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Towards collaborative and more inclusive transport systems

Thanks to both the digital transformation and recently-introduced modes of transport (e.g. automated vehicles, ride‑hailing, car sharing, demand-responsive transport systems, and micro-mobility), a wider range of options are now available to improve accessibility and to promote inclusive mobility solutions which address the needs of vulnerable population groups. However, as the complexity of the transport system increases on both the demand and the supply side, new challenges arise for transport planners and researchers. These include, but are not limited to, issues relating to sustainability, economic feasibility, and the acceptability of innovative and technologically advanced transport solutions. Indeed, the broad spectrum of potential impacts upon transport systems, and on society as a whole, must be carefully addressed.

In this respect, a new collaborative paradigm bridging the gap between decision-makers, technicians, and users is crucial to achieve sustainable solutions that simultaneously meet both the users’ needs and preferences. To this end, it will be necessary to, on the one hand, expand the assessment capabilities of tools and models, e.g. including social and equity issues, and, on the other hand, to cope with new mobility concepts adapting to a rapidly changing world.

This Topical Collection contains contributions that advance the research on collaborative approaches and solutions for inclusive transport systems, exploring unresearched fields and/or proposing up-to-date policy recommendations to lead the transition towards future sustainable mobility scenarios.

Edited by: Pierluigi Coppola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) |  António Lobo (University of Porto, Portugal)


  1. This study proposes a Geographic Information Systems-based methodology to measure accessibility to urban services from the elderly perspective to support urban planning processes. Specifically, it seeks to und...

    Authors: Carmen Guida, Gerardo Carpentieri and Houshmand Masoumi
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2022 14:23
  2. Worldwide cities are establishing efforts to collect urban traffic data from various modes and sources. Integrating traffic data, together with their situational context, offers more comprehensive views on the...

    Authors: Carlos Lemonde, Elisabete Arsenio and Rui Henriques
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:64
  3. European cities are placing a larger emphasis on urban data consolidation and analysis for optimizing public transport in response to changing urban mobility dynamics. Despite the existing efforts, traffic dat...

    Authors: Sofia Cerqueira, Elisabete Arsenio and Rui Henriques
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:60

    The Correction to this article has been published in European Transport Research Review 2022 14:50

  4. First/last mile transport is essential for transit but is often found to be the weakest link in a trip. Moreover, as a result of multiple developments (e.g. demographic shifts, urbanization, climate change, te...

    Authors: Bas Stam, Niels van Oort, Hilke J. van Strijp-Harms, Stefan C. van der Spek and Serge P. Hoogendoorn
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:56
  5. A significant mode shift will be required in order to meet the ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in Germany and elsewhere. Such a mode shift can only be achieved by a combination of drastic ...

    Authors: Tudor Mocanu, Jigeeshu Joshi and Christian Winkler
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:54
  6. In a context of increasing automation of road transport, many researchers have been dedicated to analyse the risks and safety implications of resuming the manual control of a vehicle after a period of automate...

    Authors: Sónia Soares, António Lobo, Sara Ferreira, Liliana Cunha and António Couto
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:47
  7. The purpose of this study is to analyse what factors that explain individual differences in walking and cycling when commuting in different parts of Sweden. Walking and cycling is potentially accessible all ov...

    Authors: Kristina Ek, Linda Wårell and Linda Andersson
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:46
  8. Despite substantial investment in step-free access at UK railway stations, persons with reduced mobility (PRMs) continue to travel less than their able-bodied counterparts and little is known about the value o...

    Authors: Antony Swift, Long Cheng, Becky P. Y. Loo, Mengqiu Cao and Frank Witlox
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:45
  9. This study identifies and compares perceptions of autonomous vehicle (AV) implementation among three Swedish stakeholder groups: Future Users, Urban Planners, and Developers.

    Authors: Helena Strömberg, Érika Martins Silva Ramos, MariAnne Karlsson, Mikael Johansson, Fredrick Ekman, Lars-Ola Bligård and Cecilia Jakobsson Bergstad
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:44
  10. Travel surveys show that the amount of private car driving in Norway has increased significantly since the mid-1980s. Private car driving has for a long time been the main mode of transport for retail and serv...

    Authors: Lillian Sve Rokseth, Eva Heinen, Espen Aukrust Hauglin, Tobias Nordström and Bendik Manum
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:39
  11. The car has so far played an important role for transporting goods. However, new services emerging from e-commerce may increasingly reduce its relevance as the transporting of goods might no longer be a reason...

    Authors: Lisa Bönisch, Sascha von Behren, Bastian Chlond and Peter Vortisch
    Citation: European Transport Research Review 2021 13:35