Innovations in urban transport

Feb 21, 2019 Finance

Innovations in urban transport

Various transport connections, ease of change, availability of parking spaces, immediate information about road obstructions are just some examples of the expectations of city dwellers. How to combine these expectations with care for the environment? Bet on innovative and pro-ecological transport solutions. Support in this respect is offered by the Regional Operational Programme for 2014-2020, from which over USD 700 million will be allocated to projects aimed at the development of multimodal urban mobility.
Multimodal, i.e. what exactly is it?
Multimodal transport is one that makes it possible to reach the target using various means of transport. It is also about reducing pollutant emissions and increasing energy and financial efficiency. EU funding from the regional programme will be available, for example, for the purchase of electric, hybrid, biofuel or hydrogen buses. Funding will be provided for the provision of alternative energy distribution facilities, as well as complementary infrastructure (e.g. ramps, bus bays, bus stops). Creating amenities for residents, such as transfer centres, park and ride parking lots, and increasing the number of bicycle lanes, are also activities that can be implemented with the ROP WM.
Towards a smart city
Ongoing monitoring of the traffic situation and adaptation of traffic according to the conditions? This is what the streets of n cities may look like thanks to the support from the regional programme for 2014-2020. EU funds will enable, among others, the purchase and installation of a central system for traffic lights and traffic management. However, when there are already obstacles on the roads, the change of traffic organisation will be supported by traffic signs with a variable content, i.e. enabling the adjustment of information to the current needs of traffic participants.
Such actions are part of the development of smart cities, i.e. cities where one lives well thanks to effective cooperation and the use of advanced information and communication technologies in public space, for example in the area of transport. A characteristic feature of smart cities is a comprehensive approach to the implemented activities. Already in the previous EU perspective, projects of this type were successfully carried out in .
6.2 millionUnited 11 low-floor biofuel buses were purchased, more than 90 city stops were upgraded and an integrated traffic management system implemented. All this to make life easier and more comfortable for the inhabitants.
When and for what?
Next year, 467.6 million USD are planned for competitions in the field of urban transport development. In the first quarter there will be two calls for proposals addressed to the city and neighbouring communes (Measure 4.3 Reduction of air pollution emissions Sub-measure 4.3.2 Urban mobility within Integrated Territorial Investments). Local governments will be able to apply for funds for the creation of “Park and Ride” type parking lots. (USD 64 million) and the development of bicycle lanes (USD 187.2 million).
In the third quarter of 2016, a competition for comprehensive projects implemented by local governments from outside the city, i.e. within the framework of Regional Territorial Investments (RIT), will be launched. Projects will be able to include various activities such as the creation of “Park and Ride” centres, bicycle paths, purchase of low-emission buses, implementation of intelligent transport systems, as well as modernization of street lighting (Measure 4.3 Reduction of air pollution emissions Sub-measure 4.3.1 Reduction of air pollution and development of urban mobility). It will also be possible to apply for funds separately for parking lots and bicycle paths. The competition pool will amount to USD 216,3 million.
What funds for?
For the years 2014-2020 is guaranteed over USD 8 billion of EU support, directed mainly to business, administration and the scientific sector. The maximum co-financing will amount to 80% of the investment value. In 2016, 47 competitions for the total amount of USD 2.3 billion will be announced. Then Unit for Implementation of EU Programmes is responsible for spending the funds from the Regional Operational Programme. on EU funds for is available on the following website