Overlooked Tram Offers Revolutionary Transportation Solution

Released on: June 5, 2008, 1:22 pm

Press Release Author: Tom Peric\'

Industry: Media

Press Release Summary: Amsterdam took an historic step in joining the Green movement
when it conducted experiments using its tram system and electric vehicles to move
products into the inner city.

Press Release Body: York, Pa. - Amsterdam took an historic step in joining the Green
movement when it conducted experiments using its tram system and electric vehicles
to move products into the inner city.

Amsterdam-based startup company CityCargo, whose novel entrepreneurial approach is
responsible for the pilot project, hopes to reduce the deliveries of the 2,500
trucks that roll into the city daily.

"CityCargo's project is a perfect example of green ingenuity, as they saw a
logistics and transportation problem and used new ways of solving it that benefit
the environment and community," says Tom Bonkenburg, director of European Operations
for York, Pa.-based St. Onge Company, which has played an important role working
with the startup company.
The inner city distribution system consists of freight trams that will carry goods
in and out of the city on existing tram lines, and electrically powered vans

St. Onge Co., together with its European partner, Buck Consultants International,
designed City Cargo's future cross dock center. This building takes freight from a
customer and gets it ready to put on the proper tram. Companies can supply these
cross docks around the clock by regular freight traffic from other parts of Holland.
This could include loading freight into the cargo boxes, storage and sorting of the
cargo boxes, staging the cargo boxes for the tram, and then loading or unloading the
tram and returning things as required to the customer.

St. Onge Co. is also responsible for developing the high-level concepts for the
cargo container and transfer methods to and from the tram and also to and from the
electric vehicle.

"The ultimate goal is Green sustainability, reduction of pollution and truck
traffic," says Bonkenburg. "We wanted an approach that was efficient and effective
for moving goods into the system for an indefinite period without having a negative
impact on the environment. By reducing traffic congestion, you immediately reduce
pollution, noise levels and have less damage to roads."

Using trams to carry goods into the city also provides a wider window for
deliveries, according to Bonkenburg. Amsterdam restricts truck traffic during
certain hours, but with a tram and e-car combination, the system allows smaller
deliveries throughout the day.

A marketing component has already emerged from the experiment. Nuon, the Dutch
energy company, sponsored the trams during the experiment and is one of the largest
investors in CityCargo. Furthermore many large merchants have already expressed an
interest in joining with CityCargo as their "Green" transport partner.

"The lesson learned in this experiment is that a Green solution is not just a catchy
slogan riding the tails of popularity. Businesses can actually begin to think
differently about solving issues related to our environment," says Bonkenburg. "The
impact of new regulations throughout Europe will increase logistics costs and
complexity. Businesses will have to meet these challenges within the context of a
Green solution. The CityCargo approach is a terrific example."

Bonkenburg says increased logistics costs will continue to rise in the United
States, and the CityCargo solution should hearten business leaders with its
innovative thinking.

The project will now move deeper into the realization stage, according to
Bonkenburg. CityCargo is actively seeking partners and completing details that deal
with the final design of the tram, cargo box and electric vehicle design. CityCargo
will start off in the first half of 2009 with 10 cargo trams, 40 E-cars and one
distribution center. When the project is in full operation (in about five years), it
will be 58 cargo trams, 600 E-cars and four distribution centers.

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Editor's Note:
For a video of how the system operates visit: www.citycargo.nl/

Tom Peric'
Tom Bonkenburg (Amsterdam)
31 (0) 24 750 32 63
1 717 424 2438 (U.S. number rings in Amsterdam)

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Contact Details: Tom Peric\'
Galileo Communications, Inc.
2040 Fairfax Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
856-874-0052 Fax

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