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Achieving a sustainable and reliable transport system is among the key challenges that contemporary cities face; in China, in Europe, and beyond. Defining effective strategies to improve the benefits of transport, while limiting its downsides, has proven to be a great challenge, both from a scientific perspective and from a policy viewpoint. But these questions are pressing, given the importance of transport not only in the functioning and spatial growth of cities, but also in its dominant impacts on urban air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. U-PASS proposes to design and analyse innovative service and policy innovations for achieving sustainable urban transportation by studying short-run behavioural impacts through real-life experimental studies, and long-run implications through advanced urban transport modelling approaches.
Motivated by the world-wide shared desire and need for more efficient, reliable and environmentally sustainable urban transport, the U-PASS project (part of the Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas programme), a collaboration between Chinese and European top institutes – aims to offer innovations in the design of new services and policies in urban transport, with a focus on policies and services such as tradable credits schemes, automated vehicles, electric driving, ride sharing, car sharing, and cycling, and has already delivered a large number of publications. The project now presents extensive result outputs and academic publications on their shared website.
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