The world is going digital—time for the rail industry to jump on board

Over the last five decades, Rail transport has faced major headwinds. The transformationr of global supply chains has made the logistics business more challenging than ever, with increasing pressure to deliver fast and flexible services at a lower cost. In that quickly-evolving context, freight rail is grappling with fierce competition from road transport—a trend that will only intensify under the effect of disruptive technologies like autonomous trucks and on-demand mobility services. In addition, railways around the world have been hit by significant government budget cuts, limiting their ability to invest in infrastructure or maintain high service standards. Stiff competition from roads, which have the door-to-door delivery advantage have offered added pain.

eC2: Study to determine pro-poor urban transport interventions in Greater Monrovia

Deadline: 02-Apr-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The main objective of this study is to carry out a study of supply and demand of urban transport in Monrovia, develop urban accessibility analysis, identify priority investments to meet the growing mobility demand (with a focus in poor population and vulnerable groups) and develop the concept and estimated budget for priority interventions. The study will also assess ways to enhance private sector participation in the provision of bus services. The study comprises the following activities: (i) Diagnostic of Greater Monrovias current urban mobility supply and estimation of future transport demand; (ii) Accessibility analysis to social and economic opportunities; (iii) Demand/Supply analysis; (iv)Identification of priority urban mobility investments; (v) Definition of concept and estimated cost of priority urban mobility investments; and (vi) Identification of private sector opportunities in priority investments.

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Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change drew global attention by th-bangkok-traffic-bernard-spragg-flickr_0providing fresh and overwhelming evidence about the urgency of the climate situation. According to the agency’s latest report, global temperatures will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within the next 12 years—unless we act now.

Transport bears a huge responsibility in the current situation: the sector contributes to nearly a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and 18% of all manmade emissions in the global economy.  Under a business-as-usual scenario, this figure will continue rising to reach 1/3 of all emissions by 2040.
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eC2: Port Community System

Deadline: 13-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) general-transport-mosaic-main

The Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (IFC MTI) Global Practice of the World Bank Group is seeking the services of an experienced consultant (the firm) individual or firm to support the PNSW initiative by conducting a Situation Analysis of the logistics and international supply chain related activities taking place at the ports (including airports seaports , off-dock terminals as well as inland dry ports and land border crossing points selected by the Client)in collaboration with the relevant regulatory authorities (Customs, Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Civil Aviation Authority, Karachi Port Trust, NLC, Pakistan Railways etc.) and private sector operators, collectively referred to in this document as the Stakeholders.

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Want successful urban transport mega-projects? Here are seven things you should keep in mind

In 2002, Sao Paulo’s embarked in one of the most transformative transport projects of imagesthe decade: the construction of Metro Line 4. The new line had big ambitions: it was meant to significantly improve the commuting experience, better connect the south and western regions of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region (SPMR) to the center, change the metro system from a radial to a flexible network, and interconnect all transport modes, including buses, suburban trains (CPTM), bicycles, as well as existing and future metro lines.

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How can Indonesia achieve a more sustainable transport system?

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,500 islands, is the fourth most populous id-street-scene-jakarta-un-women-flickrcountry in the world, with 261 million inhabitants, and the largest economy in Southeast Asia, with a nominal Gross Domestic Product of $933 billion.

Central government spending on transport increased by threefold between 2010-2016. This has enabled the country to extend its transport network capacity and improve access to some of the most remote areas across the archipelago.

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Fossil fuel subsidy reforms: we know why, the question is how

Traffic in BeijingA new book, “Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms: A Guide to Economic and Political Complexity (Routledge), explores the complex economics and politics of fossil fuel subsidies, and distils key principles for designing and implementing of effective reforms. Here are some key insights.

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eC2: Natural Hazard Assessment for the Reconstruction of Critical Transport Infrastructure

Deadline: 21-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

KUTEI (Kabul Urban Transport Effciency Improvment)

The World Bank provides technical assistance to the Government of Myanmar to support technical solutions for Chin State by hiring an international consulting firm to prepare a hazard and vulnerability assessment for road rehabilitation to inform planned investments under the Myanmar Floods and Landslides Emergency Recovery Project in Chin State in Myanmar. The overall objective of the assignment is to contribute to the increase of capacities of the relevant ministries and agencies of the Government of Myanmar in the adoption of appropriate natural hazard assessment approaches in designing transport and infrastructure. The activity will (i) help provide technical solutions on geohazards specifically for Kalay Hakha road; (ii) draw out lessons along the above process, including data gaps and recommend solutions for improvement; (iii) and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Construction on this practice. The assignment is expected to be completed within the period of an estimated six months upon mobilization.

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eC2: Support to the Government of Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo for the Evaluation of Urban Transport and Mobility Management and the Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Urban Mobility

general-transport-mosaic-mainDeadline:  11-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The purpose of the study is to develop comprehensive, coherent and applicable policy recommendations, a relevant strategy, shared by all stakeholders and a priority action plan for the sustainable management of urban transport and mobility in the countries, through a swift assessment of the legislative and regulatory framework of the institutions in charge of the transport sector, a diagnosis of the functioning of the urban transport sub-sector. The study also aims to propose a guide for urban transport improvement and establish a strategic plan for sustainable mobility for the main secondary cities, based on the findings of a comprehensive assessment of one pilot city to be chosen in agreement with the respective Governments.

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Preventable traffic injuries and deaths hold back the development of countries

final_impactofdevelopment_20180105_coverWhile reading a newspaper over the holidays, one of us came across an article with an often common story: “car collision causes mass fatalities on mountain road”. The collision resulted in 51 deaths, after a bus–one of the vehicles involved, plunged down a cliff in Peru.  Many of the dead were returning to Lima after celebrating the New Year’s holiday with family outside the city.

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