Successful public transport demonstration at India Commonwealth Games
The EU-funded 'Stadium' project has carried out a successful demonstration of new Intelligent Transport Systems, helping to get spectators and athletes to and from sports venues at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The efficient movement of large groups of spectators remains one of the most complex and critical tasks for organisers of major events such as the soccer World Cup or the Commonwealth Games.
"Big sporting events present opportunities to improve transport infrastructure," says Maurizio Tomassini of ISIS, coordinator of the EU-funded 'Stadium' project, "and these improvements will often bring a host city to a higher level of efficiency and quality even after the event itself." In particular, says Tomassini, 'Intelligent Transport Systems' (ITS) can provide straightforward solutions for attaining ambitious mobility targets.
The 'Stadium' answer
The Stadium project is aimed at improving the performance of transport services for large events hosted by big cities. Specific objectives include:
- An interactive 'user's manual' to support local authorities in the planning and management of transport services for large events.
- Demonstration of ITS applications for public transport during major sporting events, including the 2010 India Commonwealth Games.
The Stadium Delhi demo is led by Paolo Squillante of Italy's Thetis. He says the demonstrator was launched in September 2010 and ran right through the Nineteenth Commonwealth Games in Delhi. "This is a complex and coordinated ITS application providing better public transport management, better information and better integration with other services, therefore attracting more passengers, reducing congestion, strengthening sustainability and accessibility."
The Delhi demonstrator includes an advanced service planning scheme, linking metro and bus timetables and integrating 'paratransit' services (taxi and autorickshaw) to help spectators reach public transport infrastructure. It also features real-time GPS-based location of buses and bus arrival forecasting.
Patrick Mercier-Handisyde is the officer in charge of Stadium at the European Commission's RTD Directorate-General. He says, "This exciting new system is fully scalable, so the city can expand services in the future, according to its needs," he says. "And these same ITS-based applications can easily be adopted in other cities, providing similar positive benefits. It's a great chance for European industry to co-operate internationally."