Project Details

Title: Capital regions integrating collective transport for increased energy efficiency
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2008 - 30th Jun 2011


Total budget: €1,110,367.95
ERDF contribution: €885,467.95

Lead partner

Public Transport Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg
Hardenbergplatz 2
10623, Berlin

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    • Contact Person: Juergen Ross
      Phone: +49 30 254 14 260
      Fax: +49 30 254 14 315

Project summary

CAPRICE - Capital regions integrating collective transport for increased energy efficiency

comprises a network of actors from European Capital regions who are responsible for public transport.

CAPRICE will contribute to reach the goals of the Gothenburg agenda by

- increasing efficiency of public transport services in regions,

- implementing policies to stimulate the accelerated introduction of 'clean' vehicle fleets in public transport,

- providing policy recommendations to road transport authorities aimed to maintain the modal split

or to change in favour of use of public transport means,

- providing integrated and 'seamless' passenger information services to stimulate use of public transport

and to bring down barriers for access to public transport services.

The CAPRICE partnership consists of regional and local authorities responsible for policy implementation in public transport, for public procurement and integration of public transport services, for tariff integration and passenger information, and for control of quality in public transport services.

The actors are key players in their regions for improving efficiency of public transport services also in terms of energy consumption, and for implementation of innovative and environmental friendly new propulsion and emission reducing technologies in public transport fleets.

While in some of the participating regions public transport authorities (PTA) are already existing and working successfully since a series of years (Paris, Berlin), the establishment of a PTA is foreseen in other regions (Warsaw, Riga, Vilnius) in the next future.

But on the way to a successful establishment of a PTA, a lot of barriers needs to be identified and overcome.

This is addressing the development of the legal framework, contractual framework between key players in the regions, practical handling of efficient procurement of public transport services, the split of income from fares and subsidies, passenger information integration etc.

The CAPRICE will provide a platform for the identification of good practice and barriers, for the exchange of experience among partners (component 3) by carrying out a series of thematic workshops, and will go to transfer knowledge and good practice between participating regions (component 4).

CAPRICE will work closely with EMTA - the European Metropolitan Public Transport Authorities Association in terms of communication, promotion and dissemination (component 2) to ensure a wide outreach of the network and to raise awareness on it's activities, outcomes and results beyond the project.

Project achievements

In the project CAPRICE partners from 5 capital regions - Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Bucharest and Vilnius - worked together to exchange experience about and to improve public transport systems in their regions. The partners met during seven workshops in 2009 and 2010, which were dedicated to major issues for urban mobility: organisation and financing, contracting and tendering, clean vehicle fleets, integrated passenger information, tariff integration and revenue sharing, urban mobility plans and accessibility for mobility-impaired people.


Every partner presented the problems to solve, the solutions found, the improvement paths and the financial means required. The partners put forward proposals for establishing best practices and recommendations based on their work. The aim was also to develop common strategies and to suggest instruments that enable integrated and sustainable management of public transport systems in metropolitan areas.

The project included as well a transfer of knowledge aimed at the practical implementation of the best practices. Berlin and Warsaw launched an intermodel door-to-door travel planner for the Warsaw capital region. Paris and Berlin held specific meetings on the issue of passenger information. Finally, a working meeting was held with all partners to help to draft the agreement between the Municipality of Bucharest and the operator responsible for running the bus network.


In the result more than 25 good practices were identified, suggesting effective solutions for developing integrated public transport systems enabling efficient and genuine sustainable mobility. These good practices were compiled to a Good practice guide, which aims both to make a contribution to the European Commission’s urban mobility action plan and to be a tool for the decision-makers in charge of public transport systems. It was published during the final conference of CAPRICE on 17 March 2011 in Paris.

An essential and strategic point is the recommendation to create strong regional authorities for the management of public transport services like the STIF for Paris and the VBB for Berlin-Brandenburg, enabling the implementation of integrated policies and the provision of optimised services. By this efficient and "green" urban mobility might be successfully realised.


The implementation of urban mobility plans covering besides public transport also cars, bicycles and walking facilitates an integrated transport policy promoting modes of transport creating the least pollution. Focussing on the citizen (= the user) is another major priority for urban mobility, and several best practices specifically concern this issue:


- Development of integrated passenger information systems based on intelligent transport systems (ITS) to help the users get around.

- Introduction of service contracts and tenders which define targets in terms of quality and efficieny without increasing the cost.

- Improving the accessibility of public transport systems to mobility-impaired people.


A high priority is the development of environment-friendly urban transport systems achieve more energy-efficient green mobility. This involves electric modes of transport that use less energy (trains, trams and trolleybuses) and low-emission buses. Furthermore the introduction of integrated pricing structures for entire urban and suburban areas contributes to barrier-free mobility specifically by relying on new technologies and seamless electronic passes. Finally, the sustainable financing of public transport e.g. through targeted local taxes may help to improve existing networks and to build new infrastructure in order to meet the whole public’s new mobility requirements.


More information about the approach and the results of cooperation of the CAPRICE partnership can be found at the website


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Public Transport Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin GERMANY Berlin +49 30 254 14 260
City of Warsaw – Warsaw Transport Authority, Warszawa POLAND Mazowieckie +48 22 827 0664
Bucharest Municipality, Bucuresti ROMANIA Bucuresti - Ilfov +40 21 305 55 35
Organising Authority for Public Transport in Ile-de-France, Paris FRANCE Île de France +33 1 47 53 29 42


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