Roads and transportation


The Roads and Transportation society is for engineers with an interest in road and rail design, transport planning and traffic engineering.

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Fare deal – BusConnects project aims to increase passenger numbers by 50%

[caption id="attachment_36712" align="alignright" width="300"] CLICK TO ENLARGE Peak-hour congestion map[/caption] With the economy continuing to grow, the upward trend in the number of people making the bus, train or tram their transport mode of choice is very encouraging. Earlier this year, the National Transport Authority (NTA) announced an increase of almost ten million people (up 4.4 per cent) using State-supported public transport services in 2016. Passenger numbers on Dublin ...

Engineer develops solar-powered buggies on the DIT Grangegorman campus

Finding sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse emissions and producing new forms of home-grown energy are all on the national agenda in Ireland and beyond. Ayda Esfandyari is determined to help meet some of these targets. Her enthusiasm for finding renewable energy sources is infectious. Originally from Iran, Esfandyari has been living in Ireland since her teen years. She became interested in renewable energy while studying for her master’s degree in energy ...

Minimising fluid friction makes ships more fuel-efficient and reduces emissions

Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort: that's what makes water aerobics such effective physical exercise. The resistance you feel is caused by fluid friction, or 'drag', and it is the same force that acts upon boats and other objects as they move through water. However, seafaring vessels have evolved into shapes aimed at minimising drag, and ships are designed with powerful engines that overcome drag to propel them faster and more ...

Vehicle restraint systems and their function: restraining and containing traffic

Safety barriers, or crash barriers, collectively known as vehicle restraint systems (VRS), are a highly visible element of our modern road network. There are many variations of the systems utilised and the choice of system is dependent on a number of factors including: location within the road cross section (i.e. verge or median), the nature of the hazard being protected, and other site-specific constraints such as the space available. VRS types include: Flexible systems, such as ...

Old flywheel technology could create new savings for light-rail transit

In Canada, University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors Pierre Mertiny and Marc Secanell are looking to make an old technology new again and save some money for transit train operators such as the Edmonton light rail transit (LRT) while they do it. "The flywheel is an old technology, but that's partly what makes it so sensible," said Mertiny. "Fundamentally, it's a really simple technology. We already have everything we need." The two recently calculated that the use of ...

Developing sustainable public transport: the electric bus charging project

Consider a system that uses as little as 20 per cent of the energy of traditional vehicle systems – and which could have an even smaller carbon footprint with the right primary energy source. Consider the removal of health-damaging pollutants from the streets of a city, as well as noise reduction. Add a much smoother journey experience for passengers, with no smell of exhaust fumes, and you have what some leading manufacturers are offering by way of the electric bus. Are benefits like these ...

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