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City Alternative Transport System

Objective

The CATS project objective is the final development and experimentation of a new urban transport service based on a new generation vehicle. Its major innovation is the utilisation of a single type of vehicle for two different usages: individual use or collective transport. This new transport service is aimed at filling the gap between public mass transport and private individual vehicles. It is based on two operating principles: the self service concept where small and clean urban vehicles are offered on a short term rental basis, and the flexible shuttle service where a variable length of vehicles convoy, driven by a professional driver, operates at fixed hours along a line on a permanent basis or on a case by case basis. Both these principles are integrated in a single service (composed of vehicles and stations) called Cristal.
The final aim of this new service is a more efficient mobility in cities through a more balanced use of small clean vehicles and mass transport. This inclusive new transport system is well adapted to the needs of people with reduced mobility, young passengers and tourists. Four Cristal vehicles and two stations will be made available by Lohr Industrie to the project for experiments. The CATS project will investigate through an in depth mobility needs analysis, on-site demonstration and showcases, the impact of the introduction of such a new system in three different European cities (Strasbourg FR, Ploeisti, RO, Formello, IT).The impact on environment and especially on CO2 emissions, as well as the acceptance and the evaluation of market take-up of the system will be studied. CATS will complement the design and manufacture of the Cristal vehicle via a detailed definition of its operating principles and by a design of its urban settings (stations, infrastructures,) in accordance with cities and citizens needs. A full evaluation plan is then foreseen as well as transferability assessment.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

GEAJ-M VALLOTTON ET T. CHANARD ARCHITECTES-URBANISTES FSU SA
Address
Rue De Bourg 28
1001 Lausanne
Switzerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 705 698,51
Administrative Contact
Thierry Chanard (Mr.)

Participants (11)

EUROPE RECHERCHE TRANSPORT

Participation ended

France
Address
Avenue Francois Mitterrand 25
69675 Bron
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Janin (Ms.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 221 600
Address
Boulevard Isaac Newton 14 Cite Descartes 14-20
77447 Marne La Vallee Cedex 2
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Séverine Somma (Mrs.)
EUROMETROPOLE DE STRASBOURG
France
EU contribution
€ 124 002
Address
1 Parc De L'etoile
67076 Strasbourg Cedex
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronan Golias (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 247 676
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Zimmermann (Ms.)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 181 905,41
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mark Davison (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 380 168
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Filippi (Prof.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 324 800
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vincent Kaufmann (Prof.)
PLOIESTI CITY HALL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 41 640
Address
Republicii No 24
100066 Ploiesti
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Milena Perpelea (Mrs.)
Agenzia regionale per la mobilita del Lazio

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 98 304,60
Address
Via Del Pescaccio 96/98
00166 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Mallamo (Prof.)
LOHR INDUSTRIE
France
EU contribution
€ 410 116,32
Address
Rue Du 14 Juillet 29
67980 Hangenbieten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Virginie Machado (Mrs.)
INDUCT SAS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 234 334,16
Address
Chemin De Ronde 103
78290 Croissy Sur Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre-François Solmont (Mr.)