About COMPASS

Project Approach

COMPASS will look at the existing information available on passenger journeys in Europe, drawing extensively on work that has been undertaken in previous European-funded projects. Existing sources of information and data will be used to identify and describe the key trends in mobility patterns in the 21st century, based on current and future passenger needs. Existing sources of travel survey data will be exhaustively researched, with a particular focus on the role of ICT in data collection and management, and recommendations will be made on improving data collection in passenger transport to meet future needs.

COMPASS will then identify ICT-based solutions that have the potential to improve co-modality in passenger transport and these potential solutions will be assessed through a number of case studies. The assessment of ICT solutions for improved co-modality will be based on a framework that emphasises the contribution of each solution to reduced carbon emissions. There will also be an investigation into how best to present solutions for improved co-modality to those stakeholders in transport operations and planning who will be responsible for their implementation, to ensure the best possible take-up of recommended solutions.

Finally COMPASS will derive conclusions and recommendations for national and EU transport policy and actions, and will disseminate the findings widely amongst policy makers and other stakeholders as well as researchers and the transport industry.

The main outputs of COMPASS will be the Handbook of ICT solutions for improving co-modality in passenger transport  (D5.1, October 2013) and An assessment of the potential impact of ICT solutions on a co-modal transport system  (D6.1, October 2013).   All the public deliverables of the project will be available for download from this website.

The key objectives of the COMPASS project are to:

  • identify key trends (demographic, societal, economical, policy etc) that will affect mobility now and in the future and thus to identify the mobility needs of current and future travellers
  • identify the potential role of ICT in promoting co-modality and data collection
  • identify the information that would be needed from data in order properly understand mobility, to optimise a future co-modal transport system and to assess the impact of new solutions
  • analyse existing surveys with regard to data available concerning long-distance, rural and urban travel
  • identify solutions to improving behavioural data (from ICT or elsewhere) and needs and opportunities for harmonisation of the data collected, in particular in the various national surveys (this also includes new definitions of accessibility indicators)
  • identify and investigate ICT solutions to influence mobility patterns for long-distance, rural and urban travel towards increased co-modality
  • develop business models that enable and promote these solutions in practice
  • assess the potential impact of the solutions identified both on local and on European level, in particular with regard to carbon emissions
  • derive conclusions and recommendations for national and EU transport policy and actions
  • disseminate the findings widely amongst policy makers and other stakeholders as well as researchers and the transport industry