Issue #66
November 2012

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Dear members,

Next week sees this year's Annual Polis Conference and General Assembly (AGA) in Perugia. We hope your travel arrangements are done and you are ready to learn more about transport innovation across Europe at the conference.

This year's Annual General Assembly will give you the chance to discuss Polis strategy and planning for the next year, to learn about current policy developments and elect the Polis presidency and Management Committee for 2013.

Those who cannot attend the AGA are encouraged to vote through another Polis member through means of a proxy. The proxy form can be obtained from the Polis office.

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Enjoy reading this issue of InfoPolis and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon
Secretary General


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Polis Network News

2012 Polis Conference: final programme online

Next week, 70 presentations will be given in 20 sessions at the 2012 Polis Conference discussing various challenges and solutions in urban transport.

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Polis made the voice of cities heard at THE PEP symposium on air quality organised by WHO in Geneva , 14 November

Polis participated in THE PEP Steering Committee (the Transport , Health and Environment Pan-European Programme) symposium on the theme of “Green and health-friendly mobility for sustainable urban life” at the WHO office in Geneva on 14-15 November.

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Members in action

Paris presents its pollution-cutting measures

Paris mayor Mr Bertrand Delanoë presented to the city council this Monday a plan to reduce pollution in the city within the next two years.

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European projects

Clean Vehicle Portal to be upgraded to encourage more joint procurement in Europe

A kick-off meeting of the Clean Vehicle Portal Upgrade took place in Brussels on 26 October 2012 to define the exact aims and procedure to follow for the upgrade of the portal.

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Reducing transport noise in cities: CityHush and Hosanna toolbox to be presented in Stockholm

On 10 and 11 December, the two EU co-funded projects CityHush and Hosanna invite you to Stockholm to learn about the tools developed to reduce transport noise in cities. A dedicated workshop for local authorities is part of the programme on 11 December.

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The first POSSE newsletter explains what open ITS standards are and where in Europe they are applied

The POSSE project, which promotes open ITS specifications and standards, released its first newsletter in October.

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Final STADIUM User Group of Cities Meeting on ITS at large events

The STADIUM project invites cities from across the world to meet in London and exchange on the experiences made using ITS applications to organise transport during large events. This final user group meeting will be hosted by Transport for London who will share experiences from the Olympics 2012.

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News from the institutions

INTERREG IVC Capitalisation Workshop gathered sustainable transport projects from around Europe

In line with the motto “learning by sharing”, the INTERREG IVC programme gathered 15 projects in sustainable transport to share experiences.

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Conference "Achieving the goals of the White Paper on Transport: how civil society can help with delivery", Brussels 7 December

The European Economic and Social Committe will host a conference on 7 December in order to explore novel means to ensure the open participation of civil society into the EU policy-making with the aim to strengthen the public endorsement and the overall efficacy of the EU legislation.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

European Rail Awards 2013: Call for application

The inaugural 2013 European Rail Awards ceremony will take place in London on 12 November 2013 where the winners of 22 prestigious awards will be announced. Entries will be accepted until 19 April 2013.

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Street designs projects in New York Cities: Creating great public spaces

The New York City Department of Transportation has released a report that discusses key approaches to street design projects, and how the approaches can meet safety goals while serving all users, creating public spaces, and maintaining traffic flow.

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Tram passengers in Florence can now benefit from free wi-fi on board

Florence has launched a Wi-Fi service on its tramway line 1 Firenze-Scandicci. Passengers will be able to surf the internet free of charge for 2 hours a day.

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Minimetro, escalators & elevators for better transport in Perugia

Polis presidency Perugia welcomes you next week to this year's Annual Polis Conference, which allows you to witness Perugia's several transport projects.

In recent years Perugia has initiated several transport projects in the framework of its Piano Urbano della Mobilita’ PUM (the Italian version of an SUMP) aiming to reduce air pollution from the motorized traffic and to improve accessibility to the city centre by offering alternative mobility solutions (i.e. escalators, Minimetrò) fully integrated into the traditional public transport system.

Perugia is also the leading city in Italy on electro-mobility. The city presented in November 2012 its “Electric mobility in Perugia” strategy and has recently committed with Enel (Italy’s largest power company) to run a pilot with installation of 28 additional public charging points for electric vehicles.

The minimetro

Minimetro is an automated collective transport system covering a length of 3 kilometres, including a 1.5 kilometre viaduct that connects the city outskirts with the town's historical centre in less than 10 minutes. In 2001, the Perugia Municipality decided to hand over to Ateliers Jean Nouvel the architectural design for the Minimetro project. The new line, its 7 stations and 2 end stations, Pian de Massiano and Pincetto, including a stop at Fontivegge (the city’s main train station), were inaugurate in 2008.

Escalators & elevators

The idea of installing a system of escalators and elevators in Perugia was born in the early '80s. The project aimed at connecting the upper part of the historic center with the new city outside the historic city walls.

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