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Strategic research (thematic group 1)



Strategic research (thematic group 1)
Recherche stratégique (groupe thématique 1)

Background & policy context: 

In the next 20 years, the organisation of transport will be subject to major changes. For this reason, public authorities and professional actors are thinking together on these transformations and on answers developed in Europe and throughout the world. The vocation of this theme was to supply a maximum of landmarks to enlighten strategies of actors and to have a common view of the principal issues.

Strategic Objectives: 

This field of research attaches great importance to improve global comprehension of transport systems and to outline possible evolution on long term. Strategic research deals with analysis of mobility needs, advance of technology and services, transport economics and plans.

Programme organisation: 

The main directions of research were the following:

- Information systems
- Welfare watch employment
- Decision, evaluation process
- Mobility, economic development and planning
- Socio-economic relevance of new technologies
- Transport places (stations, interchanges, ports, terminals, etc): continuity or rupture
- Non-motorised trips
- Monetarisation of external effects of transport.

Leading Institutions:

(1) METLTM: Ministère de l'Equipement, des Transports, du Logement, du Tourisme et de la Mer (Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea)(2) MEDD: Ministère de l'Ecologie et du Développement Durable (Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development)

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

See main programme form for Predit 2 for details.

Participating countries: 
Total number of projects: 

Approx. 80

Projects covered: 

Examples of projects are:

  • Impact of new information and communication technologies on logistic models for electronic trade and new jobs.
  • The implementation of METEOR: organisational impact and technological innovation transfer: how is this new metro line in Paris accepted by the users, by the employees of RATP (Paris public transport operator), what is the impact of this new technology on the other metro lines.
  • TAXEL: Research on electric taxis: define the characteristics and feasibility of an electric taxi.
  • School of freight: the creation of a high-school to train executives from the Ministry of Transport on management, technologies, etc relative to freight transport.
  • Households strategies, location, mobility: research to understand choices of commuters with regards to the location of their housing and their activities.
  • Cost-benefit analysis of a clean car: methodology and application to electric cars. The main objective of this project was to evaluate socio-economic benefits of clean cars.
  • ETUI: Intermodal Urban Transport Economics: the objective is to set up an economic knowledge of urban multimodal transport, both at the theoretical and applied level.
Project Profiles:
  1. Research into an electric taxi
  2. The city in the rollerblading age: Evaluation of the use and management of a new non-motorised urban mode of travel in France and abroad
METLTM (Ministère de l'Equipement) Direction de Recherche - PREDIT
Tour Pascal B
La Défense
Contact country:
+33 1 40 81 14 17
Fax Number: 
+33 1 40 81 15 22