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With the aim of achieving a common and more holistic approach to the assessment of ITS and traffic management measures, the EU-funded CONDUITS project (2009-2011) defined a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) across the main policy areas of traffic efficiency, pollution reduction, road safety, social inclusion and land use. Selected KPIs were then tested in Paris (FR), Rome (IT), Munich (DE), Tel Aviv (IL) and Ingoldstadt (DE).
Building on these KPIs, a decision support tool (DST) has been developed with support from Kapsch TrafficCom. CONDUITS_DST (Decision Support Tool) is designed to help decision makers understand what will be the likely impact of a particular measure in terms of emissions, traffic efficiency and road safethy. The tool has been developed in several stages: a first version covering pollution reduction was developed in 2012; it was expanded in 2013 to encompass two traffic efficiency KPIs (reliability and mobility); in 2015, the road safety KPI has been incorporated.
CONDUITS now offers tools for both the ex-ante and ex-post assessment of a traffic management measure.
Statement from KTC on the occasion of the release of the Report for Phase II of the CONDUITS-DST project in July 2015
The predictability of the effectiveness of transport solutions and concepts is key to make the right transport policy choices. Especially complex measures on urban traffic management require a number of fundamental decisions. It was for this reason that several cities, assisted by research institutes and universities, worked together for more than four years on a predictive evaluation tool for urban mobility management and ITS by integrating policy-orientated Key Performance Inidicators (KPIs) with traffic microsimulation.
Read the full statement here.
CONDUITS_DST uses data from traffic modelling and emissions profiles. It has already been tested in Brussels, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv and Haifi on a variety of traffic management measures, including bus priority at traffic lights; dynamic speed limits and other traffic measures to reduce emissions; and, the provision of VMS-based travel times to induce a change in driver behaviour.
CONDUITS_DST can be used free of charge.
Partners have been busy promoting the CONDUITS approach. Below is a list of the most recent events at which CONDUITS has been presented over the years.
CONDUITS is starting to become known within the CIVITAS community and also amongst certain units of DG MOVE of the European Commission.
A number of other organisations and city authorities were involved in the initial FP7 project CONDUITS, notably, ISIS (IT) and Imperial College London (UK), the cities of Paris (FR), Rome (IT), Madrid (IT), and Istanbul (TR) and more than 30 other cities from Europe and beyond who formed the CONDUITS City Pool.