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Reducing Congestion by Introducing New Concepts of Transport

Objective

Congestion in Europe on road and in the air is a significantly increasing negative impact to economy, environment, safety and life quality. In addition transport volume is growing rapidly and due to the limited space, the high density of population in Europe and the new transport needs to and from the eastern countries early thinking on new means of transport is mandatory.
The main objective of the proposed research study RECONNECT is hence a first step to answer the key question :

How can new concepts of transport contribute to reducing congestion, how can they play a regional role or solve problems on a larger scale through integration with other modes ?

Due to the limited surface space available especially in urban areas the extensive use of the underground level is obvious and will be the main part of the investigations. The limited scope of the study is :

- The time horizon envisaged is the next few decades, between 10 to 30 years from now.
- The focus on new concepts planned or realised so far is on underground logistic systems including new tunneling technologies, airships and other innovative ground based concepts.
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The current project is related to the European projects FANTASIE and UTOPIA, which are both concerned with new technologies and transport systems. Several results from these projects can be used without interference with specific objectives related to the innovative character of this study. Several of the partners take part in FANTASIE and UTOPIA, creating synergy in research activities for the DGVII. At the same time, new partners, subcontractors and stakeholders will provide new insights for the study. FANTASIE is a study for Forecasting and Assessment of New Technologies and Transport Systems and their impacts on the Environment. UTOPIA is a study for Urban Transport Options for Propulsion systems and Instruments for Analysis.

Coordinator

INDUSTRIEANLAGEN BETRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
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Einsteinstrasse 20
Ottobrunn

Participants (5)

AEA TECHNOLOGY PLC ACTING THROUGH ETSU
Address
156 Harwell
OX11 0RA Didcot
FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MOBILITAET FGM/AUSTRIAN MOBILITY RESEARCH AMOR
Address
Sch"naugasse 8A/i
A-8010 Graz
INSTITUTE FOR PROSPECTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES
Address
World Trade Center Isla De La Cartuja S/n
41092 Sevilla
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
STUDIENGESELLSCHAFT FUER UNTERIRDISCHE VERKEHRSANLAGEN E.V.
Address
Mathias-brueggen-strasse 41
50827 K"ln