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Researchers from K2 have studied policy and strategy documents from thirteen cities in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain. 

Cars undisputed despite environmental effects
Robert Hrelja (Malmö University) and Tom Rye (Molde University College), scanned the documents, learning about the cities´ intentions for the transition towards a sustainable transport system. Question was, do the problematisation of the cars´negative effects in the documents coincide with actual strategies and measures for reducing car traffic?

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New tramway in Lund - effects for travelers and transport systems
The purpose of this project is to quantitatively analyze travelers' values ​​of various travel time components. The study complements data collection of travel patterns carried out in 2016 and 2017.
Project manager: Ulrik Berggren, Lund University.

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“A message saying smart mobility will only be developed in a desired direction and fulfil societal objectives if it is steered in that direction has been conveyed extensively. This book aims to take the discussion one step further by focusing on what governance of smart mobility looks like today and can look like in the future”, Claus Hedegaard Sørensen explains.

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The COVID-19 crisis has rapidly led to one of the most revolutionary changes in our private and professional lives. Isolation and travel restrictions have resulted in a dramatic reduction in the demand for passenger transport, not least public transport, as people are afraid of being infected by other travellers.

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Fotograf: Marcus Folino

Digital services that provide access to several different mobility services are referred to as Mobility-as-a-Service, MaaS, and include everything from enhanced travel planners to mobility subscription models that bundle new mobility services with traditional public transport.

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Mobility enhances urban life and accessibility; the ability to access and benefit from city amenities and opportunities. Making cities more sustainable is a key aspiration reflected in several of the UN 2030 SDGs. Although transportation is necessary it brings many challenges: as fossil fuel dependence, emissions, injuries and deaths, and gives rise to noise and congestion. Safety and equality in public transportation are major concerns.

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Sonja Forward, Senior Researcher at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), has been in charge of a project looking at business travel and how this can become more sustainable. Sonja believes there are various ways in which to accomplish this:

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During next year, K2 will enter a new phase with a partly new research focus. In support of this change, a new international advisory group has been formed with researchers representing a broad experience in public transport studies of various kinds.

The group, whose mission is valid for the period 2020-2024, consists of:
Carrey Curtis, Curtin University
David Banister, Oxford University
Graham Curie, Monash University
Karen Lucas, University of Leeds
Malene Freudendal Pedersen, Aalborg University
and Oded Cats from TU Delft.

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More and more people in Sweden choose to travel by train, and the number of passengers has more than doubled in the past 30 years. With increasing climate awareness, the number of travellers choosing to go by rail is set to increase even faster than before, and more and more departures are fully booked.