The increasing complexity of mobility not only in urban areas but also in long-distance journeys results in widespread congestion, economic and environmental problems.
Against the door-to-door trip by private car, a more sustainable model of public transport should offer passengers the possibility of a seamless journey taking advantage of the flexible combination of features of the different transport modes and the covering supply of interconnected long-distance, regional and local networks of public transport.
The study material with the topic “Integration of Transport Chains” can be considered atdifferent levels and about different issues:
Level 1: The socio-economic environment
Level 2: Mobility policy
Level 3: Transport networks and Land-use Planning
Level 4: Interchange surrounding area
Level 5: Interchange infrastructure
Results from European projects on passenger intermodality, interchanges and integrated transport chains are incorporated in the training material.
The term ‘Traffic Management’ represents the process of adjusting or adapting the use of an existing road system to meet specified objectives without resorting to substantial new road construction.
The underlying training material is related to a large field involving both traffic systems and urban development issues. It is also a working area with strong links with both Civil Engineering and Urban Planning. The material is not to be percieved as a basic presentation on traffic engineering and management but gives an overview on the recent trends towards the adoption of more sustainable transport policies. Transport infrastructure networks constitute an essential means via which city functions (centres of economic activities and citizen services) can be performed while at the same time serving the communication between the cities and their suburbs, outlying regions and other urban areas.