Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP)
In July 2014, the Netherlands removed the paper ticket system for rail travel, the last bastion of the so-called strippenkaart. First introduced to the Rotterdam metro in 2005, the smart card system openbaar vervoer (OV) for public transport has spread subsequently to the rest of the country covering all modes of public transport. Thus, today nothing else than the OV-chipkaart is required to travel with different public transport operators. Given, the transfer between different transport modes is completed within 35 minutes, only the basic fare is charged with additional payment per kilometers travelled. However, passengers have to check out and in again when transferring from a tram to a bus or from the metro to the train. A detailed overview for changing the mode of transport is provided on the chipkaart’s website ov-chipkaart.nl. The website also offers an online shop to load money or tickets on the smart cards, and allows retrieving travel transactions and details.
The Bridging the Gap Initiative and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport released a joint report titled “Land transport’s contribution to a 2°C target” on the eve of the Climate Summit organized by Secretary Ban Ki-moon to accelerate action on climate change. One of the key messages of the joint report is “Without transport contributing in a significant manner to the mitigation of climate change it will not be possible to shift to a global stabilization pathway that can keep warming below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.”
The paper concludes that “a combination of technological and behavioural measures could decrease final-energy demand in 2050 for urban passenger transport by at least 55% below an IEA defined baseline of a 4o Celsius temperature increase scenario”.
GIZ SUTP will deliver a one-day training course on October 16, 2014 in Mexico City, in cooperation with ITDP Mexico and Sedatu. This one-day training course will describe the rationale of urban development integration with urban transport and will provide tools to develop policies and projects of such integration, based on the experience from developed and developing cities. It will also provide tools to evaluate projects where urban transport and urban development planning can be integrated. The course program can be downloaded here.