The new transport plan (PDU) of the agglomeration of Toulouse set up a number of initiatives that should assure an accurate monitoring of the plan and regular evaluation of its results. They comprise the following activities:
- Establishment of a “partnership” monitoring commission
- Installation of an “urban development/ mobility commission”
- Continuation of the PDU observatory
- Creation of a mobility cost account
- Development of balanced score cards
The revision of the PDU permitted the agglomeration to engage a large number of public and private stakeholders. In the framework of the “partnership” monitoring commission, all institutions, associations and mobility-related organisations meet at least once a year to discuss the progress made, if possible making use of the intermediate evaluation results provided by the PDU observatory, which follows the progress made in Toulouse’s Urban Mobility plan. In addition, the observatory will investigate whether the impacts of these actions are in accordance with the envisaged effects. It will also observe whether the general objectives are fulfilled as described in the respective PDU laws. Every year, an intermediate evaluation update will take place. A full evaluation of progress and results is obligatory 5 years after the official approval of the PDU.
Some of the indicators used feed directly into or come from the legally required strategic impact evaluation. The indicators that should provide the larger overview of the mobility and transport trends in the agglomeration of Toulouse come from:
1) the household mobility study
2) the surrounding road and ring road study
3) the public transport origin-destination study
The urban development/mobility commission was established to assure coherence between the urban development options within the perimeter of the PDU and the organisation of the transport infrastructure. Both the AOUT (authority with transport competences responsible for the PDU) and the SMEAT (authority responsible for the SCOT, urban development coherence scheme) are participating in this commission. The mobility cost account is a tool made obligatory by the law SRU, which imposes the creation of a number of tools that assist public and private decision making which has an impact on mobility practices. The mobility cost account is one of these tools. It permits the agglomeration to visualise the costs to the users and to society. A balanced score card will be set up that integrates all actions of the PDU. It will provide periodic updates on the precise content of the measure, the progress made and the envisaged timing of realisation.
Source: Rupprecht Consult based on input from Toulouse (Revised PDU project of Toulouse, January 2011)