Innovative Policies for Sustainable UrbaN TrANsportation
IP-SUNTAN is a project that develops and investigates smart solutions for urban transport problems. Smart means that innovative technologies will be used (for example ICT- and GPS-based), and that smart ways to stimulate people to change behaviour or adopt technologies will be developed and evaluated. The project considers road transport, cycling and walking, and public transport; and looks at a broad range of tools, including electronic fare cards, real-time public transport information, automated tracking of vehicles, and data from innovative pricing and rewarding experiments. The project brings together research groups, local authorities and case studies from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Vienna.
Contemporary cities face huge challenges with the functioning of their transportation systems, where those challenges involving externalities (congestion, accidents, noise, emissions of local pollutants and greenhouse gasses, depletion of non-renewable resources) are most relevant to this call. The project will design, follow, analyse and evaluate real-world implementations of a range of innovative tools, policy measures and strategies that aim at achieving a sustainable, yet efficient urban transport system. The project focuses on both “technology” in the sense that innovative ICT-based policies are central; and on “behaviour” as we will study how these policies affect travellers’ choices in their daily mobility behaviour. The project is multimodal, considering road transport, cycling and walking, and public transport; and looks at a broad range of tools, measures and strategies that capitalize progress in ICT and big data sources such as electronic fare cards, real-time public transport information, automatic vehicle location systems, automatic passenger count systems, GPS tracking of vehicles, and data from electronic road pricing systems and innovative rewarding experiments. The project brings together research groups, local authorities and case studies from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Vienna.
- Börjesson, M. and I. Kristofferson (2017). The Swedish Congestion Charges: 10 years on - and effects of increasing charging levels. CTS Working Paper 2017:2. Stockholm: Centre for Transport Studies (and accepted for publication in Transportation Research A).
- Börjesson, M. (2017). The Swedish Congestion Charges - 10 Years On. Presentation given at the annual ITEA (International Transportation Economics Association) Conference, held in Barcelona (23 June).
- Brands, D. (2017). The lasting impacts of incentives: Evidence from a peak-avoidance project. Presentation given at the annual ITEA (International Transportation Economics Association) Conference, held in Barcelona (23 June).
- Lorenzo, H., Börjesson, M. and A. Daly. Public Transport: One mode or several? Transportation Research A (revised submitted).
- Rubensson, A. and Börjesson, M. Satisfaction with crowding in public transport. Transport Policy (submitted).
Popular / societal:
- Why Surge Prices Make Us so Mad: What Springsteen, Home Depot and a Nobel Winner Know, article in New York Times, in which, amongst others, Maria Börjesson discusses congestion charges (14 October, 2017).
- Actueel: Erik Verhoef over rekeningrijden, interview in Vuurwerk (July, 2017).
- Nederland slibt dicht, Erik Verhoef in discussion with Roger van Boxtel, radio programme NOS Nieuwsuur (29 July, 2017)
- Österreichs Mobilität auf Klimakurs bringen, interview with Stefanie Peer in VCÖ Magazin (June, 2017)
- Maria Börjesson had a one-to-one discussion with the Swedish Minister of Transport on the future of congestion charges and metro investments (June 2, 2017)
- Maria Börjesson gave a series of 10 lectures on the effects of the revision of the Swedish congestion charges for members of the government, parliament, ministries and the public (Fall 2016 and 2017).
- At the JPI Urban Europe Projects Meeting II in Amsterdam, a poster presentation was given by principal investigator Erik Verhoef (14 April, 2016).
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. dr. Erik Verhoef (Principal Investigator)
Dr. Paul Koster
Dr. Jasper Knockaert
PhD student: Devi Brands MSc
VTI Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Prof. dr. Maria Börjesson
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Dr. Stefanie Peer
Phd student: Stephan Lehner
Amsterdam Zuidas , Netherlands
Finn van Leeuwen
Niels van den Brink
Verkeersonderneming Rotterdam, Netherlands
Martijn van Gils
SLL (Stockholm Public Transport Agency), Sweden
City of Stockholm, Sweden
Transportation Administration, Stockholm Regional Office, Sweden
Vienna City Administration (MA18), Austria
Project Manager and Contact Person:
Hadewijch van Delft
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
START OF THE PROJECT: 1 April, 2016
EXPECTED END OF THE PROJECT: 1 April, 2019
IP-SUNTAN falls under the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities and Communities (ENSCC). ENSCC was established by the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe and the Smart Cities Member States Initiative (SC MSI) in order to initiate a transnational joint call for RDI (Research Development and Innovation) proposals addressing new solutions in the urban field, and demonstrating the feasibility of their implementation. ENSCC is supported by the European Commission and funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund scheme. Also SURF (Smart Urban Regions of the Future). which is part of VerDuS (Verbinden van Duurzame Steden - Connecting Sustainable Cities) is involved in sponsoring IP-SUNTAN. More information