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March 2014

ITF Review of Freight Railways Presented to Mexican Senate

The performance of the Mexican freight rail industry has shown continuous improvement since the creation of the current industry structure in 1995. This is a key message of ITF's peer review of the country's railway freight, commissioned by the Mexican government and presented by ITF at a stakeholder forum on railway reform held by the Mexican Senate in Mexico City on 5-6 March. The review was widely reported in the Mexican media.

The peer review notes that quality of management, technical quality of railway infrastructure and rolling-stock, capital and labour productivity, traffic levels and market shares have all improved markedly. The report calls this "a transformation in industry prospects that hardly seemed possible prior to the reforms" of 1995.

To build on this success, the review recommends that regulatory institutions and capacity be strengthened to address pricing and capacity issues associated with trackage rights. More systematic data should be captured to allow the regulator to make determinations on these in an informed and objective way as regards risks, costs and benefits. This also applies to system structure and potential access and tariff regulation.
(Photo: Jims_photos / Flickr cc)

Read the peer review (pdf) Versión española

See ITF presentation to the Senate Transportation Committee (pdf) Versión española

See media mentions of ITF peer review


"Transport for a Changing World": What's new on ITF's 2014 Summit
With just over two months to go until the ITF Annual Summit on "Transport for a Changing World" on 21-23 May in Leipzig, Germany, additional speakers are being confirmed day-by-day. Joining ministers from the Forum's 54 member and over 20 invited countries will be:

- Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse. The Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse, the project to fly a solar powered aircraft around the world, will deliver a keynote speech at the "Sustainable Transport for All" plenary session on 23 May;

- Paul Romer, Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business. Professor Romer, a world-class specialist on growth and innovation theory, will give a keynote speech at the session on "Creating Liveable Cities in a Changing Urban Landscape" on 22 May.

ITF are delighted to announce new 2014 Summit Sponsors:
Toll Collect, a world leader in road toll systems, is supporting the 2014 Summit as a Platinum Sponsor.
Dekra, full-service provider for safe and efficient mobility, is supporting the 2014 Summit as a Silver Sponsor.

Discounted registration fees for the 2014 Summit remain available until 16 April.
Register here at discounted rate.

The full multilingual programme is now available online in English, French, German and Russian.

A Summary Record of the Consultation Day with International Organisations, along with many presentations and position papers, is now available.


Corporate Partnership Board Welcomes New Members
ITF's new Corporate Partnership Board (CPB) continues to grow with Bombardier Transportation and Grimaldi Group joining twelve other multinational CPB member companies. Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology, offering a broad portfolio of innovations for sustainable mobility. Grimaldi, founded in 1947, is a multinational logistics group specialising in roll-on/roll-off vessels, car carriers and ferries. The next meeting of the CPB will take place on 22 May 2014 during ITF's Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany.

More on the Corporate Partnership Board



Forum Activities
Secretary-General Viegas highlighted the ITF's work on road safety and the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) at the 1st World Congress on "Women and Road Safety: a societal project" in Rabat, Morocco on 8 March, organised by the National Committee for the Prevention of Road Accidents and the National Committee of Moroccan Women (CNFM), in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryan, CNFM President.

More information on ITF's work on road safety

ITF economist Philippe Crist, Steering Committee member of the Long-term Action Plan for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), participated in the discussions during the Japan International Transport Institute (ITPS) Symposium in the presence of Indonesian Vice-Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono in Tokyo, Japan on 20 February.

The ITF recent work on cycling was presented to the Japan Parliamentary Investigative Commission for "Policies Promoting the Use of Bicycles" in Tokyo on 24 February by Philippe Crist, who also gave an overview of good cycling safety policies to the town council of Kanazawa, Japan on 21 February. The city is in the process of implementing a bicycle transport plan.

More on ITF's work on cycling

Key results of the ITF Transport Outlook were outlined by Philippe Crist to members of the Chinese Ministry of Transport's Transportation Planning Research Institute (TPRI), including Director Li Xinghua at a meeting on 26 February in Beijing.

ITF is very pleased to welcome new staff members:
Dr Dilay Celebi is an associate professor at Istanbul Technical University's Faculty of Management. Her expertise includes logistics performance assessment, supply chain and logistics optimisation and inventory management. At ITF she will be working to develop a standardised framework for quantifying the impact of transport policies on logistics performance, using Turkey as a case study. This framework will be further developed as a generic toolkit for managing policy changes and identifying future projects presenting opportunities for the removal of trade impediments.

Dr Luis Martinez is an Assistant Professor with the Civil Engineer Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal since 2011 and is author of several research papers on transport modelling, transport economics and public transport design optimisation and simulation. He will be working on the ITF's Transport Outlook and projects on shared urban mobility modelling.



ITF in the Media
The Energy Collective | 10 March
"Powering Our Urban Future: Spotlight on Turkey"

The International Transport Journal | 10 March
"Asia - Quo vadis?"

BNamericas | 10 March
"Mexican rail privatization has significantly improved sector - OECD"

Reforma (Mexico) | 6 March
"Nos lleva el tren"

La Jornada - Economía (Mexico) | 6 March
"Las concesiones de ferrocarriles mejoraron el sistema, dice OCDE"

Reuters | 6 February
"U.S. airlines cut fuel consumption"

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Valuation of Urban Rail Service: Experiences from Tokyo, Japan
Discussion Paper | January 2014

Transport - Driving Europe's Economy: Transport Business Summit 2014
European Commission. Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
27 March 2014
Brussels, Belgium

I-TED 2014 – International Transportation Economic Development Conference
Transportation Research Board & Texas A&M
9-11 April 2014
Dallas, USA

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