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Research and Innovation in Transport Resilience in Europe - Science for Policy Brief

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STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport electrification (ELT)
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Infrastructure (INF)
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
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Passenger transport,
Freight transport
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Transport is a cornerstone of all human activity, be it supply chains, commute, or recreation. As recent crises highlight, the EU needs to be prepared and absorb disruptions of any kind to avoid long lasting consequences to the economy and quality of life of its people.

The EU transport system will be challenged by climate events of increased intensity and other possible natural or human-made disruptions. Bolstering transport resilience therefore is one of the pillars of the EU Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. Resilience for a transport system is its ability to absorb disturbances, maintain its basic structure and function, and recover to a required level of service within an acceptable time and costs after being affected by disruptions.

EU research and innovation plays a crucial role. It studies the risks and proposes solutions through durable infrastructure and smart maintenance, schedule re-planning, interoperability and flow redistribution between transport modes, and strategies for emergencies. This policy brief contains an overview of recent and ongoing R&I activity and a discussion on what should come next in EU transport safety & resilience R&I.