by U-MOB Project team

Leading universities in Europe have increased their awareness on their impact on CO2 emissions and other hazardous particles due to staff and students commuting, and they have understood their potential for changing mobility planning and the behavior of their university community. Indeed, some of them are developing a new professional figure: the sustainable mobility manager.

Although many universities have been working on sustainability issues, differences in the institutionalization of mobility planning remain wide between and within countries. In the best case scenario, only state level networks of universities get to share these actions. …

by Xavier Sanyer Matias, Head of the Mobility Service, ATM Barcelona (Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority)

Mobility planning requires a large amount of data, from a broad scale to almost personal level of characteristics influencing travelling behaviour. Traditional tools, such as surveys, are very costly and still lack the individual point of view- From these set of data it would be clear that some strategies are suitable for some users while irrelevant for others.

However, citizens have this level of knowledge. Actually, they are the ones who create those mobility patterns that planners try to understand through surveys. …

By Doris Johnsen, Institute for Innovation an Technology (iit) within VDI/VDE-IT GmbH and Frederik Vorholt, TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH, VDI/VDE Innovation und Technik GmbH

In the framework of the German “Immediate Action Programme for Clean Air” 65 cities worked out measures for their future mobility systems in so called “Green City Plans (GCPs). These GCPs were aimed as long-term and strategic plans for sustainable urban mobility as well as the basis for later applications for specific grants within the overarching funding program.

In the following the evaluation of all 55 publicly accessible GDPs shall be shortly reported. …

by Freek Bos, ROVER — Dutch Passengers’ Association

Since the year 2000, Dutch legislature has pushed public transport companies to annually review their policy (changes) with representatives from different consumer organizations. Shortly after the governmental initiative, there has been a shift in the way consultations were organized. Both parties have acknowledged the added value of this policy review and nowadays most consultations take place in an informal setting.

The biggest public transport franchise is awarded directly to the Dutch national railways by the national government. Regional franchises are awarded by public tendering. Which means on both levels user involvement in the policy making process is organized.

Especially the regional representatives are experts in their field and with very small exemptions, they know the specific user demands of the regional system since they are also users themselves. Moreover, consumer organizations know exactly what their supporters expect from public transportation. Wishes from different representation tends to be very versatile. As student-representation focuses more on affordable and more frequent (also in late hours) public transportation, customer organizations representing vulnerable users, have given indispensable insights when design of infrastructures has been reviewed. …

by Dariya Rublova, HiReach Dissemination and Communication Manager, INTRASOFT International and Simone Bosetti, HiReach Coordinator, TRT TRASPORTI E TERRITORIO SRL

What is transport poverty?

Over the last few decades, the social dimension of transport had been receiving little attention in both academic and policy-making circles. Increased focus on the relationship between social disadvantage and mobility-related disadvantage has led to the term “transport poverty”, representing a concept that still needs to be fully defined.

Inadequate transport facilities negatively affect personal mobility. The availability of transport options is vital for employment and basic services, as well as for maintaining social ties and leading a meaningful life.

Transport-related deficiencies affect individuals and groups differently according to different economic, social and cognitive parameters. Socio-economic, socio-demographic and gender considerations must be factored in when designing suitable solutions, as well as people’s perceptions and aspirations. …

by Fanny Vanrykel, PhD, ULiège; Damien Ernst, Full Professor, ULiège; Marc Bourgeois, Full Professor, ULiège;


Recent technological advances have enabled the development of new business models based on platforms which enable the connection of previously unmatched demand-side and supply-side market participants. Within this context, platforms acting as intermediaries notably allow individuals to provide access to goods and services to other individuals, a phenomenon which is known as the sharing economy. To some extent, they render individuals more active, regardless the actual motives that drive citizens.

Such models have reached a wide range of sectors like housing, transport, food delivery, etc. In the sector of transportation, and more particularly in the area of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, new models, both relying on platforms and on a common idea of sharing, tend to propose an innovative solution to the lack of EV charging stations. …

By Dr. Maria Gkemou, Marianna Devetzoglou, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport (CERTH/HIT)

Imagine planning, personalising, booking and paying for all your mobility needs in a few clicks and through one platform. This is the future of mobility that Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and MyCorridor aims to bring.

MyCorridor EU funded project aims to provide personalised and multimodal urban, interurban and cross-border mobility services through an all-inclusive one stop shop. To do so, it will promote the replacement of private ownership by private use through a one single payment and Mobility Token mobile app.

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Endless mobility possibilities

Through the app, travellers can personalise their MaaS profile, enjoy mobility products configured through dynamic profiling and matchmaking, book and purchase their tickets with confidence and security through a single payment platform, receive one ready-to-validate Mobility Token for all their mobility products on their mobile device, benefit from incentives to collect loyalty points and share their feedback about their MaaS experience. At the same time, travellers can track their trip history, mark their points of interest and save their favourite routes. …

by Marie Denninghaus, Policy Coordinator of the European Disability Forum

EDF believes that all people have the right to enjoy seamless, accessible and independent travel. This is in accordance with the EU Treaties that guarantee the right to free movement for all citizens as well as Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Despite this fact, persons with disabilities can still not fully benefit from this right as the transport system throughout the EU remains largely inaccessible.

EDF is therefore actively lobbying the European Union to move towards a barrier-free Europe for all to achieve a fully accessible transport chain from door to door.

In the field of transport, this implies:

  • respecting the Design for All principle when designing transport vehicles such as trains or buses and surrounding infrastructure such as train…

by Dr. Charles Musselwhite, Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University.

In Western societies, people are living longer than ever before and are also more mobile than ever, but transport can still be an issue in later life due to physiological and cognitive challenges. I had run 4 focus groups with a total of 36 people, looking at older people’s attitudes to how technology and innovations might overcome mobility challenges faced in later life. The findings from this were ideal for a chapter entitled:

Older People’s Mobility, New Transport Technologies and User-Centred Innovation in the book, Towards user-centric transport in Europe — Challenges, solutions and…

Current challenges in the field of mobility

by Erzsébet Földesi, Budapest Association of Persons with Physical Disability

There is a clear intention from transport vehicle, infrastructure and service developers to build a sustainable transport system that meets the needs of all users in all modes of transport.

Around 80 million people live with disabilities in the European Union’s member states. This number is expected to increase to 120 million by 2020 due to the ageing population. The current transport system is, however, far from ensuring accessible, seamless and comfortable use for several users, e.g. passengers with permanent or temporarily reduced mobility, elderly people, people with small children or bicycles. To change this, it is necessary for researchers and developers to gather information on the diverse needs and abilities of potential passengers. Vehicles, infrastructure and services in transport should be created possibly without barriers which also highly reduces the need to eliminate barriers afterwards. …


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