transport infrastructure

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What if AI took care of traffic as well as driving? [Science and Technology podcast]

While public discussion concentrates on the idea of autonomous driving as an added feature in a vehicle, could it turn out that the real advantage lies in interoperability? Continue reading

Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027: Financing key EU infrastructure networks [EU Legislation in Progress]

Strong, modern, and reliable infrastructure is essential to secure jobs, growth and competitiveness in the European Union. Given this need, the EU supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in three areas: transport, energy and digital infrastructure. Continue reading

Road infrastructure safety management [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 17 May 2018, the Commission adopted the proposal for a directive amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management. It is part of the third and last ‘Europe on the Move’ package that includes initiatives supporting the transition towards a safe, clean, automated and connected mobility for all. Continue reading

New ways to finance cross-border transport infrastructure

Written by Mihalis Kritikos, Border regions face considerable challenges when it comes to cross-border transport infrastructure. These regions therefore need Member States’ support to develop their own unique mobility and transport plans. Publication of a forthcoming STOA study on innovative transport infrastructure funding, expected in November 2017, will follow a presentation to the STOA Panel on … Continue reading

EU strategy on cooperative intelligent transport systems

Written by Marketa Pape, Digital technologies, and systems based on them, are being rapidly introduced in transport all over the world. Cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) in road transport are part of this development, and one element in a wider drive towards vehicle automation. These systems use technologies allowing road vehicles to communicate with other … Continue reading

The trans-European transport network – state of play in 2016

Written by Marketa Pape, The European Union’s transport infrastructure policy is shifting from the former approach based on priority projects to building an interconnected trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to allow people and goods to move quickly and easily throughout the EU. The development of the network is based on revised TEN-T infrastructure guidelines and the … Continue reading

Cableway installations: Proposal for a new regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Jana Valant (2nd Edition), Around 17 500 cableway installations currently exist in western Europe and the Alps, representing 60% of the global total. European industry has generally held a dominant position in the global cableway installations market, with the ski industry remaining the primary market for cableway technology. The new regulation covering the European … Continue reading

The Fourth Railway Package: an overview

Over the past decade, the European Commission has pursued a strategy for the revival of rail transport in the European Union (EU), to achieve a more competitive and resource-efficient transport system. In 2013 this process has moved to a new phase with the publication of a draft legislative package to liberalise domestic passenger rail services … Continue reading

Future of the Trans-European transport network

The priorities and objectives for the develop­ment of the Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) are set out in the TEN-T guidelines. Parliament is currently examining a Commission proposal to overhaul the existing guidelines. Background Conceived to ensure the good functioning of the internal market, economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as improved accessibility throughout the … Continue reading

Alternative transport fuels: infrastructure needed

The development of alternative fuels for transport is a necessity to reduce the EU’s dependence on imports of crude oil, as well as to decarbonise transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Significant innovation and technological progress have been made in new forms of fuels, to power different transport modes and using combustion or electric engines. … Continue reading

Electronic Toll Service and road charging

The maintenance and development of road infrastructure, allowing for smooth mobility of persons and goods, is essential for the internal market. Tolls are increasingly used but existing toll systems are often mutually incompatible, leading to delays. Moreover, public investment in inland transport has been decreasing for years. The EU has launched several initiatives, including the … Continue reading

China’s presence in African ports: investment across the ocean

In March 2013 China announced a $ 10 billion investment in East Africa, for construction of a new port at Bagamoyo, Tanzania, northwest of the capital Dar es Salaam. Scheduled for completion by 2017, Bagamoyo is to become by far the biggest port in Africa. With a planned cargo of 20 million containers per year, it will … Continue reading

IMF: energy subsidies are not the right answer!

A new IMF paper urges governments the world over to reform subsidies affecting products ranging from coal to gasoline. Energy subsidies in 2011 amounted to $1.9 trillion, the equivalent of about 2½ percent of world GDP, or 8 percent of all government revenues. What are energy subsidies? Energy subsidies are made up of both producer … Continue reading

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