Project Details

Title: Cooperative approaches to transport challenges in Metropolitan Regions
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 Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €2,004,601.96
ERDF contribution: €1,394,002.67

Lead partner

Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg
Lindenstrasse 34a
14467, Potsdam

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      Phone: +49 (0)331 8668740
      Fax: +49 (0)331 8668703

Project summary

CATCH_MR will explore and adapt sustainable transport solutions for metropolises and their regions.12 partners will take part in the project, representing 7 Metropolitan Regions (MRs): Oslo/Akershus (NO), Gothenburg Region (SE), Berlin-Brandenburg (GE), Vienna/Lower Austria (AU), Ljubljana Urban Region (SL), Budapest/Central Hungarian Region (H), Province of Rome/Lazio Region (I). Efficient, reliable and sustainable transport is a key precondition for economic growth. This is a major challenge for MRs. As major transport-nodes, the MRs handle large volumes of local, regional and international traffic. At the same time, the MRs are strongly aware of the urgency to develop patterns and forms of transport which have less impact on the environment. The overall objective for CATCH_MR is to promote sustainable transport solutions across whole MRs. This means both reducing transport needs without impairing mobility, and increasing the share of environmentally friendly transport.

The partners intend to work systematically towards this goal through three consecutive sub-objectives:

- reducing the need to travel within the regions through coordinating transport and land-use

- increasing the share of public transport

- increasing use of renewable energy in transport

The partners aim to work towards these objectives by identifying and promoting good practice by:

- understanding urban sprawl and achieving new planning solutions

- promoting public transport by new frameworks (eg. incentives and disincentives)

- promoting the substitution of fossil-based fuel with affordable technology and the necessary infrastructure

- connecting regional and metropolitan transport policies (through governance, joint funding & implementation)

These fields are strongly interdependent and should not be addressed in isolation. In the partners’ view, better solutions for the MRs as whole can be achieved through integrated approaches involving both the

cities and their surrounding regions. The core activities will be seven peer workshops and exchange visits. Each MR will host a workshop and address topics where they have particularly knowledge and experience. The hosting region will be supported in each case by 2 other MRs. Practical experience will be presented and discussed at each workshop, examples of good practice highlighted, and policy advice developed. Recommendations may be generally applicable, or adapted to suite specific situations in each MR.


The results of Catch_MR will be presented at a final conference which will be open to a wider audience. A "Guide on efficient mobility and sustainable growth in Metropolitan Regions” will be a principle output from the project. It will cover both the results of the workshops and policy advice, which will be transferable to other MRs. Recommendations from each of the workshops will also be summarised. Results will be disseminated by newsletters as wells as on a project website.

Project achievements

Europe’s transport policy has come to a crossroads,and the reorganisation of the transport system requires new solutions if the main goals are to be met: to reduce the burden on the environment (reduction of greenhouse gases and local pollution), to contribute to the security of the energy supply (reduction of dependency on fossil fuels) and to make Europe’s regions more competitive and to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Europe.


The need for new solutions applies in particular to Europe’s major cities and their respective regions. Metropolitan cities and regions depend on good internal mobility. Against this background, the unique partnership of seven Metropolitan Regions in Catch-MR found a strong common interest. Like beads on a string, Oslo, Gothenburg, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Rome represent the growth cores in an emerging corridor that links northern, central and southern Europe along the dynamic territory of the former east-west divide.

Establishing efficient, environmentally friendly transport systems is a key issue for the future development of the European Metropolitan Regions. As transport hubs, they are particularly affected by the environmental impacts of traffic – noise, local air pollution, congestion, accidents, infrastructure barriers, poisoned land and loss of green areas. However, as the motors that drive Europe’s economic development, they also have the capacity to plan, fund and implement the new transport solutions. These aspects were reflected in the choice of topics for joint work in the project Catch-MR: 1) Transport and land-use planning – reducing the need for transportation; 2) Encouraging more use of public transport – increasing the share of efficient modes; 3) Renewable energy in transport – increasing the use of more energy-efficient and low-emission technologies; 4) Regional cooperation and policy coordination – facilitating joint approaches for the metropolis and the region.

Catch-MR has aimed to identify good practice examples from the participating Metropolitan Regions. The partners found many issues and approaches that they have in common. They were inspired by the determination shown by politicians and their regional partners to achieve new solutions based on the opportunities presented by each Metropolitan Region’s unique setting. As joint result, the following policy recommendations were formulated as input to regional discussion:


1. Integrate land-use and transport planning throughout the metropolitan region

2. Plan for compact settlements – sustainable transport depends on it

3. Introduce an organisation for the coordination of transport services in the metropolitan region

4. Strive for joint financing of public transport on regional level

5. Activate new sources of transport funding – Road user charging

6. Make intermodal nodes more attractive places

7. Strengthen private-public intermodality in the region – Park and ride

8. Start with low-cost measures – priority for public transport, cycling & walking

9. Create regional energy partnerships

10. Prepare for a diverse future – support different technologies

11. Use the potentials of renewables in public transport

12. Facilitate change of behavior

13. The functional area of the metropolitan region must be recognised

14. Establish a joint cooperation platform

15. Include stakeholders from the very beginning – build visions together


The findings and conclusions of Catch-MR were summarised to regional policy recommendations and forwarded on local, regional and European level to help to develop sustainable mobility solutions. The results can also motivate bodies at the national and European level to intensify the support given more generally to cooperative actions in Metropolitan Regions. All findings have been compiled in the guide "Towards Sustainable Mobility in European Metropolitan Regions", which is available at the website


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam GERMANY Brandenburg - Südwest +49 (0)331 8668740
Municipality of the City of Budapest, Budapest HUNGARY Kozep-Magyarorszag +361 999 82 89
Budapest Transport Association Co., Budapest HUNGARY Kozep-Magyarorszag +36 1 413 4798
City of Oslo, Department for Environmental Affairs and Transport, Oslo NORWAY +47 2346 1371
Akershus County Council, Department of Regional Development, Oslo NORWAY +47 22 055653
Vienna City Administration, Municipal Department 18, Vienna AUSTRIA Wien +43 1 4000 88833
Government of Lower Austria, Department for Spatial Planning and Regional Policy, St. Pölten AUSTRIA Niederösterreich +43 2742 9005 155 73
Province of Rome, Roma ITALY Lazio +39 06 6766 7613
BIC Lazio SpA – Enterprise Europe Network, Roma ITALY Lazio +39 06 8036 8256
The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR), Gothenburg SWEDEN Västsverige +46 31 335 5121
Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija +386 1 306 1914
Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija +386 1 470 6350
BKK Integrated transport-organising authority of Budapest, Budapest HUNGARY Kozep-Magyarorszag +36 30 774 1133


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