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A simple vision for a single transport system

As European roads are becoming more crowded, creating space has become a tricky issue. The Tr@nsits project partners didn't believe that it is practical or necessary to eliminate car travel, but to encourage a major switch to public transport to free up some room.
A simple vision for a single transport system
Europe is on the move. We are travelling further and more often than ever before. And this is set to continue. If we keep putting pressure on the transport system, what will this do to our quality of life? Common sense says that this trend isn't sustainable; something has to change.

That is why having a workable, integrated public transport system is essential. To increase its appeal and encourage its use, passengers' increasing needs and expectations must be met. The job of the Tr@nsits project partners was to find ways to meet these expectations and stay a step ahead.

Partnerships between national and local governments, transport operators and city planners are essential to removing the barriers to public transport use. The Tr@nsits project brought them together to look into how intelligent public transport systems (IPTS) can contribute to joining up their services into a single operation.

IPTS, although not a panacea that can solve all problems generated as the demand for transport continues to grow, furnish a considerable number of solutions. Innovation has after all been the key to changing peoples' travel habits and new services such as light rail services are already extending the appeal of public transport.

The Tr@nsits project highlighted, however, the need to ensure that investments are made in new communication and in-vehicle technologies that make journey planning simpler. For example, tickets recognised by all and m-tickets directly send to the mobile phone are already available and provide the convenience passengers require.

If passengers give high priority to public transport, it would need higher priority in urban planning. This means dedicated measures like extra bus lanes and intelligent traffic lights that recognise high occupancy vehicles and give them priority must be implemetned. It also means working with city councils to put these at the top of the agenda.

Most of all, these changes need all stakeholders to work together to ensure that public transport receives the funding it requires. The IPTS research agenda, completed by the end of the project has the potential to form the basis for the preparation of project proposals for consideration under the Seventh Framework Programme.

The Tr@nsits partners believe that the trick is to make public transport simple and economic for people to use low-carbon alternatives to car travel more of the time. The reward would be quieter and less congested streets, greater personal safety and cleaner air for everyone.

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