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Intelligent Transport Systems for Urban Areas

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.

Related documents

Urban Mobility Package

The ITS Deployment Guidelines supported the Staff Working Document "Mobilising Intelligent Transport Systems for EU cities " accompanying the Communication "Together towards competitive and resource efficient urban mobility " adopted by the Commission on 17 December 2013.

Deliverables of the Urban ITS Expert Group

Guidelines for ITS deployment in Urban Areas - Multimodal Information pdf - 913 KB [913 KB]

Guidelines for ITS deployment in Urban Areas - Smart Ticketing pdf - 715 KB [715 KB]

Guidelines for ITS deployment in Urban Areas - Traffic Management pdf - 796 KB [796 KB]

Best Practices in Urban ITS - Collection of Projects pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Potential Needs for Standardisation of Urban ITS pdf - 644 KB [644 KB]

Urban ITS Expert Group

Expert Group on Intelligent Transport Systems in Urban Areas  (Register of Commission Expert Groups and Other Similar Entities)

Workshop - Consultation on draft Guidelines of the Urban ITS Expert Group, 15 May 2012

Stakeholder Meetings

Synthesis Paper pdf - 49 KB [49 KB]

Intelligent Transport Systems for Urban Areas Workshop, 18 March 2010

Summary of proceedings pdf - 156 KB [156 KB]

Programme pdf - 34 KB [34 KB]