Project Details


The mission of TRANSFORuM is to contribute to the transformation process towards a competitive and resource‐efficient European transport system. It will do this by engaging key stakeholders in carefully moderated forum activities in order to identify their views about the challenges, barriers, opportunities and win-win potentials in shaping the future European transport system.



Project details

Duration 02/2013 - 01/2015


Coordinator Rupprecht Consult - Forschung & Beratung GmbH

Project goal

In 2011 the European Commission issued the <link http: transport themes strategies _blank white paper>White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area - Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system” which spells out ten goals to be achieved by 2050. The TRANSFORuM project aimed to contribute to this transformation process, in particular to the implementation of the following four key goals of the Transport White Paper:

  • Clean Urban Transport and CO2‐free city logistics (goal 1)
  • Shift of road freight to rail and waterborne transport (goal 3)
  • Complete and maintain the European high‐speed rail network (goal 4)
  • European multimodal information, management and payment system (goal 8)

TRANSFORuM intended to do this by engaging key actors in a stakeholder forum in order to determine bottleneck factors, the need for policy interventions and to identify options for synergistic co-operation among them. “Stakeholders” were actors who are directly involved in the implementation of innovative policies and measures, including representatives of networks and initiatives which are already strongly involved in shaping European transport policy.

TRANSFORuM was run by a consortium of well‐connected yet independent and experienced policy advisers and researchers from across Europe, who offered a “fresh approach” to this task. The project’s overarching concept was based on proven consultation techniques revolving around a synergistic combination of ten moderated workshops, qualitative in-depth interviews and a set of online discussion tools. The consortium’s eleven partners were all widely acknowledged experts in their field and pursued a carefully orchestrated division of labour, structured into four related thematic groups and seven cross-cutting work packages.


The project’s key outputs were a dovetailed set of the following documents, all of which were based on stakeholder input and written with a clear focus on practical and political relevance:

  • Roadmaps (on all four thematic areas) show feasible pathways for reaching short‐ to mid‐term goals (to 2030). Their target  audience includes companies, technology platforms, research and innovation communities, public sector organisations and the European Commission itself as an important catalyst for action. The roadmaps provide:
    • analysis of the status quo
    • descriptions of measures to be taken
    • timetables with milestones
    • indicators of progress/success
    • actors to be involved
    • required resources and financing schemes
    • remaining open issues to be solved in further activities
  • Recommendations to translate the technical and thematic information of the roadmaps into concrete steps to be taken by policy makers, industry leaders, NGOs and other decision makers.
  • A detailed strategic outlook into with a long-term perspective (roughly 2030‐2050). It replicates the structure of the roadmap but will have a “vision” character, illustrating a possible European transport system of 2050.

TRANSFORuM had built-in mechanisms to disseminate these results to a wide audience through attractively produced, freely and conveniently accessible documents, online platforms, internal and external mailing lists, personal contacts, social media, live presentations etc.

Role of Rupprecht Consult

We were the project coordinator.

Project partners

Related resources

TRANSFORuM Project General Information (Flyer) [PDF]

TRANSFORuM 1st Newsletter [PDF]

TRANSFORuM 2nd Newsletter [PDF]

TRANSFORuM 3rd Newsletter - March 2014 [PDF]

TRANSFORuM 4th Newsletter [PDF]

TRANSFORuM 5th Newsletter [PDF]

TRANSFORuM: Communication and Outreach Strategy [PDF]

This document defines TRANSFORuM's target audience and the best means and channels of communication with them.

TRANSFORuM: Shaping the TRANSFORuM Network [PDF]

This document spells out the criteria which guide the selection of stakeholders to TRANSFORuM events.

TRANSFORuM Challenges and barriers for a sustainable transport system - A state of the art report [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Challenges and barriers for a sustainable transport system - exploring the potential to enact change [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Good Practice Repository - Transformation is possible! [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Good Practice in the context of delivering the White Paper [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary on main policies, funding mechanisms, actors and trends [PDF]


TRANSFORuM Recommendations [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Strategic Outlook [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary of the "Recommendations on Joint Actions across Thematic Areas" [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary of the "Strategic Outlook" - covering mainly the period beyond 2030 [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary of the Roadmap on clean urban mobility [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary of the Roadmap on high-speed rail [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary of the Roadmap on long-distance freight [PDF]

TRANSFORuM Summary of the Roadmap on multimodal information, management and payment systems [PDF]


TRANSFORuM_Roadmap_Freight [PDF]

The TRANSFORuM Roadmap on long-distance freight

TRANSFORuM_Roadmap_High-speed-rail [PDF]

The TRANSFORuM Roadmap on high-speed-rail


The TRANSFORuM Roadmap on multimodal transport infomration, management and payment systems (MIMP)

TRANSFORuM_Roadmap_Urban [PDF]

The TRANSFORuM Roadmap on clean urban mobility

TRANSFORuM e-Course "Condensed roadmap for the Transport White Paper on High-Speed Rail" [PDF]

TRANSFORuM e-Course "Condensed roadmap for the Transport White Paper on Long-Distance Freight" [PDF]

TRANSFORuM e-Course "Condensed roadmap for the Transport White Paper on MIMP" [PDF]

TRANSFORuM e-Course "Condensed roadmap for the Transport White Paper on Urban Mobility" [PDF]