Multimodality – the use of different modes of transport in a single journey – can support the shift to a low carbon economy by taking advantage of the benefits of different transport types to ease pressure on Europe’s congested roads, whilst also contributing to safer and cheaper transportation.

To support this transition, the European Commission’s Directorate-General on Mobility and Transport has announced 2018 as the ‘Year of Multimodality’, and will put forward new policy initiatives, events and publications to advance a fully integrated transport system.

In its initiatives, the Commission will be examining infrastructure, incentives, digitalisation and passenger rights, to see how to better connect EU transport networks and support multimodal transportation.

The first publication to be launched is the ‘Case study analysis of the burden of taxation and charges on transport’, looking into how distribution of taxes and charges can incentivise users in their choice of transport options.

In order to attract as many stakeholders as possible, the European Commission will be organising events across Europe, examining different aspects of transport networks. The following events are planned throughout 2018:
·       High-level Conference on European Multimodal Freight Transport (Sofia, 20 March)
·       Transport Research Arena (Vienna, 16-19 April)
·       TEN-T Days Connecting Europe (Ljubljana, 25-27 April)
·       Fifth European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (Nicosia, 14-15 May)
·       European Mobility Week (Across Europe, 16-22 September)

More information can be found at the website of DG Mobility and Transport.