Switching To Public Transport

- Transport Planning Land-Use and Sustainability -

TRANSPLUS will identify best practice in the organisation of land-use and transport measures in order to reduce car dependency in European cities and regions and promote economic, social and environmental improvement.

TRANSPLUS is an EC supported project under the "City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage" Key Action, which is one of the four Key Actions under the European Commission's Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development research programme. This project is included in the 5th framework.

TRANSPLUS studies best practices to manage transport demand through integrated land-use and transport planning - reducing private car use, fostering public and non-motorised transport.

TRANSPLUS aims at creating a common understanding among European transport and land-use authorities, policy makers and practitioners of the best ways to combine policies, neutralising barriers to implementation and realisation of the desired outcomes, ensuring compatibility and transferability between countries and cities, based also on citizens participation in urban & transport planning.

Research will include a continuous learning process of consultants and European cities active in adopting innovative policy measures, based on three thematic workshops and continuos networking activities exploiting an interactive project web-site. TRANSPLUS guidelines about how to manage integrated land-use and transport policies will be published and disseminated.

The research process will proceed according to the following steps, which imply the execution of different Work-Packages:

  1. System analysis of megatrends in urban development and strategic approaches towards sustainable transport. The latter will include three general categories - collective transport promotion; promotion of non motorised modes; restriction of motorised individual transport - and will further identify specific strategies with close land use inter-relation.

  2. A learning process involving researchers and users (representatives from local administrations) based on the analysis, for each strategy identified in step 1, of the overall planning cycle-setting of objectives, planning and design of specific strategies / measures, gaining of political acceptance - and the subsequent implementation cycle - implementation and evaluation of final outcomes and side effects.

  3. Analysis of barriers to realisation and structural compatibility (and hence potential transferability) of the policies implemented in different contexts, based on the lessons learned in the analysis of significant practices in step 2.

  4. Analysis of the different methodologies to promote citizens', stakeholders' and users participation to the different policy planning and implementation steps. This issue is fundamental given the growing importance of a sound participatory process for the effective realisation of sustainable policies in the city of tomorrow.

Throughout the execution of the above mentioned steps, a continuous activity of networking, dissemination and the production of the final TRANSPLUS guidelines on integrated land use and transport policies for sustainable development of urban areas and regions in Europe will take place.

More information on the TRANSPLUS Homepage.

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