The Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport commissioned Rupprecht Consult to conduct a status quo analysis and review of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in German municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants.
According to the current draft of the TEN-T Regulation to be amended, all so-called "urban nodes" (cities located on the trans-European transport network) should have prepared a SUMP by the End of 2025. Accordingly, the EU member states are interested in how many of their cities already fulfil this requirement, or how realistic and costly it would be to fulfil this requirement by the deadline. They are also interested in whether a national support programme could help.
In order to answer this question, the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport tendered the aforementioned project for the inventory and analysis of German municipalities (over 100,000 inhabitants). In order to be able to make a clear and comprehensible assessment of the extent to which an existing mobility plan deserves SUMP status, the project is divided into three work packages.
In the first work package, transparent assessment criteria will be developed. These will primarily be based on the so-called Annex V of the TEN-T draft regulation. As an existing assessment tool, which is already used in some (federal) countries for similar purposes, we will also consider the Self-Assessment Tool.
In a second work package, cities will be identified that have a mobility plan in place that potentially meets the SUMP criteria; these will be assessed against the criteria developed in WP1. This work package will be led by the German Institute of Urban Affairs.
In a third work package, those plans will be analysed in more detail that - according to WP2 outcome - only partially fulfil the SUMP criteria. The aim is to determine whether these plans can be improved, extended or supplemented in order to meet the SUMP quality criteria after all.
It is important to emphasise that this is a research project and not a review or even control of mobility plans in German cities. Rather, the aim is to find out how a formal assessment could be carried out in the future that is transparent, fair, legally secure and practically manageable.
To ensure this, representatives of municipalities and federal states will also be involved in the process. In addition, the results will be used to provide constructive feedback to cities to help them SUMP their mobility plans. Furthermore, the results will be used in the design of a national support programme by the BMDV.
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