Combined transport as a sustainable alternative to the road transport aims to carry goods in transit primarily on railways and waterways. The extension of combined transport leads to more road safety and less heavy traffic on the road network.
The programme aims to extend combined transport and to shift road transport in favour of more sustainable modes of transport. Relating to further programmes it is estimated to decrease road transport by approximately 3%. Further objectives of the programme are to reduce CO2 emissions, which helps to achieve the Kyoto commitments.
In order to efficiently realise the aims already expressed, the programme supports equipment and systems which are necessary for using combined transport. Furthermore innovative technologies, especially in the field of transport information systems and initial feasibility studies which underline the economic and technical advisability, are important parts of the programme as well.
The programme has a total budget of EUR 8.7 million (EUR 2.9 million per year).
Natural persons, legal persons and commercial partnerships which have their headquarters in Austria are eligible for funding. Local authorities are not eligible.
The programme particularly addresses transport and logistics companies (freight forwarders, railway companies).
The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology is in charge of deciding which projects are eligible for funding. An advisory committee support the ministry by providing them with additional information.
Equipment and systems, which are necessary for using combined transport are funded by up to 30% and initial feasibility studies get up to 50%.