2018- The Year of Multimodality
Multimodality is gaining importance for the development of an integrated and sustainable transport system.
The European Commission is committed to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, and is turning towards the concept of multimodal transport in order to reduce emissions. Therefore, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc announced 2018 to be the ”Year of Multimodality”.
What does Multimodality mean and how does it apply in our transport system?
The concept refers to the use of different means of transport during the same journey. This applies to passenger transport as well as freight transport. So, Multimodality stands for commuting to work by bike and train as well as the transportation of goods by rail and maritime transport. Each transport mode is evaluated regarding its different qualities, such as speed, costs, convenience, size etc. and the combination of different modes is taken into account. With this strategy, a more convenient, efficient and environmental friendly transport solution can be established.
During this year, the Commission will put together a series of events and initiatives to promote the whole set of the transport sector as a fully integrated “system”. Focus will be on the possible opportunities through digitalization, such as electronic transport documents, digital corridor information systems and multimodal travel information and ticketing systems. The European Strategy for low-emission mobility also includes encouraging logistic companies with economic incentives to make their transportation of freights more sustainable. The Combined Transport Directive is an EU instrument that supports the shift from long distance road transport to long distance rail, inland waterways and maritime transport. Multimodal infrastructure and innovations will be supported, particular in the context of the Connecting Europe Facility, Horizon 2020, the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the new Framework Programme for research and innovation (FP9). Other considered topics are the legislative framework for passenger’s rights in multimodal journeys and the promotion of “active mobility” in smart cities and urban context.
The Comission has also just released a case study analysis of the burden of taxation and charges on transport, an essencial factor for the right modal choice. Read the study here.
On 20th of March, a High-level Conference on European Multimodal Freight Transport is taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria. Registration is still open untill 28th of february. Register here.