TU Delft today sent the reports with the conclusions of the first phase of the Superbus programme to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. This completes the first phase of the Superbus design. “We demonstrate that Superbus is a global, sustainable public transport alternative”, TU Delft professor Wubbo Ockels comments. “The government should incorporate Superbus in its decisions on numerous infrastructure projects.”
A € 300,000 grant was received last year for the first phase of the Superbus design from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, plus a grant of € 100,000 from the north of the country. The project has delivered an innovative and attractive vehicle design with extremely favourable outcomes in transport value, infrastructure, environmental impact and cost aspects. More than 100 TU Delft students and scientists from various faculties took part in the research. Another one hundred students and experts from the northern knowledge institutes were involved.
“The first phase looked at main aspects including proactive suspension, safety, transport value, the conceptual design and the planning of the subsequent phases”, Ockels continues. “It is interesting that TU Delft will be producing a full-scale demonstration vehicle in the next step, which is expected to be complete in 2008.” Some of the Superbus reports can also be found on the Superbus website: www.superbus.tudelft.nl.
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