Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) supports urban policy goals in areas such as travel information, traffic and demand management, smart ticketing or urban logistics. An integrated approach is even more required in urban areas, including various transport modes and combining both technical and policy issues. The citizen should be in the centre of attention.
Good local initiatives exist but sometimes with limited scope. Cities welcome support from the European level if they can retain independence to decide on ITS deployment. Technical solutions exist and the main barriers to more integrated deployment are more organisational or financial.
Both Action Plans on ITS and on Urban Mobility include complementary activity on ITS for urban areas.
- The ITS Action Plan wants to set-up an ITS collaboration platform to promote ITS initiatives in the area of urban mobility.
- The Action Plan on Urban Mobility offers assistance on ITS applications for urban mobility, possibly in the form of a guidance document
In 2010 the European Commission has therefore set up an Expert Group on ITS for urban areas with local authorities and their main partners to promote the deployment of ITS. The 24-month long mandate of the Expert Group ended in December 2012. During its mandate, the Expert Group developed guidance on deployment of three key applications of urban ITS (travel information, traffic management (incl. urban logistics) and smart ticketing), collected a number of related best practices and reflected upon the need for further standardisation in the domain of Urban ITS. The abovementioned documents are freely available below in the 'Related documents' section. The European Commission strongly encourages local decision-makers to consult and use the Guidelines for deployment, in order to strengthen interoperability and continuity of ITS deployment across European cities.