://www.chicagoskyway.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.chicagoskyway.org/</a></li> <li>Indiana Toll Road Concession
Company: <a href="http://www.indianatollroad.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.indianatollroad.org/</a></li> <li>Transurban (Pocahontas Parkway,
Richmond, VA): <a href="http://www.pocahontas895.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.pocahontas895.com/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Press/Blogs/Newsletters</strong> <ul> <li>Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski <a
title="Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski"
href="http://www.innobriefs.com/">http://www.innobriefs.com/</a></li> <li>Passenger Transport,
APTA weekly newspaper of the public transportation industry: <a
href="http://www.apta.com/passenger_transport/"
target="_blank">http://www.apta.com/passenger_transport/</a></li> <li>PPP Focus: <a
href="http://www.pppfocus.com/index.asp">http://www.pppfocus.com/index.asp</a></li> <li>Toll
Road News: <a href="http://tollroadsnews.info/">http://tollroadsnews.info/</a></li>
<li>TOLLWAYS, Journal of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association: <a
href="http://www.ibtta.org/Tollways/List.cfm"
target="_blank">http://www.ibtta.org/Tollways/</a></li> <li>Transportation Communications
Newsletter (ISSN 1529-1057): <a title="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-
communications/" href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/"
target="_blank">http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/</a></li>
<li>Richmond Transits : A blog about Richmond upon Thames local issues by a local resident: <a
title="Richmond Transits" href="http://richmondtransits.blogspot.com/"
target="_blank">http://richmondtransits.blogspot.com/</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align:
center;"><a title="Transport Routier" href="http://fr.transport-expertise.org/index.php/sites-
transports/transport-routier/" target="_self">Similar page in French / Page similaire en
Français</a></p>

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Waterways Transport Links
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<strong>Government/Administration</strong> <ul> <li>United States Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE): <a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/"
target="_blank">http://www.usace.army.mil/</a></li> <li>United States Maritime Administration
(MARAD): <a href="http://www.marad.dot.gov/">http://www.marad.dot.gov/</a></li> <li>Inland
Waterways Research Project, MARAD: <a href="http://www.marad.dot.gov/iwrp/index_main.html"
target="_blank">http://www.marad.dot.gov/iwrp/index_main.html</a></li> <li>United States House
of Representatives, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, see Subcommittee on Coast Guard
and Maritime Transportation: <a
href="http://transportation.house.gov/">http://transportation.house.gov/</a></li> <li>United States
Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, see Surface Transportation and
Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security and Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast
Guard: <a href="http://commerce.senate.gov/">http://commerce.senate.gov/</a></li> <li>Institute for
Water Resources: <a href="http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/"
target="_blank">http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Associations/Lobbies</strong> <ul> <li>The American Waterways Operators (AWO): <a
href="http://www.americanwaterways.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.americanwaterways.com/</a></li> <li>Waterways Council Inc.: <a
href="http://www.waterwayscouncil.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.waterwayscouncil.org/</a></li> <li>Waterways Association of
Pittsburgh: <a href="http://www.waterwaysassociationpgh.org/"
target="_blank">http://www.waterwaysassociationpgh.org/</a></li> <li>DBA the Barge Association:
<a href="http://www.barges.org/" target="_blank">http://www.barges.org/</a></li> <li>Inland
Rivers Ports &amp; Terminals: <a href="http://www.irpt.net/"
target="_blank">http://www.irpt.net/</a></li> <li>National Waterways Conference: <a
href="http://www.waterways.org/" target="_blank">http://www.waterways.org/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Operators/Carriers</strong> <ul> <li>List of AWO Carrier Member Companies: <a
href="http://www.americanwaterways.com/AWOCarrierCompanies.asp">http://www.americanwaterw
ays.com/AWOCarrierCompanies.asp</a></li> </ul> <strong>Infrastructures &amp; Equipments:
managers &amp; builders</strong> <ul> <li>United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): <a
href="http://www.usace.army.mil/" target="_blank">http://www.usace.army.mil/</a></li> <li>Great
Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway: <a href="http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/</a></li> </ul>
<strong>Press/Blogs/Newsletters</strong> <ul> <li>AWO Newsletter: <a
href="http://www.americanwaterways.com/press_room/newsletter/indexbad.html"
target="_blank">http://www.americanwaterways.com/press_room/newsletter/indexbad.html</a></li>
<li>Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski <a title="Innovation Briefs, C. Kenneth Orski"
href="http://www.innobriefs.com/">http://www.innobriefs.com/</a></li> <li>National Waterways
Conference NewsFlash: <a href="http://www.waterways.org/nwc_news-flash.html"
target="_blank">http://www.waterways.org/nwc_news-flash.html</a></li> <li>Transportation
Communications Newsletter (ISSN 1529-1057): <a
title="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/"
href="http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/"
target="_blank">http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/transport-communications/</a></li> </ul> <p
style="text-align: center;"><a title="Transport Maritime" href="http://fr.transport-
expertise.org/index.php/sites-transports/transport-maritime/" target="_self">Similar page in French /
Page similaire en Français</a></p>

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Containerships Global Fleet 2002
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French domestic freight traffic by mode
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Airbus A380 Greener Cleaner Quieter Smarter
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Taxi Parisien
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Translohr Padoue. Credits:Lohr 2006
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Tue, 01 Apr 2008 02:29:32 +0000
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