Strategic research (thematic group 1)

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Strategic research (thematic group 1)
Recherche stratégique (groupe thématique 1)
Programme type: Funding programme
Origin: National (France)
Duration: 1996 - 2000
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Background & policy context: 

In the next 20 years, the organisation of transport will be subject to major changes. For this reason, public authorities and professional actors are thinking together on these transformations and on answers developed in Europe and throughout the world. The vocation of this theme was to supply a maximum of landmarks to enlighten strategies of actors and to have a common view of the principal issues.

Strategic Objectives: 

This field of research attaches great importance to improve global comprehension of transport systems and to outline possible evolution on long term. Strategic research deals with analysis of mobility needs, advance of technology and services, transport economics and plans.

Programme organisation: 

The main directions of research were the following:

- Information systems
- Welfare watch employment
- Decision, evaluation process
- Mobility, economic development and planning
- Socio-economic relevance of new technologies
- Transport places (stations, interchanges, ports, terminals, etc): continuity or rupture
- Non-motorised trips
- Monetarisation of external effects of transport.

Leading Institutions:

Public institution

(1) METLTM: Ministère de l'Equipement, des Transports, du Logement, du Tourisme et de la Mer (Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea)(2) MEDD: Ministère de l'Ecologie et du Développement Durable (Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development)
Type of funding: 
Public (national/regional/local)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

See main programme form for Predit 2 for details.

Participating countries: 
Total number of projects: 

Approx. 80

Projects covered: 

Examples of projects are:

  • Impact of new information and communication technologies on logistic models for electronic trade and new jobs.
  • The implementation of METEOR: organisational impact and technological innovation transfer: how is this new metro line in Paris accepted by the users, by the employees of RATP (Paris public transport operator), what is the impact of this new technology on the other metro lines.
  • TAXEL: Research on electric taxis: define the characteristics and feasibility of an electric taxi.
  • School of freight: the creation of a high-school to train executives from the Ministry of Transport on management, technologies, etc relative to freight transport.
  • Households strategies, location, mobility: research to understand choices of commuters with regards to the location of their housing and their activities.
  • Cost-benefit analysis of a clean car: methodology and application to electric cars. The main objective of this project was to evaluate socio-economic benefits of clean cars.
  • ETUI: Intermodal Urban Transport Economics: the objective is to set up an economic knowledge of urban multimodal transport, both at the theoretical and applied level.
Project Profiles:
  1. Accompanying action and valorisation of the work of the Evaluation-Decisional Process Mobilising Group for the Predit
  2. Analysis of European transport scenarios and rebuilding of a reference scenario
  3. Analysis of the research-studies-orders interface regarding transport interchanges
  4. Application à la ville de Lyon - Simulation of prospective change scenarios for urban mobility over the coming 20 years - the case of the city of Lyon
  5. Assess, debate or negotiate public utility? planning conflicts and project management practices
  6. Assessing the skills of French laboratories by modelling the transport of people and goods
  7. Audit and analysis of traffic modelling practices used by French local authorities
  8. Business location and mobility
  9. Characterisation of the car fleet in the Lille conurbation
  10. Comparative analysis of strategies to localise and diversify services between large-scale retail stores and other household service companies in the Lyon urban region
  11. Complementarity between non-motorised methods of transport and public transport - relevancy of bicycle rental and self-service loan systems
  12. Conducting stated preference surveys in relation to trip modelling
  13. Cost-profit analysis for a clean car: methodology and application to the electric car
  14. Creation of a CD-ROM simulating prospective change scenarios in urban mobility in France over the coming 20 years
  15. Creation of a training module for the modelling of transport flows
  16. Daily mobility and small urban areas. Changes in modes of mobility - analysis, challenges and potentials
  17. Definition of a mobility classification scheme suited to modelling demand for transport in France's urban areas
  18. Developing innovative public transport services that expand existing bus service
  19. Developing new types of relationships with end customers - The consequences on the organisation of the logistics chain. An analysis of various distribution models.
  20. Development of a systems dynamic model (SimtransCo2) introducing the idea of a greenhouse gas emissions trading market
  21. E-business companies and logistics companies: Organisation and management of co-contracting in land transport
  22. Environmental impacts of transporting goods in urban areas with port facilities: operational implementation of a geographic information system
  23. Feasibility of a system for monitoring multimodal transport in France
  24. Fraud and communication: comparative analysis of parking and public transport
  25. Freight school project
  26. Geographic and functional distribution of polluting emissions in France's high employment areas
  27. Household, location and mobility strategies
  28. Impact of NICTs on logistics models in e-commerce: new professions, new forms of intermediation.
  29. Including bicycles in multimodal modelling of passenger transport systems in urban communities
  30. Intermodal urban transport economics
  31. Investment options in technological breakthrough projects and organisational forms
  32. Local urban transport policies in search of consistency and co-ordination: Lyon's urban transport plan
  33. Long-range traffic planning in the Ile-de-France region based on supply and economic growth scenarios
  34. Mobility and urban and architectural forms in urban areas
  35. Observation of the political processes of developing urban transport plans
  36. Opening the Météor line: organisational impact and transferability of technological innovations
  37. Origin-destination matrices in interurban areas
  38. Parallel experiences: new towns and transport networks in the Ile-de-France region
  39. Periurbanisation approach: periurbanisation forms and intensity
  40. Placing a Price on Noise Pollution from Roads and Railway Lines in the Urban Environment (Hedonistic Prices and Contingent Evaluations)
  41. Practical methods of evaluating the effects of severance in French towns
  42. Preparation of a new shippers survey
  43. Productive territories and haulage companies
  44. Public service and on-demand transport - organising the change
  45. Research and training in non-motorised transport
  46. Research conducted to develop databases for transposable disaggregate models
  47. Research into an electric taxi
  48. Research on acceptability conditions for new fare measures in urban transport
  49. Research on and experimenting of strategies used by cyclists
  50. Research on Predit mobility for towns: recent upheavals in the economic systems of towns and the consequences on professional mobility
  51. Research on prospective approaches to urban mobility in Europe - lessons for France
  52. Rollerblading: a mode of transport and urban recreational activity
  53. Simulation model of a railway hub connected to its territories: the urban area of Tours.
  54. Socio-economic impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in ground transport
  55. Statistical systems
  56. Study of concrete cases of educational, cultural and social services on the outskirts of built-up areas: case of the urban area of Annecy
  57. Study on the feasibility of a radically different transport system for densely populated sections of high employment areas
  58. Study on the feasibility of a radically different transport system for the densely populated Ile-de-France region
  59. System of indicators for the prospective evaluation of urban mobility evaluation scenarios
  60. Taking the users of public transport into consideration: a cognitive and organisational analysis
  61. The city in the rollerblading age: Evaluation of the use and management of a new non-motorised urban mode of travel in France and abroad
  62. The consequences of new social measures in road freight transport
  63. The industrial economy and the reform of the rail industry
  64. The intermodality of bicycles and public transport. Feasibility in the urban areas of Aix-les-Bains, Chambéry and Montmélian.
  65. The introduction of information systems in major companies and the consequences on transport and logistics companies
  66. The prospective transport account: an urban transport assessment tool.
  67. The role of mediation in the environmental decision-making process in France
  68. The specificity of crisis and crisis management in urban public transport
  69. Tourist mobility - Project cluster
  70. Transport and design
  71. Transport and territorial make-up: research project and seminar
  72. Transport infrastructure and economic development in rural areas: which methods for which effects?
  73. Urban form and transport throughout an urban area
  74. Urban roads: a heritage to be rehabilitated? Why and how? The experience of Nantes
  75. Validation and improvement of the demographic approach of urban mobility
METLTM (Ministère de l'Equipement) Direction de Recherche - PREDIT
Tour Pascal B
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+33 1 40 81 14 17
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+33 1 40 81 15 22