Transportation emits more climate-warming greenhouse gases than any other sector. Today, transport is responsible for almost 30% of total EU carbon emissions, 72% of which come from road transport
The key is to go multi-modal: not just cars, buses, rail, bicycles or walking, but a coordinated system of various modes of transportation. Clean multi-modal systems can provide safe, equitable, comfortable, convenient, accessible transportation, including mass transit, walking, biking, micro-mobility (such as electric scooters and bikes and shared bicycles) along with car use.
Ensuring efficient use of resources and minimising environmental impact in our developments is a priority for us.
We are proud to be a partner in the development of the Danube Region Route Planner application, the main objective of which is to build a multimodal cross-border travel information network for the Danube countries.
The Danube Region is lacking a fully multimodal network (road, rail, water transport) and suffers from transport bottlenecks mainly in the area of road transport causing negative impact on citizens and nature. In addition, the high administrative fragmentation of the transport sector is a big obstacle in the realization of effective multimodal networks. The integration of coordination mechanisms and better alignment of transport operators and travel information operators from different levels in a technical and organizational manner is in the heart of our project in order to develop a multimodal cross-border travel information network. Particular focus is put to main railway corridors that are connected to regional and local networks, and to cycling routes and cycling-relevant travel information for better accessibility. This will allow multimodal local trips as well as long-distance journeys with environmentally- friendly modes, including cycling and inland waterways. Such multimodal chains are highly demanded by tourists, but also by commuters within and across the borders.
In addition to addressing the inequalities of car dependency, multi-modal transport can provide a suite of community health and livability benefits, including better air quality and reduced noise pollution, some of the largest environmental causes of health issues. And active modes of transportation can improve physical and mental health by helping more people exercise.
Well-designed multimodal systems can provide safe, comfortable and sustainable transport for all.