NODES: A toolbox to support transport interchange performance

2 September 2015  •  Author(s): Caroline Hoogendoorn, NODES Project Coordinator

Interchanges play a key role in the integration of urban mobility systems and in enabling good intermodal solutions. Their efficiency is therefore essential to achieve sustainable transport objectives in Europe. The European co-funded project NODES (New Tools for Design and Operation of Urban Transport Interchanges) has developed a Toolbox to allow practitioners to assess and benchmark their new or upgraded interchange and to improve its performance. On the verge of the project’s close – the Final Conference of the project will be held in Brussels on 22 September 2015 – what are the main outcomes that can be expected? NODES Project Coordinator Caroline Hoogendoorn takes a look.

NODES: A toolbox to support transport interchange performance

NODES is a three-year collaborative research project co-funded by the Seventh Framework Programme. Coordinated by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), it brings together 17 partners representing local government administrations, public transport operators, as well as research centres and European associations.

Measuring the performance of a transport interchange

How would passenger intermodality ideally look like in 2020? And what will be the role of intermodal interchanges then? These are some of the questions that have been discussed during the first year of the NODES project so that future user needs and system requirements could be defined. In addition, 18 EU co-financed research projects, 10 policy frameworks and design guidelines and over 30 best-practices have been analysed within the NODES ‘State-of-the-Art’. The aim was to identify possible interchange typologies, criteria and performance indicators…

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