News and Events
25  October 2012
Paris, France. TDIE colloque "Financer la mobilité : l'heure des choix"
The association TDIE (Intermodal Transport Development Environment) organized a seminar on October 25 2012 at the French National Assembly on the subject of financing mobility. Faced with dwindling resources, the transport sector will have to make choices. The era of major projects appears over and the priority now is more the optimiation and upgrading of existing networks.  Opened by Mr Claude Bartolone, President of the National Assembly, the subject was discussed in several roundtables by experts, researchers, elected representatives and policy makers from the world of transport.  Mr José Viegas, International Transport Forum Secretary General one of the rapporteurs
Website of the colloque. Photos, presentations and contributions to the roundtables will soon be available 

10 October 2012
Paris, France. Task Force on Measuring Investments in Transport Infrastructure
The 2nd meeting of the Task Force on Measuring Investments in Transport Infrastructure was organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD in Paris on 10th October. This Task Force, which is made up of selected worldwide experts, is notably responsible for developing a Manual of Best Practices in this discipline.
The principal objective of the manual is to evaluate the impact of transport infrastructure within the economy as a whole; using macro & micro-level methods and taking into consideration how the implementation of such methods can be developed using available and/or improved data, as well as the harmonisation of definitions and concepts.
A key focus will to provide data suppliers with better collection methods, so as to not only improve the robustness of data gathered by international organisations but also promote the standardisation of relevant information between countries


26-29 June 2012
Vancouver, Canada. Velo-city Global 2012 International Conference
The four day event offered delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities, where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation
The role of cycling in cities and how public policy can promote bicycle use was the theme of a keynote address by International Transport Forum Acting Secretary-General Michael Kloth at this year's global cycling planning conference in Vancouver.Kloth highlighted the role of cycling in efficient urban transport and detailed several trends that will impact both cities and cycling. Safety is a key consideration and the chair of the International Transport Forum's working group on Cycling Safety, Niels Tørsløv, Director of the Traffic Department for the City of Copenhagen, presented key messages emerging from that group’s international review of cycling safety trends and policies at the conference.
Keynote address to Velo-City Global 2012 by Michael Kloth [ppt]

Road Cycling Safety: Key Messages  from International Transport Forum working group on cycling safety [pdf]

Find out more about International Transport Forum's working group on Cycling Safety 

5 May 2012
International Energy Agency.   "EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement" published
Compiled by several organisations, including the IEA’s Implementing Agreement on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles and the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), EV City Casebook was launched in conjunction with the World Electric Vehicle Cities and Ecosystems conference in Los Angeles on 5 May, the eve of the four-day Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS-26), also in Los Angeles.
EV City Casebook looks at 16 cities in nine countries on three continents. From Shanghai to Berlin and from Portland, Oregon, to North East England, this free book gives citizens, private sector and governments details about how each pioneering municipality or region developed and operates its system and the milestones it has set for success.
EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement  [pdf]

Find out more about cutting-edge electric vehicle programes worldwide  - IEA website

2 May 2012
Leipzig, International Transport Forum 2012 Summit.   Global Fuel Economy Initiative Plan of Action 2012-2015 published
At the side-event organised by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) during the International Transport Forum's 2012 Summit, the body's 2nd 3 year campaign to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world was launched.  During the event GFEI outlined the numerous achievements of the first campaign in 2009-2012, while laying out in the Plan of Action 2012-2015 the challenges which still remain on fuel economy, and outling the Initiative’s planned response to those challenges.

The FIA Foundation, IEA, ITF and UNEP have been working in partnership as the Global Fuel Economy Initiative since 2009. The ICCT became a full partner in the Initiative in May 2012.
Global Fuel Economy Initiative Plan of Action 2012-2015  [pdf]

See presentations and photos from the side event and Plan of Action launch  - ITF Summit 2012 website

Find out more about the Global Fuel Economy Initiative  - GFEI website

28 March 2012
United Kingdom.   "The completion and sale of High Speed 1"  report released by the National Audit Office
The National Audit Office published on 28th March 2012 a report on the construction and sale of the UK’s first high speed railway line linking the Channel Tunnel with central London. According to the report the project resulted in a high-performing line that had eventually been successfully sold off to limit taxpayers' exposure,, but the NAO found that the line was constructed at a higher cost and later than its targets. Construction of the line cost £6,163 million,18 per cent higher than the target costs. Nevertheless this performance compares well with other railway projects says the NAO. The report demonstrates that the line was built on “hugely optimistic” forecasts for passenger demand. Actual passenger numbers between 2007 and 2011 were, on average, two thirds of the level forecast when the Department guaranteed the project debt in 1998, to enable the line to be built. This left the taxpayer exposed to the risk of lower-than-expected passenger income, which had been expected to repay the project debt.
The completion and sale of High Speed 1 

23 March 2012
Tallinn. Estonia.   The city will offer free public transport across its bus and tram network from 2013.
Edgar Savisaar, the Mayor of Tallinn, has said the city will be the first capital in Europe to offer such a programme, which will make it the "flagship of the green movement in Europe". The announcement followed a week-long referendum on free public transit conducted among Tallinn residents which ended on Sunday with 75.5 percent of participants voting in favor of the idea.
Currently 33% of the costs of running the public transport network is covered by the sale of tickets. Certain sources estimate that the free public transport proposal could cost 20 million euros, but city officials argue that the move would lead to a reduction in the use of private vehicles, and hence to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
Estonian Public Broadcasting website 

25 January 2012
Sustainable Transport on United Nations' Agenda
Ban Ki-Moon outlined his new five-year action agenda at the UN General Assembly. This agenda sets out a series of actions that the UN Secretary-General believes the global community must take over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission."  The agenda also includes mobilising the UN system to support global, regional and national strategies to address the building blocks of sustainable development: Energy; Food and nutrition; Water; Oceans; and Transport.
Regarding transport, the agenda calls to "convene aviation, marine, ferry, rail, road and urban public transport providers, along with Governments and investors, to develop and take action on recommendations for more sustainable transport systems that can address rising congestion and pollution worldwide, particularly in urban areas".
UN Secretary-General's Five-Year Action Agenda  |pdf]

22-26 January 2012
Washington, D.C. :  Transportation Research Board 91st Annual Meeting
This year over 12.000 attendees were present at this major transport research conference.
The International Transport Forum participated in several events, notably

Joint NHTSA-IRTAD session on International Benchmarking on Road Safety Data.
Introduction of IRTAD Group and IRTAD 2011 Annual Report by Véronique Feypelle de la Beaumelle and Stephen PERKINS, ITF-OECD Joint Transport Research Centre |presentation]

Creation of an IRTAD Network in Latin America. by Marc SHOTTEN, Global Road Safety Facility.  World Bank  [presentation]

Consistency and Uniformity of Crash Data Across the U.S. by Terry SHELTON (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)  [presentation]

Speed and Crash Risks: Analysis of Recent Monitoring in IRTAD Countries. by Tove HELS, Technical University of Denmark. |presentation]

The Transforming Transportation Conference, organised annually in conjunction with TRB and  EMBARQ (funded by WRI and the Shell Foundation) World Bank, ADB and IDB held a session on Towards a Green Economy: How to Prioritise Avoid, Shift and Improve Solutions to climate change.  Stephen Perkins, Head of Research presented the  International Transport Forum Outlook Scenarios.

ITF Outlook: Meeting the Needs of 9 Billion People. Presentation made at Transforming Transportation Conference [PPT]

SLoCaT (sustainable low-carbon transport) initiative)

6 December 2011
WHO Report:  Health Co-benefits of Climate Change Mitigation - Transport Sector published.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published it's report highlighting the benefits on health of climate change mitigation in the transport sector, at a side-event during COP17 in Durban.
The report's key messages stress that a combination of active modes of transport, such as walking or cycling , rapid transport and improved land use to improve access to key destinations by these modes, can yield much greater immediate health co-benefits than improving fuel and vehicle efficiencies.
Health Co-benefits of Climate Change Mitigation - Transport Sector [PDF]

WHO Press Release: Optimizing health in transport and climate change measures - new report identifies key strategies
6 December 2011
New Delhi: National Common Mobility Card is launched in India.
Shri Kamal Nath, The Union Minister for Urban Development unveiled on the 6th December, the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), named ‘More’, on the concluding day of the four day Urban Mobility India 2011 Conference & Exhibition.
Ministry officials said the purpose behind the creation of the card was to provide the commuter with a seamless, efficient and hassle-free travel experience across the country using the NCMC as a single ticket. Commuters will also be able to pay parking and toll fees using this card
A Ministry official indicated that it would be five years before the card becomes operational.
India Launches the National Common Mobility Card

5 December 2011
Paris: AutoLib' scheme is launched.
AutoLib' the self-service short-term car hire scheme enters into its operational phase in Paris and 45 towns in the Ile de France region, after a two-month testing period. The scheme launched by the Paris Municipality consists of a fleet of electric vehicles - Bluecars, built by the Bolloré Group. The scheme starts operations with a fleet of 250 vehicles, but it is expected that the number will eventually rise to 3 000 cars.
Car sharing schemes already exist in other French towns, such as the Car2go fleet of hybrid vehicles in Lyon, but AutoLib' is the largest project of its kind in the world. Delegations from cities in Germany, Israel and China have already contacted Paris officials and expressed their interest.
Paris Municipality AutoLib' website

2 December 2011
Durban, South Africa: Global Fuel Economy Initiative report "International comparison of light-duty vehicle fuel economy and related characteristics" launched at COP17
The report, sponsored by GFEI, of which the International Transport Forum is a partner, shows that while the fuel economy of cars in the EU and 21 other sampled countries did improve between 2005 and 2008, not enough progress is being made to achieve the ambitious GFEI target. The 50by50 target aims at reducing vehicle emissions by half by 2050.  It is a global, and not intended to be applied at a country-by-country level
The new report highlights key areas of focus which will help countries collectively meet the 50% target in under two decades time.
International comparison of light-duty vehicle fuel economy and related characteristics 

1-2 December 2011
Paris: Roundtable on Major Transport Infrastructure Projects and Regional Economic Development - Assessment and Implementation
The purpose of this roundtable, organised by the Société du Grand Paris and the  International Transport Forum at the OECD is to discuss the state of the art in the understanding of the economic effects of major infrastructure projects, and how that understanding can be made operational to make good decisions on what projects to implement. assess the economic effects of major transport infrastructure projects.
Invited experts' presentations on the Grand Paris and London Crossrail scheme project are available here.
The evolution of London’s Crossrail Scheme and the development of the Department for Transport’s economic appraisal methods 2011 

The “Grand Paris” Project: Tools and Challenges   Projet du Grand Paris
23 November 2011
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: 2011 UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport published
The globalization of maritime businesses allows shipping companies to source from the most cost-efficient suppliers. This has led to the reduction of international transport costs, which directly benefits global merchandise trade, according to the latest UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport
2010 saw an increase in demand in maritime transport, in particular in the dry bulk and container trade segments. Total seaborne trade reached an estimated 8.4 billion tons.
The report also highlights the remarkable progress in international seaborne transport made by developing countries. Between 1970 and 2010, developing countries´ share in the volume of seaborne imports rose from just 18 per cent to 56 per cent of the world´s total. The world´s busiest container ports are Shanghai, Hong Kong (China) and Singapore, and Asian developing countries have the highest indicators of maritime transport connectivity.
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2011 
16 November 2011
Les Echos Conferences2nd Annual Conference: Infrastructures de Transports (in French)
Following the Grenelle de l’environnement (Environment Round Table) in 2007 and the prelinimary project Schéma National des Infrastructures de Transports, which defines the main priorities for the state over the next 30 years, the financial crisis has taken hold and emphasis has been on budgetary matters. Although France must reduce its deficit and reduce debt levels, questions regarding the modernisation, development and, more generally, investment in transport infrastructure have special significance.
The International Transport Forum is a partner of this conference.
Conference website
21 October 2011
Galileo: First satellites successfully sent into orbit
The the first pair of operational satellites for Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system were launched into orbit from the European Space Agency's (ESA) spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on a Russian Soyuz launcher. These two satellites are the pioneering components of a new constellation that will make up a smart satellite navigation system for Europe.
Once the full system is up and running, expected from 2014, it will enable improved services ranging from more precise in-car navigation, effective road transport management, search and rescue services, more secure banking transactions and reliable electricity provision. The European Galileo satellite navigation system is a civilian-controlled system, unlike the Global Positioning System (GPS) used in the United States that is run by the military. Galileo is interoperable and compatible with GPS.
EU Cordis website 
14 October 2011
European Commission. The Eurovignette Directive is published in the EU Official Journal
The new Eurovignette Directive which appeared in the EU Official Journal on 14th October 2011 will allow EU member countries to impose new tolls on trucks to charge them for the external effects of road freight transport such as air pollution and noise. EU member countries will, in effect be able to charge heavy-vehicles a toll in addition to existing infrastructure charges usually intended to cover the costs of building and maintaining road infrastructure. The toll may be modulated to take account of road congestion, vehicle emissions, distance covered etc.  EU member countries have a two-year period in which to transpose the provisions of the directive into their national legislation.
DIRECTIVE 2011/76/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 September 2011 amending Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures 
13 October 2011
France : Air France makes its first commercial flight powered by biofuels
On 13th October 2011 an Air France A31 plane flew from Toulouse to Orly airport in Paris fuelled by a mixture of 50% kerosene and 50% biofuels. The CO2 emissions of this flight are of the order of 54g per passenger et per kilometre - half the emissions of a plane flying on traditional fuel.
06-07 October 2011
Urban Governance: Getting people on board! - UITP Conference
UITP international conference held in Gothenburg offers a unique opportunity to share and promote good practices in urban governance and transport demand management. By transferring the knowledge of international mobility experts, this event looks to inspire and raise awareness among transport authorities, mobility professionals, governments, local officials as well as urban planners. Barcelona, Vienna, Montréal, Freiburg, Paris, Odense, Singapore, Geneva and other leading cities show how they achieved sustainable mobility during six interactive sessions.
UITP Conference website 
29 September 2011
How Clean are Europe’s cars? - New report from Transport & Environment
T&E’s report ‘How Clean are Europe’s cars’ broke new ground when it was first published in 2006, as it separated car makers’ individual efforts to cut CO2 from the overall industry average. The report has been published every year since, normally focusing on which car makers are doing best and which worst. But this year the issue of price has taken on added importance, as trends are now becoming clear following the adoption of the EU’s first obligatory fuel consumption standards in 2008.
‘How Clean are Europe’s cars?’ 
26-30 September 2011
Mexico: 'Roads for a Better Life"  - 24th World Road Congress
The premier international event for roads and road transport is this year being held in Mexico City. The Congress presents current research and best practice, while providing a venue for discussion of advances in technology and practice and brings together road transport stakeholders to facilitate collaboration and information sharing.
 International Transport Forum Secretary General, Carole Coune in her keynote address "Transport is Critical for Green Growth to the Congress emphasised the key role of transport for environmentally responsible development.
Carole Coune's full speech : Transport is Critical for Green Growth
Link to the 24th World Road Congress Site
02 September 2011
Japan: New Minister Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is named
Takeshi MAEDA, a DPJ member of Japan’s upper house, was named Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in the new Cabinet under Prime Minister Yoshihiko NODA on 2 September 2011. Mr Maeda holds a Master of Engineering from Kyoto University and has been a member of parliament since 1986. Most recently, he was head of budget committee in House of Counsellors.
01 September 2011
New Zealand releases transport policy directions for next decade
New Zealand Transport Minister Steven Joyce has released Connecting New Zealand, a summary of the government's intended policy direction for transport over the next decade. Mr Joyce says the government has been working hard to progress its three main areas of focus in transport policy: economic growth and productivity, value for money, and road safety.

Connecting New Zealand draws together the policy direction set out in a number of policy decisions and guidance documents over the last 2 ½ years. These include the recently released National Infrastructure Plan and Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding, as well as the Safer Journeys road safety strategy and action plan.

"This is not a new plan, but it ensures that the transport policy direction described across a range of strategic documents is pulled together in one place," says Mr Joyce.  Connecting New Zealand will help stakeholders understand how the government sees the transport system developing over the next 10 years, and assist stakeholders with their own investment decisions.
Connecting New Zealand [PDF]
11 July 2011
UK: House of Lords report on behavioural change
“Nudging” on its own is unlikely to be successful in changing the population’s behaviour. That is the main conclusion of the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee’s report, Behaviour Change, published on 11 July 2011. The report - the culmination of a year-long investigation into the way the Government tries to influence people’s behaviour using behaviour change interventions – finds that “nudges” used in isolation will often not be effective in changing the behaviour of the population. Instead, a whole range of measures – including some regulatory measures – will be needed to change behaviour in a way that will make a real difference to society’s biggest problems. "Among other aspects such as health, transport aspects are also covered.
House of Lords. Science and Technology Select Committee : Behaviour Change [PDF]