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Urban transport equipment (thematic group 3.4)

Programme Type
Funding programme
National (France)
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Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)


Background & Policy context

Urban mobility is an essential element of society and must take advantage of recent technological advances. The group continues research related to targets to improve the comfort and performance of vehicles and reduce environmental nuisances, with a constant focus on controlling costs for buses and tramways.

Strategic Objectives


Programme organisation

This research theme is mainly organised around two sub-themes:

  • The bus of the future: The bus is not a new concept but its flexibility and low investment costs ensure that it will remain the backbone of public transport on routes where the hourly traffic is between 100 & 1500 passengers per hour each way. The comfort and performance of buses must be improved, and noise and emissions must be reduced.


  • Intermediate systems and tramways: When buses become insufficient (over 1500 riders per hour per direction), we must move on to larger vehicles. Such passenger volumes deserve investment in an exclusive way and guidance that will bring a higher commercial speed and enhanced comfort while limiting delays in the system. The development of several competitive systems, each having its own specific features, can be observed. The TVR, guided by a central rail, is the biggest: it is already operational on an experimental line. The TransLohr also guided by one rail, of a smaller dimension, is designed to go through more constrained sites. Finally, the CIVIS is a type of large articulated bus using optical guidance. On a wider dimension, rail based systems such as tramways continue to be developed in order to reduce costs and to reinforce quality.


Institution Type
Institution Name
MINEFI - Ministère de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie (Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions

See main programme form for Predit 2 for details.

Participating countries

Projects covered

No projects covered for this programme.


Secrétariat permanent du Predit
METLTM - Ministère de l'Equipement
DRAST (Research Directorate)
La Défense cedex

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