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.