CIVITAS Study Tour ATTRACTIVE NODES AND E-BUSES
Umeå Central is the newly rebuilt urban railway station of the city of Umeå in Sweden. It is an example of how planning, architecture and art can be combined together to create a functional urban interchange node that is also a new attractive and safe public space. The city has also began to substitute its conventional bus fleet with a fully electric one, testing and implementing an innovative reliable ultra-fast charging technology for operating its bus system.
In parallel with the Political Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting, on Friday 4th March 2016 the members of the CIVITAS Thematic Groups Collective Passenger Transport and Integrated Planning learnt more about these two solutions and debated with other practitioners from other CIVITAS cities.
09.00 - Welcome message
09.15 - Urban Railway Station Umeå Central: We start at Umeå’s newly rebuilt urban railway station Umeå Central, where much effort has been put into planning to combine architecture and art, to create a functional node for sustainable urban mobility as well as a safe public space. Ms. Linda Gustafsson from the City of Umeå will tell us more about the project and how gender equality analysis can be an integral part of city planning.
10.30 - Hybricon Bus Systems: At Umeå Central we will get picked up by one of Umeå’s fully-electric buses that will take us to Hybricon Bus Systems, local company that delivers the buses. We will get to see their production facility in Holmsund just outside of Umeå. We will get to meet their CEO, Mr. Jonas Hansson, who will tell us more about the fully-electric buses and ultra-fast charging technology. We will also get a chance to see the ultra-fast charging process in real operation at one of our charging points.
13.00 - Lunch at Umeå City Hall
14.00 - Plenary discussion - We will discuss the impressions from the site visits and also get some impressions and suggestions on the experiences from other cities.
Picture: Hybricon Bus Systems, Municipality of Umeå