Urban mobility

published: 03-10-2020

Cities are home to more than 70% of the EU population, and account for approximately 85% of the EU's gross domestic product (GDP).


In many cities, the growing demand for mobility leads to unsustainable situations: severe traffic congestion, bad air quality, noise nuisance and high CO2-emissions. That is why urban mobility is an important item on the agenda of different EU and Non-EU governments, and a key point for the European Commission.


Panteia is a partner for local, regional, national and international organisations that are facing the problems of increasing urbanisation. Focusing on the collective mobility interests, we provide organisations with information on urban mobility issues and challenges. We also work with them to turn these challenges and pieces of information into innovative, creative mobility solutions.


Some of Panteia's services in the field of urban mobility:


Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans are about fostering a balanced development and a better integration of the different urban mobility modes. This planning concept highlights that urban mobility is primarily about people. It therefore, emphasizes citizen and stakeholder engagement, as well as fostering changes in mobility behaviour. Panteia, has participated in various SUMPs such as the SUMP for Constanta and Brasov (Romania) and the Pitesti (SUMP) 

Active mobility

Walking and cycling are an essential component of the urban transport. These modes support the sustainable development of the mobility system and are desirable for relatively short distances, which, in general, make up for the highest number of trips in cities. Panteia supports cities and regions to plan and develop various strategies to promote active mobility and achieve the so call 15-minute cities.


Public transport

Panteia has been involved in various projects to find solutions to ensure an accessible and affordable public transport. Panteia provides advice and consultancy on distribution of costs and gains, and about financing mobility to provinces, city regions, municipalities and public transport providers. On an international scale, we provide governments with advice on institutional structures, tendering and procurement.


Furthermore, based on our knowledge and experience in the field of mobility and with processing large amounts of data (Big Data), Panteia is able to translate data into information that can be used to improve not only the public transport but the mobility system as a whole. For example, we play a leading role in the analysis of data from the Dutch chip card for public transport, the OV-chipkaart analysis of OV-chipkaart data (in Dutch).


Urban transport for people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

Compared to regular public transport, adequate transport for this target group is, in many countries, underestimated, unreliable, relatively expensive for users and not appropriate for their needs. Panteia has knowledge and experience, in this special type of transport and has carried out various research in the topic, as well as in the field of care and well-being.  This makes Panteia an excellent partner to support the development of policy with regard to this target group.

Development of mobility policy

One of the major challenges is to meet travellers' changing quality needs, while at the same time improving the cost-effectiveness of transport. Another important issue is how to enhance liveability, enabling public transport as effectively and efficiently as possible. In this regard, exploring innovative and sustainable mobility solutions and investigating possibilities to combine several transport streams is essential.


Its position as an independent, strategic knowledge partner allows Panteia to support governments and carriers to shape and carry out public transport policy. We provide support by collecting and analysing policy-relevant information, and by contributing to the development of innovative solutions, strategies, plans, visions and policy. We also support the monitoring, evaluation and adjustment of public transport policy.


Pricing policy

Policy makers are faced with the challenge of structuring mobility policies in such a way that it is not only effective - so that policy goals are met - but also affordable and controllable. Rates are a current issue in various sectors such as public transport, special transport and taxi transport. Panteia supports governments and operators in the development of price policies.


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