UPPER, Unleashing the potential of Public Transport in Europe


UPPER will implement a combination of measures looking to push people out of private cars and to pull them closer to public transport.

These measures will aim to increase the share of public transport and will cover different market segments.

A big spotlight in UPPER will be on participative governance and involving citizens, ensuring decisions are made in concert with and cater to the needs of different target groups.

The 84 pull and push measures will act on the five ‘innovation axes’ that condition users’ choices: Mindset and culture Urban mobility planning Mobility services ecosystem Road network management Democratic governance The measures will be tested in the UPPER Living Labs (Valencia, Rome, Ile de France, Oslo and Mannheim) and the UPPER Twinning Cities (Lisbon, Leuven, Hannover Region, Budapest and Thessaloniki) across Europe and will be adapted to the local context and objectives.

The overall goal of Living Labs and Twinning Cities will be to increase the use of public transport by >30% and the user satisfaction by >25%, leaving nobody behind in the process.


Project duration: 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2026

Total budget: 320 M€

Project partners: UITP, Fit Consulting (FIT), Etra Investigacion y Desarrollo (ETRA), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Polis – Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services, Association Internationale (Polis), EMTA European Metropolitan Transport Authorities (EMTA), Rupprecht Consult-Forschung & Beratung (RC), ICLEI European Secretariat (ICLEI Euro), EIT KIC Urban Mobility (EIT UM), Eurocities, Instituto de Biomecanica de Valencia (IBV), PTV Planung Transport Verkehr (PTV), Factual Consulting (Factual), Communaute d’Agglomeration de Versailles Grand Parc (VGP), Institut d’amenagement et d’urbanisme de la region d’Ile de France (IAU), Instant System, IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN), Roma Servizi per la Mobilita (RSM), Roma Capitale, TTS Italia (TTS), Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Valencia (EMT Valencia), Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Ayuntamiento de Valencia (Valencia)