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Re-Thinking mobility poverty

The recently-terminated HiReach project has just published a book entitled “Re-thinking Mobility Poverty. Understanding User´s Geographies, Backgrounds and Aptitudes”. TRT, the HiReach coordinator, directly contributed of the writing several chapters.

IThe book, which is based on the analytical phase of project, seeks to better conceptualise and define mobility poverty, addressing both its geographies and socio-economic landscapes.

It examines the social construction of mobility poverty by delving into mobility patterns and needs as they are differently experienced by social groups in different geographical situations and also offers a comparison of the global phenomenon through fieldwork conducted in the six different HiReach study regions.

The book is released in hardcopy by the world’s leading academic publisher Routledge, and can be purchased here.

Open Access is also available here.

Link to the project page.

Study on employment and social impacts of connected and automated driving (CAD)

TRT together with Ecorys (lead), M-Five, VTT, SEURECO, ERTICO, UITP and IRU analysed the employment and social impacts of connected and automated driving (CAD). The 16-month study was finalised end of last year and has now been published. The study was implemented for the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission. It provides an analysis of the short, medium- and long-term impacts of CAD on jobs, employment, skills and knowledge, as well as an investigation and elaboration of options in key policy areas in order for the European Union to take timely action.

The main report presents four different scenarios outlining future CAD deployment and fleet compositions up to 2050. The main part of the report provides an analysis of the employment and social impacts along these four scenarios, highlighting expected quantitative as well as qualitative impacts. Results show likely severe social impacts on the road transport sector. In exchange with stakeholders, we developed 22 policy options to address this transition. The policy options are presented in the final part of the report. These policy options have been operationalised by adding a timeline and by describing the role of various actors with the goal of setting the groundwork for a social roadmap for CAD deployment. The supporting annexes provide additional information with more detailed findings, as well as information on the methodology used to come to these results.

Survey on International Merchandise Transport – 2019

This paper is a summary of the surveys on international freight carried by TRT for Banca d’Italia (Italian national bank) in 2019.

It includes main figures of the sample surveys carried by TRT for Banca d’Italia dating back to 1998. It is part of the balance of payments, in the section of international freight transport. In 2019 TRT interviewed 160 circa of the main international freight operators, with the aim to find out information regarding freight rates and ancillary costs. Moreover, market shares of carriers by nationality has been estimated.

During 2019 the reduction of the share of transport cost on imported and exported goods’ value diminished. Average costs per tonne remained almost constant in road transport, with an increment of full-load fees and a reduction of partial-load fees. Freight rates in rail transport are diminished, particularly for bulk transport. Air cargo average costs diminished considerably, especially for exports. As for maritime transport, average costs increased moderately, due to the depreciation of the euro-dollar exchange rate.

Link to the project page.

Report available only in Italian

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Join ReVeAL (Regulating Vehicle Access for Improved Liveability) Webinar on May 26!

The ReVeAL project, of which TRT is a partner, is looking at how cities can successfully regulate vehicle access in order to create more attractive places for people and business.

Find out what kinds of access regulation measures are possible and what cross-cutting factors play a role in any successful implementation and register to our webinar “ReVeALing Space for People: Developing Good Practice in Urban Vehicle Access Regulations”.

We will also “ReVeAL” the story of the city of Ghent’s development as a forerunner in restricting access for vehicles to create space for people.

TRT and the national measures to limit coronavirus diffusion

  • 11 March 2020
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In line with the restrictive norms adopted by the national authorities, TRT has deployed all the recommended safety measures and the smart working. Therefore the company guarantees the regular development of the technical activities. The whole TRT staff is operational and fully engaged in carrying out the on-going studies.


We hope the emergency situation will be solved soon


TRT management


TRT involves innovative mobility startups within the HiReach Startup Lab

  • 25 November 2019
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The HiReach project, in collaboration with Impact Hub Vienna, has launched the HiReach Startup Lab, a Europe-wide accelerator program for mobility startups. The program is an opportunity to develop innovative solutions that address transport poverty. HiReach supports startups willing to improve the accessibility of urban and rural areas considering the needs of vulnerable citizens (low-income, women, children, elderly, migrants, etc.).

The accelerator program offers startups a unique opportunity to prototype their solutions with the support of a dedicated Host Company, professional business coaching, and financial support up to 20.000 EUR. The top 5-10 startups will showcase at the ITS European Congress in Lisbon in May 2020 and during the demo day in Brussels in September 2020.

The European project “HARMONY” was launched in London

TRT is partner of the international consortium appointed by the European Commission (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, INEA) to exploit the HARMONY project Holistic Approach for Providing Spatial & Transport Planning Tools and Evidence to Metropolitan and Regional Authorities to Lead a Sustainable Transition to a New Mobility Era”. The project envisages developing a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools which comprehensively model the dynamics of the changing transport sector and spatial organisation, enabling metropolitan area authorities to lead the transition to a low carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner. At the same time, demonstrations of new mobility services such as electric AVs and drones for freight delivery will take place to understand in real-life their requirements and impacts. The concepts and the model suite will be applied and validated on six EU metropolitan areas: Rotterdam (NL), Oxfordshire (UK),Turin (IT), Athens (GR), Trikala (GR), Upper Silesian-Zaglebie Metropolis (PL).

The impact of TEN-T completion on growth, jobs and the environment

RAPPORTO_completoThe European Commission has now published the study on “The impact of TEN-T completion on growth, jobs and the environment” performed by TRT in partnership with M-Five (DE) and Ricardo E&E (UK). The objective of the study is to quantify the impact of the TEN-T core network implementation until 2030, as well as the impact of each of the nine core network corridors separately, on European Union growth, jobs and the environment.

Transport Market Study:“Quantification of modal shift potential on the Rail Freight Corridor Rhine-Alpine”

  • 12 March 2019
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RFC RALPTRT led an international consortium conducting a study on behalf of the EEIG Rhine-Alpine EWIG to asses the impacts that specific improvements on the infrastructure and service on the Rail Freight Corridor Rhine-Alpine may have in terms of modal shift from road to rail. The study focused on three topics selected together with the Railway Undertakings: 1) heavier trains (with 740m trains), 2) faster trains (with a reduction of stops) and 3) more reliable trains (including the role of ETA).

Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators (SUMI) Project for the European Commission, DG MOVE

  • 15 March 2018
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The SUMI project, lasting 24 months, provides technical support for the identification and the collection of a set of sustainable urban mobility indicators in 50 European large and small urban areas.

Main project activities are related to:

·      providing rigorous and consistent methodologies for acquisition, harmonisation and analysis of data; this includes the definition of a “mentor” for each indicator, i.e. a reference expert capable to sort out all related technical issues;

·      giving technical support to the urban areas and systematically collect their hands-on experiences; appointed “urban area coaches” have the responsibility to establish direct links between the project consortium and the urban areas and help city administrations to gather the needed data;

·      carrying on consultation, capacity building and dissemination actions addressed to subjects both inside and outside of the project;

·      preparing realistic, harmonised and sound recommendations for further improvement and extension of the indicator system.