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Competitive and Sustainable Growth

Key Action 2

Sustainable Mobility and Intermodality

Europe must reconcile the growing demand for mobility with the need to reduce its impact on the environment, society, the economy and safety.

Mobility affects all aspects of European society, from urban planning to the quality of life. The transport sector represents around 10% of GDP and 10% of employment. Over the past 25 years goods traffic has increased by 75%, while passenger movements grew by 110%. The results of this growth are clear: pollution and congestion. This key action is designed to find long-term solutions to break the link between economic growth and increased traffic, and to encourage more sustainable use. Particular emphasis will be placed on integrating the various modes of transport to provide user-oriented, door-to-door services for passengers and freight.

Mobility of people and goods
  • strategies and tools for managing the impact of economic, social, political and technological developments on mobility demand and transport policies
  • decision-support tools for sustainable, integrated transport systems

transport modelling; impact evaluation; benchmarking; cost/benefit studies; policy evaluation

Traffic management systems
  • high-performance systems for managing modal and intermodal traffic and transport systems
  • enhanced transport system efficiency and sustainability

satellite navigation and positioning systems; information and data exchange; real-time user information; intermodal traffic exchange; collective passenger transport

Infrastructures and interfaces
Integration of all elements of transport - from infrastructure to regulations - to:
  • boost interconnectivity and interoperability
  • promote intermodality

optmising infrastructure; interconnections at local to European level, planning and environment; safety and security; human-machine interfaces; improved training

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