About

The objective of the project is to upgrade and further develop the current
TRANSTOOL model, here referred to as TT2, to a new and improved European transport network model – in short the TT3 model framework.

Our mission is to improve the methodological basis of the model, improve and validate its data foundation, deal with known deficiencies of the existing model, make the software more efficient, and focus on the user needs, model documentation and model validation.

The project will develop TT3 to be a validated user friendly model that will provide policy makers with a tool for assessing and developing better transport policies.

We will follow the tool-box approach from prior versions of the model, which ensures that the model can address the needs of many different types of users:
  • Analyses of EU-wide transport policies.
  • Analyses of TEN-projects.
  • Detailed EU-wide sector analyses including freight, passenger transport and specific modes.
  • Links to interregional and national project appraisals and use within the member states.

The model will be updated to the 2010 base year based upon ETISplus data and other data sources. The level of detail with regard to the rail, maritime and air transport modules will be increased. The aim here is to better analyse issues of cost, capacity and externalities of transport. A basic impact assessment model will be implemented.

The TT3 will deliver a validated, well documented and user friendly model that will provide policy makers with a tool for assessing and developing better transport policies. TT3 will continue the toolbox approach from prior versions of the model, which ensures that it can address the needs of many different types of users, for example analysis of EU-wide transport policies, analyses of TEN-Projects and links to interregional and national appraisals.

The consortium ensures links back to TT1, TT2, a number of other relevant Framework projects, and ensures a strong University research base including several of the leading European Universities. This guarantees a close link to recent research.