Modelling and assessing the role of air transport in an integrated, intermodal transport system

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Project information

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  • Acronym: MODUS
  • Project budget: 1.52 m€
  • EU Contributions: 0.99 m€
  • Duration: 30 months
  • Project start date: 01/06/2020
  • Project end date: 30/11/2022
  • Partners: 7 partners from 5 countries
  • Project coordinator: Bauhaus Luftfahrt
  • Work programme: H2020-SESAR-2019-2
  • Grant agreement n°891166

Project description

In the context of increasing environmental awareness, regulatory measures, capacity shortages across different modes, or the need for a more seamless and hassle-free passenger journey, the future evolution of European travellers’ demand for mobility is still unknown, as well as its potential impacts on the European transport system. The optimization and alignment of intermodal transport is therefore of utmost importance for the overall performance of the (future) European transport system, especially in regard to providing a seamless and hassle-free journey for passengers as well as mitigating (air) capacity constraints

The main objective of the project is the analysis of the performance of the overall transport system by considering the entire door-to-door journey holistically and assessing the role of air transport within an integrated, intermodal approach. For this purpose, Modus identifies and assesses (future) drivers for passenger demand and supply of mobility in terms of their impact on passenger mode choice. This enables the development of multiple scenarios of future mobility paths, taking into account aspects such as new regulatory contexts meeting new environmental standards, or new transport operators’ business models, covering a time horizon of 2040+.

Project objectives

  • Understand in a better way how ATM and air transport can better contribute to improve passengers’ intermodal journeys and how this translates into an enhanced performance of the overall transport system
  • Explore and model the connection and dependence between ATM/ air transport and other transport modes, with a special focus on the interplay between short and medium air and rail connections
  • Identify the main barriers in achieving European (air) mobility goals and how air transport can evolve by efficiently connecting information and services with other transport modes to achieve the 4 hours door-to-door goal and a seamless journey experience for passengers.

Project structure

WP1 Coordination and Management, BHL
WP2 Data Acquisition and Management, INX
WP3 Future Supply and Demand Scenarios, ENAC
WP4 Passenger Mobility Modelling, UoW
WP5 Identification of Gaps and Barriers, BHL
WP6 Dissemination and Exploitation, UIC
WP7 Ethics requirements, BHL

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Monday 1 June 2020