Rubén M.Cenzano

Chartered Civil Engineer specialised in Transportation

Ingeniero de Caminos especialista en Transporte

BRT is filling the gap between LRT and buses

Posted On Monday, 1 December 2014

BRT is filling the gap between LRT and buses (383% growth 2004-2014) being appointed as a  cost-effective solution with a quick implementation:

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autonomous cars don't know how to drive in adverse weather conditions

Posted On Thursday, 20 November 2014

At your own image: autonomous cars don't know how to drive in adverse weather conditions -yet:

Weather-related challenges for autonomous cars are nearly all in perception. Wet roads are an issue, but so is heavy fog, rain, and snow. Combining any of these conditions with darkness only compounds the problem. Autonomous cars generally understand the rules of the road, and they know what to do and what not to do in virtually any situation that they might face. But if they don’t have enough accurate information from their sensors, any decision that they make is likely to be a poor one...


traffic flow modelling in emergency situations

Posted On Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New mathematical method to predict traffic flow even in emergency situations.

It is reported to take maximal advantage of available data and is well-calibrated to actual flows, yet can be applied to hypothetical circumstances as disaster situations, making it easier to know how the system is going to be disrupted.


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world's first solar-powered cycle lane

Posted On Saturday, 8 November 2014

Making cycling (even) greener: world's first solar-powered bike path will officially open on November 12 in Krommenie (The Netherlands);

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first e-highway under construction

Posted On Thursday, 6 November 2014

First e-highway (electric-powered highway) development currently under construction between Los Angeles and Long Beach (California), with expected completion in July 2015:

Ingeniero de Transporte - Ruben M.Cenzano - Transportation Engineer

Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem

Posted On Saturday, 1 November 2014

SCOPE: A Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem, where public and private entities can work together. Lead by Boston University and in close collaboration with its partners, with over $1 million in NSF and partner funding, SCOPE investigators and their collaborators will work with partners to develop specific SCOPE-enabled smart-city services:
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do cycle lanes increase safety of cyclists?

Posted On Sunday, 19 October 2014

Do cycle lanes increase safety of cyclists? Other factors have a far greater impact on cyclist safety than presence or absence of cycle lane; road width, parking, opposing vehicle flow and speed were critical influences on decreased passing widths according to a new analysis lead by Kathryn Stewart (Edinburgh Napier University) et al;

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NZ's Transport Agency to install weigh-in-motion sites

Posted On Monday, 13 October 2014

NZ's Transport Agency to install seven weigh-in-motion sites throughout New Zealand to identify freight operators who are in breach of their permit. It is expected an annual recovery of $3 million in unpaid Road User Charges:

correlation of noise and deaths caused by diabetes

[EN] Spanish research correlates noise and deaths caused by diabetes.
[EN/payment required]

[ES] Estudio español revela la correlación entre ruido y muerte por diabetes.

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if bicycles took up as much space as cars...

Posted On Saturday, 11 October 2014

Cycling: solving space-related congestion problems.

Great Latvian initiative to celebrate the International No Car Day (22 Sep):

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EU's cross-border enforcement of traffic offences

New agreement by EU transport ministers to back a change to rules on cross-border enforcement of traffic offences. The European Court of Justice has said the current law could remain in effect until May 2015 while new legislation is agreed:

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IV Congreso Ibero-Americano de Seguridad Vial

Tras la finalización del IV Congreso Ibero-Americano de Seguridad Vial y con ánimo de enfatizar la meta de reducción de víctimas de accidentes en un 50% en 2020, se ha definido la "Declaración de Cancún":

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"A Vision for Transport Planning" to 2035 (CILT )

Posted On Saturday, 4 October 2014

"A Vision for Transport Planning" to 2035 has been published by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Transport Planning Society (UK).

The report provides a view of the central and local government structures and policies that could be needed, the skills the transport planning profession must equip itself with and the support it requires.

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NSW's Government (Australia) to remove 10 speed cameras

Posted On Friday, 3 October 2014

NSW's Government (Australia) is keeping to a statement that it made while in opposition, and removing any speed cameras that did not add a proven safety benefit; 10 so far.

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UN's new four commitments to sustainable transport

Posted On Thursday, 2 October 2014

New four commitments to sustainable transport mobilized at UN Climate Summit:
  1. Car: increase the market share of electric vehicles in cities to least 30%, of all new vehicles (incl. cars and motorized 2-3 wheelers) sold on annual basis by 2030.
  2. Rail: promote the use of rail for freight and transport as a low-carbon sustainable means of transport to reduce 75 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions from rail transport by 2050.
  3. Bus: Double the market share of public transport use around the world by 2025.
  4. Aviation: Supporting the development of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation and continuing the deployment of new technology aircraft and operational improvements.

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map of public charging points

Posted On Tuesday, 30 September 2014

[EN-ES] Find the closest public charging point to where you are:

Encuentra el punto de carga eléctrica más cercano a donde te encuentres.

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Colombia's PPP masterplan

Posted On Friday, 19 September 2014

Colombia is continues with the PPP concessions masterplan. Five contracts were signed last week while another four are planned by November, which will complete the first leg of the '4G plan' to build 8,000km of roads:

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smartphone users' lane

Posted On Monday, 15 September 2014

Is it really needed a 'smartphone users lane'? Chongqing city in China has set up China's 1st 'exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users' ...
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Koolicar: a new French car-hire service ...

Posted On Sunday, 14 September 2014

Koolicar: a new French car-hire service between private individuals, where no keys change hands

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the future of vehicle 2 vehicle technology (V2V)

Is vehicle 2 vehicle technology (V2V) any solution? Timing and costs could make it unfeasible.

"Benefit/cost case for it has not yet been made, and a that a great many other questions have not yet been seriously addressed", according to Robert Poole:

new roads to include rubber

New roads to include rubber (~20%) and reclaimed asphalt pavement (up to 100% within the USA).

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€11.9bn to improve European transport connections

The European Commission is inviting Member States to propose projects to use € 11.9bn of EU funding to improve European transport connections:

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when walking makes you happy...

Posted On Saturday, 30 August 2014

Montreal’s McGill University has attempted to establish a hierarchy of the six most pleasant means of transport for users: pedestrians are the happiest ones;
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Health Economic Assessment Tool by the World Health Organisation

Posted On Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The World Health Organisation has released a new updated tool that helps make an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling; the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT), which can be used when planning new infrastructure for cyclists or pedestrians, and provides valuable information for related economic and health impact assessments.

The tool can also help make the case for more investment in cycling and walking facilities by estimating the benefits of achieving national targets or illustrating potential consequences of declines in current levels of cycling or walking. HEAT can also assess a city’s current situation or past investment related to cycling and walking.

More info:

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growth of electric cars in the EU

Posted On Sunday, 24 August 2014

The number of electric cars in the EU has doubled in 2013 up to 50,000, but the zero-emission vehicles still only account for one in every 250 new cars sold.

EU accounts for about a quarter of global sales, with sales varying widely; Norway and the Netherlands achieved over 5%, compared to less than 1% elsewhere -in these two countries generous fiscal incentives drove the market in 2013.

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road construction financing

Will toll roads, P3s and creative financing be a long-term disaster for the road building industry?

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organisation and financing of public transport services

Posted On Saturday, 12 July 2014

[EN-ES] New guidance on the organisation and financing of public transport services in the EU:

Nueva guía para la organización y desarrollo de servicios de transporte público la la UE.

redesigning protected intersections for cyclists

Posted On Friday, 4 July 2014

Redesigning protected intersections for cyclists in 4 steps:
  1. Corner Refuge Island, 
  2. Forward Stop Bar,
  3. The Setback Crossing, and 
  4. Bicycle-Friendly Signal Phasing.
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online sketching tool for transport planners

Posted On Wednesday, 2 July 2014

[EN-ES] Online sketching tool for transit planners to quickly design routes and share with the public:

Another online tool, this one to design, remix, and share a street. Add bike paths, widen sidewalks or traffic lanes, learn how all of this can impact the community:


Herramienta online para planificadores de transporte en la que se puede hacer un boceto rápido de las rutas y compartirla públicamente:

Otra herramienta online de diseño conceptual de una calle y como se interrelacionan los diferentes usos de la misma:

european rail market growth

Posted On Monday, 30 June 2014

[EN-ES] European rail market growing, but improvements needed: streamline vehicle authorisation procedures, increase investment in infrastructure and boost research and innovation in rail. High-speed services now represent 25 per cent of all rail traffic in the EU.

El mercado ferroviario europeo continua creciendo, pero necesita de mejoras: simplificación de los procedimientos de autorización de vehículos, aumento de la inversión en infraestructura y estimulación la investigación y la innovación en el sector ferroviario. Servicios de alta velocidad representan ya el 25% del tráfico ferroviario en la UE.

hourly average isochrones

[EN-ES] Hourly average isochrones powered by Nokia HERE (& maps:

Isocronas horarias basadas en Nokia HERE y

how to build a road (video)

Posted On Sunday, 29 June 2014

[EN-ES] (video) how roads are built  //  cómo se construye una carretera

Schipol's noise reduction

Posted On Saturday, 28 June 2014

Ridges and furrows created by ploughing to reduce noise caused by runways:


WalkUPs (walkable urban places) represent 1% of the total surface of the cities but account for up to 50% of hotel, office, apartment and retail square footage. In suburbs designed for cars, the commercial leases located in pedestrian areas are commanding 74% more than the average.

Could pedestrians be more economically important than cars? If the pedestrian environment proves to be more profitable than automotive traffic, this could mean the end of urban sprawl.

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Making the Real Estate Case for 'Walkable Urban Places'
"It's going to take 20 to 30 years to catch up with pent-up demand."


Posted On Friday, 27 June 2014

SkyTran (urban maglev PT [magnetic levitation]) getting real in Tel Aviv

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Futuristic skytrain track to be built near Tel Aviv
Sleek two-person pods will whisk travelers around experimental track at Israel Aircraft Industries campus

safety lessons on the jobsite

Posted On Sunday, 22 June 2014

Safety lessons on the jobsite to address 3 barriers while implementing training: apathy, time and value.

traffic management budget

Posted On Friday, 20 June 2014

Most European and North America cities don’t plan to increase spending on traffic management in the next 5 years (L1) although efficient public transport could save US$800b (1% global GDP) (L2)

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