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January 2023 to December 2026

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UPPER (Unleashing the Potential of Public Transport in Europe) is a Horizon Europe project that aims to strengthen the role of public transport as a cornerstone of sustainable and innovative mobility. The project will implement a combination of measures to push people away from private cars and bring them closer to public transport in cities across Europe.

The milestones of the UPPER journey will be to increase public transport use by more than 30 percent and user satisfaction by more than 25, leaving no one behind.

At the operational level, UPPER will implement 84 measures and act on five innovation models to positively influence user choices: mindset and culture, urban mobility planning, mobility service ecosystem, road network management, and democratic governance.



UPPER aims to lead a Public Transport revolution that will strengthen the role of PT as the standard-bearer for sustainability and mobility innovation in cities, driving the transition to zero-emission mobility that will become the cornerstone of climate neutrality by 2030, in line with the Mission City goal and Green Deal priorities. UPPER will put Public Transport at the center of the mobility ecosystem and implement a combination of 84 push and pull measures, acting on the 5 axes of innovation that condition user choices: mindset and culture, urban mobility planning, mobility service ecosystem, road network management, and democratic governance. These measures will act on 4 different time scales (short to long term): communication, operations, infrastructure, and urban fabric. The UPPER measures will be supported by the UPPER Toolkit (U-TWIN, U-SIM, U-NEED, U-GOV, U-KNOW, U-TRANSFER, and U-SUMP), 7 IT tools that combine social and technological innovation and will be demonstrated as part of the measures in the UPPER living labs and 5+5 twinning sites, with the overall goal of increasing public transport use by >30% and user satisfaction by >25%, leaving no one behind.
This integrated and holistic approach will facilitate cooperation between authorities and operators, provide a physical and digital environment to test measures, update existing SUMPs, optimize PT offerings in line with user needs and patterns, involve users in the overall mobility decision chain, trigger behavioral change in favor of public transport, and achieve an attractive, efficient, reliable, safe, inclusive, and affordable public transport system in line with the concept of Mobility as a Right (MaaR).

Cities and Regions Involved

  • Valencia

  • Roma

  • Versailles Grand Parc-Ile de France

  • Oslo

  • Mannheim

  • Lisbona

  • Lovanio

  • Budapest

  • Salonicco

  • Hannover region


This project was funded by the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 101095904. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the Agency nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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