Optimal policies for transport in combination (OPTIC)

  • Project team:

    Schippl, Jens (Project leader); Torsten Fleischer

  • Funding:

    EU, DG Mobility and Transport

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  • End date:


  • Project partners:

    Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) Norway;
    AustriaTech (ATE) Austria;
    DLR Institut für Verkehrsforschung Berlin;
    Department of Transport, Technical University of Denmark (DTU);
    Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Sweden;
    Oxford University, Centre for the Environment, Transport Studies Unit (UOXF.JQ);
    Centrum dopravniho výzkumu, v.v.i. (CDV) - Transport Research Centre; Czech Republic

  • Research group:

    Mobility Futures

Project description

Optimal Policies for Transport in Combination (OPTIC) is a research project under EU´s seventh framework programme. OPTIC will help improve and optimise the use of existing infrastructure through more efficient, combined use of policy tools, and encompasses best practices within different fields of transport policy making.

The project includes:

  • Critical reviews of existing studies and theories about policy measures.
  • Exploration of the capabilities of models and qualitative assessment tools in reflecting such interactions, taking into account the impact on transportation itself and on socio-economic issues.
  • Combined practitioner/research workshops to involve stakeholders to identify best practices from existing cases of "policy packages".
  • The project will consolidate and extend knowledge for policy-making in the process of construction and implementation of optimal packages of transport policy measures.

ITAS main contribution is related to a taxonomy and assessment of qualitative tools to detect unintended effect of policy measures in advance.


Journal Articles
Schippl, J.; Fleischer, T.
A problem-oriented categorisation of FTA-methods for transport planning
2012. Foresight - The International Journal of Applied Forecasting, 14, 282–293. doi:10.1108/14636681211256071
Schippl, J.; Fleischer, T.
A problem-oriented categorisation of FTA-methods for transport planning
2011. 4th Internat.Seville Conf.on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis, Sevilla, E, May 12-13, 2011 


Dipl.-Geogr. Jens Schippl
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-23994