February 2010

Latest news from the Transport Research Knowledge Centre


Dear readers,

We are back with the latest news about the Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC). The TRKC is a free database featuring up-to-date information on European transport research activities. It enables policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to access results of EU or nationally financed transport research in the European Research Area (ERA).

In this bulletin, we report on the following issues:

Enjoy reading!
The TRKC project team


TRKC publishes new Thematic Research Summary on Passenger Transport

TRKC publishes new Thematic Research Summary on Passenger Transport

The Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC) has recently published a new Thematic Research Summary (TRS) on Passenger transport. This theme refers to all forms of the public and private transport of people, by air, land or water - whether scheduled or unscheduled, urban, rural, coastal, local, long-distance or cross-border - or involving one or more modes. This Thematic Research Summary (TRS) only deals with research relevant to the planning, organisation or operation of passenger transport modes to the exclusion of freight.

Decision support tools covered in a second Thematic Research Summary

Decision support tools are concerned with methodologies and information tools for transport policy making. The tools addressed by this Thematic Research Summary are those targeted at public decision makers concerned with transport policies and projects at all geographical scales (urban, local, regional, national, supranational), such as traffic studies on equilibrium conditions between infrastructure and service supply and demand, impact studies and evaluation studies of transport policies and projects, monitoring and benchmarking of transport systems. The first part includes a brief overview of the scope of the theme and summarises the main policy developments at EU level relevant to the theme. The second part contains a synthesis of the main findings and policy implications from research projects and identifies the implications for further research.

Thematic Research Summary on Land Use Planning also online

The land use planning tool focuses not on the transport system itself, but on the land use patterns which generate the demand for transport. The overall emphasis is usually on shaping the pattern of development and influencing the location, scale, density, design and mix of land uses in order to reduce the need to travel, reduce the length of journeys and make it easier for people to access jobs, shopping, leisure facilities and services by public transport, walking and cycling.

As always, each TRS aims to provide the reader with a synthesis of available results from completed European EU-funded research projects related to the theme in question. The new TRS publications are available for download from the Thematic publications section of the TRKC website.