Objectives of research
The objective of this project is to develop a set of strategic models for transport policy assesment in the field of taxation, pricing, regulation and financing and to demonstrate these models by analyzing different transport policy proposals with a European dimension. The approach focuses on completing the total spectrum of decision levels and options, rather than elaborating the details specific to one particular option. This involves the integration of different objectives: A. Define Policy Packages: Survey of European transport pricing problems and translation into alternative policy packages that can be tested by the TRENEN II strategic models. B. Basic Valuation Inputs for the Strategic Model Exercise The strategic model exercise aims to compare alternative policy packages on the basis of an enlarged social welfare criterium. This requires harmonized assumptions on valuation of transport quality, welfare weights, internal costs, social cost of public funds and external costs. C. Strategic Model Development Based on the experience with the TRENEN I models (developed in the JOULE program), a new version of TRENEN-URBAN and TRENEN-INTERREGIONAL will be developed. The main improvements for the urban model are disaggregation, segmentation and the dynamic specification. In the interregional context new developments will principally be related to the specific characteristics of international transport and supra-national policy-making. D. Model Implementation and Tests of Policy Packages Case studies will be performed in five cities: Brussels, Dublin, Bologna, Amsterdam and Athens, and in three regions Belgium (and Flanders), an Italian region and Ireland. Policy conclusions will be drawn from this experience, covering issues as subsidiarity and centralisation in transport policy making.
As secondary objectives can be considered the software enhancement of the TRENEN models (a Windows environment), the linkage of the urban and the interregional models and the development of a data base with common inputs for the case studies.
Brussels (BE), Dublin (IE), Bologna (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Athens (GR) and three regions of Belgium, an Italian region and Ireland.
Links with other projects, tasks, areas, programmes, policy actions:
Interaction with three other consortia is foreseen. QUITS will deliver marginal external cost information for TRENEN, the surveys of PETS and EUROTOLL on pricing in transportation will be used as an input, and vice versa will TRENEN results be used as in input for these projects.
Coordinator's name: Prof. Stef PROOST
Address: KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
E-mail: (email removed)
European Commission Contact Point
Name: Ms. Catharina SIKOW-MAGNY
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