|GP: Public transport modernisation, Belgrade - Serbia|
Public transport modernisation, Belgrade (Serbia)
Timescales: March 2009 to January 2013
This extensive project was implemented by the Municipality of Belgrade, as well as the city public transport operator, GSP Beograd. It included fleet renewal (with less polluting and fully accessible vehicles), the reconstruction of existing infrastructure, the provision of new infrastructure, the introduction of contactless smartcard ticketing, real time information for passengers and the implementation of vehicle location technology for better fleet management.
The renewal of the fleet involved the provision of modern, larger low polluting and more energy efficient vehicles that were designed to be fully accessible to all users, including those using wheelchairs. Thirty new trams were bought, while the entire trolley bus fleet was replaced with 99 new vehicles. In collaboration with Serbian Railways, the first railway line in the city was constructed, with nine stations along 17km of track.
The new fare collection and fleet management systems covers all 1800 of the city’s public transport vehicles. The ticketing system is based on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and uses contactless smartcards to facilitate fare collection, revenue management and the introduction of a wider range of tickets. The vehicle location technology uses global positioning systems (GPS) and radio-based technology to identify the position of vehicles and so facilitate improved fleet management and the optimal design of the overall public transport system.