The fourth Study Visit within the TRAM project will take place on 23 and 24 November 2017 in the Municipality of Miskolc, the largest city of North-East Hungary, organized by Project Partner n.4.
During the one-and-a half-day event, the project partners will have the chance to visit and study the following four good practices:
1. GP No. 30 - Real-time passenger information system for public transportation (stop displays, touch screen info boards, route planning, smartphone app). The new, modern traffic management system has been introduced which incorporates timetable planning, editing, work schedule preparation and control, furthermore, a new dispatcher system that ensures the above mentioned provision of passenger information at the stops, on the boards, through cell phones and online. The passengers can easily plan their travel on an online surface or mobile devices and can become informed on the real-time arrival of the vehicles. The travel planner surface with a map can be found on the website of MVK Zrt. (www.mvkzrt.hu/valosidoben). On the cell phones, the SMS service is available (MVK SMS: +36303444329), and on the Android-based phones, an own, freely downloadable application is able to illustrate the real-time position of the vehicles on a map, apart from the timetable data (transIT timetable: MVK Zrt.).
2. GP No. 32 Procurement and introduction of CNG-fuelled public bus fleet. Urban public transportation services in Miskolc are provided Miskolc Városi Közlekedési Zrt. (MVK Plc) that is indirectly owned by that Municipality of Miskolc (as a property of Miskolc Holding Municipal Asset Management Plc). The company operates by The obsolete vehicles of the municipal public transportation service provider company called Miskolc Városi Közlekedési Zrt. (MVK Plc) were replaced by new, environmental friendly, gas-powered buses. Thanks to the introduction of 75 CNG-fuelled buses, the majority of buses running in Miskolc are mainly low-floored, comfortable and air-conditioned ones that comply with EURO 6 environmental requirements. After being awarded in the tender published by the Ministry of National Development, MVK Plc. purchased and put in operation 40 pcs of solo (shorter) and 35 articulated (longer) ones in March, 2016. Solo buses have 30 seats each + 75 standing places as calculated; longer buses can transport a maximum amount of 42 sitting and 118 standing passengers.3) - Real-time passenger information system for public transportation (stop displays_ touch screen info boards_ route planning_ smartphone.
3. GP No. 33 CNG fuel station open for public. The obsolete vehicles of Miskolc Városi Közlekedési Zrt. (MVK) were replaced by new, environmental friendly, gas-powered buses. As a result of commission of the CNG- operated, i.e. compressed gas-fuelled buses, nowadays in Miskolc mainly low-floored, comfortable and air-conditioned buses are used which comply also with the EURO 6 environmental requirements. By the tender written out by the Ministry of National Development, MVK Plc. implemented the purchase of 75 pcs of CNG buses and on 4 March, 2016 40 pcs of solo and 35 articulated CNGs were put into service. On the solo bus, there are 30 sitting and 75 standing places available, and the articulated bus is able to transport 42 sitting and 118 standing passengers.
4. Presentation about GP No. 29 Smart intersections intelligent traffic lights giving priority to late public transportation vehicles. The tram line in Miskolc is positioned in east-west direction across the city. The length of the tram line is 11.2 km long (following its recent extension by 1.4 km). Going through many frequented junctions and traffic control lamps, the duration of an end-to-end trip is app. 34 minutes the variation of which (prior to the project) highly depended on traffic circumstances. These intersections stopped the trams temporarily and slowed down the public transport by blocking its smooth flow. In 2014, as part of the Green Arrow Electricity Project, 16 pcs tram preference traffic light has been built along the tram line, so-called smart phase-sequence modification. If the system detects a delay according to the tram timetable, it intervenes by switching the traffic lamp to red for the rest of the traffic, and gives green lights to the tram approaching to the intersection.
After the visit, participants and external stakeholders will have the chance to discuss and interact with the members of the Stakeholder Group from the Municipality of Miskolc.