The PUMAS project, “Planning Sustainable regional-Urban Mobility in the Alpine Space” is a project financed by the Alpine Space Programme and runs from July 2012 to June 2015.
Alpine Space cities face common urban mobility challenges which call for innovative and cost-effective mobility solutions. These challenges are:
- limited public/ private budget for transport infrastructure;
- excessive private car-based traffic in cities;
- large amounts of fragmented goods delivery schemes contributing to congestion;
- rising CO2 and noise, deteriorating air quality and adverse health impacts;
- lack of/ inefficient institutional cooperation for long term solutions;
- poor recognition of interdependencies between cities and neighbouring regions;
- absence of an integrated planning approach to address mobility/ urban development/ land use planning.
The Alpine Space is a region with continued growth, including increased passenger and freight transport. It suffers both from large volumes of cross-Alpine and seasonal traffic as well as sprawl from its cities to the countryside.