Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for authorities
The SUITS project was a four-year research and innovation action (funded by H2020) intending to increase the capacity building of Local Authorities and transport stakeholders and to transfer learning to smaller sized cities, making them more effective and resilient to change in the judicious implementation of sustainable transport measures. SUITS is one of the projects financed in the framework of the EU’s CIVITAS 2020 initiative focusing on sustainable urban mobility plans.
The project provides to small and medium-sized cities a set of tools on planning, financing and implementing sustainable transport measures and supports the enhancement of the capacity of nine cities in seven EU countries to address efficiently the new challenges of urban mobility and to foster investments in sustainable transport.
The project suggests a socio-technical approach to reinforce the capacities of local authorities and stakeholders of the transport sector.
Coventry University (UK) – Coordinator, Politecnico di Torino (IT), Eurokleis srl (IT), Interactions limited (IE), ITENE – Istituto Tecnologico del Embalaje Transporte y Logistica (ES), VTM – Consultores em enegenharia e planeamento LDA (PT), LEVER SA (GR), Smart Continent (LT), Technische Universitaet Ilmenau (DE), Signosis sprl (BE), FK Liotopoulos Kai SIA (GR), Integral Consulting R&D (RO), West Midlands Combined Authority (UK), City of Kalamaria (GR), Las Naves (ES), MAKIOS SA (GR), LogDrill Informatikai es Szolgaltato Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag (HU), Wuppertal Institut for Klima Umwelt Energie GMBH (DE), Roma Servizi per la Mobilità SRL (IT), City of Alba Iulia (RO).
Project in Torino
Torino decided to take part in SUITS as the project was in line with the strategic vision of the City Council, in terms of sustainable mobility policies. Torino was the first Italian city that adopted a SUMP, back in 2010, and even if this document was innovative at the time, it was not so much focused on concrete measures and on KPIs. Therefore, there was the need to bring new concepts into the mindset of the transport department of the City, also by improving technical and “soft” skills. By participating in SUITS, the City of Torino has worked particularly on the freight logistics in the City centre. Starting from the collection and analysis of transport data, Torino wanted to reorganize the loading and unloading of goods within the low traffic zone, and rethink the loading/unloading parking areas. The city worked together with transport operators in order to introduce pull measures, as for example, mechanisms of granting low traffic zone privileges to operators using only methane or electric engine vans, with tracking through GPS by the city traffic management centre.
The City of Torino participated to the SUITS Capacity Building Programme, by joining SUITS workshops and webinars. The City staff had the chance to improve technical knowledge and to exchange with the other city partners about different experiences and concrete measures to improve urban mobility. Then, the City tested some sections of the Capacity Building training material. In fact, as in 2017 the adoption of a SUMP became mandatory for metropolitan cities, in collaboration with the local SUITS partners – the Technical University of Torino and 5T, Torino supported the dissemination of SUMP knowledge in the metropolitan area.
Beyond this, networking activities have been implemented to maximize impacts in the Piemonte region, thanks to the collaboration of the National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI Piemonte).
SUITS has also helped Torino to work on the change of the organisational thinking of the Municipality. Like in many public organisations, it could be difficult to introduce a new approach. SUITS project gave the opportunity to think differently, introducing the Change agent profile. From this point of view, SUITS provided a very good opportunity to access high level knowledge.
- Total EU fund: € 4.111.683,75, out of which € 129.000,00 to the City of Torino (100% funded by the European Union)
- Duration: 51 months (December 2016 – February 2021)
- 20 partners
- Partners in Torino: Politecnico, 5T (as third part)