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We are pleased to bring you the latest Transport Research and Innovation news for the month of November. Our Newsletter features updates, opportunities and events from the TRIP project, the EU Institutions and the community of research.

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News from TRIP

Release of New TRIP Publication on Security and Safety

German and French versions of TRIP Publications are Now Available

News from the EU Institutions

New Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc

CEF Major Call to Improve European Connections

EU ITS Directive and Action Plan, Reports Now Available

New EC Directive for Clean Fuels for Transport

Commission Launches Enhanced Web Portal on Urban Mobility

Future Trends in Aviation Noise – Workshop Proceedings

Transport Safety: Social Challenges, Research Solutions – Conference

News from the Transport Research & Innovation Community

 

SESAR Exploratory Research in the Limelight

New Guide on Smart Cities Data Standards

Free Training on ITS from the States

Joint Call ERA-NET Smart Cities & Communities (ENSCC) open soon

ITF 2015 – Transport, Trade and Tourism

2015 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Eco-Mobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg

News from TRIP

Release of New TRIP Publication on Security and Safety

‘Security and safety' is a new Thematic Research Summary (TRS) providing an overview of EU-funded research and studies in the policy area of security and safety. Research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes ( FP6 and FP7 ) fall under the scope of this TRS. It tackles security-related research for land, air and maritime transport, and research on safety from the viewpoint of the human factor, vehicles and infrastructure.

The publication can be downloaded from the TRIP website.

The publication is also available in French on the TRIP website.
 

German and French Versions of TRIP Publications are Now Available

The German and French versions of the TRIP publication ‘Assessment and decision support methodologies' are now available to download from the TRIP website.

This (TRS provides an overview of EU-funded research on assessment and decision support methodologies. Research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes ( FP6 and FP7 ) and studies financed by the European Commission are in the scope of this TRS. It tackles research on assessment methodologies, as well as on the development and application of assessment tools. Furthermore, the publication presents EU-funded assessment studies.

To download the publication in French: TRIP website.

To download the publication in German: TRIP website.

 

The German and French versions of the TRIP publication ‘Urban Transport' are now available to download from the TRIP website.

This TRS addresses EU research on urban transport, directed at reducing the negative impacts of congestion in cities and towns. Projects from the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes ( FP6 and FP7 ) supporting local decision makers in delivering sustainable and integrated policies while offering smart and green solutions are presented, together with the main sustainable mobility measures implemented by the Civitas Plus demonstration cities.

To download the publication in French: TRIP website.

To download the publication in German: TRIP website.

 

The German and French versions of the TRIP publication ‘Economic and regional impacts' are now available to download from the TRIP website.

This TRS addresses research dealing with impact assessment of transport policies with respect to regional and economic impacts. Research projects financed under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes ( FP6 and FP7 ), the ESPON programme and studies financed by the European Commission are in the scope of this TRS. It tackles research on the evaluation of economic impacts, the evaluation of regional impacts, as well as the development and application of tools to measure regional and economic effects.

To download the publication in French: TRIP website.

To download the publication in German: TRIP website.

 

The French version of the TRIP publication ‘Passenger Transport' is now available to download from the TRIP website.

This TRS provides an overview of European research projects in the field of Passenger Transport. It tackles the topics safer individual transport, high-quality public transport, integrated transport services, and environmentally sustainable mobility behaviour.

To download the publication in French: TRIP website.
 
News from the European Institutions

New Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc

Former Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister Violeta Bulc was elected new Transport Commissioner of the European Union on 1 November 2014, following the approval of the new Juncker Commission last month. She takes over from Siim Kallas who held the Commission's transport portfolio for the past five years.

During her public hearing at the European Parliament prior to the official election, Ms Bulc stressed her commitment to complete the implementation of the 2011 Transport White Paper, leading to a truly integrated European-wide transport system, within an innovative and efficient Single European Transport area.

To view the full transcript of Violeta Bulc's European Parliament hearing, visit the European Parliament website. To view her full profile, visit the EC website.

CEF Major Call to Improve European Connections

EU financing for transport has tripled to €26 billion for the period 2014-2020 (compared to €8 billion for 2007-2013), under the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The first tranche of the new funding for transport amounting to of €11.9 billion has been earmarked by the European Commission to improve European transport connections.

The funding will be attributed to the most competitive projects proposed by the Member States and focused on nine major transport corridors in Europe. The funding will remove bottlenecks, revolutionise East West connections and streamline cross border transport operations for businesses and citizens throughout the EU.

Member States have until 26 February 2015 to propose projects. The results of the bidding, and the allocation to projects will be announced in summer 2015.

For more information, visit the INEA website.

EU ITS Directive and Action Plan, Reports Now Available

On 21 October 2014, the European Commission released a report on the implementation of European legislation supporting the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport, and for interfaces with other modes of transport. This report is accompanied by a working document on the progress and review of the ITS Action Plan. These reports show the progress achieved in the implementation of the directive and action plan, with in particular several pieces of European legislation such as eCall, road safety-related traffic information, and information on truck parking already adopted in the areas of optimal use of transport data and road safety applications. They also underline the need for further action at EU level, in particular as regards transport data and connectivity.

To view the reports, please visit the EC website.

New EC Directive for Clean Fuels for Transport

On 29 September 2014, the new Directive for the Deployment of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (2014/94/EU) was adopted by the Parliament and the Council to support clean fuels market. The Directive sets new rules to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles.

According to the Directive, Member States will have to provide a minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas, as well as common EU-wide standards for equipment needed and user information. Access to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for inland barges and maritime ships will provide a realistic option to meet challenges on lower emissions

Member States must set and make public their targets and present their national policy frameworks by the end of 2016.

To view the directive, visit the EC website.

Commission Launches Enhanced Web Portal on Urban Mobility

On 7 November 2014, the European Commission officially launched the enhanced ELTIS website, Europe's main observatory on urban mobility, fulfilling one of its key commitments made less than a year ago in the Urban Mobility Package. The ELTIS web portal supports local and regional authorities to tackle urban mobility challenges, bringing together all the experiences and resources of EU-funded projects related to the development and implementation of urban mobility plans.

ELTIS integrates all relevant information, publications and tools. It presents detailed case studies on urban mobility initiatives across Europe and provides a platform for users to exchange ideas and collaborate. It also includes an up-to-date overview of EU legislation and support programmes relevant to urban mobility. The Platform also supports the further development of SUMPs - Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and the tools required for their successful application by local planning authorities. It provides in-depth information on how to develop and implement such plans, with relevant guidelines, resources and a database of cities already involved.

For more information, and to keep up to date with urban mobility, visit the ELTIS website.

Future Trends in Aviation Noise – Workshop Proceedings

The European Commission, under the Clean Sky Initiative, organised a workshop on Future Trends in Aviation Noise Research on 1-2 October 2014. Different ongoing research projects for noise mitigation as well as the results of the 2014 Technology Evaluator were presented by Clean Sky and industry leaders including Snecma, Rolls-Royce, Alenia, Dassault, Airbus, Thales and NLR. Successful ongoing projects.

According to the intervention made at the workshop, substantial growth in air traffic is expected in the coming years and noise emissions remain an issue of concern for both the public and aviation stakeholders. Countries, cities, plane manufactures, and airports are working together to accommodate the future needs of the industry searching for ways to mitigate aircraft noise.

For more information on the workshop and its outcomes, visit the dedicated CleanSky webpage.

Transport Safety: Social Challenges, Research Solutions – EC Conference

On 4-5 December 2014, the Italian EU Presidency and the European Commission will organise a major conference on transport safety to be held in Genova. The event expects to welcome around 300 stakeholders, transport professionals and policy makers from the different transport modes, to assess the future needs for transport safety, and identify priorities for activities in Horizon 2020 and beyond. The conference will address both the safety challenges specific to each mode, common issues and concerns that cut across them – notably human factors, automation and data management – taking into account societal challenges, policy requirements, technological developments and economic benefits.

To view the conference programme and register online, visit the EC website.

News from the Transport Research Community

SESAR Exploratory Research in the Limelight

October's edition of the SESAR magazine offers readers a complete overview of the exploratory research relevant to the field of aviation undertaken since the start of the SESAR Research and Innovation (R&I) Programme in 2007. The magazine considers the work so far achieved and gives an insight into the research challenges for the coming years.

The publication also features an interview to two leading European officials from DG MOVE: Maurizio Castelletti, Head of Unit, Single European Sky, and Keir Fitch, Head of Research and Innovative Transport Systems. They explain the expected impacts the new SESAR 2020 programme will bring in the light of the quadruple budget allocated to the Programme for exploratory research (€85 million).

For more information and to view the Magazine, visit the SESAR website.

New Guide on Smart Cities Data Standards

To help local governments, policy makers and decision takers addressing the creation of Smart Cities, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a guide titled ‘Smart city concept model – Guide to establishing a model for data interoperability'. The publication defines a concept model, and gives guidance on how to apply it, to promote interoperability for data created, used, and maintained by a city across all sectors, on behalf of, and in collaboration with, its citizens. The guide is intended to make it easier for the public and private sector to share information to promote economic growth.

A pool of institutions collaborated in drafting the guide, such as the Glasgow City Council, the London Borough of Redbridge, the Peterborough City Council, the Local Government Association, Socitm, the representative body for public sector ICT professionals, and other organisations.

To download the guide, visit the British Standards Institution dedicated page.

Free Training on ITS from the States

The US Department of Transportation offers new training opportunities focused on ITS technologies. All training is FREE and available online, through webinars, in the classroom, or through customised onsite education.

The ITS Professional Capacity Building Program (PCB) provides the ITS workforce with flexible, accessible ITS learning through training, technical assistance and educational resources. The programme assists transportation professionals in developing their knowledge, skills, and abilities to build technical proficiency while furthering their career paths.

For more information, visit the ERTICO website.

Joint Call ERA-NET Smart Cities & Communities (ENSCC) Open Soon

The third transnational Joint Call of the ERA-NET Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC) will be opened in December 2014.

The call covers four topics:

•  Smart integrated urban energy and transport systems,

•  Smart tools and services for integrated urban energy and transport systems,

•  Smart big data,

•  Smart governance and smart citizens.

A total amount of joint public funding of approximately €20-28 million will be provided by national and regional funding agencies from twelve European countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey). Partners from third countries not officially participating in the call are also welcome in a consortium but they need to fund their activities from other sources.

For more information on the call, visit the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe website

For more information on Smart Cities and Communities initiative, visit the Smart Cities Platform website.

ITF 2015 - Transport, Trade and Tourism

The International Transport Forum at the OECD will hold its next Summit on 27-29 May 2015 in Leipzig, Germany. The conference will tackle the theme of transport in relation to trade and tourism, both important engines of economic growth. As mentioned in the preliminary programme: ‘…..Both depend on effective transport systems. Yet transport faces huge challenges as a provider of human mobility and facilitator of goods exchange. The rise of Asia and Africa will drive demand for freight transport. Trade patterns will shift, creating uncertainty for supply chains. Growing numbers of tourists will put pressure on international and domestic transport networks around the world, highlighting the need for more sustainable and accessible services and infrastructure'.

How transport should respond and meet these challenges will be at the centre of debate at the International Transport Forum's 2015 Summit.

For more information, visit the International Transport Forum website.

2015 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

The 22 nd edition of the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, will take place in Bordeaux, France, from 5 to 9 October 2015. The event is organised in partnership with ITS America and ITS Asia-Pacific.

With the main theme being ‘Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space‘, the congress will focus on the achievements of intelligent mobility and what changes this entails in our lives. Also, the conference will showcase the benefits that space can bring to ITS applications, such as the new satellite constellations for geo-localisation, earth observation and communication.

Since 1994, the ITS Congress has grown phenomenally with more than 3 500 Congress delegates, 300 exhibitors and 10 000 visitors coming from more than 100 countries, expected for the next edition in 2015.

The call for papers is now open. The deadline to submit technical, scientific or commercial papers is 19 January 2015.

For more information, visit the World ITS Conference website.

Eco-Mobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg

The world's second ever Eco-Mobility World Festival will take place in Johannesburg from 1-31 October 2015, during South Africa's Transport Month. During the festival, organised in partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the city will create a temporary car-free district to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable urban mobility.

The first Eco-Mobility Festival took place in Suwon (South Korea) in September 2013, in co-operation with the City of Suwon and ICLEI. The festival attracted over one million visitors from all over the world.

For more information, visit the Eco-Mobility World Festival website.
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