While the Covid-19 pandemic slowed mobility and even shut down many public services, the railroad did have had some difficult times with declining ridership. But this deceleration in the transport sector also allowed operators to tackle innovative project developments and infrastructure improvements.
It was not only railroad operators who were faced with this new slowed-down situation. Passengers also used the time to reflect on their travel and transportation behaviour. As reported by a survey last year, more than 50 percent of the interviewed Generation Z passengers said they were prepared to consider a more sustainable habit of transportation, with regular rail riders making up the majority. In parallel, the net-zero emission plans of many governments are pushing decarbonisation.
Although railways are the most sustainable form of transportation, there are still means to improve decarbonisation in the rail industry by replacing diesel trains with electric trains using battery technology, hydrogen fuel cells, or overhead lines.
Traffic and transport behaviour on the large continents is quite diverse, and so the requirements for further development also differ. Many of the large European rolling stock manufacturers focus on implementing new energy concepts for their vehicles, improving control systems, increasing passenger safety and comfort and raising economic efficiency for operators.
Whenever safe and reliable power, data, signal or fluid connections are required to support the systems in these innovative railway projects, Stäubli Electrical Connectors is a welcome technology partner. It’s not only the vast portfolio of powerful, high-performing and most dependable connection components, it’s also the broad experience in the industry and the many Stäubli experts worldwide that partner with railway engineers to develop the most suitable and most efficient connection solution.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, September 2022: Stäubli Electrical Connectors - Is Your Train Safely and Comfortably Connected?
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