Innovation
Fertagus - Travessia do Tejo, Transportes, SA
Fertagus won the international public tender for the North-South Rail Link on the basis of its bid quality, intermodal nature, route times, pricing and financial model. Thus Fertagus is the first private transport operator to manage and operate a railway line in Portugal, paying a fee to REFER for the use of its infrastructures. It is also the first time that this model has been used on the Portuguese rail network. After more than 10 years of operation, Fertagus is known for its high quality and safety standards, and a service focused on customer satisfaction.

Fertagus has always strived to maintain the highest quality standards and recently joined the Greater Lisbon Transport Region contactless ticketing system, which allows various route and operator combinations to be included on the same ticket.

The company’s sustainability strategy will enable Fertagus to become the first economically self-sufficient rail operator.
MTS - Metro Transportes do Sul, SA
In July 2002 the Metro Sul do Tejo Project was awarded to the MTS - Metro, Transportes do Sul, SA, Consortium, led by the Barraqueiro Group, which is now the contract holder.

The Project began in December 2002 with the building phase, while commercial operation started in three successive stages as shown below:
  • Stage 1 – Corroios / Cova da Piedade, on 1 May 2007
  • Stage 2 – Corroios / University, on 15 December 2007
  • Stage 3 – Full network, consisting of three lines: Corroios / Cacilhas, Corroios / Pragal and Cacilhas / University, on 26 November 2008
Of special note is the innovative nature of this project – a light surface railway – which runs on its own track ensuring timetables are met. It also acts as an interface to the other transport services on the South Bank of the Tagus, (buses, Fertagus trains, Transtejo ferries) and complies with the region’s policy and pricing. It also provides for use of the region’s and the capital’s intermodal tickets.

Mention should also be made of MTS’ link with the "Espaço Canal Improvement Project", which is being managed by the contract holder. The project sets out to redefine and refurbish the urban areas adjoining the track on which the light railway runs.

Therefore, in addition to the introduction of footpaths and cycle lanes, all the urban furniture was replaced, green spaces and leisure areas built, and the architecture of many of the areas crossed by this new means of transport was improved.
Rodoviária do Alentejo, SA
Innovation is the central planks of Rodoviária do Alentejo’s corporate strategy as a means of achieving a better performance and competitiveness.

Aware of the value of Innovation and Quality to organisations, Rodoviária do Alentejo has made strides in this area and in 2010 plans to invest around 6% of its turnover in the following projects:
  • Fitting the entire public service fleet with a GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking system, in order to improve efficiency by optimizing resource management, so as to ensure the following advantages, among others:
    - Greater transparency and customer service quality
    - Possibility of warning passengers of delays
    - Greater mobility for fleet managers, allowing real time management
    - Automatic changing of stop announcements on vehicles


  • Implementation of a new ticketing system on all fixed routes, together with an operation support system which allows for upgrades and technological innovation. Some of the systems features are:

    - Integrated, contactless ticketing system
    - Service performance monitoring and measuring
    - Guaranteed system interoperability
    - Bidirectional data communication channels
Rodoviária de Lisboa, SA
RTIC Real Time Information to the Client (ICTR - Informação ao Cliente em Tempo Real):
Rodoviária de Lisboa is continuing to develop and extend the "RTIC - Real Time Information for the Client" system throughout its network. This system encompasses the installation of information panels at the main stopping points, providing real time information to clients about the actual arrival time of the next bus so that they know exactly how long they have to wait.

This system is based on information permanently being transmitted from a Control and Command Centre where, through a GPS localisation system, the controller knows the exact location of vehicles and, therefore, any delay or advance with regard to the respective timetables.

Radio communication between the centre and the driver is established whenever any irregular occurrence is noted during the bus' journey.

Grupo Barraqueiro's involvement in the Integrated Transport System Management initiative (GIST - Gestão Integrada de sistemas de Transportes):
The Integrated Transport Management System is a decision support system (DSS), developed by two university groups in a consortium with public and private companies, including Grupo Barraqueiro and Rodoviária de Lisboa.

This computer system seeks to attempt to optimize supply. Its main objectives are:
  • To reduce the time necessary to allocate resources (drivers and vehicles).
  • To enable the construction of decision-making support scenarios.
  • To improve the level of available information.
  • To move forward in the use of automatization procedures and inter-system integration platforms.
RL’s environmental performance
Since 2004 the Gisfrot: Service Improvement and Environmental Performance Program, developed by the IMTT (Mobility and Land Transport Institute) and the IST (Higher Technical Institute), has monitored and modelled safer, more comfortable driving styles that allow for improved energy performance. Under this project the vehicles are fitted with a “black box”, a Siemens-VDO FM 200 signals integrator, which records comfort, safety and environmental efficiency indicators. All drivers are monitored individually and the following week attends a training course designed to make them aware of their driving style.

Since its introduction this process has led to reductions of 206,000 litres of fuel and 553 tons of CO2 emissions. RL also recycles 76% of the waste products produced by its activities.
Rodo Cargo - Transportes Rodoviários de Mercadorias, SA
Rodo Cargo: GPS localisation, a valuable tool in the management of freight transport
Rodo Cargo has been equipping its fleet with the GPS (global positioning system) system. This has enabled the company to optimize the management of its material resources and, in parallel, ensuring the provision of reliable, real-time information to the client.

The equipment has now been installed in the entire fleet, in other words, the 122 lorries for international vehicle haulage, the 116 lorries for national vehicle haulage and the 55 lorries for national and international haulage of general goods and hazardous material.

The exact location of any motor vehicle is provided by GPS. The system shows not only the vehicle's location but also the travel speed, total stationary time, total driving time, whether the vehicle's device is connected or not and it produces reports and other information.

Thus, whenever necessary or requested by the client, the system can provide information on the location of the goods and provide a forecast of the remaining transportation time and the conclusion time.

Moreover, the traffic management department of Rodo Cargo can more effectively allocate new jobs to vehicles on the road and provide clients with precise information on the estimated time of arrival and the goods loading or unloading time.
Transol, SA
A GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking system will be introduced in 2010, with the aim of optimising the company’s resource, information and control management.

The GPS system will make it possible to accurately locate each vehicle at all times, indicating not only its location, but its speed, stop times, driving times, whether it is linked up or not, as well as providing other information and reports.
The goals are to provide better access to the information generated daily and improve its processing, to improve resource management and speed up administrative procedures following operations.

The Traffic Department’s control and operational monitoring will become more effective.
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