Catch-MR (Cooperative approaches to transport challenges in Metropolitan Regions) is an INTERREG IVC project running from January 2010 until December 2012 with a total budget of Euro 2 million.
The participants in CATCH-MR exchanged and developed recommendations for sustainable transport solutions for metropolises and their surrounding regions. 12 partners take part in the project, representing 7 Metropolitan Regions (MR):
|Oslo/Akershus (NO)||City of Oslo||Akershus County Council|
|The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (SE)||The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities|
|Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg (DE)||Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg|
|Metropolitan Region Vienna (AT)||City of Vienna||Provincial Administration of Lower Austria|
|Ljubljana Urban Region (SI)||Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region||Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts|
|Central Hungary (HU)||Municipality of Budapest||Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK)|
|Provincia di Roma (IT)||Province of Rome||Business Innovation Centre (BIC) Lazio|
Since it was the project’s objective to improve the competitiveness and the quality of life in Metropolitan Regions, the partners exchanged and seek to adapt passenger transport solutions with a view to
- reducing transport needs without impairing mobility
- increasing the share of environmentally friendly transport.
Efficient, reliable and sustainable delivery of transport constitutes a major prerequisite for economic growth and quality of life. This applies especially to Metropolitan Regions, which are both driving forces for regional development, as well as being regions with very diverse populations.
There are considerable differences in the historical development-paths that Metropolitan Regions in Europe have followed concerning this topic. Although good practices to tackle these problems already exist, the partners recognise a shortfall in achieving a genuinely joint approach for metropolises together with their surrounding regions.
Past projects are in general either focussed on single aspects of transport, on specific transport systems or are carried out from a single thematic perspective. The partners in Catch-MR have chosen a wider, integrated approach. This was be developed in the following three sequential steps:
- reduction of transport demand (reducing the need for transportation within the Metropolitan Regions through a better coordination of land use and transport planning/policies)
- reallocation of traffic (increasing the provision and use of public transport) and
- increasing the use of renewable energy in transport.
The partners pursued these objectives by identifying and promoting good practice through:
- understanding urban sprawl and achieving new planning solutions
- improving and promoting public transport by new frameworks (e.g. incentives and disincentives)
- promoting the substitution of fossil-based fuel with affordable technology, including the development of the necessary infrastructure
- connecting regional and metropolitan transport policies (through governance, joint funding and implementation).
The backbone of the project comprises 7 thematic workshops (ws) covering the above-mentioned fields:
|WS||Topic / field||Hosting Metropolitan Region|
|Transport and land use planning|
|1||Achieve new planning solutions||The Gothenburg Region Association of Local Authorities (Gothenburg, 09.-11.06. 2010)|
|2||Understanding urban sprawl||Metropolitan Region Vienna (Vienna, 29.09.-01.10.2010)|
|Encouraging more use of public transport|
|3||Inter-modality, park and ride, transport associations, railways as part of urban mobility||Central Hungary (Budapest, 24.-26.11.2010)|
|4||Public transport priority, parking policy, road user charging, financing public transport||Oslo/Akershus (Oslo, 07.-09.03.2011)|
|Renewable energy in transport|
|5||Affordable technology||Provincia di Roma (Rome, 19.-21.09.2011)|
|6||Developing the infrastructure||Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg (Berlin, 14.-16.03.2012)|
|Connecting regional and local transport policy|
|7||Funding, governance and implementation||Ljubljana Urban Region (Ljubljana, 23.-25.05.2012)|
|Final conference||Provincia di Roma (Rome, 15.11.2012)|
The final results of the project were presented at the final conference in Rome which was open to a wider international audience. A final guide with the title “Guide on efficient mobility and sustainable growth in Metropolitan Regions” was published. The guide covers the findings of the workshops as well as policy recommendations which are generally transferable to other Metropolitan Regions.