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Specific challenge: The challenge is to dispose of reliable and continuously updated information on the European transport system, to integrate the collected information in appropriate transport system models and to develop alternative medium-long term scenarios for the next 50 years.

Scope: The proposals should aim at developing new transport system models and associated databases, as well as alternative scenarios for the next 50 years. The selected proposal will set up a platform for permanent data acquisition and sharing, and will thus make available an extensive amount of information for the use of researchers, scholars, businesses, service operators, public authorities and policy makers. It should also contemplate the organisation model and the legal framework for governing, maintaining and exploiting the platform on a continuous and open basis. It should address the following core activities:

·      Models:

–      Development of a new, integrated transport system model, of the freight and passenger networks covering all modes of transport as well as multimodal transport at the most detailed geographical level possible. To create synergies the model and the associated database will be developed in parallel.

·      Database:

–      Definition of the data needed, analysis of the data available, either from private or public sources, and identification of the gaps in the data collection. The publicly available European Transport policy Information System (ETIS plus) data warehouse should be exploited and possibly built upon.

–      Development of viable procedures for the acquisition, quality control, validation, elaboration, regular update and public accessibility of data. Innovative ways of data collection characterised by low administrative burden should be pursued.

–      Europe-wide surveys to ascertain mobility patterns and user expectations.

·      Technology and innovation watch for the new transport technologies, innovative mobility solutions and emerging socio-economic trends for incorporation in modelling activities and scenario development.

·      Scenarios:

–      Integrated medium-long term scenario development to better underpin policy making.

Expected impact: The project will significantly improve the understanding of European transport and mobility patterns, trends and needs; will provide a solid empirical basis for decision making at European, national and regional level; and will thus ultimately contribute to making the transport system more efficient and user friendly.

Type of action: Public procurement, open tender

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