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BUSTRIP – towards Sustainable Urban Transport

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
BUSTRIP is focussed on the need to break the link between growth in economic production and the consequent growth in transport, with all its adverse environmental consequences. Following the adoption of the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment within the 6 th Environmental Action Plan of the European Union, BUSTRIP is now uniquely positioned to show European cities how to deliver sustainable transport whilst generating economic growth.
BUSTRIP is focussed on the need to break the link between growth in economic production and the consequent growth in transport, with all its adverse environmental consequences. Following the adoption of the Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment within the 6 th Environmental Action Plan of the European Union, BUSTRIP is now uniquely positioned to show European cities how to deliver sustainable transport whilst generating economic growth.

It is acknowledged that economic growth leads to intensive transport growth, congestion and traffic jams in cities, resulting in the weakening the quality of life and causing considerable environmental impacts. The 30 month project has been approved by Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Programme and the project activities have started in late summer 2005.

The EU Commission Communication on the Thematic Strategy for the Urban Environment confirmed the preparation of Sustainable Urban Transport Plans (SUTP) as an important cornerstone in the de-coupling of economic growth and transport growth in cities. EU Expert Working Group 2004 on Sustainable Urban Transport Plans defined the European SUTP concept. BUSTRIP is one of the first European projects to test, further develop and implement the concept in concrete. Thus the core objective of the BUSTRIP project is to develop in extensive city/peer co-operation SUTPs in 11 cities and one regional authority in BSR that are on a different stage on their transport planning. By doing this, the project aims at improving the state of the urban environment, and reducing urban sprawl, traffic and pollution.

The project will support the partner cities in further developing their transport planning processes, preparing new sustainable urban transport plans and revising existing plans. This transnational co-operation is facilitated through a peer review process that will enable the cities to share and learn from their experiences. At the first stage of the project the cities will be Peer reviewed by each others. The results of the Peer reviews will assist the cities in developing a process to prepare a SUTP. From this the cities will make rapid advances towards sustainable urban transport through implementing pilot actions in partner cities. BUSTRIP will produce SUTP toolbox of techniques, collecting all the learning experiences and best practice from the partner cities. This will assist European cities to understand SUTP and the work they need to carry out to move towards sustainable urban transport.

Sustainable Transport and Economy is also one of the focus themes of the UBC Agenda 21 Action Programme 2004-2009 – Roadmap for Sustainable Baltic Cities. BUSTRIP project, with a total budget of 3,1 M EUR will make a considerable contribution towards the targets on this challenging theme. The BUSTRIP partnership is UBC Commission on Environment (Lead Partner), UBC Commission on Transportation, Chalmers University of Technology (in Gothenburg) and 11 cities from all over the Baltic Sea Region plus one regional authority. The project is funded by the partners, The European Commission (BSR INTERREG III B Programme) and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment.

The project duration started in July 2005 and will conclude in December 2007. The BUSTRIP Kick-off meeting was held in Örebro in December 2005. The Peer review training workshop was held in Kaunas in February 2006 with the first Peer reviews taking place in April 2006 and continuing through to September 2006. Three newsletters will also be produced during the project.

More information at http://www.bustrip-project.net

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