Man in Station

ITDP on transit-oriented development in China

The growth of cities around the world has been characterised by unsustainable, car-dependent and transit-poor urban sprawl. To remedy this, transit-oriented development is a fast growing trend and approach that fosters a compact, walkable, mixed-use community centred around a transit station or within transit corridors. One such organisation that champions for transit-oriented development is Institute for Transportation & Development Policy …

Michele Hanson TFL

The growing threat of cyber attacks on rail systems

Extensive use of IT and automated computer systems in the rail industry, coupled with increasing adoption of emerging technologies like machine to machine sensors, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, has led to greater levels of operational efficiency and optimisation. Like a double-edged sword, it also introduced new vulnerabilities to the systems, increasing the risk of malicious cyber attacks that could damage rail …

MTR Train Station

Deploying AI to manage complex maintenance schedules

In a typical week, 10,000 engineers are deployed to carry out maintenance works on Hong Kong’s subway systems. The boss who singly schedules tasks for thousands of workers is an AI program, designed by Andy Chun of Hong Kong’s City University and partnered with MTR Corporation to integrate it into their systems. The tasks used to be scheduled by humans. In fact, …