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Aregay F. Kebede, prior to commencing his master’s degree, was an Assistant Lecturer for Bahir Dar University delivering various courses for undergraduate Civil Engineering students. Aregay is currently a Swedish Institute Study Scholarship (SISS) recipient and a second-year MSc student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology pursuing Transport and Geoinformation technology. His research interests focus on traffic and transportation operations, traffic control, and transit systems planning and operations.


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    An integrated system to increase the speed of a suburban trunk bus route in Stockholm

    The city of Stockholm has formulated the ambition to increase the speed on suburban bus lines. One of these lines is a suburban tangential trunk bus line that has currently 17 stops and a trip time of 48 minutes. Asa part of the EU CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project, a concept has been designed integrating autonomous Bus Rapid Transit (ABRT) with a Group Rapid Transit (GRT) system, using pod cars transferring to the ABRT line at a transfer terminal. The GRT system works as afeeder to the ABRT system, thereby allowing to have longer distances between ABRT stations. Two different implementation alternatives have been considered: an express ABRT line with only 5 stations and an alternative with a 50% bus stop reduction. Outsideof rush hours, the GRT system could be used for door-to-door services as well as urban maintenance services such as snow removal.