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February 2013

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News from TRIP

DG RTD workshop held 20 February

TRIP at ETNA meeting 21-22 January in Rome

News from the EU Institutions

Commission announces comprehensive proposals to improve railway services

Europe progresses in reducing transport's environmental impact

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community


Transport Research Arena 2014 announcement

Major EU grants to help transform rail freight transport

Rhine River Navigation Study receives EU support

Public transport projects invited for 2014 RegioStars Award

EU Awards to honor cities at forefront of sustainable mobility

Publication of guidelines for deployment of urban ITS

News from TRIP

DG RTD workshop held 20 February

On 20 February, DG RTD/Transport of the European Commission hosted a workshop aimed at presenting TRIP to the EC officers. The Seminar was very well received and provided an opportunity to learn how to make the best use of TRIP, and create synergies in daily efforts towards advancing transport research. Attendees included EC officers from DG RTD, including the newly appointed Director-General of the Directorate H ‘Transport', Manuela Soares.

TRIP at ETNA meeting 21-22 January in Rome

TRIP attended the ETNA meeting on 21-22 January in Rome, Italy. The aim of the TRIP presence at the meeting was to establish a close link between the European Transport Network Alliance-ETNA, network of National Contact Points for the theme 'Transport' in the Seventh Framework Programme, and TRIP, with a focus on funding opportunities. TRIP's participation was a success and opportunities for collaboration are being considered.

For more information on the ETNA network, visit their website.
News from the European Institutions

Commission announces comprehensive proposals to improve railway services

The EC has announced the fourth Railway Package, a proposal for far-reaching measures to provide higher quality and more choice in railway services in Europe. The measures encourage more innovation both through the introduction of competition into EU domestic passenger markets and through technical and structural reforms. They focus on standards and approvals, competition, structure, and a skilled and motivated workforce.

According to Vice-President Kallas "Europe's railways are approaching a very important junction. Faced with stagnation or decline in rail in many markets across Europe, we have a simple choice. We can take the tough decisions now that are needed to restructure Europe's railway market to encourage innovation and the provision of better services. Rail will be able to grow again to the benefit of citizens, business and the environment. [….]"

The Commission's proposals will be discussed by the European Parliament and Member State Governments, before being adopted.

Please find more information on the EC website.

Europe progresses in reducing transport's environmental impact

A new report, published by the European Environment Agency, indicates that some progress towards meeting key sustainable transport targets has been made, while some challenges still remain.

The report evaluates progress towards targets set by the Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area based on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy efficiency and uptake of cleaner fuels. The report considers the impacts of transport use. Progress is achieved by avoiding use of transport, shifting towards more sustainable forms of transport and improving its efficiency. The report shows that improvements were mainly due to the latter (more efficient transport), rather than the former two.

View the full report.

News from the Transport Research Community

Transport Research Arena 2014 announcement

The 5 th Transport Research Arena TRA 2014 will be held on 14-17 April, 2014, in Paris-la-Defense, France. Road, rail, and waterborne modes of transport, as well as cross-modality will be addressed including the following topics:

  • Environment and Energy
  • Industry Competitiveness
  • Logistics and Mobility Systems and Services
  • Safety and Security
  • Transport Infrastructures
  • Transport Policy Research / Socio-economic / Human sciences
  • Vehicles & Vessels Technologies

More information can be found on the Conference website. Authors are invited to submit abstracts or apply for invited sessions on the submission website by 29 March, 2013.

Major EU Grants to help transform rail freight transport

The EU will co-finance four projects aimed at the development of four Rail Freight Corridors across Europe with a total of € 5.7 million from the TEN-T Programme. The projects will involve the establishment of rail freight corridors as required by EU Regulation 913/2010, delivering optimal rail freight transport and increasing competition in European rail transport.

The four projects concern the development of:

•  Rail Freight Corridor 2, starting in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and then, via Belgium, Luxembourg and France, reaching Basel (Switzerland) and Lyon (France);

•  Rail Freight Corridor 8, from the key ports of Bremerhaven (Germany), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium) to Kaunas (Lithuania);

•  Rail Freight Corridor 6, along the south of Europe from Almeria and Madrid in Spain to Záhony in Hungary, crossing France, Italy and Slovenia; and

•  Rail Freight Corridor 4, from Lisbon, Sines and Leixões (Portugal) to Algeciras, Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastián and Irun (Spain), through Paris and into northern and eastern France.

More Information is available on the TEN-T website.

Rhine River Navigation Study receives EU support

The EU will support a study to assess the existing and future needs related to inland waterway transport on the upper Rhine river in France, Germany and Switzerland. With an expected EU contribution of € 850 000 from the TEN-T Programme, the study will target ports and their connections to the rail and road networks, will look at current needs and estimate future needs, will analyse accessibility and connectivity of local ports, and will propose an integrated multimodal transport strategy.

More Information is available on the TEN-T website.

Public transport projects invited to apply for 2014 RegioStars Award

A call for applications has opened for the 2014 RegioStars Awards, which include public transport as one of five categories for submissions.

The RegioStars Awards recognise good practices in regional development and highlight innovative projects which could serve as inspiration for other regions. They are co-financed either by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Solidarity Fund or the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). Applicants can be national authorities or other managing authorities that have carried out such type of large-scale projects.

Eligible public transport projects may concern tram, metro, multi-modal transport hubs or other large-scale investments. In the past, only once have the awards included a public transport category, when in 2011, the city of Funchal (PT) won the award for an initiative that strived to increase patronage and improve energy efficiency on the local bus system.

Deadline for submission is 19 April, 2013 . Details can be found on the EC website.

EU Awards to honor cities at the forefront of sustainable mobility

The European Commission has announced six finalists for two awards focused on raising awareness of and developing sustainable and environmentally-friendly mobility solutions. European Commissioners Siim Kallas and Janez Potocnik will award the winners with their prizes at a ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on 6 March.

The two awards are:

•  European Mobility Week (EMW) Award - rewards the local authority considered to have done the most in raising public awareness of sustainable mobility issues and implementing measures to achieve a shift towards sustainable urban transport. The winning city is chosen by an independent panel of transport experts. Finalists include Gävle (Sweden), Ostersund (Sweden), and Zagreb (Croatia).

•  Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Award rewards excellence in developing and implementing sustainable urban mobility plans. SUMPs are devised by local authorities and define measures to tackle the urban mobility challenges of both today and the future. In 2012, the thematic focus of the annual Award was on ‘stakeholder and citizen participation.' The winner will be rewarded with € 10 000 to support local awareness-raising activities on sustainable urban mobility. Three finalists include Aberdeen (UK), Ljutomer (Slovenia), and Toulouse (France).

See on the EC Website.

Publication of guidelines for deployment of urban ITS

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) supports urban policy goals in areas that include travel information, traffic and demand management, smart ticketing and urban logistics. In 2010 the European Commission, in association with local authorities and their partners, set up an Expert Group on ITS for urban areas. During 2011 and 2012, this group developed guidance on implementation of key applications. The guidelines have now been published.

The guidelines can help local decision-makers strengthen interoperability and continuity of ITS deployment across European cities.

Visit the EC website for more details.

See also:

Guidelines for ITS deployment in Urban Areas – Multimodal Information
Guidelines for ITS deployment in Urban Areas – Smart Ticketing
Guidelines for ITS deployment in Urban Areas – Traffic Management
Best Practices in Urban ITS – Collection of Projects
Potential Needs for Standardisation of Urban ITS

Guidelines for Deployment of ITS in Urban Regions
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