On track for the future?
Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) considers the role that rail will play in this period of ‘great transport transformation’.
DOES the transformation of the world around us open up the prospect of a new golden age for transport by rail? How exactly the revolution will play out is impossible to predict. Yet business leaders and policy-makers do not have the luxury of an historian who can judge events in retrospect – they must ‘ride the tiger’, adapting to, and shaping, change as it happens.
Technology and behavioural changes
Two known aspects of the great transport transformation can serve as starting points for decision-makers. The first concerns behavioural change. Today’s users no longer want to be transported, they want to be mobile. They are less and less willing to submit to mobility patterns dictated by others, for instance operators. Instead, users long for transport options that give them maximum control over their movements.
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