Transport policy

Transport projects

Our political planning and control benefits from the expertise of international and national transport research, and from many projects which we partly commissioned ourselves.

We are committed to four main topics which cover the current and completed projects:

Modernisation of transport planning

  • Smartfusion:
    Smartfusion is a European project which will build upon the existing urban freight development strategies of three demonstration city-regions: Newcastle, Berlin and the Lombardy region. It will demonstrate smart urban freight solutions in urban-interurban supply chains.
    Leading ideas:
    • To introduce the concept of the European Green Car Initiative in last mile operations;
    • To introduce innovative technology developments in the fields of urban freight planning, vehicles and urban-interurban transshipment;
    • To develop comprehensive and transferable impact assessment models for smart urban freight solutions.
  • Green Paper EU:
    With the Green Paper for urban transport the European Commission pursues the goal of initiating a public discussion. We have emphasised that we will take into account technical as well as demographic and economic factors for the further development of Berlin´s transport system.
  • SpiCycles:
    The project SpiCycles (Sustainable Planning & Innovation for Bicycles) provides valuable insight and ideas for planning for and promoting cyling in cities. The EU-funded project gathered ideas that focused on making the bicycle attractive as a means of transport for everyday journeys in cities.
  • Pro.Mode:
    The project identifies challenges for transport planning and policy resulting from demographic changes and their impact on public finances.
  • POLIS:
    We are committed to supporting the need for action in terms of transport and environment policy in big municipalities in order to attract more attention from the European Commission and the European Parliament. We are focusing on less contradicting European transport and environment policies.
    Berlin takes part in IMPACTS Europe, a forum for policy makers and dealing with sustainable transport policies by exchanging experiences on the development of transport strategies and their implementation.

Infrastructure modernisation

    The EU project COOPERS (CO-OPerative SystEms for Intelligent Road Safety) researches the opportunities arising from new vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technologies. The state of Berlin is committed to the project in order to test innovative ideas that render road traffic safer and more environmentally sound.
    Connect had the task to promote the introduction of telematics applications on the road infrastructure for the Trans-European road network TERN.

Transport connections to Central and Eastern Europe

  • Rail Baltica:
    The Rail Baltica project aimed at improving the accessibility of the Baltic States by road. This aim should be achieved by carrying out improvements within the border area between Lithuania and Poland in order to avoid transits across Russian or Belorussian territory.
  • Via Regia:
    It was the intention of the project Via Regia to strengthen the East-West transport axis from Berlin to Kiew by railway and road.

Traffic campaigns

  • YOUTH:
    The project YOUTH (Youngsters Overhaul Today's Urban) was selected by the European Commission to promote the marketing and implementation of renewable energies in the area of transport. Ambassadors of this pan-European campaign are young people from four European cities.
  • Research Project Door-to-door information for Air Passengers (DORA):
    The research project DORA is funded within the EU research program Horizon 2020 and refers to the tender MG 1.3-2014 Seamless Air Mobility. DORA has been launched the 1st June 2015 and has a term of 3 years.

    In the DORA project an innovative door-to-door information service will be developed and tested, which involves the landside transport, air traffic and the real time situation at the airport terminal. The information service is provided to the passengers as a smartphone app.

    DORA Graphic

    During a one-year test phase the service will be developed as a prototype for the connection Berlin - Palma de Mallorca.

    The essential component is an intermodal routing service based on real-time data on the road, rail and air traffic situation for the departure from and journey to the airport. With newly developed solutions for the mobility inside the terminal such as indoor navigation via smartphone and waiting time detection at the security checks the mobility information offer for passengers will be completed. In case of disruptions passengers are automatically informed about alternative routes. In addition, the service will be integrated into the information systems of transport companies and airport companies.

    In addition to the airport companies, the cities of Berlin and Palma de Mallorca, the operators of the local traffic information centers, the public transport companies, universities as well as technology companies participate in the project. In Berlin the precise partners besides the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment are the VMZ Berlin as the technical leader of the project, Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg and the Technical University of Berlin. Air Berlin is an associated partner.

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