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  September 2016  

Welcome to the Eltis Mobility Update!


The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme is investing nearly € 80 billion in funding to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. 


The beginning of this month signalled the start of a number of Horizon 2020 projects that focus on sustainable urban mobility, which will help European cities improve the efficiency of urban transport and mitigate the negative effects of transport effectively.


This month's feature article summarises the five projects and explains a little about what they will be doing over the next years. Remember to stay tuned to Eltis for their upcoming project announcements and calls.


Among others, our news this month comes from Vienna where trams and buses now have software that displays the number of public bikes available at upcoming stops, and the CIVITAS Initiative, which has just released more valuable publications, including a report about e-mobility's relation to SUMPs.


The Chinese city of Yichang, winner of the 2016 Sustainable Transport Award, is featured in our case studies this month together with Perugia's campaign to promote carpooling for municipal and university staff.


Don't forget to check out our Events section, which includes next month's training session in Brussels on how to successfully submit a proposal for and manage Horizon 2020 public transport projects. 


Happy reading!


The Eltis Team


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5 new EU projects that will help cities boost sustainable mobility

Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds

Every month we briefly present a different stream of EU funding that can help your towns and cities introduce sustainable urban mobility solutions.


This month we look at the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds for TEN-T projects.

TEN-T forms European transport system backbone with 9 corridors across the EU. Since 2014 there is specific financing for cities on the core network.

Up to €300 million will be spent in total over 2014-20 on urban nodes.


Visit the Eltis EU Funding page to see how your city can benefit from this funding.

Report on e-mobility's relation to SUMPs

The 19th CIVITAS Insight says that cities should blend a structured and effective e-mobility strategy with a SUMP, helping to improve air quality and reduce noise, energy and car dependency.

Bucharest mulls new bus-only lanes

Bucharest’s public transport operator is in discussions with the mayor over a project to install 12 single-lane major arteries in the capital for buses, shuttles and taxis.

Vienna buses display city-bike availability

Vienna has introduced software on trams and buses that shows passengers the number of bicycles available at upcoming stops with bike-sharing terminals.

Call for SUMP Award applications opens

The 5th edition of the award will recognise the local or regional governments that have the done most to integrate urban freight with their SUMP.

Larissa launches SUMP consultation

The SUMP – which will be presented to social, cultural and educational institutions before being debated with the city council - proposes a pedestrian and cycle network and improvements to the accessibility of public transport.

Riga to benefit from tram investment

The EU’s Cohesion Fund recently awarded Latvia’s Central Finance and Contracting Agency € 96 million for tram infrastructure in Riga, Daugavpils and Liepaja.

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  • Tools: Improving railway design

    A resource pack for improved railway station design has been compiled from the experiences of the Dutch National Railways (NS) as part of the Trendy Travel project.


    The document examines the issue primarily from the perspective of customer satisfaction. It will be of use to public transport operators throughout Europe looking to evaluate or re-design stations.

  • Step 11: Learn the lessons

    11.1 Update the current plan regularly


    The evaluation results (Activity 10.3: Check progress towards achieving the objectives) should feed back into the process regularly to optimise the process and the implementation. A certain flexibility to update the plan is needed to guarantee that new developments and insights are taken into account. Otherwise the plan might lose its effectiveness over time.

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