The Work of the European Community ITS Urban Experts Group
Steve Kearns, Transport For London - TfL Planning
Dissemination of the work undertaken by the European Community’s ITS Urban Experts Group.
Summary of Paper: Dissemination of the work undertaken by the European Community’s ITS Urban Experts Group.
Purpose and Objectives: Group was tasked to produce guidelines and examples of good practices, which could be used to encourage local, regional and sub-regional traffic and transport authorities to gain a clearer picture of the benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems and encourage implementation across a wider area. Three key documents have been produced – ITS in Traffic Management; ITS in Smart Ticketing and ITS in Multi-Modal Travel Information.
The group consisted of representatives of local traffic and transport authorities, specialist transport consultancies, academic institutions and the automotive industry. Its specific remit was to focus output at a local level across urban areas in EU member states.
Findings: The group sought to address the issues that face local transport professionals and decision makers when implementing ITS initiatives in their areas. For small, autonomous authorities, investing in ITS can often be a complex, time consuming and expensive process. The group has striven to highlight mechanisms and procedures to facilitate greater take up of ITS by urban highway and traffic authorities.
Issues such as partnership working; interoperability; standards and harmonisation; targeting ITS at individual users emerged as key areas to address in order to maximise the benefits that ITS can deliver.
This paper will give examples of innovative usage of ITS in traffic control centres; usage of new technologies to track vehicle and pedestrian movement; electronic booking of on-street parking spaces etc. that could be employed by local highway and traffic authorities.
Conclusion: This paper attempts to communicate the benefits of ITS and raise awareness among transport professionals, opinion formers and local decision makers to encourage greater deployment of ITS at local and sub-regional level.
Association for European Transport